Saturday, September 29, 2007

earning my MFL

I feel the terror of idleness, like a red thirst.—Mary Oliver, from “The Deer”

It’s a bit tricky for the workaholic in me to let up. (As faithful readers of this blog probably realize…) I list, goal, and plan myself to death. I think it’s out of fear, though. Especially last year—I was afraid that I might see this writing stint as one gloriously long summer vacation. And then slip into idleness… sleeping in, slouching around, forgetting to put words on paper.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

something rewritten this way comes

No language stands still.—Chicago Manual of Style

By the end of last week, my draft stood at 26,631 words—roughly a fourth of the book. ...And then on Monday, I lopped off a few thousand words—over two chapters!—and am rewriting yet again. I feel like this goes against all the writing advice I’ve received: aren’t you supposed to press on, get to the end, and then turn around and rework it?

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Friday, September 07, 2007

there and back again

The distance is nothing, when one has a motive.—Jane Austen

And so I’m back from a whirlwind week—my grand tour. Up to Gaylord, Michigan and then down to Nashville, Tennessee, and two days ago, back home. By the end of it, I felt like I had truly seen a chunk of the Midwest—the dried cornfields through Illinois, lakes and pines in Michigan, and the dark hills of Kentucky and Tennessee.


trying to catch a picture of the fields

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