What’s Up Wednesday? Week 2!

So psyched to see everyone else who jumped in on Ready. Set. WRITE! last week. I’m loving the motivation to stay on track. Here’s where I’m at this week.

What I’m Writing:

I’m happy with my own progress for the week, but I definitely won’t be posting about huge word counts or chapters revised anytime this summer. I’m still preparing for a huge rewrite, which includes setting up my project in Scrivener, importing outline notes and brainstorming on those, and lots of Thinking. I did some of each of that this week, but I can already see how much more it’s going to take. Right now I’m just scratching the surface, but that’s totally fine with me.

In the meantime, some tangible progress:

Girl-Poet_characters

What I’m Reading:

Since I’ve been spending more time Thinking than writing, I’ve also had more time for reading this week. I also got lucky with three fantastic reads in my TBR pile:

ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans. I breezed through this in one day–such a fun read! My twitter summary was “zippy, geeky, and romantic!”

THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This took me a little bit to get into, but I ended up loving it.

THE EXPATS by Chris Pavone. This is a spy thriller for adults (gasp!), but it was sososo good. Excellent plotting and so many twists it had my head spinning.

Then I finally cracked BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross open this morning and I already don’t want to put it down. Love it!

What Inspires Me:

Since the inspiration for my novel was Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry, I’ve been turning to it this week. I couldn’t help going back to his Sonnets to Orpheus, and this stanza, which provided the initial spark for me:

And almost a girl it was, who went forth
from this single joy from song and lyre
and glowed clear through spring’s fog
and made herself a bed in my ear.

Reading his work again reminds me of how beautifully he strings words together, and how much I love this series of poems. Can’t you just see the girl?

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22 responses to “What’s Up Wednesday? Week 2!

  1. Yes. I can see her. And since your Hook, Line & Sinker, “line” entry, I have been absolutely haunted by her.

  2. Hooray, progress! Deciding what characters look like is one of the hardest parts for me, and then I always forget to mention character appearances in my actual MS.

    Good luck this week!

    • Thanks! I agree that nailing down character appearances is so important. I hope my photo board will help me remember!

  3. I’ve never used Scivener, I’m a little afraid, mainly because change is hard for me, especially when it comes to my writing routine. Looks like you had a great reading week, One is on my radar.

  4. I just started using Scrivener to try it out on my WIP. I’m loving it so far. The Expats sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation. And that is a very beautiful stanza. Good luck with your rewrite!

  5. The “Thinking” end of things is definitely overrated. I’m also using Scrivener for the first time and loving how I can write out of order/all over the place with worries. Best of luck this week!

  6. I’m using Scrivener for the first time…it’s crazy fun.
    And yay for getting so much reading in! I keep seeing ONE and THESE BROKEN STARS pop up on blogs…I think I need to give in and just read them already. 🙂

    • Yes! ONE is already available and was definitely worth the read. I read an ARC of THESE BROKEN STARS but definitely grab it when it’s out!

      • What? You got me all excited for THESE BROKEN STARS and it’s not even out yet? 😉 I didn’t realize that it was ARCs that other bloggers were reading…from what I hear, though, it’ll be worth the wait. 🙂

  7. I heard great things about ONE…I probably should add it to my TBR! 😀 And yay for your thinking about your rewrite. I´m actually thinking about rewriting ONE TWO THREE but with a total different approach. Hmmm. Maybe once I´m done revising GUILTY.
    And that poetry gave me chills ❤ Hope your week is going well!

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