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I just finished the first draft of my second book in The Kitchen Dancer Series. Even though it still needs lots of editing, the bones are there and I'm so grateful to be finished with the first step. I am now going back to The Kitchen Dancer to fill in plot holes created by the second novel, temporarily called 'Bridge'.
This part of the writing process is easier for me, the editing. It's getting that first draft birthed that I find so difficult. Some people say they enjoy writing and can't not write. I am well aware that is a double negative. I'm not certain I would say that uniformly. I like to create stories, I like to tell a character's story but sitting down when I feel so antsy and things aren't going well at the computer is not easy. So I'm not sure the process is always so enjoyable for a wiggly person like me.
Why do I continue? I suppose it is because when I fill out a form and it says occupation, I check 'writer'. It's who I am. I am a writer.
I have printed out my first copy of The Kitchen Dancer to check for plot holes and glaring errors the first time around. The third time I read it through I will work on making the language pretty.
WRITER'S TIP: If you set your computer to read your book to you and you follow along with the text, it increases your focus and comprehension. You will find errors that you might have missed, I can also see the structure of my story better because of how fast the robot reader speaks.
How to: Macs: System Preferences, Accessibility, Speech. Then you get to select American voice, British. I like Oliver...a lot. ;-) Once you've selected that, you select the text you want read and then press option (bottom left of keyboard) and the escape key (top left).
PCs: Press Alt + Shift + s, Settings, Advanced, in Accessibility section select Manage accessibility features, Text-to-Speech--turn on Enable ChromeVox (spoken feedback).
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Since we are still quarantined (that word is beginning to sound suspiciously like pickled) I am going back through photos of some lovely trips we took. This photo is from August 22, 2018, a mere two years ago when my husband David and I traveled with our grown kids. We visited the lovely Nickel and Nickel vineyard in California. Don't you feel the cool California breeze? Delicious!
We are quarantined but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy ourselves! I figure your only limitation is what's inside your head. Here are five things I do to improve my day when I'm feeling blue:
Comment now below and let me know what you are doing to get through!