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Edit diary (26 March)

Day 34 (March 26)

Goals for today:

1) Focus on early Part One of the first book of a series (three in draft, the fourth incubating). Aim to complete changes to flagged areas in one chapter, towards readiness for submitting by the end of this week, to writer friends who have offered to critique changes. I’ve incorporated almost all their suggestions. This task has been complicated because of major alteration to the structure (and limited changes to content) of the story and the reconstruction of flashbacks to fit linearly.

2) Continue brainstorming ideas for stories for three competitions – up to: 600 words, 1500 words, 3000 words.

For me brainstorming is an informal method of generating ideas by free association. I often use this technique alone nowadays, but used to find it useful as a group technique when I facilitated management development modules.


Goal 1) On track. Changed several scenes to: simplify, by excluding names for two incidental characters, and to: expand two incidents that sow the seeds for the authenticity of later actions by Freya’s grandmother even though they would seem incomprehensible to most people.

Still only fourteen, Freya starts to understand how her mother struggles to deal with Gramma’s idiosyncrasies. For herself, she is on the verge of planting memories that will translate later to articulating what she sees as manipulative behaviour.

Goal 2) Lots of ideas for short stories emerged. Fodder for many tales. Will I live long enough to tell the half of them? Haven’t settled any approaches yet, but want to decide quickly to avoid loss of momentum for the major task of editing the novel drafts. Got so enthused with the brainstorm stuff I almost missed the bus. No time to enjoy the ambience there today – interesting themes in the artistry.

Tranquil at this time

Edit diary update – 1 March 2012

Rest for the eyes

Day 9 (1 March 2012)

Hot outside – hoping for a quiet day in library. Progress yesterday was in spite of many interruptions – a children’s story session (very loud), an IT class (instructor voice very intrusive), a woman conducting business phone calls at my ear, a community organisation meeting (constant voices and phone calls – urgency because of looming election I think).

Managed with effort to get above the first three and work productively, but packed up for home after an hour of the meeting – capacity to rise above it all was exhausted by morning efforts. Hopefully this will not be the pattern until the election is over on 24th – probably why all the meeting rooms were in use. Not sure why people think it is OK to talk continuously in a library and be unaware of other people’s rights. At least two other people trying to work quietly were discommoded.

Editing focus on Part One again – hoping to get past early chapters and to make changes needed to take account of new structure. Goal to get Part One editing finished by 15 March – earlier would be good. Worked through three segments where flashbacks were rewritten in present time. Deleted original texts. Took longer than anticipated. Maybe 15 March is too ambitious, but won’t change that date meantime.

I am fortunate to have trees to look at when inspiration fails, and the comfort of library shelves behind me.

Comfort of knowledge

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