In case you’re new to WUW, 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. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!
If you’d like to use some of the festive new buttons Jaime whipped up for winter, you can find them under my WUW tab. Also, if you missed the last WUW, please note that we're now including a writing goal for the week under the "What I'm Writing" heading in hopes of keeping each other accountable. Your goal doesn’t have to focus on word count. It can be whatever you like, as long as it’s relevant to the writing process. Please try to keep your goals reasonably brief. Thanks and good luck!
What I’m Reading:
For the time being, I’ve put aside City of Heavenly Fire in favour of Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Since it’s inspired by The Nutcracker, I’ve been saving it for the holiday season. Jaime’s going to read it too, and then we plan to have a special Christmas themed Skype session to discuss it.
What I’m Writing:
My goal last week was to finish the scene I’d been working on and get back into the flow of my story. Well, I capped off said scene, which ended up being way longer than I thought it would be, and I wrote another one and a half small scenes on top of that. While my word count was 5700, I’m still not sure I’m totally back into the swing of things. Much of that is likely destined for the chopping block, especially since one scene was an experimental afterthought. We shall see. Things are too busy for guaranteeing any kind of writing mojo these days.
My writing goal this week: I want to finish the scene I’m on now, do a more detailed outline of the next scene (which is a biggie), and start writing it.
What Works For Me:
Getting back into writing this week was helped drastically by some fresh music to inspire me. For whatever reason, my usual playlist wasn’t doing the trick, so I decided to give Audiomachine’s album, Phenomena, a try. If you aren’t familiar with Audiomachine, they’re a company that composes epic music for movie trailers, video game ad campaigns, and TV commercials. Trust me, if you write sci-fi or fantasy, you've got to check them out. You can even listen to their music for free on their website.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
I’ve been indulging in birthday parcel number two from Jaime, which was full of all kinds of tasty and awesome goodies. My birthday was on Saturday, and seeing as the weather was around -30 degrees Celsius (-40 something with the wind chill), I was tempted to stay in and hibernate in my pj’s, but we braved the cold and went out for dinner, then saw Mockingjay—Part1. I thought they did a good job of adapting the book to the big screen, but after seeing it, I still think they could have done it in one movie rather than two. Regardless, it was a great way to spend the evening, and I enjoyed it.
So that was my week. How was yours?