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Yes, here's Sunday's check in, a day late, again. This seems to be one of the few habits I'm developing here. They say you have to repeat some thing 10-20-30? times for it to be a habit? I forget, and better not Google it or I'll be lost again. It's one of those things like 10,000 hours to master something or 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep healthy, just another number dangled in front of us imperfect humans. Suffice it to say that so far - aside from consistently posting late - I'm developing at best an editing anti-habit, I'm doing it most days, at various times, for various lenghts of time. Definitely no danger of this editing becoming an addiction.

Not sure what the problem is, other than my life long inability to focus, the ease at which shiny things can distract me. And as I've mentioned before, retired life is very unstructured, with very few schedules and 'have to's'. As part of another objctive - keeping up with blogs I follow - I did find a helpful list from the Writer Unboxed site:

Five Good Books on Editing and Self-Editing Strategies - 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

Flogging the Quill by Ray Rhamey

Fiction First Aid by Raymond Obstfeld

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

I'll check them out via the library, in my spare time, but I think my problem is not so much with the 'how' as the 'when'. I'll go once more through my checklist, my editing timeline, and see if I can subdivide things even further, down to one hour chunks.

And the final objective - short stories - is still underway. Another Flash Fiction challenge has been set by Terrible Minds, this week's is to pick a random song title from your collection and write a story based on it. Easy, and hard.




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Eden Mabee

Have you noticed, Mike, that things in the ROW80 seem to follow a theme each week? I've been checking out a few other ROWers posts and we (including myself) somehow all seem to be posting about the sparkly distractions out there in the bloggo-sphere. Guess that't part of what makes this a "challenge". Glad you're finding ways to work around it, even if it's a habit (at least your readers will know what to expect from you this way).

Best to you.

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