October is here! My favorite time of year. Cosy woolly jumpers lie on the horizon, Pumpkin Spice is EVERYWHERE, and long jackets are back in style, the fall leaves are on the trees, and we’re in that middle-ground where the weather is dry and not-too-cold.
NaNoWriMo is looming closer with every day. We’re entering peak writing season!
What I’m Writing
Last week’s goal of 5,000 new words totally didn’t happen.
Next week’s goal: focus on outlines. Chuck Wendig had a post about all the methods you can use to outline a story, which blew my mind. I thought I knew most of the methods available to outliners. I WAS SO WRONG.
And now I want to try all of them.
What I’m Reading
Still beta-reading at the moment, though I’m also breaking it up with chapters of A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, which is an amazing, amazing book. I’m really enjoying the writing, the characters, the worldbuilding. ALL OF IT.
— Banshee Maree (@EMaree) October 4, 2015
I’m also really excited about Laura Lam’s upcoming FALSE HEARTS, which had its cover reveal this week.
Lastly, an article I enjoyed: Why You Don’t Need Rhino Skin to be a Writer is a great article about the fundamental incompatibility between writing, which attracts empathetic and anxious people, and the common advice that you need thick skin to survive in this industry.
I also really liked this website that breaks down recent movies into beat sheet examples.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
It was my 24th birthday last weekend, and I spent it doing a lot of driving about and eating way too much cake. It was good times. Awesome gifts were received.
Mac was also by my side for most of my birthday weekend adventures, so have some pictures of his adorable fluffy mug.
That’s it for this week! What have you got ahead of you, writer friends?