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What I’m Reading:
Still poking away at Dreams of Gods & Monsters. I’m about three quarters of the way through.
What I’m Writing:
Round two of revisions got underway this week, and I checked nine scenes off the list. I’m now fiddling with the prose and TRYING to trim out words. I have a long way to go, but I love this stage of the process where I can tweak and shape and polish and really make the story come alive.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
I’ve been listening to Ingrid Michaelson’s fantastic new album, Lights Out. It’s typical Ingrid, with her usual mix of delightfully quirky and beautifully heartfelt songs, and yet it’s fresh and different for her too. I’m having a tough time narrowing down a favourite song off this album, but I love Open Hands, Over You, and Afterlife to name a few.
So why does she inspire me? Two big reasons. First of all, her music is a perfect metaphor for what “voice” means in writing. When you listen to an artist like Ingrid Michaelson, her style sounds unique, distinctly her. She can come out with another album and while it’s brand-new material, it’s still easy to recognize as her work. There’s a consistency to it, yet it brings something previously unexplored to her listeners. That’s what I should strive for as a writer trying to define my voice. Does it sound distinctly me? Is there a thread of consistency that runs through all my work and brands it as my own?
The other reason Lights Out inspires me is because it’s rejuvenating my love for a WIP I shunted to the backburner a couple years ago. I had a few of Ingrid’s songs on my playlist for that one, a contemporary YA romance that sort of morphed into an NA story instead. It isn’t the right time to pull that WIP out now, but it’s still percolating in the back of my mind and I’m reminded that I shouldn’t give up on it.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
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Also, it suddenly occurred to my husband and me that this was a milestone weekend for us. Twenty years ago, we started dating at Easter. We were only teenagers, and we’ve been together longer than we’ve been apart. Is it any wonder everything I write has an element of romance in it?
So how was your week?