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J. J. Brown, Wordslinger

"I Sling Words As I Go Along."

Date

January 30, 2017

So, I’ve been working on my Novel in Progress……

…….and have gone through about seventy pages of the original notes given to me by my editor. I’ve got about twenty pages left on these edits (going through Chapter 8). Then I’ll be tackling the new notes, which picks up with Chapter 9 and goes through Chapter 15.

I think I’m making some headway here, and the notes have been challenging me to re-think certain scenes. I’ve been changing the tone from passive to active as best I can and adding detail where needed to give characters more depth.

There’s a lot of work still to be done.  But I’m okay with that. I’m re-discovering this world I wrote and I’m sinking back into it. I like it. I’m sorry I stayed away from it, after having what might be termed as creative shut-down. It hasn’t been as difficult to work on as I thought it would be, and I suppose my resistance to it made things worse.

I intend to finish this novel this year. No more putting it off, no more avoiding it. Time to knuckle down and focus on it.

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So, I neglected to write a blog post yesterday……

…….breaking my resolution (of sorts) to post one a day. I won’t bore you with the details on why it didn’t happen yesterday, but to make it up to you, for today, I’ll post two.

This exercise of writing a post per day has been a challenge (which is partly why I chose to do it), but it’s also been fun. And because I’ve gotten back into the habit of writing something – anything – every day, I’ve been able to go back to my novel and continue editing, revising and re-writing it.

The observation that writing (like any other creative outlet or sport or subject) can only be improved by practicing every day is not lost on me. I’m exercising that muscle, which has been dormant for several months now. Because the topics I chose to write about were random and, for the most part, not planned, I was able to shape my thoughts, provide links where needed and get out what I wanted to say (and, hopefully, with an ironic twist of humor).

A few years ago, a book called The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron came out. One of the exercises she recommended doing was to write three pages, every morning. It didn’t matter what you put down – the exercise itself was about using your stream of consciousness and writing down whatever pops into your mind.

I suppose my blog resolution is sort of like that. And I’m one day away from really making this a habit. I may scramble, wrack my brain for ideas and get it in under the wire, but this has been an experience that has lifted my creative block and I’m going to continue doing it.

Some posts will be long, some will require research, some will be about questions of an ethical and philosophical turn.

It’s gonna get interesting.

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