Ed helped me to understand my researching for the book is part of my writing process! Duh...I learned that in a few of my writing classes - thank goodness he helped me open that filing cabinet drawer and clean out the cobwebs! :)
This evening's post is to help me and my fellow writing friends. If you are in the process of "writing" a book - remember there are an array of things required in order to make your writing successful and your end product a creative work others will want to read.
Items I have been doing over the weekend to "work" on my book so I can devote solid time to the actual "writing" - REMEMBER - RESEARCHING, REVISING, READING AND REVISITING THE PAST ARE PART OF THE WRITING PROCESS!
*Reading old newspaper clippings: I have every newspaper clipping about my sister's case cataloged in a binder and lamenated on poster board.
*Watching old home videos and/or home videos: To watch my beautiful sister talk to me on an old video stirs up such emotion - watching newsclips from those first days opens the wound and loss associated with not knowing where Heidi is - and brings back the rawness necessary to revise these first chapters.
*Reading other books! Good writers - read and read especially in their genre. I'm finishing a couple books now a friend loaned me for the summer. Once I complete these two books - my goal is to be reading memoirs and books about writing. (If you know of a good memoir - share the title and author on the BLOG - I'm going to frequent the library for some new titles.)
*Reading professional writing magazines: reading articles written by the experts in the field on how to write, market, seek an agent and publisher - all important stuff
*Reading my Gram's diaries starting on April 3, 1994! Enough said - they take me back quicker and closer than anything else.
*Writing other snip-ips that aren't the book - journaling, short stories, a little of this and that
*Keeping up communication with other writers on my Facebook and through this site -
*Responding to your emails: the encouragement and support I receive in the emails is amazing! I try to respond to each person who sends me a note - your prayers and words are empowering!
*Talking with key characters of my life and story: to remember and enhance my storyline by remembering and reliving those days
So although I didn't get a lot of "writing" done this weekend - the creative juices were working and ideas and Scripture verses have been jotted onto sticky notes for when I write this week!
Have a great week! Remember to respond with your favorite memoir for me to add to my reading list! :) Thanks!