What's Up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, a great way to summarize the week in sections. For the next few weeks, I will be using this format for Ready, Set, Write: a summer writing intensive. You can read more about it here:
What I'm Reading:
I'm halfway through THE MOON AND MORE, and loving it. It's a perfect summer's night book. I've read a couple of chapters/night in the last week, and it relaxes me while putting my babe to bed.
I did pick up a few books at our local library:
Are you impressed?
Our librarian here in our tiny army post library is the shiz, obviously, for having such new titles available. I made sure to thank him last week when I swiped these off the shelves. Now, the mere fact these books were so easy to find doesn't speak well of the interest the folks here have for YA titles, but I'm definitely benefitting from it. :)
I finished GOLDEN today and loved it. WHAT'S LEFT OF ME has got my attention now. The premise itself is so unique that I can't put it down and am halfway through.
What I'm writing:
I can't believe we are at the start of the 6th week of #ReadySetWrite. I have to give props to our organizers, because my productivity in the last five weeks has been off the hook! The weekly accountability and goal setting is what's doing it for me.
Having a long term goal + setting a weekly goal = Gets me closer to a finished manuscript.
This is where I'm at today.
In the last week, I went through 5 query revisions with the help of some talented writers. I've put it aside for now, content with what I have.
I received manuscript feedback from my critique partners, and before I dive into them, I'm doing my own pass on paper.
My plan: Break up my manuscript into 50-60 pages and edit them with my trusty green pen. Then hop onto the computer and take a look at what my CP's wrote/suggested for those pages and revise accordingly. I think, this way, I will keep my priorities in focus.
What else I've been up to:
Taking in the scenery.
Kind of obsessed with farms and prairies and cows and tractors right now. I'm in the last couple of passes of this manuscript (for now, before querying) and I hope I have gotten the setting right. I've taken a ton of pictures, and breathed deep driving past the corn fields and pastures.
This city girl has learned a lot writing this manuscript.
What inspires me right now:
Rider's (male protagonist) song to Gigi (female protagonist).
And especially, this version:
These two lines are what hooked me:
How many times will you let me change my mind and turn around?
I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown
I hope you all have a great week! Can't wait to catch up!