Posted by: Judy | July 26, 2012

God Wink again…

In Molly’s comment, yesterday, she quoted from a book:

“This information came from The Science of Parenting by M Sutherland. It was in a file given to a member of my extended family when they adopted two (previously neglected) small children ‘There is a symphony of chemicals in our brain going on all the time. They compete for dominance. The ones which fire longest and strongest will win – if it is always high levels of stress hormones … you are going to have one stressed out child. But the awesome message is that you can do so much to repair, to develop and to sculpt….'”

That’s it exactly! I’m endeavoring to repair, develop, and sculpt, and I have to remind myself that those things take a lot of work.

Hmmm… different perspective… as a writer, I write the basic story. It’s only a fraction of the final story. It includes the basic beginning, middle, and end. Then I go back and start adding and expanding scenes until I have at least 5 major scenes. Then I add a few more scenes to ties those first scenes together. Then I expand on each scene, fleshing out and making any continuity changes needed. Then I go through and edit again and again and again. When I feel it’s as good as I can make it, then I send it to my first reader/editor. She sends back corrections and suggestions. I work through hers, and discover more of my own. So I go through it again a few more times. Then I send it to my second reader/editor. Again, I receive suggestions for making the story better. I may or may not agree with the suggestion, but I will make a change. I often make a completely different change. Then I work through it again and again until it’s as good as I can make it, and I send it to a third editor. They also make corrections and suggestions. By this time, I’m starting to feel comfortable in what I expect of the story and I may or may not make the changes, though I invariably add more information, clarifying, tightening. I edit some more, until the day I have to turn it into my publisher, who sends it to their editor. This editor also sends back corrections and suggestions I may or may not use.

God has been teaching me how to repair, develop, and sculpt, and I didn’t even recognize it.

The central story never changes, but just about everything else is up for discussion, depending on what’s needed. I can do this. I will do this.


  1. You are such a beautiful story you. I enjoy sharing our chapters. 🙂

    • Thanks ((Ruth))

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