What's Up Wednesday: January 22, 2014

What’s Up Wednesday is a meme created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, and designed to help writers stay in touch with each other. I'm grateful to them for creating this structure, which I am finding helpful as I document my path toward becoming a writer.


Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
Loved this middle grade novel about a girl dealing with the breakdown of her parent's marriage. I am in awe of Laurel Snyder for her ability to so beautifully craft a story about tough issues in a way that is appropriate for a middle grade audience.

A stack of books on art from the library
It's the beginning of research for my book. I am feeling the need to immerse myself in the artist mindset, art philosophy (what IS art, anyway?), and the intersection between art and technology and science. I feel a bit intimidated by this stack of books (and the hundreds more on my library's art shelf), and am hoping something absorbs into me just by looking at them on my counter. Do you think it will?


I'm deep in plot-brainstorming-and-character-motivation-clarification mode this week on my novel idea. My plan this week is:
  • continue to flesh out my new list of what Sam will need to learn in order to achieve her goal. Fill in details like where, when and how she learns each piece of the puzzle. (I am liking this new approach, inspired by John Truby's The Anatomy of Story. My list is gradually evolving into a scene map, I think.)
  • put together a page on each character with notes about their values and world view, how those differ from Sam's values/view, and how those differences play into the conflict they have with Sam and each other.
John Truby's The Anatomy of Story has been a fantastic resource, and I am continuing to study and consult it this week. I am not 100% sure whether it all applies to a novel for kids, though I suspect the fundamentals are universal. If anyone is familiar with this book and has a point of view on it's applicability to middle grade fiction, I'd love to hear it!


Instagram has been delivering inspiration in large quantities lately. I follow some amazing artists and creative people who put beautiful images and ideas out onto Instagram every day. The other day I clicked on the hashtag #brushscript, and up came a gorgeously lettered sign somebody made, reading "Never stop wondering. Never stop wandering." It was like a little tiny shot of sweet, warm encouragement. I just love those little boosts.


I have come down with a cold. So, I'm going to go easy on myself this week, and try to get some extra rest. I am hoping to make some progress on the quilt I have been working on, in addition to making progress on my story. 

Thanks for visiting, and Happy Wednesday to you!


  1. I find your plotting process oddly intreging. I have always been a total pantser, and can't imagine starting a book with that much framework already in place. I imagine it makes the revision process a lot simpilar though. My current WIP would have greatly benifited from an outline.

    I hope you have a great week!

  2. I love that "Never stop wondering. Never stop wandering." quote. I'd love that printed out to hang above my writing desk. I'd also love to learn more about art, too. I've always kind of wanted to take an Art History course, but it never fit into any programs I did in university. Hope you enjoy (and aren't too intimidated by) the art books!

  3. Good luck with all your plotting and planning. I really hope you feel better soon!

    Last time I experienced "art" was a trip to the Tate Modern in London last Spring. I was completely overwhelmed and didn't enjoy the experience. I'm definitely not a modernist. However, I *love* art deco.

  4. Hope you feel better soon. Taking it easy is a good approach. I hate being sick.

    i love instragram too, looking at the beautiful pictures. My sister in law takes a heap of pictures, her account is overflowing with nature images. Anything that takes her fancy basically.

  5. I love that you're reading about the intersection of art, technology and science. That's a topic I enjoy (and get into in my writing) although I've never really done any official reading on it. The first author who really made me consider this was Madeleine L'Engle. I remember being amazed that she could write a poem about atoms and make it so inspirational! Good luck with your writing plans for the week, and I hope your cold clears up soon!

  6. Art is like pornography, you know it when you see it.