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!
What I’m Reading:
I’m supposed to be reading Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, but I haven’t made much headway. Reading time has been super scarce lately. I need to pull up my socks if I want to finish on time for Tracey Neithercott's YA Book Club at the end of the month.
What I’m Writing:
In the last week, I’ve written about 4700 words. I recently had a breakthrough that’s making act 3 of my WIP more interesting and also more complicated. I’m trying my best to pull it off though. It just goes to show that no matter how much you plan, the creative process still throws some surprises at you along the way. I’m getting very close to the end of this book, which also means the end of my trilogy, and while I need to hurry up and finish before we move, I’m not at all prepared for the emotional fallout of closing off this story and saying goodbye to these characters. In a word (my favourite word actually): Bittersweet.
My writing goal this week: Still going with my not so long term goal of working my butt off to finish before we move. I have around nine scenes left, some of which are pretty long. Who am I kidding? This whole freaking book is pretty long.
What Works For Me:
Working on my entire trilogy at the same time. I’ve heard differing points of view on this issue. Some say not to start writing the next book, because an agent/editor might want to make drastic changes. Others say it’s a good idea to write the whole thing at once so you can address any consistency issues before the first book is in print. Obviously, I’m in the second camp.
I decided early on that even if I didn’t have an agent or any publishing prospects, I wanted to power through and finish the entire story. I went with my inspiration and that's provided the motivation I needed to get this far. These characters grabbed hold of me in a way that I’ve never experienced before, and the thought of working on something new before their story was told just wasn’t an option for me. Not to mention, I recently discovered a smallish plot hole in book one (Envision) that needs to be fixed all this time later. I plan to reread the whole trilogy once I’m done revising Engrave and Enlighten, just to make sure everything is smooth, consistent, and plot hole free.
What Else Is New:
We celebrated my son’s birthday with cupcakes from our favourite peanut free bakery, 3D glow-in-the-dark pirate themed mini golf, and dinner/coffee with the in-laws. It was a fun day. Even managed to squeeze in a little book shopping. Because after packing 40 boxes of books for our move, you know I need to buy more.
The hubby and I finished season 2 of The 100. I’m not sure I’ve ever watched a show with so many plot holes or blatantly incorrect science (come on, at least try to convince us you did some research), but I’m STILL completely addicted. It also cracks me up that half the cast of Battlestar Galactica has been on it. Kind of funny seeing as The 100 is basically Battlestar-lite. My favourite character? Octavia. A badass girl played by a cool Canadian actress. Can’t wait for season 3 and to maybe check out the books sometime.
Other than that, it’s renovations and packing as usual. To those of you who passed along well wishes for my son last week, I should mention that the doctor decided against surgery at the last minute. I’m hoping that was the right judgment call, but I’m glad he didn’t have to go through the experience. Thanks for your kind thoughts and comments!
So what’s up with you lately?