I’ve never been good at keeping a journal. It all boils down to consistency. There are days when I skip making an entry. Life can crowd out the time I need to write down my thoughts about a day’s events. I’ve also been reluctant to pose as an expert on the writing process. If I knew anything of value about writing, my work would already be in print. I went out on a skinny limb in 2022 when I shared my 365 days of thankfulness. The exercise forced me to put myself out there with my soft belly exposed. Thank you for joining me on my journey in the written word. Therefore, I plan to keep a journal in 2023 to document my progress. I will call this post Entry 277: Search for Stories.
Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.
My morning writing before I started Entry 277: Search for Stories
Okay, I wrote a second short story to fit into Tecumseh Street Stories this morning. I still need to develop three more before I finish this book. That should make it complete enough to make it a collection of stories worth reading. This also means that those two attempts at a NaNoWriMo challenge amounted to something after finishing the editing work. I always used my participation in the Write a Book in the Month challenge to work on projects to get my mind away from The Henhouse Series. These short stories are about the small city of Tecumseh. I used many of the characters from my series. I also created many more. Two books evolved from this single project. Amazing Buchanan and the Beast was also a NaNoWriMo project.
I finished the last Amy Lowell poem I plan to use to write my Golden Shovel poems. I’m moving on to William Butler Yeats. He is one of my favorites. It will take a while, but Walt Whitman is up next. I have always admired his smooth style when I wrote about the common people he encountered.
The book I am currently reading right Entry 277: Search for Stories
I read a few pages of Eldora Welty’s The Ponder Heart. Edna Earle narrates this book and seems to involve her Uncle Daniel, who is careless with money. I immediately picked up on the comedic tone.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 277: Search for Stories
This morning, I decided to put on another Gillian Welch CD. I listen to Hell Among the Yearlings. I like this blend of bluegrass and country music.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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I was reminded of Amy Lowell. I read her work in the past and decided to explore her poetry for a while. Therefore, this new poem will be titled Early Autumn.
Therefore, I plan to keep a journal in 2023 to document my progress. I will call this post Entry 276: A Return to the Short Story.
I was reminded of Amy Lowell. I read her work in the past and decided to explore her poetry for a while. Therefore, this new poem will be titled Quiet Words.