What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop for writers, started by the lovely Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. If you'd like to join in, you can learn more on Jaime's website.
What I'm reading
All the books! It's been a big week of reading. I blame amazing books. :) It's also the start of the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge, a three-month challenge with book prompts, check-ins, and prizes. I used to LOVE summer reading lists (yes, I was that child/teen/college student), so I'm very excited about the challenge. Want to join us? Details here.
On to the books!
First, I started reading THE PLOT WHISPERER: SECRETS OF STORY STRUCTURE ANY WRITER CAN MASTER by Marth Alderson. One of my lovely siblings gifted me with THE PLOT WHISPERER WORKBOOK: STEP BY STEP EXERCISES TO HELP YOU CREATE COMPELLING STORIES for my birthday, so I figured now was the time to jump into the book.
I originally found Martha Alderson through Ghenet Myrthil, who recommended Martha's videos on plotting (see below). I found the videos helpful (a few of the tips are a little repetitive, but overall the videos are great), and I'm hoping the book will be useful as well. So far I'm enjoying it, although I do feel like the book could be a bit more succinct.
I finished books two and three in Suzanne Collins' Underland Chronicles series. I'm still loving this series and can't wait to see where Gregor's adventures take him. Not only are the books great fun, but Suzanne Collins is also such a fantastic writer. These books are worth reading for the action scenes alone, but the compelling characters are what keep me reading late into the night. Have I mentioned that I recommend these yet? ;)
I also read THE REVENGE OF THE WITCH by Joseph Delaney, the first book in The Last Apprentice series. I didn't realize it was a horror book (there are horror books for kids!), and it was seriously creepy and dark. It's well-written, but I know it would have given me nightmares as a kiddo. Still, it's a great read for creep-curious kids.
What I'm writing
Since getting feedback from one of my first readers, I made a new revisions list then got started on Revisions Round I Don't Even Know Anymore. My to-do list items range from fixing quick spelling mistakes to overhauling one of the main character's motivation for the entire book. So. I fixed all the easy items, and am now slogging through the big stuff. I hope to finish this week!
What's inspiring me right now
Books! See above. :)
What else I've been up to
House projects, hiking, swimming, enjoying summer. :)
So, how about you? How's your week going?
P.S. My other What's Up Wednesday posts: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22, 23.