Friday Update: It’s Friday?

Whew. It’s actually Friday, right? Like, really Friday?

I feel like the end of the week really crept up on me. Some of that is probably because I didn’t manage to finish the short story I started this week. It was one of those times when something just feels…off about the story. I dunno. Like lugging a gear.

Accomplished this week…

I got my 3k done on the novel by end of Tuesday, so that felt good. The short story is…meh. Not sure what’s off on it, but I suspect it has to do with the main character.

I spent some time thinking her through, but she’s coming off very flat. I probably need to sharpen some discord at the beginning and really show her change by the end. One of the pitfalls of writing the climax first may be making sure the character at the beginning has enough room to change.

I also just wasn’t feeling it. That doesn’t necessarily mean the writing itself is bad, but it could be a sign that I’m not totally invested in it yet. I love the concept, but I’m not sure I love or fully understand the characters. Hmmm…

Inspiring Me This Week…

Just finished You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas (follow her blog here!) and wow. Without giving anything away, it’s a master class in excellent, painful endings. It’s both wholly satisfying and yet really drives home some frustrating life lessons.

Also just started Breasts and Eggs by Meiko Kawakami, and it’s already dragging me in wholesale. I was a bit worried it might be all hype–I’ve been hearing and reading about it everywhere, it seems–but at least so far, it’s incredibly grabbing. I look forward to reading it every night.

Also I’m getting the card game bug again. Must be something about this time of year. But I’m taking what I learned from the last time and trying to keep things simple. We’ll see what happens.

Goals for Next Week:

I’m tempted to try to finish the story I couldn’t finish this week, but I’m somewhat worried it’s not ready yet. So maybe I’ll try something new next week. Only sure bet is that I’ll be tackling 3k on the novel.

…and maybe pinning down some more late-Act 2 plot points…

What about you? How was your week? Did you hit your goals or miss them a bit? What do you think got in your way? Anything fun inspiring you lately?

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