First of all, I realize I’ve changed the theme of this blog like five times in the past two days, but I think I’m finally satisfied with this one. Probably no one noticed anyway, but I wanted to apologize in case anyone cared.
Anyway, this is the first #WIPMarathon post I’ve put up on this blog. If you don’t know what #WIPMarathon is (and/or what my WIP is about and you want to know) you can read this post from my Tumblr. And you can read my first update here.
Now, on to today’s update!
Last Word Count & Chapter Count:
Current WC & CC (or SC):
WC: 79,804 ((almost at 80k! Hooray!))
WIP Issues this week:
This week I’ve worried a lot about feminism in relation to my writing. (In fact, I’ve been planning to write a whole blog post on the subject. That will probably come soon.) Having been part of the reviewing community for the past few years, I’ve become a lot more aware of how female characters are portrayed in books. And as a lover of YA, it concerns me how many books in the genre focus around romance and about boys swooping in to save/change girls’ lives, etc. That doesn’t mean such books are bad, necessarily … It’s just so present in so many books I’ve read.
For the past few years, I’ve really wanted to write something that didn’t have romance in it, especially because I can’t think of very many YA books that don’t include some kind of romance in them. My current project mostly focuses on two girls who are friends (during the zombie apocalypse) … but recently I’ve gotten to a part where they join a group of people which is being led by a man. And now that I’m writing this part I’m afraid it’ll just seem like they’re letting a guy take control and whatnot, and that’s not what I wanted to happen.
This guy is an important character so I don’t plan on taking him out of the story or anything, but I’ve just been struggling to work my way around this issue. So, what I’m working towards is that his leadership kind of comes into question and gradually they all work more as a group––rather than him bossing everyone around, if that makes sense. So yeah, I’ll deal with it somehow. (Hopefully!)
What I learned this week in writing:
This past week, I’ve been trying not to rush myself too much. I tend to get so obsessed with just writing as many words as I can that I’m not really engaging myself in the story as much as I could. I still love word sprinting with people online, and it’s a great way to motivate myself to write––but lately I’ve been trying to tell myself not to focus so much on trying to cram as many words as I can into a sprint. In the end, it’s about the quality and not the quantity. And what’s more important is really engaging myself in the scene I’m writing, slowing down and letting the words come naturally.
In the past few projects I’ve worked on, I feel like I focused way too hard just on writing a lot in a short amount of time––and ultimately, I ended up hating those projects because they felt really rushed and cluttered and I didn’t feel connected to my characters. With my current WIP, I’ve been going more slowly and I feel so much more connected to the story and characters––which is a really great feeling, after I’ve gone through a couple years feeling like I’d never get out of my writing slump!
What distracted me this week while writing:
I don’t have much of an excuse this week because I really had nothing to do at all. (I’m still on break from college and I still have a week left … gahhh!) So I’ve been trying to really throw myself into my writing. But I’ve still been distracted by a lot of things––Facebook, Tumblr, reading, starting a new blog, etc.
Last 200 words:
“Dad?” Audrey says.
Logan is lying with his hands clasped on his stomach, his baseball cap pulled over his face. “Hmm?”
“We’re gonna go watch the sunrise, okay?”
“All right,” Logan says. “Just, you know, be careful out there. Bring your guns.”
The three of them turn around.
“Wait,” I hear myself blurt out. It barely occurs to me that I’ve said it until I see Audrey, Evan, and Maria all staring at me. “Can I … Can I come with you guys?”
They exchange glances, before Audrey shrugs and nods. “Sure.”
I get up from the floor, even though I suddenly feel really self-conscious. Hopefully these guys don’t think I’m being annoying, just tagging along with them. I try to determine from their faces if they’re annoyed with me, but they don’t appear to be. They could be hiding it, though. Oh well. I figure I can at least try to get to know them or whatever.
They don’t seem to be waiting for me, since they’ve all turned around again and started walking towards the store’s exit. I follow them, staying a few paces behind.