Entry 106: Attempting Something New

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 106: Attempting Something New.

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 106: Attempting Something New

This morning I caught up on several things I needed to do before jumping into the editing process. I plan to set aside Amazing Buchanan and The Beast for a week while I prepare. My typical practice is to wait for months before looking at the book again. I start writing the next project, and if I get the urge, I return and do the edits. That method might be a big mistake. I am forcing myself not to get involved in any other project until I go through this story again, looking for errors.

The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 106: Attempting Something New

I finished reading Harmony Kent’s Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors. The easy manner Kent uses to dispense her editing advice makes this book an easy read. I highly recommend this book to every writer, no matter what stage of the writing process they are involved in. I wish I had found this book years ago.

What I’m listening to right now and Entry 106: Attempting Something New

The Who topped the list of music I listened to today. Rooster and I bought a collection of 20th Century Masters years ago. This CD with The Who and others I listen to was a part of this collection.

What I dreamed last night and Entry 106: Attempting Something New

I dreamed last night, but the dream vanished with the morning light.

The adventure Rooster and I took and Entry 106: Attempting Something New

Rooster and I walked at the gym. That activity seems to top our adventure list these days.

The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.

I am thankful for writers who help other writers. It is always nice to come across these generous souls. Writing isn’t easy. It is hard to keep an entire book in your head when you create a world for your imaginary friends to live in. These days many of us are doing it without a publishing company. Finding someone nice enough to tell us about their experience and guide us through the mire is fantastic.

This old lady says

It is always a good idea to take sound advice to heart.

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 am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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