Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

“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: I finished The Madman's Daughter and am hoping to put a review up this weekend. I haven't started my next book yet, but I think I'm going to read Shadow and Bone again and then read Siege and Storm.

What I'm Writing: Guys. This week has been rough for writing. Working on Saturday (I'm a M-F girl) really threw me off, and I haven't been able to recover. I've been binge watching shows on Netflix and reading for hours at a time. I didn't meet my goals for last week. I was working on the editing, and then I realized that there was a huge part of my timeline that just didn't work. Too much time was going by for my characters' decisions and my plot elements to make sense. While I figured out what I needed to do to fix it, I didn't get myself to do it. In fact, I sat around this afternoon hating myself for a while (as we all do from time-to-time), and I finally decided to do something. So I'm re-reading the scenes that happen just before this new scene has to take place and am taking notes so I can finally write the new one. Maybe tomorrow?

I think I'm going to try to be more disciplined and specific with my goals this coming week. I want to be very specific. Here's my plan:

  • Thursday: Write the new scene (chapter 11, scene 1)
  • Friday/Saturday: Start the second new scene (chapter 11, scene 2). I'll be spending a lot of time with my husband these days since we have hardly seen each other this week, so I want to be realistic here.
  • Sunday: Finish new scene. Read through the rest of part two (chapters 12-17) for timeline inconsistencies. Make slight edits as needed.
  • Monday: Read chapters 18 and 19 for timeline inconsistencies and correct.
  • Tuesday: Read chapters 20-22 for timeline inconsistencies and correct (finishing out part 3).
So I only have two real writing goals. The editing goals are less daunting then they look because the timeline shift is only 4 days, but when I'm weaving in actual historical events, it makes all the difference.

What else I've been up to: We finished the office move! Finally! Hopefully I can breathe soon. 

What's Inspiring Me Now: Not much other than the need to not feel like such a lump. Pushing through.

I'll try to read through everyone's posts tomorrow after my new scene is written! See you then :)


  1. Good luck meeting your writing goals this week. It sounds like you know exactly what you need to do. Here's to hoping the words come when you have the time to do it.

  2. Oh don't hate yourself, Liz! It sounds like you've had an incredibly busy week, and you deserve a break. Sometimes it's better to back away from a story when you're exhausted anyway. I don't know about you, but I find it really affects the quality of my writing when I'm overtired. I'm glad to hear you figured out your timeline issues. I'm going through something similar with rearranging certain scenes so that the character development makes more sense within the plot. Not fun. And now that you've reread the scenes you can stew on them a bit until you do the actual rewriting. I hope this week slows down for you and that you have time to relax with your hubby and squeeze in a little no-pressure writing. :)

  3. I have SHADOW AND BONE sitting on my TBR shelf, and I think I might pick it up next. I've heard such great things about it! Best of luck getting back into the swing of your writing. You simply have to finish this book so I can read it (she said selfishly!). I'll be Twitter drafting a few nights in the coming week, so if you want company, let me know!

  4. There is nothing wrong with a good TV show binge ^_^ Sometimes I amaze myself with how many episodes I can stick in my brain :P

    Best of luck with your goals this week!

  5. Good luck with your goals this week--but it sounds like you have a ton going on. There's no shame in taking a week to read and Netflix when life gets crazy! And congrats on a successful office move.

  6. Sometimes you just need a TV show binge - I've been there :)

    I also went through an office move years ago, ugh, would not want to do that again!

  7. I'm interested to see what you thought of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER. I've already made my thoughts available. :)

    Timelines are important in novels anyway, but you're right--when your story is tied to documented, historical events, you can't afford to slip a day or two. I wish you all the best with your revisions this week, Liz. :)

  8. Argh, I'm in this phase too, and sometimes I really do think the show/reading binge is there for a purpose! Can't we just whip these WIPs into submission? I've been yelling at it to fix itself all week long. :X

    Good luck with everything, and when you break through, pass on the vibe to me!!