It’s been a few weeks since I’ve checked in formally, and so much has been going on!
What I’m Writing:
I’ve hit yet another snag in my ongoing work-in-progress that has me back to the drawing board in terms of plotting. I’m not much of an outliner and usually write with a sort of loose idea of where I’d like the story to go, but that often leads me to writing large chunks of the story that go nowhere and then I have to back up and get myself out of the hole I’ve written myself into. It’s frustrating, but I’m back at it this week with some exercises on plot and some good ideas for what I need to do to move forward!
What I’m Reading:
I’m smack dab in the middle of my writing course, and this session is a literature intensive that has us studying the craft of the young adult novel. We have a lengthy pre-requisite reading list that I’m working through, as well as a few novels I’ve been wanting to read. This week I’ll be reading FEED by M.T. Anderson, SEX & VIOLENCE by Carrie Mesrobian, and beginning HOLES by Loius Sachar.
What I’m Listening To:
My writing course has had me exploring the wide world of podcasts, and I’ve recently found a few that have kept me interested enough to subscribe to regular updates. Right now I’m obsessed with the Dear Book Nerd podcast from Book Riot. It’s a fun, lighthearted look at books and the reading life that always makes me think and keeps me laughing. I highly recommend it.
What’s Inspiring Me:
This week I’ve been inspired by the class projects being submitted by my classmates for our writing class. We’ve been studying young adult literature through the lens of spoken word poetry, and some of the projects really have me inspired in my own writing. I love seeing the parallels they’ve drawn and seeing how they synthesize information to draw new conclusions. So much creativity!
This week is big for me, with chapters of my manuscript due for critique from my professors and a meeting with my own small critique group. I’ve also got a few small class projects due and a lot of reading to catch up on. Balancing that with writing more on my own manuscript is challenging, but I’m looking forward to a productive week!