This Sunday, reflect on and summarize the week you just had in your writing via fiction or nonfiction, or both. Check out some of the writing prompts from this past week in today’s post, along with today’s writing prompt: What Are You Most Thankful For? And see updates on the current novel I’m writing, what I’m reading, and more.
This Week’s Sunday Summary Writing Prompt: What Are You Most Thankful For?
Today, write a journal entry or a piece of short fiction about what you’re most thankful for right now. Be as honest as possible. No one has to read what you write if you don’t want them to read it.
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
By the end of today, I will have written over 4,000 words this week for the current novel I’m working on, and will almost be done writing the first draft of its fourth chapter. This coming week I will start working on the fifth chapter of the novel, which will likely be the last chapter in the first section of the novel. I’m currently anticipating breaking up the novel into three main sections or parts. I worked out several key elements in the novel’s plot this week, including some (hopefully) surprising twists.
Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote recently for my current work in progress, which may or may not end up in its final draft:
The flashlight I’m using isn’t that bright so I can’t really see anything as I trudge through the woods. I trip over a dead thicket of something and trip. [He] is right there next to me to grab my arm so I don’t fall. And I suddenly feel like punching him in the face instead of letting him touch me. But I don’t because what kind of person would do such a thing to someone who prevented them from eating dirt in the middle of the night in the woods? Plus, his grip is firm yet gentle somehow, which is exactly the type of grip I need right now, although I hate to admit it.From K.E. Creighton’s current WIP ; Nov. 2022; Unedited version
Current Reads And Book Reviews
I’m currently reading three books and hope to finish them all by the end of this coming week.
I’m also reading On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake by Sarah Chayes. This book, published in 2020, is poignant and enlightening. The writing style really draws you in as you’re reading it. I would even say that this book should be required reading for everyone on the planet, not just those in the U.S. I’ll likely rate it five out of five stars when I’ve finished reading it. Here is a quote from the book that I can’t stop thinking about: “Corruption is not an isolated scandal or even a whole stack of them. Corruption is better understood as the deliberate mode of functioning– the operating systems, you might say— of sophisticated, and astonishingly successful, networks.”
And I’m currently reading Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. I’m about halfway finished with this book, and I can see why it’s gotten so much attention and acclaim. It’s one of those rare books you want to spend time with and relish. It’s a book for those of us who are true book lovers and library lovers and language lovers and storytellers. The literature geek in me who decided to study literary works for nearly a decade is enjoying this book immensely.
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Writing Tips And Thoughts From The Week
Musings On Current News And Events
A lot happened this past week that I have a lot of thoughts about, but writing about those things can wait for now.
Today, I want to take a moment to acknowledge those who lost their lives last night at Club Q in Colorado Springs, which is about an hour away from me. It’s such a devastating and senseless tragedy.
I want to encourage everyone I can to think about ways and write about ways we can all come together to prevent such senseless and hateful acts of violence, as well as ways we can support the LGBTQ+ community.