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My secret

Dear Writers,

I have mentioned my writing secret in past posts.

Keep a writing journal.

When I first started keeping a writing journal, it felt a little forced.  And sometimes, I resented it.  (Wasn't my internal editor enough?)  But over the years, I can't think of anything more important to my process.  My journal has served me well--often during my lowest moments--because there are many things I do over and over again.




For example:

I rewrite my first page anywhere between 40 and 140 times before I can write further.

At page 70, I am sure that my novel is dead.  (so long, novel)


I don't know what to write.  ??????


But in my journal, I've done this before.  If I take a week off, generally, the next page comes.

ALSO:  Deleting is necessary.

Really, all my secrets are in my journal. 


SHHHHHHHHH

Because with each new project, I need to remind myself what I learned in the past.  In my journal, I also keep things like:

memories  (including the memory map)
reminders  (like READ something today, Sarah, or TAKE A BREAK)
photographs and images that inspire me (See old post on Daughters of Edward Darley Boit)
writing slogans  (Show, don't tell/act like a director/trust your voice/what happens next?)


Keeping a journal won't write the book for you, but it helps you anticipate some of the steps in YOUR personal writing process. 

Happy Writing,

Yours,

Sarah
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