Wednesday, 5 March 2014
What's Up Wednesday & IWSG
Welcome to What's Up Wednesday, a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow. Here's what I've been up to this past week!
What I'm reading
I read Cress, which I LOVED! These books keep getting better and better, and I don't know how I'm going to wait a whole year for Winter, the final book!
I've decided I need to read more sci-fi! I read Two by Leigh Ann Kopans and Ultraviolet Catastrophe by Jamie Grey, and then the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis. This has been on my list for ages! I read all three books in two days - I literally couldn't put them down! I was lucky to have some reading time this weekend when I finally reached the bottom of my to-do list, so I made the most of it!
What I'm writing
Carrying on with my WIP. I want to finish the draft by the end of the month, which is hopefully achievable! I'm also doing more plotting work on the hopefully-next WIP. My main issue at the moment is deciding whether I want to write this one in first or third person, past or present tense. Too many choices!
I signed the contract for Darkworld Book 3, too, and I started first-round edits on Walking Shadow (Darkworld #2). It's been a long road, but we're finally getting there! ^_^
What inspires me right now
It's March! Spring is coming! *dances* Well, the weather hasn't changed much, but we can hope!
What else I've been up to
Watching anime, reading, internship and freelance work. Making lists. Wondering how it's March already (where is the year going?!). Et cetera.
It's also time for my March IWSG post! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the creation of Ninja Captain Alex, and is a great way for writers to share their worries, support and encouragement.
To everyone stuck in the middle of a draft (aka, a message I need to stick on my wall):
You are not alone.
You haven't forgotten how to write a book.
This happens to everyone. Even published authors. Even bestsellers.
This is completely normal.
DO NOT PANIC.
And here's a pep talk from Neil Gaiman.
Oh, the evil middle of the draft. *sigh* This happens every single book - and I'm currently writing my 12th! The first third of the book is great. I get into my stride, love my world and characters, and the word count keeps building. Then, around 25K in or so, everything grinds to a halt. Plot threads tangle. Characters are disobedient. My beautifully crafted outline collapses in on itself. Each 1000 words are a battle of wills. It feels like I'll never reach the end. Then, at long last, something clicks. Everything resolves itself, and I power-type to the last word. Unfortunately, with my current WIP, that hasn't happened yet. I had to rewrite my entire outline a few days ago, and I'm still stranded out at sea. You'd think this would get easier with each book. You'd think signing my fifth publishing contract this week might make it a little easier. But nope. Ah, well. Nothing to do but to keep typing!
Here's my latest method of avoiding panic: setting a timer. I know it's something I should be doing anyway, but I work best when multi-tasking - strange, but true! Unfortunately, it doesn't make for productiveness when the draft needs my full attention or it'll morph into a many-armed Lovecraftian monster. So I'm going to start setting half-hour timers in which I'll shut everything else off and Just Write. That's write, not panic and flail around, or check emails, or obsess over queries and my never-ending to-do list and the ever-building pile of WIP's that need revising/redrafting (possibly another reason for insecurity: I'm now juggling five series in different stages. FIVE.). Between waiting on final edits on Walking Shadow (Darkworld #2), waiting on first feedback on a different WIP, querying another and planning another to start writing next month, I definitely need more focus. So, timers! I'll see if it works...