It’s that time of the week again! Linking up with Jaime and Erin and all you other lovely folks for What’s Up Wednesday.
What I’m ReadingI finished rereading my favorite Sarah Dessen book, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER. Now I’m rereading another favorite of mine, LIKE MANDARIN by the fantastic Kirsten Hubbard. Kirsten has been my writer crush for a LONG time, since before LIKE MANDARIN (her debut novel) was released in 2011. I essentially want to BE her: she's a travel writer AND young adult author. Does it get any better? Grace, the MC, is a little younger than most of the protagonists I read about, which I figured would help me with my WIP (my narrator is eleven at the moment and will be thirteen by the book’s end). If you haven’t read LIKE MANDARIN, definitely pick it up. The writing is stunning, and the friendship forged by Grace and seventeen-year-old town wild child Mandarin Ramey is one you won’t soon forget.
What I’m WritingAs I said in Monday’s post, I had HUGE writing success this week. I owe most of that success to Ready. Set. Write! and the motivation I’ve surrounded myself with. My goal was 3000 words in a week. I managed to write an extra 1,665 words for a total weekly word count of 4,655! Thanks to this super productive week, my WIP, The New World (I posted a blurb and excerpt earlier this week if you're interested), is now past the 10K mark (I have about 11,000 words at the moment), and I’m feeling more motivated than ever.
Didn’t do as well with my journaling goal, but there’s always this week! Here are my new goals:
-I’d like to hit 15,000 total words, so that means I have to write approximately 3,550 words. So that’s an increase from my last goal but still attainable, I think.-I actually need to journal this week since I failed at it last week.
What Inspires Me Right NowReady. Set. Write! Surrounding myself with everybody’s tweets/blog posts about their writing journey gives me even more motivation to work on my own WIP. Writing is constantly in the back of my mind, even when I’m just checking Twitter on my phone, so I’m more likely to do it when I spend lots of time thinking about it.
What Else I’ve Been Up To-Reading Feminist Taylor Swift’s tweets (@feministtswift). I feel okay about following the feed because the girl who runs it is a TSwift fan (I hate Twitter feeds that make fun of people), and a lot of the tweets are really clever.
-Working out with kettlebells and limping into work the following morning.
-Watching lots of LOST with my family and finally recognizing Nathan Fillion on an episode (I found it interesting that he played a cop married to Kate, when on Castle he follows around/is in love with a cop named Kate…nicely done, ABC!).
-Planning my friend's bachelorette party, which is a week from today. It's going to be pretty calm, an afternoon shopping and a night at a casino/hotel. I'm excited and praying everything goes smoothly and the girls have fun!
-Making a trip to Dunkin Donuts with my younger brother.
-Helping said younger brother with his freshman public speaking homework (he’s making his first speech today, one I helped him write, so I’m WAY invested. Send him some good vibes!).
-Reading my friend/fellow writer Shari’s novel draft and loving it!
|The Bartlett kids at Dunkin!|
How about you?