MY WRITING JOURNAL

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I am learning a lot about myself through this writing process.  I’ve discovered that I’m very goal oriented when I put my mind to it.  I’m also realizing that some of the things I write are totally off the wall and out of character for me. Is that normal?

This week I took someone’s suggestion and let the novel lay for a while.  For three months I’ve been at it every day.  It consumed a greater part of my time, which was OK, because at the moment I have a lot of that commodity.  Soon things will pick up again as rehearsals begin next week for a show I’m performing in July. During this time of letting things rest temporarily, I’ve been exploring different possibilities for publishing my masterpiece.  I have received a few suggestions on that, but seem to get more and more confused as to what’s best.

I’m sure every writer is convinced that their work is great.  I’m not there yet.  I have been through the book so many times, that I often forget where I am and lose chunks of time and chronological order.  That’s another reason I had to set myself apart from it for a while.  In the meantime, I’ve sent the manuscript to my sister in Tennessee.  She will give me her honest opinion, I hope.  One reason for sending it to her was to make sure I didn’t lose it again.  She is the only one I trust to read it at the moment, because she also has encouraged me to follow this path all my life.

There is a feeling of accomplishment with each step of the writing journey.  The final goal is to get it into print so people can read it.  I try not to get hung up on grammar and all its rules.  I try to write dialogue as it would be spoken.  Yet there are so many things I’m probably doing wrong, but maybe doing it wrong isn’t wrong at all.

I have a group of friends I meet each week and they’ve done a tremendous amount of encouraging.  They are my powerhouse of motivation.  That and the fact that I’d really like to succeed at this writing stuff.  So stay tuned.  Please feel free to share your own journey.  I need all the help I can get.

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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11 Responses to MY WRITING JOURNAL

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I’m still wondering if im helping or hurting by posting so much of my writing on here and Pinterest.

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  2. Salvageable says:

    It sounds to me as though you have all the bases covered. I’ve given up on seeking publishers or agents and have been self-publishing through amazon’s Kindle Press. I’ve not sold a lot of books that way, but I have the satisfaction of having my thoughts in print and being able to give them away to family and friends.
    Different writers have different styles and different approaches, which is a good thing–the world needs variety. I generally write a book from beginning to end and then go back and make corrections, although I sometimes think of something I can add to a part already written. Because I read a lot, grammar and organization come naturally to me, which is helpful. The most important changes I have to make are to simplify–break long sentences into short crisp sentences. It’s always good to have some supportive and honest readers before you send your text to be published. J.

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  3. You are on fire!!!

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  4. Hi, it seems you’re right on track. I always set my manuscript aside for a month or two and then come back with fresh eyes. It can make a big difference. When I revise, revise, revise, it seems as if I know some things by heart, so how the heck can I edit that? I can’t. Readers are important, too, in this process. I send mine to an odd number of people – 3 or 5 or 7 – so if they don’t agree on a character or scene, there’s always someone to break the tie. Then, I have to decide whether or not to implement their suggestions.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks so much for your positive input. I’m glad to know I’m on track. I was at a point where I had to put it away for a while. I was getting confused by timelines and characters and how they interacted I think I’ll let it rest for another week.

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