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 32o: Tenth Anniversary.
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 320: Tenth Anniversary
The word count for the day is 2120. I’m feeling good about my chances of having the entire book finished by the first of the year. The 50,000 words are a real possibility. Of course, we are about to move into the holidays. That always puts the brakes on things. Still, I like my chances. My big question centers around which book I want to edit in 2024. This will be the tenth anniversary of the year I first began writing books. Before that, I stuck to short stories and poems.
What I am currently reading and Entry 320: Tenth Anniversary
I find Martha Hall-Kelly’s book Lilac Girls to be a very sad read because it is a true story. Kasia is recovering from the medical experiment she was forced to participate in. Her mother disappeared without a trace. Herta has started cutting herself because of the guilt she feels about being a doctor who kills and experiments on people.
The music I selected today and Entry 320: Tenth Anniversary
I put Tchaikovsky on the stereo this morning. Classical music has a way of calming the soul. I wasn’t exposed to this style of music growing up. It was Hill Billy Twang or nothing else. I discovered the blues and rock and roll as a teenager. Jazz I came to like later in life, along with the classical stuff.
The stuff going on in my life at the moment and Entry 320: Tenth Anniversary
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
Yay, we have water again. I don’t have to find another place to shower or use the restroom. We are going to have to replumb the house. That reality means we will have to go without water for a few dys in the future, but we have water now. I have managed to keep up with NaNoWriMo even through all the drama. Rooster and I maintained our morning schedule. We even walked at the gym.
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…