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Aka Back in the Computer Chair AgainSummer vacations are over (I say as look out on the Gulf of Mexico from a south Florida beach), the kids have gone back to school, and it’s time to get back to that unfinished book (not to imply that s...
Aka Back in the Computer Chair AgainSummer vacations are over (I say as look out on the Gulf of Mexico from a south Florida beach), the kids have gone back to school, and it’s time to get back to that unfinished book (not to imply that summertime activities aren’t work — they’re just different work). Okay, maybe your summer didn’t go quite that way. Still, the season’s changed routine often plays havoc with a writer’s schedule — especially if that writer has children at home or grandchildren who come to visit, to say nothing of also holding down a part-time or fulltime job. For those of us who exchanged the rigors of daily writing for fun in the sun (or some variation thereof), we may find our neglected manuscripts crying out for attention. So this isn’t a complaint about disrupted writing times, but rather a discussion of how to get back in the groove. One of the best places to start is a total reread of the manuscript. It’s amazing how many details of our own stories we forget when we’ve been AWOL for even a short time. We will likely find a surprising number of errors and shortcomings to fix that will pull us back into the writing mode and spearhead a surge of enthusiasm for our project. Unfortunately, this will not come without pitfalls. Life gets in the way. Kids need a ride to soccer practice. Preschoolers catch chickenpox from older siblings. Extracurricular activities require transportation to and from, and the list goes on. Another good way to return to the zone involves reading someone else’s book. For me, that’s a surefire kick in the writing backside. All I have to do is start the first chapter of a favorite author’s book, and my fingers itch to get back on the keyboard and pound out my own story.Yet a third method invokes both sight and sound, as in a great movie like Letters to Juliet. (Yes, I’m a pushover for a sweet love story, especially when it involves those of us on the downside of middle age.) What inspires you to knuckle down when you’ve been out of the groove for a while? Do you have a little trick or two that put you back on track? If so, please share it with us.Linda Lane writes, edits, and mentors writers who want to learn to write effectively and well. Visit her and her editing team at DenverEditor.com
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If you're in or near Denver this July and can't make it to Italy for your Italian fix, head to Balistreri Vineyards for one of their two Wine & Movie Nights the weekend of July 19th and 20th. This is the first year Balistreri is doing tw...
If you're in or near Denver this July and can't make it to Italy for your Italian fix, head to Balistreri Vineyards for one of their two Wine & Movie Nights the weekend of July 19th and 20th. This is the first year Balistreri is doing two of these nights because one just wasn't enough last year! The evenings are sponsored by Balistreri and tour company Dream Italia. I'll be there both nights representing Dream of Italy and giving away a handful of subscriptions to local audience members. This is my favorite summer event in Denver and I can't wait...The evenings include a special Movie Menu developed by Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg featuring wood-fired pizza, grilled chicken caesar salad, porchetta sliders with fresh fennel slaw as well as custom gelato made with Balistreri's own wines. The feast is followed by one of two movies, shown on the lawn of Balistreri's lovely events center -- the lawn is covered with a tent so the movies go on, rain or shine...On Friday, July 19th, the featured wine flick is A Very Good Year starring Russell Crowe and on Saturday, July 20th the Italian-themed movie is Letters to Juliet. And what better way to watch than munching on parmesan or truffle-flavored popcorn while sipping some of Balistreri's vintages.Get your tickets for the evening here ($49 per person including a glass of wine, plenty of food and the movie showing) and we will see you at the vineyard!
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