— we grow them.
My banana tree died and it struck me that gardening and writing are much the same.
Gardening and writing start with an amendable plot in the perfect setting, working with strong plants/characters and using the right mix of sunshine, water and manure/fortune, fun and calamities.
When tending my garden, I do reap the rewards, but sometimes I produce slow deaths or instant destruction. The same happens when I write. Therefore, I work at cultivating my stories and my gardens.
Both activities can be wonderful or painful, but I am always optimistic that every plant and story I grow improves on the last.