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5/9/14 10:23 P

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One thing I remember from a play writing class is the professor saying "No one walks into a room for nothing. There's always a reason to be there. It could be something ephemeral: Love. It could be a tissue. Whatever, there's something motivating that character to take action to go there."

Just something to think about as you edit/write.

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4/30/14 12:06 P

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Now, see, I love the editing and revising phase. The initial generation of text part is much harder for me. Once I have something to work with with, it's easy to see what's good and what needs to go. I like improving sections.

That said, writing is very much work, no matter what phase I'm in. And the hardest part is getting my butt into the chair consistently. I do remember a time (many, many years ago) when it was more fun.

One major goal I have is to recapture some of that ease and joy, hopefully this summer.

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4/28/14 10:24 A

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For the editing process, one of the things Donald Maass suggests which I like, is to print it out and throw the pages up in the air (or just mix them up massively). Pick up a page and read it. Is it interesting? Is there tension on the page? If not, figure out how to work some in :)

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4/28/14 8:39 A

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Exactly. We might have the fun in writing a particular scene, but does it promote the action forward in a constructive way to the entire book (or work)?

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4/27/14 4:10 P

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I asked myself, "What do I want to accomplish with this chapter?"

I have remember that when I am editing my work.

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4/27/14 12:03 P

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I could not agree more! I think as writers we all have been where you are at right now. We write because we love it and edit because we need to. Edits and re-writes are the toughest part of being a writer but I would say it can also be the most rewarding at times. I take each project as its own and it helps me prioritize what I need to do and what I want to write next at the same time. I just finished the spring edition of Camp NanoWrimo and it was so much fun but now I am faced with editing not only this project but also finishing my first edits for my project from last November. Writing is something we do because we love it and that is what's so important:)

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4/26/14 12:54 P

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I'm retired and working on a novel, and on revising my collection of short stories. I thought having all the time I needed for these writing projects would make it easy. It does not. It's still work. I have to remind myself that this is my work now.

Writing a fresh, new chapter is fun, and it's the reason I love being a writer. But revising and making it work the way I want is not so much fun. It's the work part. It has to be done, though. I know my writing improves with every revision, and know how easy it is to get bogged down in choices about which revision is the better version.

I asked myself, "What do I want to accomplish with this chapter?" The answer was NOT that it was already written, so I wanted to save it. The answer WAS to move the character along in her ambitions. Once that was clear to me, the work was cut out for me.

Yesterday, I did it. Now, I must move on towards the rest of the work.
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