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 324: Almost Reached the Middle.
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 324: Almost Reached the Middle
My word count today is 2354. I almost have 40,000 words. That marks the halfway point through the actual book I’m writing. Brandon has caught up with Bella in chapter 17. Now, they have some major issues and bad guys to fight. As I conclude the book, I am sure there will be some major challenges. I won’t finish until the end of December.
What I am currently reading and Entry 324: Almost Reached the Middle
Kasia confronts Herta in the final chapter of Matha Hall-Kelly’s Lilac Girls. I like how this writer left the door open for a happy ending for at least two characters. I suspect Herta won’t have it so easy once word gets out about who she is. The story is filled with so much tragedy that it was good to feel the hope.
The music I selected today and Entry 324: Almost Reached the Middle
The house was quiet today. Neither Rooster nor I were into listening to music. Some days are like that.
The stuff going on in my life at the moment and
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
The day moved along in the normal pattern. Rooster and I worked. We went to church and worshipped. Then, we caught a bite to eat before returning home. Sometimes, a normal day is a blessing. OI am grateful for this one.
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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…
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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…