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 316: Twists and Turns.
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 316: Twists and Turns
The word count for today is 2159. I start writing chapter 10 tomorrow. Things are still up in the air about what I will start with this one. That’s The beauty of participating in NaNoWriMo. The story can take any twist or turn that it wants to. The game is all about allowing the story to have a life of its own. All the writer has to do is type. The rewrite and the editing are where you stress out over the details.
What I am currently reading and Entry 316: Twists and Turns
I like how Martha Hall-Kelly introduces her characters to the reader in Lilac Girls. She gives each of them a chapter, and they tell their story in the first-person point of view. I read Herta’s introduction. She’s a young woman who graduated from medical school but finds the door closed to make a living as a female doctor in Hitler’s Germany. Caroline, Kasia, and Herta appear to be the three main characters. They come from different backgrounds, and I wonder how the writer will bring them all together.
The music I selected today and Entry 316: Twists and Turns
I listened to 3 Doors Down Away From the Sun this morning.
The stuff going on in my life at the moment and Entry 316: Twists and Turns
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
The day passed in the normal routine that Rooster and I do most every day. There were no high-speed chases or dog incidents in our sphere of influence today. That was kind of nice.
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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…
Okay, Word Daddy is missing in action. He must be on another one of his cross-country road trips. I hope his motorcycle breaks down and leaves him stranded in Tucumcari. Sorry, I shouldn’t talk smack about my unreliable muse. I decided to hang out with the Golden Shovel Poems for a while longer. What can…
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,…