WHAT I’M READING
I finished CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn and I figured out the truth fairly soon into it, which made it even more heartbreaking. So good.
WHAT I’M WRITING
Still chopping filler words and cleaning things up with JULES. I’m slowly, but steadily making progress. Cutting filler always reminds me: HOLY CRAP, I AM SO WORDY.
My progress (in my goal of cutting 5,000 words): 3,053!
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
I love TV. As in, I could watch for hours and never get tired of it. The more drama-filled and angst-ridden, the better (here’s looking at you, American soaps and South Korean dramas).
Yes, these shows can be over-the-top – kidnappings, excessive weeping, fist fights, evil twins, returning from the dead, etc.
Turn on any random episode and you get sucked in, at least for a few minutes. And that’s because of compelling characters, tension, pacing, and stakes. All of which are important to writing.
That’s right, I watch TV to help me with my writing.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to leave the audience wanting more.
Example: The Vampire Diaries always ends with cliffhanger goodness. It kept me tuning in until my brain exploded in confusion over the million and one doppelgangers.
I try to end my chapters with the same sort of POW. Even without vampire brothers battling to the death (deathier death?), the small moments can make people want to turn the page. End the chapter with your MC agreeing to go somewhere ALONE with her bad boy love interest or when your MC realizes he’s being followed.
So, yeah…TV and writing. Connected!
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Watching my lil’ bro in another play, this one at his college. It was a “night of comedy” and fun to watch.
Celebrating the one year anniversary of the day these two were adopted from the shelter:
Taking walks (when I’m not watching TV 🙂 ). While it was freezing in so much of the U.S. this week, Virginia’s weather was glorious. Don’t worry, the cold is scheduled to show up tomorrow, so no more bragging from me.