Monday, February 4, 2013

Updates

You know that feeling when you've dived in really deep to a pool or lake or some other large body of water, and you're swimming up? You're looking for the surface. You know it's there, but for whatever reason you can't see it. Your lungs feel like they're about to burst. Then, right at the end, you break water. That was what welcoming February felt like for me.

January is always a hard month. It's not just coming back to work after the holidays or scraping ice off my car window every morning. One of my client's has their biggest trade show of the year in January, and that's a lot of work.

Usually I get through it by carving out time to write. But remember how I've been doing research? (And if you're on Instagram, you probably couldn't forget). Yeah, not much real writing until the last week or so of the month--when I was writing down character back story.


The good news? Research is complete. Today, I'll begin going through my November draft and making a revision checklist--or more realistically a rewrite checklist. My goal is to have an updated outline complete by the end of the month.

Things that kept me sane this month: The Fault in Our Stars and Asunder. I'll have a review of Asunder up later this week, hopefully before RTW's best book of the month.

To wrap up: If it feels like I've been absent, it's because I have been. I've been trying to keep up with your blogs, and hopefully I'll do a better job this month.

What about you? Any big successes in January? Plans for February? Favorite books last month?

8 comments:

  1. Hooray for research being complete! I find that doing research is one of the hardest parts of the writing process for me, simply because I get antsy about not spending time with my words. Good luck with your outline, and I hope February is good to you!

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    1. I'm so with you on that. So with you. Thanks! I hope February is better. :)

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  2. I am so awed and impressed by all the research you've done, Liz! (Research scares me, which is why I write contemporary. :-)) I'm at a bit of a stand-still with my NaNo, but I hope to dive back into it in the next few weeks. I still want to trade reads with you when we're both ready. I'm so intrigued by your story!

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    1. Sometimes I wish I'd have ideas for things that don't require as much research, but it never seems to work that way. I can't wait for you to dive back in, and I'm so so up for trading reads!

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  3. Congrats on finishing your research! That's a huge task! Hope February is a lot calmer for you. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure I'll still find a few things I need to look up here and there, but I'm feeling much better about it all now.

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  4. Yay for finishing research! :) I'm still editing my NaNo project (new WiP sat on its face and told it to wait :P), so good luck to you!

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