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A couple notes: Firstly, 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.
And secondly, there will be no WUW on Dec 24th & 31st. Since many of us will be busy on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, we figure it’s a good time for a break. We can all catch up in the New Year!
What I’m Reading:
I’m halfway through Winterspell, and I have to admit it’s not really what I expected. It’s inspired by The Nutcracker, so I assumed it would be somewhat Christmas-y—dark, yes, but still with the “magic of the season.” Not so much. It’s not that I want it to be Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies for 300+ pages (heck no), but I'm finding the story kind of flat and, to be honest, even a bit off-putting at times (sexual predators = not very festive). We’ll see how the rest goes.
What I’m Writing:
The goal I set last week (finish the scene I was on, outline and start writing the next one) went by the wayside, seeing as I completely switched gears. I ended up hacking apart a whole section of scenes, scrambling everything around, patching it back together, adding in a couple of new scenes, and outlining one of those. Why, you ask? Well, getting the plot to unfold logically is easier said than done. It’s one thing to know all the details of what has to happen but to reveal everything in the right order and get those twists right can be mind numbingly difficult. Anyway, despite not meeting my goal, it was still a reasonably productive week.
My writing goal this week: Um, barring any more insane urges to tear everything apart again, I’m aiming to finish the scene I’m on. It’s big with lots of action, so it’ll be a challenge.
What Works For Me:
As you can see above, what works for me is periodically reassessing how my story is unfolding. Usually this happens when I hit that dreaded plateau in the middle. There’s almost always a string of scenes where the excitement dwindles and it drives me to start ripping things apart. Even though I go into drafting with a hefty outline and enough notes to wallpaper my entire house, I still find it necessary and refreshing to rethink and rearrange. That’s an important part of the evolution of my WIPs and motivating myself to get through that second half.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Let’s see. I put up the Christmas tree, Skyped with my sister and mom, had a fun appetizer and movie night with my son (we watched Stardust), indulged in some excellent holiday craft brew with the hubby, and had a total meltdown when I realized I accidentally tossed a whole stack of my good recipes in the recycling bin by mistake—including many Christmas ones. A few weeks ago I was ripping new recipes out of magazines and sorting through my old ones (which are terribly disorganized and mostly shoved in folders) and somehow the favourite we-make-these-a-lot-and-can’t-live-without-them pile ended up getting pitched. Basically I went into panic mode. Much time was spent combing the internet, and fortunately I was able to find most of them (or suitable replacements) again. Crisis averted. Seriously, how did people cope before the internet?
So how was your week?