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 314: Not Every Word is Golden.
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 314: Not Every Word is Golden
My total word count for the day is 2110, making my total word count at 17,172. That places me behind where I hoped to be at this stage of the NaNoWriMo game. I wanted to be at 29 thousand words at this point in the adventure. I do have 7 chapters written. This will all change during the rewrite. That is one of the important lessons this contest with myself has taught me, not word I write is golden. Sacrifices need to be made during the rewrite. Even then, not everything is golden.
What I am currently reading and Entry 314: Not Every Word is Golden
I started reading Marth Hall-Kelly’s The Lilac Girls today, but I’m not very far into the book. Caroline is a New York City socialite who finds herself with a volunteer job at the French Consulate before the United States enters the war. She processes French immigrants wealth enough to escape their native country ahead of the Nazis. One of her jobs is to put on a benefit to help them and orphans in France.
The music I selected today and Entry 314: Not Every Word is Golden
I put on Dave Matthews Band’s Crash. It is one of my favorite CDs by this group. Dave Mathews was born in South Africa and came to the United States in 1986.
The stuff going on in my life at the moment and Entry 314: Not Every Word is Golden
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
Rooster and I worked most of the morning. I managed to spend over an hour at the gym and still get my word count in for the day. Went to the writer’s group in the evening. I am a little confused about some of the advice I received. I don’t think I’m going to make the suggested changes because I think it was a matter of personal preference.
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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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…