q.w.u. no. 2

Welcome to my second Quick Writing Update! These updates are meant mainly to hold me accountable to my own work, but also to keep you posted on my progress and my writing process as I work on my novel and whatever other work comes up.

These last few months have been hectic to say the least, so writing has not been a priority, but I’m excited to get back into it. However, despite the paucity of actual sit-down writing moments, I do have some exciting writerly news to share in my updates.

So, without further adieu, here’s a look at my current writing life. Since the summer, I:

  • Discovered that writing can be a win when everything else sucks. Seriously. We’ve had a rough few weeks, and on one particularly rough morning last week, I decided I needed to do something good for myself–so I opened up my short story again for the first time in a while. Revision feels more accessible to me in times where creation feels difficult, so I began to:
  • Work on some revisions for a short story I’ve been working on recently. Currently revisions are focusing mostly on character development–I wrote this story a long time ago, so in looking at it now, I’ve realized that some of my characters’ choices didn’t make sense with their psychology and relationships. So I needed to make changes.
  • Researched different kinds of editor positions. Did you know that there are like six bajillion kinds of editor? Most people have heard of copy editors (people who edit grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax), but in the book publishing industry there are also content editors, developmental editors, acquisition editors, and more. I think the kind of editing that interests me most is developmental editing. These editors coach writers on big-picture aspects of their work like tone, structure, character arcs, and plot development.
  • Solidified a ten-year career vision for myself, which does (eventually) include freelance developmental editing, running writing workshops and community groups, and writing my own work, too. There are a lot of dependencies and there is a lot of work to do to get myself to where I want to be, but it feels comforting to have something to aim for.
  • Wrote this post on setting new time and creative energy boundaries around this blog

Now for the exciting part!! In the next few weeks, I’ll:

  • Officially begin my part-time remote role as Creative Community Director for Fresh Ink Austin, a local writing group I joined while we lived in Texas (and before you ask, yes, I am still at my full-time job, too). It’s the first time I’ve ever been paid to do anything related to writing, which feels incredible and affirming. Fresh Ink is a writing group where subscribers can attend weekly sessions to write together, discuss particular topics, connect online, and read each other’s work and give feedback. Fresh Ink also offers classes on particular topics like publication, writing with magic, finishing your novel, etc. My role as Creative Community Director will be choosing topics for and attending the weekly writing sessions, posting submission opportunities in our group forum, curating and sending out a monthly email digest for subscribers, and occasionally leading the writing sessions when needed. I am so thrilled to be joining the team as this business grows!
  • Finish revisions on my short story before submitting it
  • Research where to submit that short story
  • Begin world-building in earnest for my novel
  • Write a Lenten devotional for our new church, St. Paul’s Episcopal
  • Write my annual New Year’s Eve blog post, possibly more

That’s it from me. Cheers!

Current Novel Word Count: 16,690  
What I'm Writing: I'm currently revising a short story I wrote back in college. Nearly there!
Weird Writerly Topics I've Googled This Week: education system in Ireland, junior cert.
Writing Exercises I've Done: I wrote down a list of my favorite words, just to get back into language again. 
What I'm Reading: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
What I'm Listening To: "All Too Well (10 Minute Version)" by Taylor Swift, "Little Love" by Adele, the On Being podcast by Krista Tippett

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