Monday, 29 June 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #4

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goal last week was to put in twelve hours of work on writing, and I ended up spending around sixteen. During that time I tweaked a few things in Envision for consistency with its sequels. I finished rereading Engrave and did some further revisions on it. I reread a few chapters of Enlighten and started some revisions on it as well. I also did agent research and sent out one query.

My goal(s) for this week

I’m aiming for twelve hours of rereading/revisions again, and I’d like to send out at least three more queries. I also plan to paint my office and start getting it organized. I'm super excited about having a more inspirational work space.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

He brushes off an emerald green stone with an expression of raw admiration that borders on reverence, his insides so beautifully bare, unmasked by this discovery. A pang of bittersweetness hits me. It seems unfair that for their deepest, truest beauty to be exposed, some things, some people, have to be torn open and gutted first.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

I was pretty exhausted again this week, to the point where I conked out a few times after supper. We’re still settling into our new home, so that continues to take up a lot of time and energy. I’m used to writing a lot on weekends, but living in a cool, new city also makes it tempting to do and see everything new instead of staying glued to my laptop.

Something I love about my WIP

Even though my trilogy is sci-fi, the tech in the story isn’t the heart of it—relationships are. It’s about what it means to be human, what it means to live and love in an imperfect world. Without those deep, layered relationships, the stakes in the story wouldn’t be nearly so high. I love that. A lot.

So how did it go for all of you this past week? Thanks again for the accountability and encouragement. Your comments are a real boost for us RSW hosts too!


Monday, 22 June 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #3

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

Not spectacular. When I set my goals, I underestimated how long it would take to reread Engrave, book two in my trilogy, and overestimated by brain’s ability to focus right now. I got most of the way through my reread and did some minor revisions, but not as many as I’d hoped.

My goal(s) for this week

Because I’m working on three WIPs this summer and hopping around from task to task while I revise and smooth out inconsistencies between them, it’s kind of hard to determine specific goals, so this week I’m switching to a time goal instead. I usually treat writing like a job and put in several hours a day, but I haven’t fully settled into that again after our move. This week I’m aiming for twelve hours of work.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Intense

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Focusing was a huge challenge because I was overtired and distracted. I found myself rereading the same paragraphs over and over. I can’t wait until our house is painted and unpacked and organized (especially my office). I’d much rather be revising than trying to match upholstery and paint until my eyes cross. Has to be done though.

Something I love about my WIP

I love that at this midpoint (book 2) my mc is really starting to come into her own. She’s more assertive, and she’s figuring out what she wants. While I love plotting, I definitely have a passion for character development. It’s so rewarding to see how much a character has changed and grown throughout a series.

So how did all of you do this week? Great, I hope! Thanks for all the supportive comments you've been leaving. Even though it was a tough week, your encouragement helped me to feel less frustrated. :)

Monday, 15 June 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #2

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goal was to ease into RSW with some rereading and to start working on a particular plot hole. I reread, ENVISION, the first book in my trilogy, fixed the plot hole, revamped another scene, and gave my query a makeover. I’m starting to settle into my writing routine again, so that’s a relief.

My goal(s) for this week

I’d like to reread ENGRAVE, the second WIP in my trilogy, and work through at least half of my remaining revision notes on it. I also plan to make note of any inconsistencies and continue to smooth these out between all three books.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Complicated

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Solving a tricky plot hole that got bigger every time I tried to plug it. After a Skype conversation with Jaime, I finally figured out how to fix it, while still keeping my WIP under 100k. Concentrating on that was really hard this week because we’re still unpacking and getting settled in (will be for a while).

Something I love about my WIP

I chose to go ahead and finish my entire trilogy even though I don’t have an agent, and I love that after over three years of working on it, I’m just as attached to it as when I first started. Infinitely more, in fact. Because I wrote it with no publishing prospects on the horizon, I wrote it for me. I finished it for me, and that feels incredible regardless of whatever happens with it.

Thanks for the encouraging comments all of you left last week! They were a real motivator! Good luck to everyone on your goals this week!


Monday, 8 June 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #1

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It's also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we'll share our posts, keeping them brief (ie 2-3 lines per heading) in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants' blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW click here. To snag some of our lovely buttons, see the RSW 2015 tab above.

WAIT THERE'S MORE! We'll be hosting RSW giveaways in July and at the end of August, so be sure to enter for a chance to win a writer's care package. If your motivation needs a boost, join in our RSW Twitter parties (#RSWrite). Tweet @ENowodazkij to have your name added to our Twitter list. STAY TUNED for details on "Manicures and Manucripts," a fun event to close off RSW and reward ourselves (and our poor overworked fingers) after a summer of non-stop writing/typing! 

My goal(s) for this week

To get back into the swing of writing after a cross-country move. It’s been a whole (insanely busy) month since I've done any writing, so I need to establish a new routine in my new surroundings. I plan to ease into RSW with some rereading and hopefully start fixing a particular plot hole that’s been nagging me for ages. Kind of a vague goal, but I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to tackle this week, and I need to get a good grasp on my WIPs again. This is my week for reacquainting, reorganizing, and rolling up my sleeves before digging in.

Here’s the complete list of headings for NEXT WEEK:

How I did on last week’s goal(s)
My goal(s) for this week
A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
The biggest challenge I faced this week
Something I love about my WIP