Summer is very quickly winding down, and that means the end of Ready. Set. WRITE! Next Wednesday is the finish line for our writing challenge, and we want to cap things off with another giveaway. Seeing as you’ve all been hard at work for the last couple months, my co-hosts and I are offering critiques to five RSW participants. None of us are pros at this, but if you’d like a fresh pair of eyes on the first ten pages of your story, then feel free to enter the contest with the rafflecopter during What’s Up Wednesday next week. Thank you so much to everyone who took part in our writing incentive this summer. We hope you’ve found it as helpful and productive as we have, and we encourage all of you to keep plugging away at writing and supporting one another through the process.
What I’m Reading:
I’m still working my way very gradually through Siege and Storm. I keep hearing people say they love Sturmhond, and I’m eager to find out why. So far he seems like an interesting addition to the cast of characters.
What I’m Writing:
The goal I set last week was to write 2000 words, which I did, thanks to an out of town football game that kept my boys busy on Saturday and gave me some much needed writing time. My word count for the week was just over 4100. That's a good chunk right there, but I have to confess it was a bit of a slog. The middle section of my story has hit a plateau in terms of what’s happening, and it’s feeling a little muddled to me. Must fix that.
My goal this week is to outline the next string of scenes. In my original outline, I treated this all as one big scene, but it’s become clear to me that it needs to be broken down and also that I really need to think through the logistics of it. I’ll also aim to get 1000 words written.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Feedback from betas. Since I don’t know if I’ll ever be published, each time someone reads my manuscript it makes the work feel just a bit more worthwhile. It’s also supremely cool that Elodie read my book on the beach in Italy this past week. How awesome is that? I didn’t go away on vacation this summer, but at least my book did!
Snow Patrol has also been inspiring me lately. Not a big surprise since they’re my all-time favourite band. The songs Make This Go On Forever, Open Your Eyes, and New York all perfectly fit the tone of a particular scene I just wrote.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
This week mostly involved a massive purge of our house. And when I say massive, I mean we got rid of a huge chunk of what we own. The problem with basements and closets is that they tend to fill up over the years. I’m also horribly sentimental about things, especially anything that belongs to my son. Considering he’s now taller than me, it was high time to part with more of the baby/little kid stuff that was hanging around. So picture me sniffling—all right, even bawling my head off at one point—while sorting things into the garbage, recycling, or donation pile. Who am I kidding? That “pile” filled our entire living room and then some. While it’s hard to part with certain belongings, we’re big on simplifying things around here, and so diminishing the clutter was also very freeing in a sense.
Now I need to apply the same principles to my writing: simplify, reduce the clutter, get rid of parts I’m hanging onto for purely sentimental reasons!!!
Not the most exciting week, but a very productive one. Care to share what’s going on with you lately? If you’d like to take part in What’s Up Wednesday, you can sign up on the linky at Jaime Morrow’s site.