What’s Up Wednesday

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See what other WUW writers are up to here.

WHAT I’M READING

This week I finished Julie Halpern’s GET WELL SOON and Jennifer Mathieu’s THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE. Both were great examples of voice (Mathieu’s handling of multiple POVs was inspiring) with well-developed and deliciously complex characters. I’m also halfway through amazing work from my writing pal Cara Davis. Next up: Hannah Moscowitz’s BREAK.

WHAT I’M WRITING

Revising, revising, and more revising. HAPPENS FOR A REASON is looking great (she says humbly). I’m trying my hand at more detailed plotting for a new WIP since that skill definitely needs development. We’ll see how that goes.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

Character Q&A. Interviewing my characters helps develop voice and it’s amazing what kind of random personality quirks will pop up.

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

  • Getting ready for a writing retreat
  • Fighting for work/life balance
  • Making revision playlists
  • Researching writing residencies
  • Crafting my annual Halloween film fest

Bootcamp: Fear Cage

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Still bootcamping and whatnot. Last week’s progress is here. Let’s get into it!

What did you do last week to meet your goals?

Read my amazing crit notes and then wanted to weep because how on earth could I possibly make this thing as good as folks are saying it has the potential to be? *insert gnashing of teeth and rending of garments* I tried my best to move through the crippling fear and just get started. The only way out is through, right?

Did you meet your goals? 

I did everything except finish my character Q&As. Whoop!

What are your goals for the coming week?

  1. Finish my revision playlist.
  2. Stop being a scaredy cat.
  3. Get through all of my beta reading. (y’all are SO patient, please forgive me)

 

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Bootcamp: Keep On Livin’

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So it’s the second week of bootcamp and I’m still alive. Huzzah! Last week’s goals are here.

What did you do last week to work towards your goals?

I dedicated time every day to writing. Sometimes I could only give it a few words here or there but it’s progress. I also tried to have a more positive attitude about my work particularly and life in general.

Did you meet your goals?

Kinda sorta. I was just about to type THE END on my short story. And then I read it again and whoops, major plot holes. Repairs are underway. I drafted 1 1/2 chapters of a new WIP, did a bunch of brainstorming on the co-writing project, and styled a main character. I also posted my bootcamp goals on Twitter for maximum accountability.

What are your goals for the coming week?

  1. Deep dive into the query and MS notes given to me by the amazing Stephanie Scott.
  2. Finish character Q&As
  3. Add 500 words to WIP

 

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