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 146: Another Day in Editing Land.
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 146: Another Day in Editing Land
The morning pages for Amazing Buchanan and the Beast went well. This book is my first attempt at writing a novel from a first-person point of view. A different person tells each of the chapters. They are almost like short stories revolving around the same plot. I use the people who work for the family in some of these chapters because they have a unique perspective. Sometimes employees are more realistic about the events unfolding than those in charge. It also helps me develop these strong characters. I may be going about this wrong, but I am having fun writing this. Chad Wallace is playing an even bigger role during this edit. In the first go-round, Will’s brother Oliver played the role of confidant. I decided I didn’t like the guy.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 146: Another Day in Editing Land
The book I’m still reading is Elizabeth Lyon’s Manuscript Makeover. I’ve started on the section about character development. I think it will be helpful to read her advice on the point of view,
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 146: Another Day in Editing Land
Rooster is still listening to the same blues station he played yesterday. I am too lazy to select something that reflects my mood.
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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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