This Sunday, reflect on and summarize the week you just had in your writing via fiction or nonfiction, or both. Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt, as well as a brief summary of the current progress I’m making on my novel, a few book reviews, and more.

This Week’s Sunday Summary Writing Prompt: Overcoming Trials

Write a journal entry or a piece of short fiction about something you overcame this past week or something you’ll work to overcome in the week ahead.

Or simply write a journal entry or reflective post summarizing the previous week you had and notable things you wrote, read, learned, etc., as well as what you want to write, read, and do in the week ahead.

Writing Prompts From This Past Week

In case you missed them when they were originally published earlier this week, here are the links to this week’s writing prompts on Daily Drafts & Dialogues blog. See my completed versions of each writing prompt in each post.

    Updates On My Current Book Project

    I wrote around 3,500 words for the novel I’m currently working on this past week. This coming week I want to try and keep this pace and write about 500 words per day for my novel, if not more. As I’m still fleshing out the plot and characters in the novel, I think that the goal to write 500 words per day, at minimum, is more than doable, especially with some of the other writing I need to do. Right now I’m still spending a lot of time researching and reading when working on the project. But once certain aspects of the story are more or less nailed down, I expect to pick up my writing pace for the novel in the future organically. We’ll see if I’m right.

    This coming week I’m starting on the third chapter of the novel. At this stage, it’s neat to create the growing intensity of the plot. And to write more about what the characters are discovering.

    My Current Reads and Book Reviews

    The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

    I had to take my time when reading this book so it took a while to digest. But it’s an eye-opening read and a must-read– especially for the times in which we’re living. Typically, on the surface level, we think of totalitarianism as being fueled by violence and brainwashing, etc. But what truly fuels totalitarianism —what is at its core and keeps it in motion and all-consuming— is even more sinister and frightening because it often goes undetected and unnoticed. Oddly enough, it’s the strict and unmitigated logic and banality of totalitarianism that keep it in motion. I’m still unpacking everything I read in this book, and probably will for a long time to come.

    Rating: 5/5

    Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict by Eli Berman and others

    This book read like a long research paper rather than a book. And while I admire the decades’ worth of research and data they included in it, there were a lot of unnecessary and redundant passages and simple concepts that were worded in such a way that made them seem as if they should be confusing when they weren’t. Essentially, it included unnecessary academic condescension with unnecessary bureaucratic government lingo for common sense ideas and concepts for the twenty-first century. However, this book was intended for a more bureaucratic audience. So, full disclosure, I am not their target audience. Although, I probably should be their intended audience, since they mention the need to include ordinary citizens in operations fueled by information…

    Rating: 3/5

    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    This book was captivating. I have never read anything quite like it before. It was romantic and mysterious and haunting, yet also incredibly gory at times. I was hooked until the very end, needing to figure out what would happen. The heroine, Noemi, will captivate you, too, and you’ll find yourself relating to her and rooting for her, even if you don’t want to at times– I enjoyed the complexity of her character at times. There were a lot of moments when I did truly feel like I was reading a contemporary novel with classic themes and tropes from the Romantic era of literature. However, there were times when I wasn’t completely lost in the narrative or Noemi’s world in 1950s Mexico when I really wanted to be– due to explicated passages or lengthy and sometimes repetitive descriptions, especially of how handsome or ugly certain characters were. I would definitely recommend this book to others! Especially if they want to experience a bit of romantic gore with a bit of mystery.

    Rating: 4/5

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    Writing Tips And Thoughts From The Week

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