Horse Latitudes 2

Didn’t Jimmy Buffet have a song, Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes? I’m thinking about that now since rereading my previous post.

I have to apologize for not having posted in awhile. It’s the conference season. I spoke at the Illinois Reading Council’s conference in Springfield, the Iowa Reading Association’s Conference in Des Moines, the Texas Library Association’s Conference in San Antonio, and just returned from the International Reading Association’s Conference in Chicago. All within the past month! I love going to conferences. However, they do tire you out. By the end of April I hardly wanted to talk, let alone write.

But I’m back now. My last post was about feeling stuck. I focused on a idea I was trying to work out, about snakes in the form of kids dealing with a bullying issue. (If that doesn’t make a lot of sense—which it may not—go back and read my previous post.)

After I got back from Chicago, I decided to stop agonizing over it. I sat down at the computer and started writing. Something odd kicked in. As I wrote the story without worrying about whether or not it was a waste of time, I discovered myself liking it more and more.

Now that it’s finished, I’m going to let it sit for a couple of weeks before rewriting. I’ve got to shorten it. Right now it kicks in at 1800 words. I’d like to get it below 1,000. It might be ready to send out with some additional tweaks. All the editors I spoke with at IRA asked for material for young readers. Really young! Second grade and under. This story might work. Or not. But at least I finished it. Good or not, that always gives a writer a sense of accomplishment.

Let’s face it. Writers write. It’s what we do. Better to turn out a stinker than not to write at all—which is what I’d end up doing if I expected War and Peace every time I sat down at the keyboard.

Anyhow, I’m back. More later.

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