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 166: Hunting for Inspiration.
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 166: Hunting for Inspiration
Today became one of those times when I didn’t get through all the chapters in Amazing Buchanan and the Beast that I wanted to do during my morning pages. That’s the direction the ball bounces. Hey, sometimes life gets in the way. I did manage to change a few verbs and increase the intensity in a few places. I also shortened a few sentences. It’s nice when you can lose a few unneeded words.
I have written a few posts that need to be entered into WordPress. There are days when I run out of time. I like to give myself a cushion so I don’t feel the time crunch. Free Verse Poetry is fun to write. I am tempted to hang with it for a while but I should move on.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 166: Hunting for Inspiration
I just finished The Watsons by Jane Austen, the last story in Sandition & Other Stories. The ending leaves the reader hanging. I am convinced that the writer never intended for this unfinished piece of fiction to be published. There were so many loose ends that the ending seemed flat. Everybody who puts their hand into writing stories has a pile of these unfinished pieces. The thing about Austen is that she is so good this story was still worth reading.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 166: Hunting for Inspiration
I am listening to Tab Beniot’s “Wetlands” this morning. For those that don’t know, Tab is a Louisiana blues player. He is one of Rooster and my favorites. Amazing Buchanan and the Beast takes place in Louisiana. I am hunting for a little inspiration today.
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