Happy Wednesday, everyone! If you aren’t familiar with What’s Up Wednesday, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part.
What I’m Reading:
I’m about halfway through Pulse by Patrick Carman. You can take a look at the very cool cover to the right of this post. I’m still working my way through The Odyssey by Homer and Ender’s Game with my son. As usual when I’m drafting, my reading time tends to be minimized. Once I’m done this first draft, I might have to reward myself with a weekend of nothing but reading. That would be bliss.
What I’m Writing:
I mentioned last week that I’ve been reworking the order of certain plot details. For any of you who watched that episode of New Girl where Winston was putting together the puzzle (you know, with some of the pieces backwards, others jammed together all willy-nilly), that was me trying to piece together my plot. Not pretty. It involved hacking some scenes apart, mixing them around, integrating a few scenes better to tighten things up, rewriting bits, and drafting some entirely new scenes. Yeah, it’s been busy and seemingly never-ending. I’m FINALLY reaching the end of this string of scenes though, and I’m glad I took the time to rip them up. This wasn’t a task I could leave for the revision stage. In order to keep my plot threads straight, it had to be done now, and all said and (almost) done, I think my WIP is far better off for it. In the next couple of days, I’ll be venturing into Act 3.
What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:
A much needed Skype session with my sister, Jaime. When you’re in the thick of drafting and plot construction, it can be easy to lose perspective on your own story. I’m not sure about you, but I tend to see the flaws: all the seams where I’ve tacked things together, little plot holes that have yet to be filled, stretches where the excitement plateaus. Sure, I can fix those things in the revision stage, but sometimes to get through drafting you need someone else to have faith in your story, especially when you’ve misplaced yours. So a big thanks to my sister for renewing my confidence in the plot of this WIP.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
This weekend, my family went to the Strawberry Ranch, a local farm that grows a corn maze every year. We’ve done the maze once before, and much to our surprise, it was trickier than it looked! Seeing as the weather was gorgeous, we decided to tackle this year’s maze, which, from an aerial view, was designed in the shape of a caribou. Throughout the maze, there were facts about caribou, so it was a bit of an educational field trip at the same time. I left the navigating to my boys and just enjoyed the blue skies and the wind rattling through the corn husks while I wandered after them. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing. The maze is only open until mid-October and it isn’t open in the evening, but I always think it would be a blast to try this on Halloween night!
So what’s up with you this fine fall day?