Thursday, April 19, 2012

Update Thursday #55

Welcome to Update Thursday, my own personal meme of sorts where I post an update of the goings on at my blog, with reading, with writing, and beyond. Feel free to borrow the idea from me for your own bookish musings.

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Reading...

Books I finished this week:
 Hana by Lauren Oliver (E-Book Challenge)

Books I'm reading now (and some still):
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Classics Challenge)

308 of 1026 E.E. Cummings poems finished (32 this week)

Writing...

Oh my goodness. Last Thursday and Friday were EPIC writing days for me. I printed off my (awful) first draft of If Only We. Then sat down in front of the laptop and started revising and writing out some important scenes. And then, I restarted from the beginning (like I said I was going to) to fix the flashback situation. I actually made it halfway through fixing the beginning, which is pretty amazing. I stopped at a spot where I wanted to completely change an aspect of the story. Still figuring out that part. BUT I figured out a great way for my MC to make amends, which added another scene to my scene file. Once I finish fixing the beginning, I'll share my word count with you. It's a little off right now with all the adjustments, and part of it is going down while the other part is shooting up. It is above my last total (which you can see on the sidebar was 10,051) which is excitement squared for me.

I also pulled out my other story, Before We Knew, to browse through it and compare the writing between my two stories. It's funny, I didn't realize that I could pull off characters with different voices. I always thought I made them all sound the same. It could just be the tone of the story--If Only We is serious and deep so my MC takes things seriously, Before We Knew has more of a sarcastic and breezy feel to it so my MC comes off as weirdly hilarious. I unintentionally came up with some dialogue for Before We Knew because of looking it over. Can't wait to get back to that one.

I've been trying to work on a better synopsis of the current WIP, jotting down ideas into my phone when certain words and sentences come to mind to describe it. It's getting better, but not exactly what I'm looking for. It needs to show the depth of the plot enough to make it intriguing but not give away all the details. That's the most important feature of this story for me: there's so much to the story that I can't share half of the plot in a synopsis for fear of taking away from the true meaning. It's frustrating, but I'll keep at it.

Otherwise...

You're probably wondering, "Where has Jessica been? She didn't post any reviews or discussion posts this week." That's because I realized I didn't have anything scheduled this weekend and didn't have enough time to hurry up and post anything before I had to restart my work week. Lol. I've been working on it this week. I'll be back on track next week. Plus, I have a massive summer project in the works. I'll be posting for additional help on that tomorrow. ;)


Until next time...

~Jessica

4 comments:

  1. These posts always inspire me to write. I'm so impressed with your determination. :)

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    1. Thank you! I would like to see you writing because I would like to read your writing. ^_^

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  2. You're doing great! I saw your word count on Twitter today and was so impressed - go you! It's amazing the ideas you come up with during revision. I swear at least 10-15,000 words (if not more), were added during revisions of BSD. It's daunting and time-consuming, but awesome at the same time, especially when it makes you feel so good. I hope you're able to keep up the momentum! <3

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    1. Thank you!! Oh, I hope I can too! It's been a wild ride, but lately it's been so good I can hardly contain my excitement. I've figured out how to keep myself going, even when it feels like I've hit a dead end. As long as I remember what I need to do, I should be fine. Having you around to keep me motivated helps a lot! :)

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