It's funny how when we read, we find that which is missing in our own writing. Having been over and over "Troubled Memories," and then after looking at the first chapter today, I almost screamed. It always felt so exciting when I re-read it. Today I saw the hidden word "boring" in each sentence. So it's back to the editing again. I went through the first two chapters this morning and will probably attack another chapter or two after I finish my power-point presentations for my criminal justice class. After re-reading my first two chapters with the addition of more descriptive wording, I was amazed at the different feeling I got when I read it. For instance:
The sentence: "I sipped coffee from my cup, and found myself watching a squirrel in the park across the street..."
was transformed into:---(two sentences)
"I sipped Royal Kona from the ceramic container that warmed my calloused hands, as my eyes followed a gray bushy-tailed rodent in the peaceful village park just across the quiet street. He playfully scampered though the colorful leaves that had recently abandoned the hundred year old maples and oaks."
Recently I wrote a blog, concerned about my book's word count. Somehow, I don't think that's going to be a problem by the time I get through editing all 69 chapters. :) Here we go again.
We read. We write. We read. We write even better! :)