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 170: Hoping 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 170: Hoping for Inspiration
I am a little frustrated with the progress I am making on Amazing Buchanan and the Beast at the moment. My morning pages were spent rewriting chapter 33. I must also add chapter 34 to anchor what I wrote this morning into the story. This boat trip to the Gulf of Mexico is written differently at the end of the story. I’ve never been out on the Gulf fishing. There are other boat trips I’ve been on. I did add a few details this morning that should make it more realistic.
The flow of Free Verse Poems has stopped. I need to get back into them. These blog posts aren’t coming easy right now. My brain is so focused on editing the book that everything else has stopped. This is bad timing because we plan to go on vacation soon. I hoped to get ahead. Where is Word Daddy when I need him?
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 170: Hoping for Inspiration
Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is starting to heat up. Willoughby gives Marianne a horse she can’t accept, and he takes a lock of her hair in return. Everyone assumes they have a secret engagement. Colonel Brandon receives a mysterious letter and leaves for London. Willoughby stops by the cottage and informs everyone he is leaving. Marianne is upset. They think Mrs. Smith sent him on the errand because she disapproves of his match with Marianne. Elinor still hasn’t received a letter from Edward Ferrars.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 170: Hoping for Inspiration
I am listening to Tab Benoit’s ‘Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit,’ hoping for a little inspiration.
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