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Last week I mentioned that Jaime and I had a little makeover in store for WUW. You’ve probably already noticed the pretty new autumn buttons Jaime designed. Feel free to snag those if you like! We’ve also decided to change one of the headings just to freshen things up a bit. We’re scrapping What Inspires Me Right Now, and we’ll be including the new heading What Works for Me instead. This new section is for sharing different aspects of our writing habits and processes with one another, whether they’re ways to stay organized, inspired, or make your writing time fun. Something that works for you might work for someone else too, and you never know what tips might come in handy!
Here’s a list of ideas for what to post about under this heading:
■ details about your writing process: how you stay organized, what writing program you use and why, how you go about revising, etc.
■ your writing habits: when or where you write, specifics of your routine, what you do to get in the mood for writing, what your writing space looks like, etc.
■ how you reward yourself
■ writing tips, helpful quotes, or links to articles
■ music on your playlist
■ how you balance writing with family, work, and other activities
■ what motivates or inspires you lately (see how that old heading still fits in?)
■ how you keep yourself disciplined and focused
■ how you brainstorm or organize new story ideas
■ how you deal with writer’s block, plot issues, etc.
■ tips for writing a query, synopsis, pitch line, or self-publishing
■ writing snacks or other fun essentials
You get the idea. There are tons of fun and useful things we can share in this new section! Basically What Works for Me is broader while putting the focus more on writing. Don’t feel like you have to stick to this list either—these are just some suggestions to get everyone started—but please remember to keep what you share writing-centred. Hopefully we’ll pick up some helpful tips from one another!
Now on to my post...
What I’m Reading:
I’m about halfway through Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. Anyone else notice how many good trilogies are ending this year?
I’m also reading Romeo and Juliet with my son, which is how we’re kicking off language arts for homeschooling this year. We’re using the Oxford Next Shakespeare Project, an awesome (and very inexpensive) online resource from Oxford University Press. Seriously, if you’re a teacher, a parent with a kid reading Shakespeare for school, or you want to dig into The Bard’s works yourself, I highly recommend it. Also check out shmoop.com for hilarious, teen friendly, thorough breakdowns of all aspects of Shakespeare’s plays.
What I’m Writing:
After a busy summer of writing non-stop and finishing Act 1 of Enlighten, I took a bit of a break. Instead of churning out words, I reread what I’ve written so far and boosted my inspiration by creating mood boards for my trilogy, which I’ve wanted to get around to for ages. I also did some research to prep for diving into my next big scene. I have now written part of said scene, and a particular snippet of dialogue from it might be one of my favourite bits ever.
What Works for Me:
Colour coding! Since I’m writing a trilogy, ideas for three books have been popping into my head for the last two years, and I always jot those down in a notebook right away (actually it’s a whole series of notebooks now). To keep that mishmash of ideas organized, I mark each with a different coloured dot in the margin: green for Envision, red for Engrave, and purple for Enlighten. Then, when I transfer a whole schwack of notes to Scrivener or go looking for something I scribbled down, it’s easy to sort out which notes are for which book. After that, I put an X through the coloured dot to indicate that idea has been transferred. If I hadn’t started this colour coding system back when I first began writing this trilogy I would’ve been overwhelmed and a lot of ideas would’ve been lost in the shuffle. I also tend to colour code when I draw plot arc diagrams and for any number of other tasks. It works really well if you’re visual like I am.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
The hubby and I have been watching Outlander, which is pretty much spoiling me for allother TV shows. I wasn’t so sure about the casting at first, but I’m now convinced. And addicted.
I finally tackled sorting through our library to get rid of books that won’t get read again (or will never even get cracked open). I hate doing it, but it’s high time to whittle down our shelves. We donate our used books to our local symphony for their yearly book sale, so they go toward a good cause at least.
And, as usual, I’ve been working my butt off on curriculum. I like to be organized about our school year (Okay, I admit it. We’re keeners) so that’s been a ton of work lately. It’s well worth it though, and I’m excited about the topics and resources we’ll be covering.
So what’s up with you?