Blogging  from A to Z ~The Letter M

Blogging from A to Z ~The Letter M

blogging from a to z 2018 logoThe Letter M

 

 I didn’t finish in April, but I will continue to write about being a writer, alphabetically. Not failure, but flexibility. 

I’ve written nonfiction, short stories, longer pieces and poetry. My media has included everything from keyboard to fountain pen to crayon.  And yes, I’m working on a novel.

 

The Letter M

 

Magic

Yes,  speculative fiction and fantasy are popular genres, but I’m not thinking of spells and magicians and powers that ordinary folk don’t get to play with. The magic I’m thinking of happens to me, in real life,  and perhaps you’ve experienced it as well. I sit at the keyboard. The mind clutter and intrusive little sounds and nagging to-dos fade away, and I’m immersed in a world, or the mind of a character, or a wicked little plot twist. A series of starts and fits of fingertaps extract these elements from my brain into words and I’ve created a bit of story.  Magic!

Microwave

On rare occasion, writing may interfere with real life. I plan for that – keeping at least a few pre-prepared meals in the freezer.  You know, for when I get so buried in my creative process that maybe I forget to cook something.  Yes, it can happen. Husband has mentioned that occasionally  I don’t even realize he’s in the room, speaking to me. That must mean Magic is happening. Apparently he quietly slips way to see what’s in the freezer, but I wouldn’t know. Guess  I have to take his word for it. If you want recipes, let me know.

 

Money

Okay, who am I kidding. The odds of me playing the lead beside Brad Pitt are probably better than me achieving fame and fortune. Yet, still, I will write.

 

Next time, the letter N  …

 

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Blogging  from A to Z ~The Letter L

Blogging from A to Z ~The Letter L

blogging from a to z 2018 logoFriday April 13, 2018 ~ The Letter L

 

This month, I write about being a writer, alphabetically.

I’ve written nonfiction, short stories, longer pieces and poetry. My media has included everything from keyboard to fountain pen to crayon.  And yes, I’m working on a novel.

Please join me each day as I explore this craft and career of playing with words as I participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2018.

 

The Letter L

Learning

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”  ~ Henry Ford

Why I’ll never stop learning:

~ Research is fun. No, really, I get a kick out of tracking down, figuring out, and finally understanding something new to me.

~ Our world is in a constant state of change. And I hate to be left behind.

~ Readers can and will call me out on any inaccuracies.

~ Data!  I love data and information and compiling and comparing and concluding.

~ I want to keep my brain muscles fit and functional until I’m in the grave.

~ I’d like to appear slightly less ancient to those whippersnappers

~ Knowledge keeps my bullshit meter accurate.

~ And Mr. Henry Ford said it’ll keep me young.

I’m a lifelong learner. Are you?

Tomorrow, the letter  M …

 

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Blogging  from A to Z ~The Letter K

Blogging from A to Z ~The Letter K

blogging from a to z 2018 logoWednesday April 11, 2018 ~ The Letter K

 

This month, I write about being a writer, alphabetically.

I’ve written nonfiction, short stories, and poetry. My media has included everything from keyboard to fountain pen to crayon.  And yes, I’m working on a novel.

Please join me each day as I explore this craft and career of playing with words as I participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2018.

 

The Letter K

Keep

#WhatWasIThinking

You know when you look back at your last great idea and realize maybe it wasn’t? I admit to some absolutely horrible writing. You won’t see it, because it lives in my what was I thinking? file, not likely to see the light of day.

But I don’t throw those rejects out.

Even my very worst efforts get a second (or third) chance. I don’t delete or shred them; instead I place them somewhere quiet and unattended and wait.  Sometimes I wait months.  

Then I take another look. Anything salvageable in those pages? Perhaps an idea?  Or a character, setting or quirk I can use elsewhere?  That perfect turn of phrase, too good to shred? 

Anything worth saving I transfer to an appropriate location.  Please tell me I’m not the only one with folders populated with interesting vocabulary, or kernels of ideas, weird facts or half-written poems that might become something good someday.  Or that perfect turn of phrase that I just know will come in handy some day.

Though most of my work lives on my laptop, the cloud, the DVD backup, the hard drive backup….  okay, I should have written about backing up files on “B” day.  Just do it!

Anyhow…

The point is, most of my files are electronic, but I do have inspiration notebooks. There’s the one I carry around all the time, just in case. And I’ve got a bullet-journal-y book dedicated wholly to writing inspiration.  And recently I received a lovely creativity box in which I can save anything that motivates my muse. Just checked – the box right now contains a program from a British country fair. And I know why!  I should check that box more often!

Which reminds me – jotting down ideas is great, but not so effective if you never look at them again. Once I’ve written something down, my brain no longer feels the need to remember it.  So I have to remind myself to go take a peek now and then.

Back to the reject pile.  If, on second go-around, the piece appears to be beyond redemption, I hold on to it just a little longer.  As a low priority item, that little longer can be more than months. Then I take a look again.

Sometimes a bit of something-to-save appears.  Sometimes not.  If there really isn’t a single salvageable syllable, I ask the final question.

Will I be mortified if my family reads this after I’m dead an gone?  If yes, out it goes.  If not, then the poor little page gets saved.  So far, post-mortem mortification (see how I did that?)  hasn’t been an issue for me. I don’t discard my words.

Digital space is cheap and invisible, and maybe someday that piece will work.

What do you do with abandoned drafts?

#JustKeepIt

 

Tomorrow, the letter  L …

 

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