Finesse: Thanks to dictionary.com
extreme delicacy or subtlety in action, performance, skill, discrimination, taste, etc.
skill in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation; adroit and artful management: exceptional diplomatic finesse.
verb (used without object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.
to use finesse or artifice.
to make a finesse at cards.
verb (used with object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.
to bring about by finesse or artifice.
to avoid; circumvent.
to make a finesse with (a card).
to force the playing of (a card) by a finesse.
I love the word of the day!
How are you doing this wonderful day? Have you found something that made you smile? I hope so. I need to find anything and everything that brings joy to my day. Today, I watched a hummingbird fluttering around my office window. I am so thankful for that. And now…writing for you is making me smile. Come on- it is cuppa time. Oatmeal is my plan for a nibble. How about you? Help yourself to whatever you find. I will get my copy of The Novel Writer’s Toolkit by Bob Mayer ready and roll out the reading rug. I’ll be waiting. Don’t forget napkins!
Alright, let’s take a walk through the writing cycle as a style review.
Step one: The idea. You need to know where you are starting each time you sit down to write, not just the first time. I tend to write a chapter at a time each time I sit down. I need to know where this will start.
** When I sit down to write, I read the section I created before so I can get into the flow of the scene. **
: Research! My favorite word. So, you have an idea. Awesome. But then you need to research the details. Seriously, once you research the topic you may find a twist you could use in your work. It is well worth the time and effort. Knowing everything about your topic will allow you to write without interruption.
Step three: Write. Start with an outline. Do this in pencil or with post-it notes so changes can be made easily. Believe me, things will change as you move forward.
Step four: Get a red pen or 10. Editing. It is time to go back and read what you have written. Get out your pen and be prepared for some awfulness. Yes, you will find things that will make you cringe. This is where you prepare to fix and rewrite. Grab some post-it arrows, make marks, slap down some ideas and work through the full manuscript.
Do you have one? Do you want one? Does it matter?
I kinda have a routine. I get up. Make my bed. Drink coffee with the Hubs. Take out the puppers. Then I find my way to you. I’m not an early, early morning eater. I sit, read what we are covering next and start my post. Then we need our cuppa and nibble. That is my routine for this blog. But writing on my WIP works differently. It is more a go-with-the-flow style. Today I might write a full chapter, or edit, or research a possible twist to happen later, or, or, or…it depends on what I am feeling at the moment.
I know some people who do the same things each time they sit. They work by their outline. No variations. I’m kinda jealous. I wish I could do that, but my mind won’t let that happen. If I’m not feeling the chapter I am working on, I know I am missing something in the scene. I go looking for it instead. You don’t need a routine, but I can say without hesitation- it helps.
We will look deeper into editing next time! It’s a deep dive!
Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.
Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.
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