Ready. Set. WRITE! Sixth update

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and RSW2015accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. Still no progress on this. 😦
  • Work on a blurb for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. Done… however! Y’know, blurbs can take longer to write than a whole chapter sometimes. 🙂 I “finished” the blurb but I’m still not sure I’m completely happy with it. I need to let it sit for a few days or a week.
  • Work an hour a night/five nights on the overall plan for complete outline and changes for all three MOSAIC books. Yes, I worked at least an hour a day/five days on this but I still have a long ways to go.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers. Done! And I continue to be inspired by all of YOU!
  • Walk at least 10k each day. Pretty close (better than last week, anyhow!)

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. (I mean it this time!)
  • Continue to tweak the blurb for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS.
  • Work an hour a night/five nights on the overall plan for complete outline and changes for all three MOSAIC books.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers.
  • Walk at least 10k each day.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: “Slow and steady!” For my re-write of the three MOSAIC books, I want to have a really good outline done before I jump in. This makes me slightly crazy because I would like to just jump in!! But, I think in the long run it will pay off. I think the reason I never finished this trilogy before was because I got to a certain point and didn’t know where I was going. I’m not going to make that mistake again! So, I need to continue to move ahead – slow and steady – with my outlining before I can get back into the writing.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): Time! Lots of stuff going on this week, including a weekend camping trip. This coming week looks better.

5.  Something I love about my WiP: My characters spend lots of time out in the woods, hiking, searching, running for their lives, eating bad berries….

How did your week of writing and/or revising go?

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Ready. Set. WRITE! Fifth update

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and RSW2015accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals: (SPOILER ALERT: NOT GOOD!)

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. Nope. This endeavor came to a standstill this week.
  • Finish my re-read of the partially finished manuscripts for books 2 and 3 of MOSAIC and start putting together an overall plan for complete outline and changes. This was about the only thing I did accomplish this week. I finished the re-read on both and barely got started on the planning.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers. Check! Go you amazing writer-folk, go!
  • Walk at least 10k each day. Epic fail on this.

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS.
  • Work on a blurb for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS.
  • Work an hour a night/five nights on the overall plan for complete outline and changes for all three MOSAIC books.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers.
  • Walk at least 10k each day.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: “Sludge.” This week, I feel like I’ve been walking through sludge with this re-read of books 2 and 3. Again, I still like the story and the characters. However, these are manuscripts that I worked on a few years ago and they are really bad. It’s been hard to re-read without jumping in to make changes.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): The aforementioned “sludge.”

5.  Something I love about my WiP: Aliens!! 🙂

How did your week of writing and/or revising go?

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Ready. Set. WRITE! Fourth update

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and RSW2015accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. Check! Investigation continues this week.
  • Finish my re-read of MOSAIC and start to figure out what overall changes I’ll need to make. Check! I finished the re-read but am realizing that I’ll need to re-read the partially finished books 2 and 3 in the series to really figure out all the changes.
  • Revisit SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder and put together a beat sheet for MOSAIC. Check! By the skin of my teeth. 🙂 I just finished the beat sheet last night!
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers. I didn’t make this. Last Monday was booked from start to finish. It’s hard to be motivated to visit the RSW blogs on Tuesday when you know you are a whole day behind everyone else. 😦
  • Walk at least 10k each day. Very close! There were only two days I didn’t quite make it to 10k.

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS.
  • Finish my re-read of the partially finished manuscripts for books 2 and 3 of MOSAIC and start putting together an overall plan for complete outline and changes.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers.
  • Walk at least 10k each day.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: Since I didn’t really do much actual writing this week – mostly re-reading and outlining – I’ll just sum it up by saying: “happy.” I’m happy to find that I still love this MS, it’s characters and overall plot. Lots of work ahead, though!

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): Distractions and being able to fall into a good routine. Oh, and on Saturday my computer was giving me attitude and I lost hours that could’ve been productive! Grrrrr.

5.  Something I love about my WiP: I like the action that happens in this story. My MC is a woman of action and she jumps in to help out at a moment’s notice.

How did your week of writing and/or revising go?

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Ready. Set. WRITE! Third update

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and RSW2015accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

  • Make initial contact with at least five potential editors. I actually didn’t make contact with five potential editors but I did make some progress in this area and made some decisions. 🙂
  • Start investigating cover design options. Done! Just some initial investigations. There are so many options out there! Yikes!
  • Figure out which project I’m going to work on while I wait for WoHF to come back from my beta reader. Done! I started a re-read on MOSAIC (tentative title). This was my very first project and it’s meant to be a trilogy and I bit off more than I could chew at the time. But the characters and story have always stayed with me. I want to give it another try.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers. Done! I’m so inspired by all the progress being made out there! Go, go, go!!!
  • Spend one hour a day or less on TV. Done. Mostly. I may have cheated a couple days. 🙂
  • Spend one hour a day or less on internet. Ha. I’m dropping this goal in the future and admitting defeat. Of course, part of the problem is that when you are investigating potential editors and cover designers, you end up spending gobs and gobs of time online just for those activities.

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS.
  • Finish my re-read of MOSAIC and start to figure out what overall changes I’ll need to make.
  • Revisit SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder and put together a beat sheet for MOSAIC
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers.
  • Walk at least 10k each day.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: Here is part of a tornado scene from MOSAIC:

Trevin and I reached the old man at the same time. We each took an arm and started hauling him back toward the safety of the building. Suddenly, as if the cyclone had eyes, the tip of the monster started edging back toward us. It had gone past Annie’s and had been on a predictable easterly path.

