Combining our still cold spring, a wait time for the acceptance of my newest manuscript and a desire to improve my skill in my craft, I followed a lead from the Women Writing The West list serve and sent for Between The Lines by Jessica Page Morrell.
Jessica Morrell isn't a stranger to me. I've taken workshops from her whenever I was able. I also read her newsletter, "The Writing Life" and follow her column in Willamette Writer.
Her insistence that we, as writers, work toward excellence always shatters my complacency at having finished a project. Knowing she expects the best, sends me back to try again. Getting better is a slow process. Not to be achieved in one sitting or one review of what I've called complete.
A big challenge and not to be rushed. In the introduction to Between The Lines, I've already found new ways to evaluate and improve the manuscript I called finished. This month, and this summer will be full of exciting new stretches.