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 251: Back to Work.
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 251: Back to Work
I moved through several chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. I allow the computer to read it and stop whenever a change needs to be made. Then, I listen to the change to make certain it sounds good. This process helps me to detect errors I didn’t catch on the read-through and during the writing process. I repeat this several times until each chapter sounds right. It also helps me to detect grammatical errors. This morning, I caught several big errors.
The motorcycle ride Rooster and I took yesterday helped break up the monotony. Sometimes, it is important to take a break to stimulate the creative juices. Activities such as walking or taking a motorcycle ride help free the mind. I can solve many plot issues and create fantastic dialogue sitting on the back of a motorcycle or walking on the track.
The book I am currently reading, and Entry 251: Back to Work
I am still working through the June Recital, part of Eldora Welty’s The Golden Apples. It is a long, short story. I like the way the plot shifts backward in time through the eyes of Cassie. It shifts forward again at the end to what would have been their present time, with Loch on the tree branch watching the activity in the abandoned house. A mysterious woman is building a fire in the piano. Mr. Fatty and Old Man Moody climb the steps to the porch to wake up Holifielf, the nightwatchman who sleeps in the abandoned house during the day. The arsonist now has an audience.
Eldora Welty is listed with the Southern grotesque writers. Grotesque literature can’t be controlled by reason. The plot fits in the real and fantastic. It can be considered funny or frightening, depending on your point of view. It also provokes a strong emotional response in the reader. Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and Tennessee Williams joined her ranks as grotesque writers.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 251: Back to Work
I listened to Chance the Arm today. I put The Green Groves of Erin and jammed to the Irish most of the morning. My roots go back to the Emerald Isle. My family held onto their Irish ancestry long after becoming part of the American melting pot.
Funny story. I had genetic testing done several years ago. Rooster gave it to me as a Christmas present. It confirmed one of our family’s biggest myths. I have the same percentage of Irish genes as those from the Iberian Peninsula. The myth goes that the family rescued a sailor from the Spanish Armada and hid him from the English. The offspring from their union caused considerable trouble for the English and fled to America shortly before the Revolution.
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