This past week was all about getting amped up for Halloween tomorrow. Check out some of the writing prompts from this past week in today’s post, along with today’s writing prompt: What Scares You Most? And see updates on the current novel I’m writing, what I’m reading, and more.

This Week’s Sunday Summary Writing Prompt: What Scares You Most?

Today, write a journal entry or a piece of short fiction about what scares you the most. And how you, or the character you write about, will overcome this fear. Don’t hold back. Allow yourself to be vulnerable when writing this. You don’t have to share what you write with anyone else if you don’t want.

And or 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

This past week I started writing the third chapter of the current novel I’m working on and wrote about 3,000 words. I still don’t have a title for the novel yet and may not designate one until I approach the end— we’ll see. I didn’t write as much as I wanted to this past week because there were a lot of moments I had to pause my writing to work out portions of the plot or fine-tune a character. This coming week I hope to write 3,500-4,000 words! And I hope to share a brief excerpt of what I’ve written then, too.

Current Reads And Book Reviews

I’m currently reading Sign Here by Claudia Lux. I hope to finish it by tonight or tomorrow. According to GoodReads, it is: “A darkly humorous, surprisingly poignant, and utterly gripping debut novel about a guy who works in Hell (literally) and is on the cusp of a big promotion if only he can get one more member of the wealthy Harrison family to sell their soul.”

Sign Here is a unique story so far! I’m enjoying the dark humor in it and the writing style is certainly keeping me engaged. It’s reminding me a bit of the Lucifer series on Netflix, but a tad darker at certain moments. I’m about halfway through and can tell it’s going to take a much darker turn. But I am definitely interested in seeing where it goes!

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

It’s always difficult to rate a classic.

I read this book recently because it was banned and I never had the opportunity to read it in school– not in high school, during undergrad, or when I was in grad school.

I thought the overall question the novel poses was an important one to consider: Are we born or turned into ‘savages’ via society? Or sorry, are BOYS born or turned into ‘savages’ via society?

However, the novel can’t ultimately answer its own question because 1– the boys come from a different society before crashing onto the island and each had outside influences from that society that impact them on the island (their already organized behaviors and perceptions from that other society) so the society they create on the island isn’t the only one to consider as we observe and dive into this literary social experiment of sorts. But the novel doesn’t incorporate them (those influences and perceptions from their previous society) into the narrative enough to take its own inquiry seriously. 2—There are no girls. And in any established society on the planet, even in a dominantly patriarchal one, girls and women influence male behavior significantly, even if the entire society is centered around their oppression and commoditization. Society literally cannot exist without girls and women, so ultimately this isn’t a serious literary social experiment at all, and turns the novel’s main inquiry into a farce–not a genuine philosophical and moral quandary.

Overall, the greatest issue I had with this novel was that it didn’t take its own philosophical inquiry seriously. And it’s an important inquiry! There were also a lot of passages throughout the novel that were unnecessarily verbose and more lyrical and not consistent with the style and voice of the rest of the narrative, which takes the reader out of the narrative.

Rating: 3/5

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Writing Tips And Thoughts From The Week

Musings On Current News And Events

A couple of things in the news scared me this week or caused me to raise a concerned eyebrow, at least.

I am appalled that Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked in their home in California this past week. Learning about this was terrifying. Especially now that we’re in the thick of election season, and the January Sixth Investigation is coming to a head. The intruder was yelling, “Where is Nancy?” and Paul Pelosi ended up having emergency surgery on his skull after the intruder fractured it with his hammer. It all sounds like something that would happen in a thriller movie, not in real life.

Elon Musk officially bought Twitter last week, too. Then proceeded to fire most of the C-Suite, and plans to fire many more employees. But is vowing that the social media platform would not become a ‘free-for-all hellscape’. [Source] Then the Twitter trolls arrived, along with Musk spouting a conspiracy theory regarding the attack on Paul Pelosi. I might have to write an entire post about my thoughts on Musk buying Twitter. But in the meantime, this article is a good one to read: Analysis: Elon Musk owning Twitter should give everyone pause.

Other Important Updates And Notes

I hope to have a book of writing prompts published by the end of the year. Stay tuned!

And, have a safe and happy Halloween tomorrow!

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