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 bouncing between these books right now. Loving them both. But, sadly, I haven't read much this last week. My WIP and I are still at odds, though I think I am winning (which means my manuscript is, by default, I guess). More on that in What I'm Writing.
What I'm Writing:
Um...so this is where I'm at...
The pile on the right has been edited on paper AND on the computer. I guess you could say that I'm on the upswing of this revision, but I've found gaps in the plot I neeeeeeeeeeed to fill. Stuff that's nagging at me. With my first manuscript, I didn't listen to my own nagging...you know, the little voice that says, "Maybe you should etc etc etc."
This time around, I'm trusting my instincts.
My goal was to begin querying this month, but I will have to push that deadline back. It's kind of killing me inside, but my manuscript will be better for it.
I am, however, participating in Write On Con! I joined in last year and I loved the feedback and am looking forward to the live events and exchanging thoughts with other YA writers. If you are participating, please let me know and we can be "friends."
My goal is to finish this darn revision by next week. As in, Monday. Can I do it? I. MUST. TRY.
What Else Is Up With Me?
More travel! This time, to Dodge City, Kansas. My most favorite scenes, however, were in enroute in Fort Larned.
We savored this trip because it's our last for a little while. School starts next week, and fall sports will soon begin (which will cut into our weekends).
What Inspires Me?
This week, my focus is on Gigi, the female protagonist. I worry I'm not developing her well. I worry I'm not doing her justice. I worry she's not strong enough, then I wonder if she's too much of a b*tch. I worry about her just as much as I worry about getting food in my kids' bellies.
I have to dig in deep for her, and it's tough. But, when I listen to this song--and this verson--I know I've found her.
Her song to Rider:
Now here we are,
So close yet so far.
Haven't I passed the test?
When will you realize,
Baby, I'm not like the rest?
I wish you all a great week of writing! Can't wait to read how you're all progressing in your projects!