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What I’m Reading:
Let’s be honest here. Seeing as Heir of Fire is GINORMOUS, and I’m smack in the middle of drafting these days (which means less time for reading), I’m probably going to be saying the same thing here for a quite a while. That’s okay, because while I’d love to gobble it down in a couple days flat, it’s not a bad thing to stretch it out. I also just finished beta reading the cool, urban fantasy ms I mentioned last week and have to compile my feedback for that. I’m still reading Romeo and Juliet with my son for school as well.
What I’m Writing:
This was a real problem solving week. I had to rearrange an entire group of scenes to try and fix a timeline/plot issue, which wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs. There are some things that have to be timed just right in this WIP, and for whatever reason they’re conflicting with each other. Getting that sorted is a goal for this coming week. Besides mixing around and patching together scenes, I wrote 6200 new words, so despite one setback it was still a productive week.
What Works for Me:
Like I mentioned above, if I notice a plot hole—big or small—I tackle it right away, even if that means rewriting scenes in the drafting stage. I know some people recommend leaving issues like that for revisions, but I prefer to work them out before moving on, regardless of whether or not it takes longer to get the story out. My philosophy is that plot holes can snowball, especially since one plot point hinges on another. Plus, they nag me until I fix them. I want to be able to keep writing knowing that I’m not building the rest of my story on a shaky foundation. Obviously, this doesn’t work for everyone’s process, but it helps me keep all those plot threads from getting tangled or unraveling (on the page and in my poor head).
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
The temperatures have dipped, half the yellow leaves blew off our trees in a span of a few days, and my family is in what I like to call “pre-hibernation” mode. While a lot of people do spring cleaning, we always scramble to get things done around the house before winter gets here. So we’ve been busy with some renovations and dejunking and whatnot, trying to beat the snow, which could show up any day (although hopefully not yet).
I also discovered music by The Boxer Rebellion this week, particularly the song “New York,” which has been a source of inspiration. Epic, primal drums make me want to write moving scenes.
So how are you this fine Wednesday?