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 322: A Writer’s Journey.
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 322: A Writer’s Journey
Word count for the day is 2373. My NaNoWriMo page claims I should be done by November 22 if I keep moving along at the pace I am moving in. There is a chance I might hit a bump in the road because a writer’s journey always gets a little rough. I have managed to keep up with my blog posts. Emily Dickinson’s poetry is easy to use when composing Gold Shovel. That was the big reason I saved her for November. I lag a little behind in the poetry writing arena because of the intense writing I’m doing for NaNoWriMo. It’s hard to keep up with the favorite blog posts I like to read. I haven’t even checked my other social media accounts. My most important goal is winning NaNoWriMo. It appears I might accomplish that this year.
What I am currently reading and Entry 322: A Writer’s Journey
I am still reading Martha Hall-Kelly’s Lilac Girls. Kasie and her sister sneak on a Red Cross bus going to Switzerland. The war is almost over, and there is a rush to eliminate the ‘rabbits.’ The Germans want to cover up the crimes inflicted on the people they choose to perform medical experiments on. The lights go off, and the women sneak on the bus. Herta runs. She knows she will be arrested. Caroline goes to France to find Paul now that the Germans have been run out of France.
The music I selected today and Entry 322: A Writer’s Journey
I put on John Mayer’s Heavier things this morning.
The stuff going on in my life at the moment and Entry 322: A Writer’s Journey
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
The shop called, and our car has been repaired. The only problem is now we have to pay a five-hundred-dollar deductible to get it back. Neither the garage nor the insurance company mentioned that to us before we had the repair done. I’m glad we have it in the bank. We are supposed to get it back, but I’m not holding my breath. The Great Dane adventure is the gift that keeps on giving. That dog would have cost us five hundred dollars if we hadn’t been smart enough to call the police and have a report filed. We should get it back from their homeowner’s insurance.
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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…