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 203: Playing With Words.
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 203: Playing With Words
I covered several chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. The process I am using now seems to be working for me. The story flows so much smoother when I eliminate unneeded words. I might have it in good enough shape to do a read-through by the end of July. That might be pushing it a little because I still have to examine what I have for flaws. The next read-through will be faster. I must search for inconsistencies between the book’s first half from the middle to the end. This experience should be fun. I wrote several Golden Shovel Poems. Playing with words was a nice way to spend the morning. This style of poetry is more difficult than it first looks. Every word of the original poem must be used. This fact makes coming up with the next line.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 203: Playing With Words
I am still reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. Captain Wentworth and Anne are still trying to keep away from one another. I don’t see how they will ever get together, but I assume they will. They go on a walk with a group of people. Anne overhears a conversation between Louisa and Wentworth. They are talking about her.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 203: Playing With Words
I am listening to the instrumental blues station Rooster playing in the background. My writing time has been rushed today. The wildfire smoke is back. I am glad I don’t live in a big city. It seems to be worse when tall buildings hold it in.
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