WUW: So close!

What’s Up Wednesday is an easy and fun weekly blog hop that’s hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!


For book club this month, we’re reading Living Among Cannibals and Other Women’s Adventures by Michelle Slung. It’s a quick NF read about women doing awesome, adventurous stuff like skiing to the magnetic north pole with a sled dog as their only companion, or living in the rainforests of Africa to study mountain gorillas. It’s a fun book that makes you say, “Yeah women!” Also, I’m still listening to Enchantment by Orson Scott Card. Audiobooks aren’t my thing, I’ve learned. I wish they were! But, alas, no.


I’m into the 3rd act of THROUGH CLOUDED EYES, though I really need to go back to the second half of the 2nd act and make some big changes. I find myself getting burned out, mostly on editing but also only fully fleshing out my scenes and not just getting the dialogue and scene-blocking on there. This happened with ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT as well, so I think it’s safe to say it’s a weakness/tendency of mine. But I’m getting so close! Actually, after I get those edits in, I’ll be able to start the climax! It feels so good to be this close to finishing another manuscript.

My goal for this week is just to keep on keeping on. I’m trying to add 1300ish words a day, but today I’m feeling super burned out and decided to take the day off and focus on blogging instead. Then tomorrow I can tackle those edits and then continue my forward progress.


Writing every day. I used to think I wasn’t one of those writers, but I’ve been pretty good about writing every day since January 2014, and honestly I can’t imagine going back. Yes, I miss a day (sometimes two) every now and then, but the momentum I keep by writing every day is amazing. My brain really is used to being creative around 1 pm every day. Brains–aren’t they amazing? ^_^


I joined Camp NaNo for next month! If you’re doing it too, come find me! My goal is 30k on ItN, but that’s kind of an arbitrary number I pulled out of a hat, because I’ll be using a lot of the existing draft.

I also finally joined Instragram with an author account. I’m @krisatkinswrites (of course)–come find me if you’re on the ‘gram! I’m really enjoying it as an easy way to connect to the world wide web 3 times a week.

How was your week?

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

5 thoughts on “WUW: So close!

  1. I desperately need to get back in the practice of writing every day, or at the very least, writing 5 out of 7 days a week. It’s so easy to do other things instead when you’re not making a regular practice of writing. Happy to hear this is working for you! Good luck with the 3rd act of your WiP! :D Have a great week, Kris!

  2. I try to write every day too, though that’s been a challenge for me lately with other big things going. Once you establish that routine, it gets to the point where it feels like something is missing if you don’t write. Enjoy your day off though! Sometimes it’s needed for recharging! :)

  3. That’s so interesting—I get that same exact kind of burnout. It’s like, if I’ve been focusing too hard on getting the story down as quickly as I can, it becomes all dialogue and movements. That was my NaNo experience, actually, and I tried to go back and fill in setting, thoughts, character, etc., but failed miserably and had to start over from the beginning. Lesson: I am not a fast writer. I hope you’re better at filling in than I am!

    And good luck working on the climax! That is always one of my favorite parts of drafting! :)

  4. I used to beat myself up about not writing every day (even though, you know, I work two jobs), but I’ve been using the sticker method so far this year, and I notice I tend to write quite a bit on days when I don’t work because HEY I’m not EXHAUSTED, so I’m realizing that’s okay, too. I mean, whatever gets the job done, right?

    I hope your edits went well this week!

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