What’s Up Wednesday #11
What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. The goal of this hop is to help connect writers on their writing journey. You can find out more about the blog hop here.
What I’m Reading
I finished reading “Nanovision” by Paul T. Harry, a YA science-fiction / fantasy book. I also finished “Telemachus and Homer” by Scott Locke, a YA Fantasy, and “The Kiss of a Rose”, a paranormal romance. Since I read mostly horror novels last week, I wanted to change that a little.
I’m also working my way through “War and the Law of Nations – A General History” by Stephen C. Neff, a must-read for university.
What I’m Writing
I finished the short story I talked about last week, which means I wrapped up two short stories so far this year, and I’m quite pleased with that. I hope I can keep up with the #AStoryAWeek challenge. I started on my story for this week, and I’m already at 2181 words, but I estimate I’ll have at least 3000 more words to go.
If you’re interested in word counts, the first short came down at 4130 words, and the second at 8626 words, totaling 12756 words so far.
I didn’t work on my WIP Ghostslayer, but I hope to add some more words soon. But since I got the edits back for Reflected, the sequel to Fractured, a YA dark fantasy, I’ll need to give those priority.
Writing goal for this week: finish third short story, go through edits for Reflected, and hopefully add 2k to my WIP.
What Works For Me
Staying busy. When I wake up, and I have nothing to do all day, I tend to do absolutely nothing, or the bare minimum. But when I switch to ‘busy’ mode, with half a dozen projects going on at the same time (I’m slightly exaggerated, but juggling university, a book review blog, book tours, editing and proofreading and writing can be quite exhausting), then I can accomplish a lot more in a day.
What Else is New
I finished client edits for one project, at least the first round. This story was amazing, and I can’t wait to read other people’s reactions to it. I also finished one proofreading project for a client. So now I have one more proofreading job to go, and the second round of edits for two editing projects, to finish all my January projects.
9 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday #11”
Your What Works For Me section also works for me as well. When I have lots of time on my hands, I waste SO much time, but when I’m busier, I’m far more productive. I think you’re just forced to become a better time manager or something. Good job finishing up that short story! Hope you have an awesome week writing- and otherwise! 😀
I’m the same as well with being busy. I get so much more done when I’m settled into a routine and have to structure my time than when I have all day to do something (especially if it doesn’t even have to be done that day). Congrats on finishing your short story!
I also feel more productive in busy-mode, which forces me to prioritize and use time more wisely. I am in one of those modes now, and yet taking a break to comment on blogs. Balance!
Very cool that you write short stories. I’ve done a few flash fictions, but not a longer short story. It takes skill.
Thanks for stopping by my post, and sharing the link to yours there! It makes it so easy for me to jump around and talk with other writers!
#AStoryAWeek challenge sounds very, very challenging, but it sounds like you’re doing very well so far. I can’t imagine coming up with that kind of word count every week, let alone on different stories. But, it must be an amazing way to continuously produce fresh content, and just keep the writing buzz going.
I, too, am a “busy mode” person. I relate to that so much. If the rest of my life is busy, at work or at home, then I can channel that productivity straight into creative productivity, even at the end of a long day. But weekends kill my streak because nothing demands my attention, exactly, so I don’t do much of anything. Though, I think that can have a balancing effect.
Sounds like 2015 is off to a great start for you. Hope it continues along in the same way.
Have a great week!
You are kicking butt on your short stories! Keep it up!
A story a week challenge! That sounds like so much fun. I wish I had a brain that was wired for that sort of thing.Good luck to you!
I’m the same way with staying busy. If I don’t have a to-do list, I find myself mindlessly clicking around on the computer half the day. While that’s fun, it’s not super productive 🙂
Niiice work with the short stories! I like your method of staying busy all the time, it’s a good way of doing things. 😀