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 157: A Change in Point of View.
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 157: A Change in Point of View
.The editing I did on Amazing Buchanan and The Best went well this morning. I moved past the complication I ran into by changing the character’s point of view in the chapter and doing some rewriting. This change helped me to move through the change I made in moving the action forward. It also showed a feature of the budding romance by creating an observation by a third party. Will has been missing for a week. He steps back into the story in the following chapter. I’m enjoying the way the story flows.
Images of a carnival have flowed through my mind. I wrote a poem about it yesterday, but I think my subconscious is telling me I need to go back and take a second look at a book I wrote years ago titled Circus People. I will never live long enough to edit all the first drafts of books stored on my flash drive. Not everything I’ve written is worth someone else reading, but I think Circus People might be a good one.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 157: A Change in Point of View
I started reading Jane Austen’s Sandition and Other Stories. I picked this up at a used bookstore. Sandition begins with a buggy accident involving travelers and a hill on a rough road. The man insists that a doctor lives in the small burg, only to discover he is in the wrong place. Mr. Parker starts to tell the story of why they have traveled from Sandition. This book seems to contain a collection of small stories Austen wrote that aren’t as popular as her other works.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 157: A Change in Point of View
I am listening to John Mayer’s ‘Room for Squares.’ I’ve always wondered if the title for this CD was taken from that famous Virginia Wolf quote, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” I guess this also applies to squares.
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