Day 305 – Slow & Steady

My long project is moving along slowly and thoughtfully. I’ve been bolstered by my classmates. We’ve been so generous with one another. It feels good. I’m getting braver too to say what I mean and state my opinions and offer up advice on how to flesh out or restructure a manuscript to a group of women writers who are older than me. That bravery is paying off too. Not only are my classmates thanking me for my input, it’s improving my own work too. When I write, I write intuitively and every time I get something good, it feels like luck, a fluke. Definitely not something I can replicate. But after critiquing my classmates manuscript, I’m not sure that entirely true. I definitely calculate details through my manuscript, subtle little symbols that I hope illuminate one of the themes I’m juggling, but the greater picture and the tension I build in scenes felt like something done entirely based on intuition. However, the more experience I gain critiquing, the more I can see how to rearrange scenes and events for a more effective impact. I didn’t know I could do that. I didn’t know I was doing that in my own writing. I just thought I was feeling my way there. And I guess, I was, but now that I see the pattern, writing feels a little less like luck and more like craft, a craft I can share.

Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Prompt:  Write about a gift. How was it given? How was it received.

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