Revising Leah

August 25, 2008

The First Day of School

Filed under: Uncategorized — J.M. Reep @ 3:04 pm
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I’ve been working on chapter three which, along with chapter four, describes Leah’s first day of high school. I kind of dread the chapter because every time I read it, I feel a nervous tingle, as if I am living vicariously another person’s first day of school. It’s a really weird feeling, and it isn’t what I was trying to do when I first wrote it. I did want to show how nervous Leah is on this day, but I wasn’t trying to necessarily evoke a sense of anxiety from the reader.

One of the things that makes writing or revising a work of creative writing difficult for me is the fact that I work in relative isolation. Just because my writing has an emotional impact on me doesn’t mean that it will have that same or a similar impact on anyone else. I’m curious, then, to know whether the effect it has on me is experienced by anyone else.

To that end, I’ve posted the latest draft of chapter three


If you, Dear Reader (who have perhaps come upon this blog by accident), would care to read through it and let me know in the comments if it inspired any sort of sense of nervousness in you (or not), I’d be very interested to hear about it.



  1. Hi, I happened to stumble upon your blog and I read your draft of chapter three. When I was reading the chapter I didn’t get the nervous tingle as you were describing in your blog. However, it did make me think about what my first day was like and how it compared to Leah’s.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading it. I thought you captured Leah’s emotions very well. What I liked in particular was the car journey and how Leah’s dad tried to reassure her, with his little jokes. I thought that was a nice touch, as to me it is very realistic to what my parents would do.

    Anyway, I hope this comment helps you in some way. Good luck with the rest of the book.

    Comment by moosaidthecow — August 25, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  2. Thanks for your feedback. That’s very helpful.

    Comment by jmreep — August 25, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

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