Hello all my bookish and writerly friends!
Today I am participating in a weekly feature created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner. It is called Spotlight Saturday.
Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner, dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught my attention more than usual, things I’ve particularly loved, etc.
This feature is open to anyone who wants to join. So I hope to see your spotlights next weekend as well!
I had a chance to interact a lot with Jenna @ Reading with Jenna this week and she is just one of the loveliest people I have ever had the joy to chat with! Her insights are always so valuable to me, I adore her reviews and she reads a ton so her blog is crazy active! I 100% blame Jenna for adding so many amazing books to my TBR, I will never ever get to them all but, oh my goodness, I really want to just so I can talk to her about them! You should definitely go check her out and follow her blog because she is a bundle of awesome!
Bree’s post Writer’s Doubt: The Fine Line Between Useful & Awful, really hit close to home for me. I am constantly doubting myself as I work on my manuscript. Sometimes the rewrites and revisions feel like they are suffocating me. But the real worst part, the part that really gets me about writing and my issues with doubting myself is the thought that all the work I’m doing is for nothing. That it will never amount to anything, or that I am making my manuscript worse because the writing is suddenly awful or that somehow I’ve ruined my characters. But Bree brought up a valid point. These types of doubts are just not useful and because they are harmful, us writers should do our best to write through those doubts and keep on persevering. Instead of harmful doubt, we should focus on the types of healthy doubt that help us grow and improve as writers, not the doubt that cripples us!
Of course, because I’m a huge Scott Westerfeld fan, (I loved the Leviathan series, fyi), my spotlighted book for the week is Zeroes! It released this Tuesday and I didn’t get a chance to start it until yesterday. I haven’t read much, but ah man those first few chapters are seriously faced paced! I’m so hooked it’s not even funny. Lol. I’m in awe of how Westerfeld writes, how he creates character and highlights voice so easily in his narration. I am obviously still reading it, though I’m sure I’ll be done before the weekend is officially over.
About two weeks ago I had a major meltdown with my my manuscript. I was stuck in chapter 7 of revisions, kept going back to the beginning to do rewrites any time the smallest change popped up and long story short I was going nuts. With support from one of my lovely critique partners and my husband, I made the decision to push through the manuscript to the end, make notes along the way of changes, but the main goal was to ultimately just finish rewrites. So with that in mind, last week I powered through chapters 7-27!
However, this week was slower going, actions scenes are so hard for me and because I am getting closer to the end of the book stuff is getting sort of heavy. Because of both of those things I took my time a little bit more and rewrote chapters 28 through the beginning of chapter 32. So what does that mean in the grand scheme of things? It means that if I don’t add any micro chapters and if I follow the current outline that I have, then I only have 7 more chapters to rewrite until completion of this version of the manuscript! So that could potentially mean only one more week of rewrites if I stay super focused!
The other spotlight for this week is that a group of people from the UCLA graduate program came to Albany State this week. I offered my writing lab as a place for them to rest and check their emails, etc. as they were in-between meetings and it was super fun getting to chat with them because I am a USC alumna and the UCLA-USC rivalry is legendary. It was such good fun bantering back and forth. At one point the guy says to me, “So you’re not going to poison our water, are you?” Naturally, the only response that is appropriate for this situation was, “I promise, I will resist the temptation!” It was awesome getting to talk to LA people. We talked about the awesome LA weather and got to catch up on LA stuff that I’ve missed in the past two years. It was just amazing. #USC #Trojansforlife #WeRunLA
I am very boring when it comes to apps on my phone. I use all the standard issue stuff like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, WordPress, etc. But if I were to spotlight anything then I guess it would be my Pinterest app becuase of how much it helps me write my book. You see, I keep two private boards on Pinterest. One for world building and the other for characters. See:
The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. Yep, I’m taking it back about nine years. Holler in the comments if this was your jam back in high school! So many songs from this album were totally my anthems.
I played this song a lot this week during rewrites because something about this song reminds me a lot of my main character, Tristan, in the book that I am writing. He a very serious prince with a bunch of crap to deal with and his dad is actually dead so there is something about this song opening with a father talking to his son that really gets me, that and the whole, “Will you be the savior of the broken, the beaten and the damned.” Such a fitting question for Tristan.
I have this posted where I can see it everyday at work. This quote means so much to me because it helps me see that the longer I succumb to this fear that my writing just isn’t good enough, the longer I will not know if I am right or wrong, and the longer this dream of mine will go un-reached for. And there is just something so sad about that, about having a dream, a goal, an aspiration, yet not ever reaching for it, not ever trying. I don’t want to do that to myself. So, I need this reminder that there is no perfect time to write, that I have to write through the self-doubt, through the tears of self-criticism and reach for this dream until I am on the tips of my toes, because no one else can to do it for me, because I want this for me, because the deepest, darkest desire of my heart is that one day someone a little bookish and a little writerly will read my book and read my story and say to themselves, “Hey, if she did it, if she fought for her dream, then so should I.”
What are your spotlights this week? Post them in the comments!