I’ve never been good about 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 of a tall 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 103:Creative Creatures.
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 103:Creative Creatures
I started the last chapter of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. It looks like the couple will get their happily ever after. I hoped to finish this morning, but life got in the way. This book will end with a wedding. I always tend to drag my feet near the finish line. It’s as if I have a deep-seated reluctance to finish the race.
I plan to move straight into the editing process. My typical habit is to file the story away for some time before I tackle fixing all the issues I didn’t catch when I did the rewrite. I will change that strategy because it doesn’t seem to be working. What I have is a finished story with major flaws. I plan to let Microsoft Word read it while I follow along. I’ll stop whenever I hear something that doesn’t sound right. I will also run it through Grammarly again. I used this method during my last edit on Saving the Henhouse and enjoyed the process.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 103: Creative Creatures
I finished Salinger’s Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters last night. That concludes my Salinger readings, and I enjoyed exploring this writer’s work.
My next writing adventure is Harmony Kent’s Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips For Authors. I am only a few chapters into this Kindle book, and I can highly recommend it. The way she explains things like point of view and changing heads in such plain terms is the perfect reminder every writer needs. I aim to finish reading this book before jumping into the editing process.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 103: Creative Creatures
I am listening to Eric Clapton’s Stages right now. I moved from a classical music phase into craving a little rock and roll blues. I have enjoyed listening to this guy since he played with Cream.
What I dreamed last night and Entry 103: Creative Creatures
I have got to stop binge-watching this series Rooster, and I are into before bed. The characters creep into my dreams. It is an action spy series, so things blow up, and people get killed. That’s what I dreamed last night when I was scared out of a sound sleep.
The adventure Rooster and I took and Entry 103: Creative Creatures
We went to Taco Tuesday and walked this afternoon. Severe weather is predicted, so we wanted to get these things done. I have a bad feeling we will spend time in the basement next door tonight.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful for the music system we improvised so I can listen on my headset while I work. We’ve had a stash of CDs we never bothered to listen to that I am now putting to good use.
This old lady says
Music is one of those simple pleasures of life. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a song that brings up a memory of something that happened while it played. Certain art forms are an essential part of the human spirit. Cavemen made painting to decorate their cave wall. People sat around campfires and told stories. Someone picked up a stick and banged away on a rock to make the first song. We are creative creatures longing for a form of self-expression. I say bang away, decorate your cave wall, and tell your story to the world.
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