Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's Up Wednesday



What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up, put on by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk. If you'd like to join click on the links above!


What I'm Reading:
I don't know if you guys were aware of this, but Amazon and Barnes and Noble are having a huge sale on their YA novels to promote readership. I got some really great titles for a fraction of the cost. Right now I'm reading the Emily Chambers trilogy by C.J. Archer. I finished The Medium yesterday and 
dove right into Possession last night. They are delightful, well written stories with a ghostly romance and creepy demons. Definitely check it out.

What I'm Writing:
I've been hard at work in order to reach my Ready. Set. Write! Goal. I'm 193 pages through my hard copy revisions. Only 86 more to go. I know for some this is super fast, and even for me it is a bit breezier than usual, but that's partly because I'm one of those writers who tends to revise as I'm working on my first draft (gasp). I know, I know, according to many other writer's advice, you're supposed to hold back until the very first draft is done. But I just can't! Especially on those days when I have a hard time getting into a new scene, I'll go back and revise what I already have to work up the creative juices. And you know what? It works for me. And when it comes to writing you have to figure out what it is that gets you writing and do it. I really don't care what it is as long as you're moving forward and progressing in your work. Isn't that all that matters? My goal is to pretty much be completely done with revisions my next Wednesday (hard copy) and start typing them up. (Fingers crossed.)

What Inspires Me Right Now:
This quote: "Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you're in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you." -Deepak Chopra. One of my goals this year was to be more happy and to focus on the now instead of daydreaming about the future. So far I've been good, I appreciate what I have more and realize that if certain things come to pass, they won't necessarily make me happy, but they'll add to the happiness I already feel when it comes to my life.

What Else I've Been Up To:
This weekend was a blast. We had my husband's brother and his family come up for a visit and we got some sun time when we to a local lake and ate delicious food. I also now have a great memory involving Rhianna's Umbrella song and my husband and his brother doing the Just Dance 4 Kinect version. I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

What have you been up to?

38 comments:

  1. I've seen the 'don't revise while writing the first draft' advice, and the 'reread some of what you've written before you start up again' advice. I could never do both! If I reread, stuff is getting revised. :)

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  2. Your writing process sounds EXACTLY the same as mine. That's so crazy! I always reread what I wrote previously to get myself in the zone to write today. And I totally revise as I go. The upside? Way less revisions to do when you settle into that mode. Good luck with this week's goals, Prerna! :)

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    1. glad to know i'm not alone. And it does make revisions more bearable.

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  3. So, Alison's going shopping in a few minutes and will probably spend lots of money at Amazon! I have a very, very weak spot for books on sale. :)

    Also, you are SO right! You have to find a process that works for you and it sounds like you found one! Good luck this week with your writing!

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    1. I was so excited about the Amazon sale and got some great titles!

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  4. Just been working like crazy :p But grateful for your book suggestions, I need a break!

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  5. Wow, congrats on the revision progress! Sounds like you are very in tune with what works for you. I'm hoping to move to the revision stage soon, but I haven't been revising as I go so I have a LOT of work to do...

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    1. thanks! Good luck with all your work, you'll be revising before you know it.

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  6. I revise while I draft too. I know some people frown on it, but it's really hard for me to move forward when I know something isn't working. Whatever works, right? :-)

    Love the inspirational quote you shared today -- a very timely reminder. And way to go on all your Ready. Set. Write! progress, and here's to even more in the coming weeks!

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    1. yay! Another writer/reviser! Glad you liked the quote, I love it and it makes me feel more grounded.

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  7. That's a beautiful quote and I totally agree!

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  8. What a great quote!

    I had NO idea Amazon were doing a YA sale.

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    1. i had no idea either, but saw someone tweet about it and got lucky

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  9. I'm a firm believer in there being no "right" way to write and edit novels. Do whatever works for you and enjoy!

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    1. too true, you just gotta do what you gotta do to make it through.

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  10. I agree with Miss Cole. Writing will happen however it happens for you. As long it's happening, it's good.

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    1. yes, as long as it is happening i feel like i'm accomplishing something great.

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  11. I feel like whatever method of writing works for you is the "right" way. So, basically, every way is the right way.

    I have fond memories of doing Just Dance with my family at Christmas. Mostly because we all did a fantastic job embarrassing ourselves :)

    Good luck with your revisions this week!

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    1. so right, what works works, don't question it. And Just Dance is great for a laugh and embarrassing moments, but in a really fun way.

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  12. So glad to hear you had such a wonderful weekend and got to laugh too :) Those are always the best memories! I am also right with you on the revising while you go. Sometimes it definitely does get me into a bit more trouble, but I can't seem to help it and I *think* now I'm just embracing it. Cheering for you in your writing goals this week, Prerna!

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    1. thanks so much! and yes, the memories with laughter are the best.

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  13. So nice to meet you, Prerna! Sounds like you are really motivated on your revisions--awesome! Hope we get a sneak-peek one of these weeks. :-)

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    1. I'll have to do a sneak peak some time, but i'm always so nervous to share my work! scary stuff.

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  14. Congrats on making your way through your revisions! And I hear you - I'm the same way and tend to revise as I write the first draft. I can't help it, because I'll think of things I know I need to include in that moment - after all, the inspiration may not come later, right?

    So whatever works for you is the best way to do it - best of luck in getting all of your revisions done by next Wednesday!

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    1. I agree, you write how you write as long as you feel the inspiration going, otherwise I also tend to forget. and thanks, i hope they go smoothly.

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  15. What a great quote by Deepak Chopra. Good luck with your revisions this week. Sounds like you are on a roll.

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  16. Oh, I totally got Mind Games by Kiersten White for $1.99 I can't wait to read it. Good luck on finishing your revisions!

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    1. just read it yesterday and it was so good!

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  17. That's so neat to hear how you're making your writing/revising work for you. I always feel a bit guilty when I'm "breaking the rules" at first, but kudos to you for figuring out what's best for you!

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    1. hey, you know what they say, rules were meant to be broken.

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  18. Love the Deepak Choprah quote, and thanks for the heads up on the Amazon sale!

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    1. no problem, hope you get some great titles!

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  19. Sale? Did you say SALE? I'm on it. Congrats with your revising. The finish line is in view.

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    1. yes, try not to spend *too much* money :)

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