I formatted the story for submission in Microsoft Word. As I checked to make sure that it “looked right,” I found myself removing bits that did not enhance the story. I also added some bits. I want to thoroughly edit again tomorrow.
After I proofread, I found some places to try to send this story.
I didn’t ADD words to the story. I carefully looked for mistakes. It wasn’t 15 minutes, but 45. It just takes me longer to see what needs correcting than it takes to put something down.
I am counting it, regardless.
I didn’t intend to add those 200-some-odd words today. I only intended to read the story through and put in missing or misspelled words. I shaped the story a little bit more. TOMORROW I will simply proofread and not add.
271 words today. It’s a total of 1053 words, and it is complete. Sort of.
Tomorrow, is my first copyediting. I will probably add and delete like crazy. I just had to set it aside. I have a tendency to see what I think is supposed to be there instead of what actually IS there.
I enjoyed working on this today. I didn’t get as far and as fast (yeah, relative to my usual pace and I am as slow as GRRM. I’m not nearly as good, though) as usual.
The thing is… The story is starting to make more sense in my head.
I think that most of these will be keepers. Maybe.
Over at FICTION UNIVERSITY, Janice Hardy had a guest post by Shanna Swendson. It showed up on the blog on May 25, but I just saw it.
While I thought I had thoroughly considered this question before, I had only given a few seconds attention to this. This only led to a couple of sentence fragments that didn’t lead anywhere. At best, I had given a token effort and received exactly what that effort merited.
ONE KEY QUESTION TO ASK BEFORE YOU START WRITING invited me to reconsider both the question and the answers.
I realized that an abbreviated form of this would also be useful for short story writing. These tidbits deserve respect, too. Knowing the “WHY” can help me reshape the how into something exquisite.
I also realized that it is never too late to take this step. When I get stuck, I could return to it… If I have it already done. If not, it is a perfect exercise to pull me back into the story and the delight I envisioned.
Nifty tool! I can’t wait to use it.
15 minutes per day
6 days per week
I will write a story this month. (By June 22)
Yep, today is Good Friday. It is, for human beings, the best thing that could have ever happened, but for Jesus, the Christ… It was sheer torture. One of my favorite Gerhart hymns, “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth,” verse 3, gets to the point quite well.
“… / O wondrous Love, what have You done! / The Father offers up His Son, / Desiring our salvation. / O Love, how strong You are to save! / You lay the One into the grave / Who built the earth’s foundation.”
Good Friday isn’t the end of the story, either. Pretty much everyone knows that Easter Sunday is coming up pretty quickly. Yes, Easter without Good Friday is pretty meaningless. It is more than a pastoral footnote about seeds growing, caterpillars turning to butterflies, and other “springy” images, though. It is about the cost of forgiveness. Not the cost to us, it cost God more than we can begin to understand.
To help us begin to work our way toward at least appreciating what God has done and continues to do for us, earlier generations of Christians used the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter to hold Easter Vigil services. One of the best explanations of Easter and “light walk-throughs” actually came from my pastor and cantor on the “Coffee Hour” podcast at KFUO. <– If you click that link, it will take you to the page. Scroll down a bit, and you will see the podcast called, “The Coffee Hour – Easter Vigil: From Darkness to Light.” It lasts a little bit under 30 minutes.
In case you don’t have a church nearby that has Easter Vigil services, my church is. It will start at 6:30 PM tomorrow. Zion, Tomball’s website has a link to the YouTube live-stream and bulletin download here. I’m not entirely certain what they are going to do for the opening bonfire and procession into the church, maybe Facebook live? We shall see.