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 140: Still Fixing the issue.
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 140: Still Fixing the issue
I spent the entire morning editing Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. That means I am running behind on everything else. Rooster has problems with his cell phone, so drama is happening at the desk behind me. This issue is creating a distraction. I fixed the original problem, but now I must match the new information to the chapters I’ve written. I like the modification I’ve made to the story. The editing I did this morning was challenging but, at the same time, satisfactory.
I am dragging my feet when it comes to my blog. There is no reason for my distraction except for a bad case of spring fever. I want to go outside and play. Plus, I am getting a little frustrated with the redundancy of going over the same territory I have traveled in the past.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 140: Still Fixing the issue
I am reading Elizabeth Lyon’s Manuscript Makeover. I decided to make the trip through this book a slow one. I’ve just finished reading about genres and started into the conflict and crisis section. The crisis in Amazing Buchanan and the Beast is that Will changes into a rougarou every night. The conflict comes when his family and friends can’t all agree on how to end the curse. Will has more or less accepted that the transformation will become permanent on his thirtieth birthday. Amazing Buchanan has an independent issue. She wants to stay out of the clutches of Melvin Samples. Will has a debt he owes to her. His desire to make things right leads to his infatuation with the woman. She becomes the answer to breaking the curse.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 140: Still Fixing the issue
The sounds of Kenny G are playing in our house this morning.
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