What’s Up Wednesday

Hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, this is a great way for writers to get together and keep in touch!

So what have I been up to?


Same as last week o_o. My reading has been super slow lately, and I’ve been too busy with non-sitting-at-my-desk tasks at work to even listen much! I did, however, just order myself a new book, and I’m really looking forward to starting it once it arrives (hopefully soon)!


I hit my first stumbling block with this WIP, in which I discovered that if I continued writing the story on the same path, and at the same pace, as I had originally intended, the story would end up being about 20-30k shorter than it needs to be. Yikes! So I had to do some brainstorming…it’s very much a character-driven novel, and the plot is simple, which (at least at this stage) definitely works. However, I did have to come up with some things that the characters could do plot-wise, that added significantly to the length of the story, without being filler.

I have a feeling I may have to deal with this issue again later, and it might be a big sticking point when it comes time to edit. For, now, however, I’ve managed to work through it, and although I got behind a bit on the weekend, I have managed to catch up and am still on track to reach my weekly goal by Friday!


The determination to keep writing this book, and finish the first draft by the deadline I’ve set for myself. It’s still a lot of work to do, but I’ve managed to write a ton in the last few weeks, and that is satisfying, and inspiring!


Not much. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, and aside from that it’s been mostly work and writing! I’m hoping things stay nice and calm for the next few weeks, =)

What have you been up to?

7 Responses so far.

  1. Sounds like you're working steadily. 🙂 Good luck beefing up that plot! Personally I tend to err on the side of too-complicated and too-long, which comes with it's own set of difficulties. :/
  2. It is fun when you start figuring out side plots, especially in character driven stories. So even though it seems hard, I'm sure it will totally be worth it! Good luck!
  3. Miss Cole says:
    Go you! Write, write, write 😀 You can do it ^_^
  4. T. Drecker says:
    New books are wonderful. Love it when those packages come 😉 Which one did you order?
    My stories always fall short on the WC too. Usually, I'm missing tons of descriptions, but throwing in some sub-plot twists could be fun! You'll get it worked out, I'm sure 🙂
  5. I've made it to the halfway point of my wip and so happy to get over the hump. Good Luck, Joyce!
  6. cleemckenzie says:
    Stumbling blocks are there to keep you on your toes. That's my thinking. Every time I have to stop and rethink, I find a better way to deal with a scene or a new direction I'd like my story to go in. Hang in there.
  7. Tara Tyler R says:
    keep writing! sounds like youre doing all you need to for a great MS – reading, taking care of yourself, and writing on!

    ps – thanks for visiting my broken branch falls blog tour!