Until now.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): I was back at work this week after a nice two-week staycation. Settling back into a routine in which I have minimal time for writing/revising was the biggest challenge.

5.  Something I love about my WiP: I’m so enjoying getting back into MOSAIC. In the first half of the story, my MC gets metaphorically punched in the gut over and over – finding out that people and things aren’t what she thought they were. I love to watch how tough she becomes!

How did your week of writing and/or revising go?

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Ready. Set. WRITE! Second week update

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and RSW2015accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

  • Spend at least one hour, five days on reviewing and revisions in my WIP. Yes! I did really well on this. I finished a full read-through of my MS and sent it off to a beta reader yesterday (a whole week earlier than anticipated! 🙂 )
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers. Yes! And then some! It was great to get out there and say howdy and cheer each other on.
  • Spend one hour a day or less on TV. Oh dear. Um, I did manage to do this on some days, but not all. I have a habit of just turning on the TV for “background noise” and then I sort of space out and don’t get anything else done! Ugh!
  • Spend one hour a day or less on internet. Yeaahhhh…. no. I did better than I usually do (thanks again, Freedom app!) but I did not keep it to one hour a day.

 

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Make initial contact with at least five potential editors.
  • Start investigating cover design options. (Any of you indie authors have suggestions for me?)
  • Figure out which project I’m going to work on while I wait for WoHF to come back from my beta reader. I had thought I was going to go back to FALLING (tentative title) but I am feeling a pull from another MS that I started a realllllly long time ago. I still love the characters and the story line. It may be time to go back to that one.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers.
  • Spend one hour a day or less on TV.
  • Spend one hour a day or less on internet.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: Here is the very first paragraph of my WiP:

The woman in the corner whined in an unearthly, inhuman tone. I shivered in the New Orleans heat. I wished she would stop. But then again, I had wished for her to stop shrieking a few minutes ago. Now that she had, I knew the end was near.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): Well, there’s that TV addiction I mentioned above! To be honest, I’m more worried about this coming week. I had two and a half weeks off from work and I go back today. It was really nice to have such unimpeded writing/revising time in the last couple weeks. Now it’s back to reality!

5.  Something I love about my WiP: I love the way my main character grows over the course of the story. Of course, I guess that’s the whole point of a good story, right? But she goes from this timid, confused little girl to a strong, independent young woman. Love that.

How did your week of writing and/or revising go?

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Ready. Set. WRITE! First week update

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and RSW2015accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE.

It’s time for the first update of RSW!

1.  How I did on last week’s goals: Pretty well. My goals were to spend an hour a day on revisions (accomplished five of seven days!); visit the blogs of as many of the other RSWers as possible (umm, I visited a handful – not as many as I’d planned); spend minimal time watching TV (done!); spend minimal time on the internet (did really well on this – I finally downloaded the Freedom app.)

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Spend at least one hour, five days on reviewing and revisions in my WIP.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers.
  • Spend one hour a day or less on TV.
  • Spend one hour a day or less on internet.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: A good word that sums up my progress this week: Finished! At least for this round. Now I need to do another full read-through before sending it off to my beta reader.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): My old friend procrastination. 🙂 Even though I did well on TV and internet time, there’s always other stuff to divert my attention!

5.  Something I love about my WiP: I was working on the last pages of the WiP this week and much of it has to do with letting go of the past and forgiving yourself. It’s an interesting topic to dig into. I’ve got a pretty boring past (at least, a lot more boring than my characters!) so it’s interesting to think about how you would go about forgiving yourself if you had done some truly horrendous things in your past.

How did your week of writing and/or revising go?

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Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 – I mean it this time!

It’s time again for Ready. Set. WRITE! This couldn’t come at a better time to motivate me RSW2015to make some headway on my final revisions of THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. The YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Boot Camp just finished and I really did not do well on that. Life has been crazy lately. Case in point: I actually wrote a “Currently…” blog post for last week and then completely forgot to post it! This probably is a good thing because I wouldn’t have had time to visit other blogs last week or interact with anyone leaving a comment on my blog. HOWEVER! This week, things have slowed down and I anticipate smooth sailing ahead. (Famous last words, right?)

So, here I go with Ready. Set. WRITE! It’s a summer writing intensive that provides great support and camaraderie and no small measure of accountability! 🙂 If you want to know more about it, how it’s run and where to sign up, visit this post on Jaime Morrow’s page. (She also did the awesome button above – and several others – because she’s cool like that.)

My Ready. Set. WRITE! goals for the summer:

  • Finish this round of revisions for TWoHF by the end of June (I have a beta reader patiently waiting!)
  • While waiting for notes back from my beta reader, write at least an hour a day on another WIP I started on a while ago and am anxious to get back to, tentatively titled FALLING.
  • Get back to blogging more and interacting with others on their blogs more often!
  • Spend ZERO time watching TV (okay, maybe at least cut back to a couple hours a week).
  • Spend ONLY one hour a day on the internet!

My goals for this week:

  • Spend an hour a day on revisions for TWoHF.
  • Visit the blogs of as many of the other RSWers as possible to say “howdy!” and “good luck!”
  • Spend minimal time watching TV (try to talk hubby into cancelling cable… a recurring discussion at my house).
  • Spend minimal time on the internet.

If you are joining Ready. Set. WRITE! (or even if you’re not) leave me a note and say hello!

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