On this blog, in addition to blogging about the books I read, I’ll also be blogging about the books I write. Welcome to the first post of the ‘Writing Update’ Series!
Currently, I have 14 books on hold at the library, so it’ll probably be about two weeks before I send another book review your way. In the meantime, you all will get maybe two writing updates, or other bookish posts, while I wait to pick up my library haul.
As of the month of May, finals are fast approaching. Unfortunately, my writing has been on the backburner as I navigate my way through the last storm of tests, projects, and get ready to fight the gatekeeper of summer, finals. However, through the midst of it all, I have been doing a mish-mash of brainstorming and plotting. I have a new novel idea that I’m planning on drafting this July during Camp Nanowrimo. As of now, it’s effectively titled ‘Summer Novel’, which surprisingly does encapsulate it well. It’s all about a summer road-trip, family, and being true to yourself even if you’re still trying to figure out who that is. It’s an #ownvoices book, as the main character, Zinnia, is black (as am I =)) and biracial. I’m beyond excited to start writing her story and to start drafting again.
I have a playlist on Spotify that’s a little more than 50 songs long. If you’re interested in listening to it, drop a comment below and I’ll respond with the link (and a thank you for commenting). Music, and making playlists, are a huge source of inspiration for me, and I highly encourage any writer who’s stuck in a rut to listen to a few tunes.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about the upcoming summer (four more weeks guys, I can make it) and what I want my goals to be. I’ll definitely make a blogpost detailing those goals, but I can definitively say that my #1 goal is to finish the first draft of ‘Summer Novel’. Also, a little sidenote, I know some writers worry about not writing everyday. I can tell you all that I haven’t written any part of a novel in the past month of so, and that doesn’t make me feel like any less of a writer. I’ve dabbled in poetry, I’ve brainstormed, I’ve made a playlist, and I’ve plotted. Though I haven’t been writing, I’ve been constantly keeping my creative mind open and nourished. You don’t have to write every day to be a writer. Some days simply thinking about your novel is more than enough.
How has writing been going for everyone? Update me in the comments below, and have a wonderful Thursday!