I haven’t been posting lately to my blogs. Why? I do have a valid reason (excuse?) I had been reading so much that my eyes were getting too tired and strained, and the small print in one book was hard to see well. Being due for an eye checkup I made the needed appointment. The result is that I now have stronger reading glasses, and with better vision I am able to get back at my reading. I added another book to my ‘have read’ page, and hope to do well with my reading in April.
Remember I told you about a story I was working on, cutting it down? I finally got it from nearly 3000 words (actually 2994) way down to 1300. Amazingly, nothing of the heart of the story was lost in the cut. My critiquer gave me further suggestions, and I worked on a second revision. Now I am waiting to get further response on that before I send it on to a magazine to see if they are interested in it.
I also have some other stories brewing. Maybe they will be for magazines, maybe short stories. Not sure yet. I will have to see where my muse will take me in those.
SO, how’s your ‘vision’ lately? I’d love to hear about it.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
Good to have you back, Lynn! Paring down a story is sometimes quite challenging. I find once I get started it’s not usually as bad as I imagined. It’s far more difficult to tell a story in a small amount of words.
Sounds as though your imagination is soaring!!!
Thanks, Laura! 🙂
I can’t say that my imagination is soaring on paper, but what is already written down needs attention (wings). And what is not yet captured is still bumping around in my ‘story maker’ – imagination place. So many things I hear or see lately seem as if they could be written into stories! I think I have a manic muse, or could have with the slightest encouragement. 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Laura.
My “vision” for writing is suffering. Life keeps getting in the way of my writing time.
What to cut–from life, that is?
It’s much easier to cut 1800 words from a story than to “un-committ” to something in life.
Jean, it is so nice to hear from you. I totally understand about life getting in the way of writing time, but for me it is even worse than that. I just do not use my time well so that I allow myself writing time. It is something I have to relearn, I think .. something about perspective and value and setting my creativity free. Maybe it has to start with 15 minutes .. or 10 minutes .. to write write write and not stop until the end of that piece of time. It could be interesting to find what can come out of that.
Thanks for your comment, Jean.