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 274: Exploring the Short Story.
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 274: Exploring the Short Story
My problem with Tecumseh Street Stories involves having enough material to make it an actual book. Tecumseh City Limits is a little light at seventy thousand words, but there is enough to consider it a book. I have one short story that I believe will be the prologue for a book I plan to write sometime in the future. It might be a good idea to include it here because I like the story. It isn’t about Tecumseh, but I like the story. I think some short story writing might be in my near future. This NaNoWriMo project was never intended to be two books. I sat at my desk on the first day of November and wrote a series of short stories that took on their own life. Maybe I will spend the month of October doing the same thing. It’s interesting to explore the world of the short story.
This afternoon, I plan to do some posting. I am so far behind this week on my blogging that I don’t know if I’ll catch up on everything. Finishing the month and starting October using Amy Lowell’s poems sounds like a good idea. William Butler Yeats whispers in my ear that I need to give him a chance. I have always liked what he says about the world and the time he wandered around on this planet.
The book I am currently reading right now, Entry 274: Exploring the Short Story
I started reading the second day of Eldora Welty’s Losing Battles. The Renfro family wakes to the issue of getting the Judge’s car off Banner Top. It appears Mr. Renfro blew up the tree during the night. Jack has some plans about how to get it down. Curley shows up with the truck. Things could get interesting.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 274: Exploring the Short Story
I put The Best of Santana on the stereo this morning. I’ve always enjoyed the cool way these guys jam.
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.
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