I saw the Story in the Manuscript and Edited until I set it free. #amediting

“I saw the Angel in the Marble and Carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

A version for writers could be “I saw the Story in the Manuscript and Edited until I set it free.”

It’s always a relief for me to get that first draft down and begin shaping, chiselling and crafting it into the story I envisage. I like to critically fork over every word, sentence and paragraph.

“Rewrite and edit until you achieve the most felicitous phrase / sentence / paragraph / page / story / chapter.” – Annie Proulx

Inspired by the prompt on The Daily Post blog and day eleven of the WordPress Blogging Course (Learning the Fundamentals).

WordPress blogging course: Learning the fundamentals. Days 2 to 8.


Here’s an update on my progress for the WordPress blogging course (Learning the Fundamentals):

Day Two: Take Control of Your Title and Tagline ✔️

Day Three: Visit the Neighbors – Follow five new tags & blogs ✔️

Day Four: Identify Your Audience – create a post you’d like your ideal reader to see, and include a new-to-you element. (*See below)

Day Five: Love Your Theme ✔️

Day Six: Make an Irresistible “About” Page ✔️

Day Seven: Start Personalizing Your Site ✔️

Day Eight: Introduce Yourself to the Neighbors! Leave comments on four different blogs. (** See below)

*This particular post is written for the Day four task of “creating a post that I’d like my ideal reader to see”. If you’re here and reading this then you’re likely my ideal reader – someone who is like me – passionate about the topics of writing, reading and blogging!

** My task for today (day eight) is to leave comments on four different blogs. Okay… I’m coming to say “Hi!”…

WordPress blogging course: Learning the fundamentals. Day 1


I’ve signed up to the WordPress blogging course Learning the Fundamentals. It’s a 2 week course with 1 task per day to complete.

Day 1 – I have to write about “who I am and why I’m here.”

In my first post and About page I describe how I’m a writer in England here to learn, share and blog about all things writing.

Mostly I write quirky short stories -romance and women’s fiction.

I read widely across many genres, including science fiction and psychological thrillers.

Who are you and why are you here?