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Attempting to get back to some level of normalcy after Utopia. Let’s see how far I need to go to back to work…

Prior to Utopia, I had reached these goals–

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*I’m shooting for working on the final chapters Monday or Tuesday. After I come back from Nashville, I’ll be doing one more sweep through everything (especially those last chapters) before it goes to the editor. I finished those final chapters.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Do final read through of Rescue.

*While at Utopia Con, I learned about another anthology. I need to finish plotting this short story.

*Worldbuilding for my collaborative project.

*Rewrite the Amazon description for Regress.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [Tru’s POV]

I’m notorious for never listening to that little voice, the cautious one, inside me. No matter how dangerous the predicament, I usually act like I know better. But this time… this time something gnaws at me. It screams danger. I can’t turn off the voice in my head. I’ve been wrong before, and so I choose to listen.

Tru matures in book two. She’s had to face challenges and change her behavior. Much like Tru, my writing has matured since the day I drafted book one. I’ve had a chance to write more, and I’ve learned a few things along the way. First, when in doubt, read it aloud. Sometimes, verbalizing the words will highlight errors. Second, don’t arbitrarily believe what others have to say. It takes a team to publish a book. The advice of one person isn’t enough. It’s good to bounce ideas off of others. Third, be willing to cut. No matter what advice you receive, you have to be willing to purge scenes and whatever isn’t working.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Time. Getting ready for Utopia was a time crunch. I was busy trying to get everything done—writing, reading, planning for my trip.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: The ending of Rescue took awhile for me to develop and I love it.

That’s it for this week! Next week The Soul of a Writer will return to Monday.

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