A Day in the Life
new ones, both for a book that I want to self-publish by spring. I need information about how to set up the pages and the illustrations.
I love Facebook. It helps me in 2 ways. It connects me to old/new friends and to the writing community. Commenting is a great way to learn write short, 1 sentence if possible. With writing, shorter is always better.
rearrange them, whatever it takes. Sometimes the next day I switch them back. Writing is tricky!
I like to spend 3 days on a chapter, and this is my 3rd day for chapter 5, but I’m still making changes. I’ll start with it tomorrow and hope the changes are few enough to leave it behind. Fingers crossed!
As I read my chapters, an email came across the screen from my Tennessee critique group. Later when I needed a break, I answered it. Then I wrote another, a reminder email for blog answers I need.
I’m blessed that I can make my own schedule. I’m retired. If I have appointments, I work writing around them. If the day is my own, I do as I please. After emailing I was hungry, so I took a lunch/reading beak. I love having the freedom to make my own schedule, but days like Wednesday, August 8th are the best! I get to write all day.
make changes, it’s like throwing a stone into a pond. You get ripples. The bigger the change, the bigger the ripple, and the more rereading/editing I must do to patch the story back together, without any stitches showing.
This week I have 2 chapters to prep for the next critique group. I worked on 14 yesterday, so today I reread it 3 times, then moved onto 15. I hadn’t touched it so I divided the chapter into scenes first. Then I read each scene 3 times, each time pushing to increase the tension and sensory images. After that, I was done, for today!
After slogging through the toughest part, I paused. I took a short nap and felt better. Good enough to check my email and Facebook. Good enough to finish a book review for my website.
By this time my husband wanted to put dinner together so I stopped. We cooked, ate, and cleaned up. Would you believe afterwards I wrote some more? I did!
I pulled up the newsletter template on my computer. It includes My Blog and My Reads from the website. I made several small changes to so they were email/paper ready. I saved the changes to my ‘Old Newsletter’ file so I can pull up my old newsletters anytime. Then I emailed this one to my newsletter group. If you’d like a copy, click on the link below. It will take you to my contact information. That's where you can request a newsletter, or send me an email. I’m glad to answer either, or both!
This was my last newsletter...
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Goodbye Gomer 8/6/18 This post was about the demolition of my first school. Sad to write, but lovely to preserve memories.
I wasn’t ready to shut down so I checked my email. I wound up sending out 3 new ones about the manuscript I want to self-publish.
You’d think I’d had enough for the day…emails, working on 6 chapters of a chapter book, finishing up the review for My Reads, publishing a newsletter…Nope! I started looking for images for a new blog post, this one. That’s why the image to the left is a wall of blank frames.
I’ve had the idea for this post for a month. On Wednesday, August 8, I decided to pick pictures to show what I do during 1 day, as a writer. It took me 11 days to write this post, so tonight, Sunday, August 19, it’s finally done! Woo-Hoo!
PS- Most days are not this productive. I didn’t have another day this good until Friday, the 17th. That’s why a whole day of writing is heaven!
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When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!