Keeping a journal has never been one of my strongest pursuits. I find it boring talking about myself for an extended period. This year, I wrote blog entries telling the tales about the things I’ve encountered along my writing road. On this writer’s journey, I’ve run into bumps, got stuck in ditches, and sometimes the scenery becomes tedious. The repetition of editing can become monotonous. Computer glitches can become obstacles along the path as tiresome as construction zones. It can leave a person stuck in technical traffic for hours. The best solution to such problems is sometimes to drive a different route. Please fasten your seat belts and prepare for this new stage on my writing journey. Therefore, I titled this post Entry 292: Editing a Found Story.
Remember, editing is an important part of the writing process. Editing is where the artistry takes place. It’s where a writer thinks with their head to catch mistakes. Editing is the sweet spot where the delete button comes in handy. It’s where the creator decides which words belong to the reader and which ones remain with them.
My morning pages and Entry 292: Editing a Found Story
Yesterday, I found the short story I needed to add to the Tecumseh Street Stories collection. This short piece of fiction needed editing. I spent the morning doing that. It was a slow process. After I finished working with that, I wrote another Golden Shovel Poem. I want to get ahead with these because I know I won’t have time to write one of these poems every day in November.
What I am currently reading and Entry 292: Editing a Found Story
I finished reading Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The book came full circle when Janie finished telling her story. She had her time of love that ended with Tea Cake’s death. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this writer.
The Music I selected today and Entry 292: Editing a Found Story
I listened to disk one of an old ZZ Top CD this morning. This group sold over 50 million albums worldwide. They rejected a million-dollar offer from Gillette to shave their beards off. They got their name as a play on the name of the blues artist B.B. King.
The Stuff going on in my life at the moment and Entry 292: Editing a Found Story
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
Today, I found myself to be busy. My daughter and I applied for our passports. It appears we will be attending a wedding in Mexico in March. That is a big deal for us. We haven’t traveled outside of the U.S.
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!
I started participating in NaNoWriMo in 2014 because of a dare. Someone was planning to try the 50,000 words in a month challenge and dared me to participate. I didn’t think the word count was achievable, but I also thought I had nothing to lose if I tried. I barely made it over the finish…
In high school, I had a young teacher straight out of college. She came up with the idea to have us study song lyrics as modern poetry. We’d pick the words of a song and analyze what the songwriter was trying to say. I thought it was a cool thing to do at the time.…
Keeping a journal has never been one of my strongest pursuits. I find it boring talking about myself for an extended period. This year, I wrote blog entries telling the tales about the things I’ve encountered along my writing road. On this writer’s journey, I’ve run into bumps and got stuck in ditches, and sometimes…