What have I forgotten to say?

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Good news. So far, I am 4 for 4 in keeping my daily commitment to work a few hours on my novel each day.

A recent writing/revision strategy emerged for me in working on this novel and on my e-book, which is to ask myself this question: What have I forgotten to say? Now, in keeping with my future epitaph of “done is better than perfect,” I don’t claim to have successfully filled every gap in my writing. I do claim, though, that asking this question tends to lead me to discover areas to improve or expand in my work.

While I believe “Less is more” when it comes to writing, I also know that sometimes I write less than I should. I usually know what everything means, what every character is thinking, why events are unfolding the way they are, but I forget to share enough of this with the reader.

At any rate, I am finding my way back to work on my novel. Of course, the most effective strategy that nonetheless always comes as a surprise to me is this one: Just start.  Don’t wait for inspiration: Just spend some time with the project.

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