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 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 115: Preparing to Edit.
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 115: Preparing to Edit
I start my edit of Amazing Buchanan and The Beast tomorrow morning. So, I took significant time outlining what I wanted from the prologue. The prologue is told from Grace Plumber’s point of view. She works as a housekeeper and cooks for the Chandler family. I also reviewed the notes I took when I read Harmony Kent’s book Polish Your Prose. She had excellent advice on what to look for when you start editing. This edit will be a lot of fun.
I also played with Instagram for a while. There’s something about my page that doesn’t look right. The buttons they show online don’t appear. I am not sure how to fix this, but practice makes perfect.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 115: Preparing to Edit
I am enjoying Kate Atkinson’s One Good Turn. Martin rode in the ambulance with the road rage victim. Gloria’s husband has a heart attack in a hotel room with a call girl whom Gloria meets at the hospital. The dead body Jackson on the beach tries to drown him. It might be Gloria’s call girl because of the evidence Jackson found on the body before the tide came in.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 115: Preparing to Edit
I made this a ZZ Top morning when I put one of their double disc CDs on stereo. The first CD is the best one in this collection. It has this music groups old songs from back in the early 1970s.
What I dreamed last night and Entry 115: Preparing to Edit
I had a new occupation in my dream last night. The job I had was as a house inspector. I had to search houses for flaws and problems in this line of work. Imagine my surprise when I opened a white door to a closet and found a skeleton hanging there. This dream might be associated with the editing process I am about to start and the reality of our recent home construction project. Again, here I go dreaming about closets.
The adventure Rooster and I took and Entry 115: Preparing to Edit
Rooster and I took a long motorcycle ride and ate lunch at one of our favorite restaurants on the lake. We enjoyed a fantastic afternoon.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful we were able to enjoy our early spring ride. They are talking about snow in the forecast for Monday.
The Henhouse Lady says
I’m not looking forward to the return of winter weather. It’s spring in Indiana, so that is to be expected. Mother Nature is such a tease. Oh well, at least we got in a couple of motorcycle rides.
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