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When I was a kid, one of my favorite pastimes was climbing trees with my sisters. Three sturdy elms grew in our yard, and one of them became our headquarters. In the summer, the branches grew thick with leaves, and the tree was a perfect hiding place. In the fall and winter after the leaves dropped, the tree became a lookout tower with an incredible view of the Holston Mountains.
I still like to climb trees, and one day when none of the neighbors was watching, I started up through the branches of a pine tree behind our house. Halfway to the top I remembered something important: Going up a tree is easier than coming down. Sure enough, when I started to descend from that pine tree, I had to guess about the safest places to plant my feet. The view wasn't clear.
For me the writing process is like that: easier to start than to finish. Launching a new story is an exciting trip up into the realm of imagination. Later, the rewrites and revisions make me feel uncertain. But no matter what, I'm sure I will keep writing stories. And until I fall (with an AARP card in my pocket), I probably will continue climbing trees.
Thrill in the 'Ville