Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Ready. Set. Write! Week 2

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. 

  
What I'm Reading: Still working through a re-read of the The Raven Boys. I got Siege & Storm in the mail, but I haven't unpacked my books yet, so I can't re-read Shadow & Bone. I think maybe I should read books more slowly so I don't have to reread. I also picked up Nobody But Us. I'm going to be flying to Denver this afternoon for the AIA (American Institute of Architects) tradeshow, so I'm hoping fro some reading time on the plane.

What I'm Writing: Still plugging away at Stars & Stripes. Somehow I managed 6,919 words (almost 7,000!) last week. So I beat my goal and will be okay if I don't get as much in this week due to aforementioned tradeshow. My goal for this week is to do some revising of the scenes I've been writing. Normally I don't write and revise at the same time, but as I'm doing a full rewrite of my NaNo project, I want this draft to count a little more, plus it's really helping me figure out my characters. So this week's goal: Revise chapters 13-15. Write chapter 16. We'll see if that happens :)

What Else I've Been Up To: We finally finished unpacking the living room last week. I still need to get to the office/book shelves and do some work on the dining room, but the house is starting to look like we live in it! Also, my husband has been cooking. It's changing my life. Thank God for this sizeable kitchen!

Butternut squash pizza made by the Mister.

What's Inspiring Me Now: This is so corny, but I'm inspired by one of my characters--Captain Greybar. He's just, oh, I love him. He's not my main character or even really a sub-main, though there are a few chapters from his POV. Here's a snippet of him in conversation (and also a great summary of the story I'm working on):

“This war is much more than a fight to uphold or abolish slavery, it goes far beyond the foundations of economies. Rebel Seers, unhappy with the government’s iron grip on their lives, have stepped into our country’s growing tensions and brought forth the fire of war. They don’t want states’ rights or a Confederacy. They want to burn our country to the ground and remake it in their own image. They won’t stop with the South. They intend to create a new world order, and the only way to stop them is to crush their rebellion completely.”

What about you? How's your week been? What are your writing goals for the upcoming week?

25 comments:

  1. WOW! You rocked the word count this week! Good for you! And I too am inspired by my characters. Yours sounds pretty awesome!

    I hope you have a wonderful writing week!

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    1. Thank you! I like them--still getting to know some of them better.

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  2. Awesome job surpassing your writing goals this week! That word count is very impressive. Your goals for this week are great too. You can do it! :)

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    1. Thank you! It helps that I've written some of these scenes before. Once I get into the newer territory, it will probably be a little slower going.

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  3. Congratulations on all your writing progress, and good luck with your goals for the coming week. Have fun in Denver. My uncle and his family live there, and it's a lovely city.

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    1. Thank you! It's my first time here.

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  4. I'm also doing a re-read of The Raven Boys--but in audiobook format! I downloaded it through the SYNC program (http://www.audiobooksync.com/)--free audiobooks that rotate each week, all summer! I don't know if I could have done it as an audiobook the first time around, but I'm enjoying it as a re-read this way. I think my brain just doesn't work that well anymore--I forget plots of books, TV shows, movies, no matter how much attention I pay the first time around. Oh well--re-reading can be fun, even if it does take up time!

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    1. I've never been one for audio books--not because I don't like them. I simple haven't tried it. I'll check out the link!

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  5. Wow, that's a lot of writing. Congratulations to you. And that snippet is fantastic. So interesting!

    Planes are great for getting writing and reading done. Hope the tradeshow goes well too!

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    1. Aw you liked the snippet? Thank you! I did get some good revising done on the plane, so you were right!

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  6. I loved your excerpt! Congrats on your meeting your writing goals. I'm a revise as I go kind of writer. I tried the other way, just writing and writing and then going back and revising. But I just can't do that. Good luck on your revising! Oh by the way, that butternut squash pizza looks really good!

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    1. I tend to not be revise as I go, but this story is just coming together differently.

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  7. I loved The Raven Boys! Now I want to re-read it. Yay on almost 7k!

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  8. Wow, AWESOME word count for the week! And that pizza looks gooood :)

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    1. OMG the pizza was...no, I just don't have the words.

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  9. Butternut squash pizza?? WOW. That looks amazing.
    I love Denver; I hope you have a good time. And way to go on writing so much! That's so neat that you are inspired by your characters.

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  10. Oh my, please, I need that butternut squash recipe. PLEASE. My mouth is watering. The Raven Boys was a fave of last year. I just love Maggie Stievater so much. Congrats on the word count. Big numbers!

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    1. I'll have to see if I can get it from him!

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  11. Oh my, please, I need that butternut squash recipe. PLEASE. My mouth is watering. The Raven Boys was a fave of last year. I just love Maggie Stievater so much. Congrats on the word count. Big numbers!

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  12. Liz, you had an incredible word count this week! That snippet you posted is great, and I love that you're inspired by one of your own characters. That's how it should be!

    That butternut squash pizza is making me so hungry. I love squash, but I've never heard of putting it on pizza before. But then squash with cheese melted on it totally makes sense.

    Happy writing this week, and I hope you meet your goal again!

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    1. The pizza was fabulous. Thanks for cheering me on via Twitter this week! I do so much better when I have accountability.

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  13. Wow, shiny gold stars for your word count! Nice meeting you here via Ready. Set. WRITE! My writing goals aren't as lofty this summer (doing planning for a big rewrite) but I'm so impressed with everyone's progress. And because I'm planning and Thinking instead of actual writing, I've had lots more time to read, which has been awesome. Best of luck this week!

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  14. I haven't read The Raven Boys either but I'm hearing so many good things about it. Great job on the word count!

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