We have enjoyed a gorgeous weekend: sunny skies, light breeze, high in the 70s. Some much needed rain is heading our way, though, and it should be a pretty dreary start to the week. Oh well, April showers are going to bring beautiful May flowers, right?
This was the week of slow and steady in all areas.
I continue to listen to Gone Girl and I now have only 2.5 discs to go. I am still riveted by the story line and at this point have my theory how the book might end. I need to make up places to go this week so I can spend more time in the car and finally finish this novel.
I’m hoping to catch up on writing this week so I can spend next Saturday participating in the Dewey 24 hour Read-athon. I haven’t officially registered because I’m not convinced I will have the time, but I’m keeping fingers crossed.
At this point I have a couple of non-fiction books selected, mostly about the craft of writing, as well as a few Middle Grade adventure stories.
How many of you are planning to participate in this reading event?
|Painting for Chapter 1:
Monet’s Japanese Bridge
I wrote almost 2,500 words to complete the first chapter of this revised MG novel. I took it to my writing coach for a critique, and she liked it! Of course she had some ideas for improvement (all of them wonderful, spot-on suggestions), but she liked it. Whew….
One suggestion is to rewrite the chapter in first person, just to see how I like it – a valid point and one I often encourage my own students to try. Interestingly, when I tried it in first person, I automatically changed the verb tense from past to present.
The next step is to take it to critique group this week and read a bit of both versions to solicit their opinion. And then… on to chapter two. I’m exited to see where the story takes me.
While I enjoy this challenge of blogging every day – and I do feel more like a serious writer than a hobbyist – it is starting to take its toll. I feel compelled to write a week’s worth of posts today so I don’t fall behind, and I just don’t seem to visit other blogs as often as I had hoped. It is most definitely a “challenge”
At this point I am just past the half-way point, so I refuse to give up.
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|photo credit: portorleans.org|