Strengths & Weaknesses

We all got ’em and that applies to writing too.  That’s why I say you never waste time writing, even if it’s crap.  Because all writing is practice.  And you learn to capitalize on your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses the more you practice writing.

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For example, I’m at a point where I need to do some really important revisions on A Vintage Heart in Hollywood.  I think in pictures which is really awesome for story creation, but once I get to the revision and editing stage I really need to see the words for themselves.  And that’s pretty much impossible when I look at them and am overwhelmed with images in my mind.  Many writers have had this problem for thousands of years.  So, I knew the thing to do was to separate myself from anything having to do with the story, including the whole genre and anything that inspired me.  That was hard because just about everything inspires my stories.  At some point, I will sit down with the story and see the words for themselves.  I think I’m almost there.  I’ll set a tentative date of the Monday after Thanksgiving to restart these revisions.  Setting dates and times is another way I keep myself moving forward with writing.

Keep writing, just keep writing, butt in chair, hands on keyboard.  😉

The above drawing is of Jean Miélot, a scribe in the 1400s.