The Writer's Desk

Writing, publishing & marketing notes from Jamie DeBree & her alter egos

Weekly Writing: 6/30 – 7/6/2018

Weekly Word Counts
MMM: 169

Editing hours: 0

Well then. Clearly I’m headed in exactly the wrong direction, but it’s been a weird week and I lost my focus early on and never got it back, for various reasons. I’m also overthinking the whole craft side of things again, which is causing me to seize up a bit (and is never a good thing).

On top of all that, I haven’t been sleeping well (not sure why…the heat, maybe), which isn’t really a good excuse, but being tired does make me more likely to make the wrong choice. And eating poorly due to the holiday this week (and then keeping it up for no real good reason) didn’t help either.

It was a week of poor choices and focus all around, and that’s really all there is to it.

I did finally get a mind-map outline started for MMM, which is cool, but a little overwhelming. And I also started feeding my writing through a couple of auto-editing programs – Hemingway Editor, and ProWritingAid. These programs are telling me (among other, more easily fixable things) that my sentence structure is too long and thus hard to read. I write on a 10th grade level, apparently, and according to these programs, most people read at a 5th grade level. Which leaves me with a dilemma – do I change my own writing to suit, and thus “sanitize” my own writing style? Or do I just write as I always have and assume that somewhere out there, there are people who will eventually be interested in reading these books?

Hard to say. I’ll sleep on it. And maybe use my two editing projects as “guinea pigs” for that sort of thing.

Next week, more words I hope.

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