What’s Up Wednesday
It’s been a week since my last blog post. How unusual. Sorry about that–I guess I’ve been busy. In any case, here we are again with What’s Up Wednesday. I don’t know that I have a whole lot to report despite being too busy to blog, but here goes anyway…
What I’m Reading
CRESS by Marissa Meyer, and I’m really enjoying it. This series doesn’t get old. CRESS is every bit as good as its two predecessors, and there aren’t many series you can say that about. I confess I was a little disappointed when things didn’t work out as planned for our heroes near the beginning, but then I slapped my head. What kind of a story would it be if everything worked out for everyone from the beginning? Of course things were going to go wrong–that’s what makes for an interesting story. I should have known better. So I quit being disappointed and got on with enjoying the story. If you haven’t read this series yet, you really must. My wife’s reading CINDER at the moment, and my 13-year-old daughter has asked that she read it to them during school. Yay!
What I’m Writing
While Team Awesome are busy Beta Reading my novel, I’ve been working on flash fiction for the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, and I’ve made a start on The Synopsis. DUH-DUH-DUUUUH! I’ve dreaded writing a synopsis for my novel, which is why I’ve only just started working on it. However, knowing how much I dislike writing synopses, I prepared myself for it while I was making First Reader revisions. I created a spreadsheet with a row for each chapter. In the first column I put the chapter number, in the second a brief description of what happens in that chapter, in the third the start page number, in the fourth the end page number, and finally a column for any revision notes. This spreadsheet has been very helpful to me now, because those chapter descriptions can form the basis of my synopsis. Those of you who are mad-and-crazy plotters probably do something like this already with index cards (or using Scrivener, where you can create digital index cards), but usually before you write your novel. Anyway, if you’re cowering in fear of writing a synopsis, maybe try something like this first so you already have a basic outline when you come to create that dreaded document.
What Inspires Me Right Now
Life. Having lots to do–though this can also be frustrating too, because it seems as if I never get done everything I want to do. But knowing that I never need to twiddle my thumbs and wonder “what now?” can be pretty inspiring, I guess.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Again, I’ve been busy, but not with anything out-of-the-ordinary–at least for me. I’ve started studying for a new Sunday School class I’ll be teaching in a few weeks. For those who are interested, we’re going to be studying the Book of Revelation. I’ll probably post class notes on the blog, as I did when we went through Romans. Aside from this, general life stuff–work, family, etc.