#atozchallenge – L for Lucubrate

lu·cu·brate
[loo-kyoo-breyt] verb

1. to work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night.
2. to write learnedly.

Yet another terrific word that is wonderful for being specific and precise. It is also great because it actually pertains to writing, and not just writing, but writing well. And like all things that work when speaking about writing… the lesson also applies to life in general.

It is not enough to have written something. For most of us mortals, we strive to have written something well. For those of you who are, like me, trying to get a book published, you have probably already realized that having completed your manuscript is only the first step in this very long process. A required step, and a huge accomplishment, but still just a first step.

My favorite aspect of this word is the reference to writing at night. Often when I get started with my nightly writing session I pop around to a few of my favorite writer websites, hang on the tweeter, read what agents have to say or what is going on in publishing. I believe this learning is essential to the process.

As is the case with anything you wish to achieve, it behooves you to educate yourself while you’re working toward your goals.

My L Read: Lightening by Dean Koontz

My L Listen: Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson by Raising Sand

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