Jun 23, 2015

The End

I've finally finished the first draft of IVY OF OUR HEARTS after two months of writing. It feels so good to finally reach the end. I believe this is the fastest I've ever written a draft. In the past, it would take me months to reach the halfway mark. And my past manuscripts have been significantly shorter than this one. I don't know what it was. I have been posting the chapters on Wattpad, so maybe that encouraged me. Every morning, usually after breakfast, I'd sit down to write 1000 words. Some days, I'd even write 2,000 words.

I know now comes the hard part. Revising. Right now, I'm rereading what I have and soon I'll be tearing those words to shreds. Well, maybe not tearing but I hope this revision will be more successful than the others. I feel really good about the story. I feel like it's better plotted than my others, but the writing needs to be cleaned up a ton. I'm praying to the revision gods that I can do it justice. I think writing down my vision for the story will be a great start, so that's what I'll do.

While I was drafting IVY OF OUR HEARTS, I listened to a ton of music and collected a ton of inspiring images on Pinterest. It really helped to get me into the right frame of mind. I'd have both Spotify and Pinterest open whenever I sat down to write. I even created a collage for the story.


My favorite soundtrack was Far from the Madding Crowd. It's both romantic and haunting. "Never Been Kissed" is my favorite piece. It reminds me so much of my main character Ivy.


I'm looking forward to heading in the revision cave. I'll be using CampNaNo July to help me revise and a little book called Editor-Proof Your Writing by Don McNair. July should be an exciting month.

Jun 16, 2015

Currently...

I've seen a few other bloggers do the "Currently..." post, and so I've decided to at least try to produce a post every Tuesday and whenever else inspiration hits. I know it isn't the most exciting, but I really dislike seeing this blog so barren. I may throw in a bookish post here and there as well.

Loving...
I've recently been obsessed with this song by Gregory Alan Isakov. I'm a big fan of his music in general, but there's something about this song that I can't get enough of. It speaks to my soul.


Reading...
I'm currently reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and I'm listening to Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. They're both completely different in tone and genre, but I'm loving them. I'm really connecting with the MC in Rebecca and I'm a Ronan and Adam fan through and through. 


Watching...
I've been watching Bob's Burgers on Netflix. It's one of my favorite shows. Tina is my spirit animal! I've also been watching Pretty Little Liars. It's one of those shows that I can't seem to walk away from. I've been with it since the very first episode.

Thinking About...
Of course I'm thinking about my WIP. I'm nearing the end now. I maybe have about 10,000 more words to write. That sounds like a lot, but I've written quite a few words in the last two months. I'm proud of myself. My last manuscript was only 30,000 words long. This one will be much longer. 

Anticipating...
Writing contests! I'm looking forward to entering this new story into some contests once it's finished and polished up. They're so much fun. 

Making Me Happy...
Writing. Pinterest. The Wattpad community. Sitting out in the sun to read and write.