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What I'm Reading: This week I read THE AMERICAN HEIRESS (Daisy Goodwin), this month's book club read. It's an adult historical fiction and the first 150 some pages were slow, but once it picked up, it was a pretty enjoyable and fast read.
While I was reading the book club book, I also read this
Earlier this year, I heard so much buzz about its awesomeness so when I saw it at the used book store, I had to snatch it up. It did not disappoint. More on that below. JHow about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
This week I wanted to plot out the rest of the fun and games section to the midpoint and stick with my 5K goal. I filled several pages of my journal with notes on the rest of the section, wrote half those scenes, and finished out with a little over 6K for the week. And on Thursday, while I was waiting two and a half hours for fireworks to start, I wrote out my WiP Love List, a list that reminds me of all the things I love and want to make sure I focus on in my story. I wrote one for my last story that you can check out here. Anyway, I may share mine next week.
Last week, I shared an excerpt and I want to thank you SO MUCH for all your kind words! I love my characters. So happy to see others enjoy them too! I'm not going to share a full-blown excerpt, but I will share my favorite line I wrote this past week:
Karma comes in a most awesome shade of purple, don't you think?
My characters are all about some karma.
This week I'm going to set the bar super high and I want to get to my midpoint by next Wednesday. I'm close enough I can see it, but I'm not sure how many words it will take to get there. We'll see!
How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!
What Inspires Me Right Now: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. The woman practically preaches crappy first drafts and character. And whenever I'm feeling like crap that I'm writing tons of crap that may or may not be worth keeping, I'm going to reread certain sections of her book. I highlighted the heck out of it so I obviously don't want to share everything (okay, I totally do), but here are a few things that stood out
On SHORT ASSIGNMENTS: writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
On SHITTY FIRST DRAFTS: just get it all down on paper, because there may be something great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means…
The first draft is the down draft—you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft—you fix it up.
On PERFECTIONISM: …is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft…Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking the inventiveness and playfulness and life force…Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation, while writing needs to breathe and move.
On CHARACTER: Get to know your characters as well as you can, let there be something at stake, and then let the chips fall where they may.
On PLOT: Plot grows out of character…Character should not, conversely, serve as pawns for some plot you've dreamed up…Don't worry about plot. Worry about character.
On WRITING: The act of writing turns out to be its own reward
Having written a pound of said crap lately and being that person that sets smallish goals every time I sit down to my laptop, I felt very…validated. This book could not have come into my life at a more important time. If you're a pantser, or a plotting pantser like myself—heck, if you're a writer—you need to read this book.
What Else I've Been Up To:
um… A LOT
Last Wednesday, the husband and I took the kids to see this
this was my tweet after
Then Thursday we road-tripped it to Charleston where we saw fireworks, toured Fort Sumter, spent way too much money at the outlets. We ate a lot of awesome food (we ate at a Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives joint!) and just had a really good time.
From there we journeyed back to the mountains in NC and dropped my daughter off for a week at camp. She went last year, had an amazing time, and hopefully is having a blast. But I miss her. TONS.
And now we're dog-sitting two incredibly adorable and awesome dogs who will hopefully become part of the Miller family in a month. They're part Australian Shepherd, part Boxer. They each have different color eyes—one blue, one brown. I call them my Gracelings. J
Oh, and today's my blogoversary. J So hard to believe my little blog is three years old!
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