I’m a retired engineer turned writer, with the first draft of a book that I like. I live alone in a retirement community with not much to do other than read and write. There are very few distractions, which any writer recognizes is a distinct plus.
I’m now in the difficult, time-consuming, and somewhat boring process of learning the vocation of editing and revising. On the surface, this is quite different from the original process of producing a first draft. I’ve found, however, that needed revisions can be almost as much fun as writing, because revising is also a creative process at times.
Since my background is engineering, I’m a planner and a user of tools. My writing friends tend to think that I’m something of a tool freak. That’s okay, as without the tools, the stuff that I create wouldn’t be much worth reading. The story might be enjoyable, depending on the sort of stories one likes, but the writing mistakes would be quite distracting. As I gain experience, those mistakes will become fewer, but no one can catch them all. On top of that, there are things that a writer needs to do to produce a coherent story. Some of the tools can help with that.
Like I said, I’m a newcomer to the vocation of writing, so I have everything about it to learn. That process of learning is also fun and rewording. I’m learning in a number of different ways, one of which is learning from other writers. A very good way to do that is to read blogs produced by other writers, about writing. Whenever I run across one that I find particularly useful, I intend to post a link to it here.
As I already mentioned, I’m a planner. I use some very good tools to help with planning, organizing, and a number of other things. I intend to talk about some of them from time to time.