Entry 198: Word Count Worries

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 198: Word Count Worries.  

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 198: Word Count Worries

I did some rewriting during my morning pages while I edited Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. There is a little concern in the back of my mind that the word count is climbing too high. I might have to go back and murder my baby before I am finished. I like the things I am adding now. It keeps the story moving. There are large sections at the end that I will cut because I covered the events already when I moved the action forward.

Oh, well, I guess that is what this editing process is for. Life has gotten in the way of the writing over the past two days. I have a dear friend who is in the hospital. Rooster and I traveled to see her yesterday. We have to get the house next door ready to rent. Rooster and I haven’t been landlords before. We got a deal on the two-unit place, and family members have lived there until now, and we need the retirement income. I plan to attempt a couple of Golden Shovel Poems this afternoon. I also have a Life Lessons post rambling around in my head. All I need is the time to write it.  

The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 198: Word Count Worries

I finished Christine Feehan’s Dark Celebration today. Several storylines remained unanswered at the end. This story is part of a long series. I suspect readers familiar with the Carpathians wouldn’t Have minded because that would mean there would be other books to follow. I found it frustrating. Tomorrow I will start reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

What I’m listening to right now and Entry 198: Word Count Worries

I put on the Beatles Revolver for a step backward into the past. These were the songs I heard on the radio in middle school. The Beatles were the coolest. Every girl in my class was in love with Paul, and none of us would ever have a chance to meet the object of our crush.   

Who is Molly Shea?

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. Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!    

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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