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?

WHAT I’M READING


Reading has been fairly slow lately. I’m still reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and I’ve also started Briar Rose by Jane Yolen. But I’ve been more focused on writing these last couple of weeks, so I’m only getting a few pages read each day. It all comes in cycles, though, so I don’t mind. I’ve been editing, and reading my own material more than anything else!

WHAT I’M WRITING + WRITING GOAL

I finished my additions, and have edited the new material twice. I’ve put it into the longer manuscript, and now I’m going to do some combing through the whole thing to find and replace troublesome words, and then I’m going to have the work printed so I can go over it in hard-copy!

For this week in particular, I want to get the combing over complete.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

I’m trying out Scriviner right now. I’ve got a project waiting in the wings which is going to undergo a MAJOR rewrite (switch of POV, MC age & target audience shift, several scenes cut, locations changed, and about 15-20k added overall). It’s a big project, but I’m excited to tackle it, and I want to ensure the changes are carefully, well-executed.
So, I’m using this application to keep all my research and notes/character and setting sheets in one place. I’m just doing the free trial for now, and I haven’t decided whether I’ll purchase it or not. Right now it makes me feel all professionally organized, but we’ll see if it actually makes me more productive! I’ll keep you posted. 


WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

We finally got ourselves a water cooler so we can stop buying cases of bottled water, and so I wanted to get some glass water bottles to use with it. I knew our Target had some, so we went there on Sunday and of course got roped in my all the going-out-of-business price slashing. Among other things, we bought a few new candles, including a Yankee Candle that smells like a summer beach. It’s burning while I write this now, and it smells so good it’s making me really long for summer!   
That’s been my week. What have you been up to?

7 Responses so far.

  1. Fifi Islaih says:
    I'm glad to hear you are trying out scrivener! I hope you continue to enjoy it!
  2. Sarah Foster says:
    That is definitely a MAJOR rewrite, lol. I think the Scrivener trial has been waiting on my computer for quite a long time. I should actually try using it at some point.
  3. Rachel says:
    Briar Roseโ€ฆman I read that when I was 13 or 14 and it was so good. I hope you are enjoying it. Good luck with Scrivener. I have never tried it but know so many who love it. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. T. Drecker says:
    Mmm..scented candles are wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ I curious what you think of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It's been on my TBR list forever and I'm wondering if it's worth taking a peek at. I haven't tried Scrivener yet, but all those things which make one more organized seem to backfire on me. I have to relish chaos, I guess. Good luck with those edits!
  5. smile4niki says:
    Good luck with that revision! It sounds like a doozey!
  6. Erin L. Funk says:
    It wasn't until I started using Scrivener that I actually finished a novel. I swear by it and even showed my son how to use it for homeschool research projects too. I still have a lot to learn about it, but boy is it handy. Hope you like using it too, but whatever works, right? Great job on finishing your additions and getting done a bunch of edits! You've been busy! ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. Deshipley says:
    My family had a water cooler for a few years when I was a kid. In retrospect, it was severely underutilized as a prop in improv games with an office setting.

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