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 158: Word Surfing.
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 158: Word Surfing
I moved back over four chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. I found places where the dialogue needed to be tightened up. For a talk between your characters to sound right, it needs to be as close to the normal flow of normal conversation as possible. I discovered I had a little bit of dumb information going on. Once that got fixed, the flow went well. I’ll have Word read it to me tomorrow.
I am enjoying writing the Life Lesson posts. It is the type of writing I like to do the most. I love picking up a fragment of my day and turning it into something. The stuff I am doing is mostly traveling with the flow. The Free Verse poems are still coming. I am word surfing these days, and it is fun to ride the waves.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 158: Word Surfing
Today’s reading involved the submission to my writer’s group. I am running behind this month. I have four or five entries to read. That should take up most of my spare time for today. I might read a chapter or two of Jane Austen’s Sandition & Other Stories. I suspect time will get away from me.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 158: Word Surfing
I listen to John Mayer’s ‘Any Given Thursday.’ It is a live two-disc CD, and I put Disc one in this morning. Live music is the best if it is done well.
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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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