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 124: Spotting Mistakes.
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 124: Spotting Mistakes
I went back over chapter three this morning. The changes I made to the action sequence heightened the drama. I will read over it again later this afternoon or at least allow Word to read it to me. That feature in Word is one of the best editing tools out there. I can’t recommend it enough. Before I move on to editing chapter 4, I have an important decision to make. The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to believe that chapters four and five need to be combined and told from Chad Wallace’s point of view. Will would never have sent Oliver to Rocky’s Bar and Grill to perform reminiscence work. Besides, Will needs to get home before he changes into a rougarou.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 124: Spotting Mistakes
I started Kate Atkinson’s Big Sky. Jackson Brodie restarted his private detective agency and spends his days spying on unfaithful husbands. The baby Julia claimed wasn’t his at the end of One Good Turn happens to be his son. I love the way this author uses and abuses this character.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 124: Spotting Mistakes
The radio is playing in the background. I haven’t selected the music for the past few days.
What I dreamed last night and Entry 124: Spotting Mistakes
I dreamed last night, but it vanished into the morning mist. Rooster claims I have odd dreams. It must be the fact that I can’t shut down the writer part of my mind even when I sleep. I am always spinning some tall tale, even while sleeping. He claims he doesn’t remember his dreams. I argue that he can’t know my dreams are so odd if he can’t remember his own.
The adventure Rooster and I took and Entry 124: Spotting Mistakes
Same old, same old. The gym and grocery store made up our exciting adventure for the day.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful for the interrupted writing time I had this morning. I am moving along with my edits.
The henhouse Lady says
Editing can be fun if you look at it in the right way.
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