Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week Seven!

 
We have another giveaway winner! Congrats to Stephanie Allen who won Jaime’s wowsome writerly package! YAY!!! And stay tuned! Another giveaway and rafflecopter awaits you at the end of this post!
I hope you all had a productive week with Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re new and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! :) Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!

And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
Here’s how last week went for me… 

How I did on last week’s goal 

My goals for last week were to

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. Check! 6000 and wrote two crucial Black Moment scenes. 
 
2) Work on my beginning of TMC at least three days this week. TRY to have it mostly done and in the hands of readers by the end of July. I worked on my THOSE MAGIC CHANGES story three days: drafted, revised, and polished a brand new first chapter (from a different POV). It passed the McKenzie (my 15 year old) test and the CP Extraordinaire Katy test. Most importantly—the new first chapter passed the Alison test. After rewriting and tweaking my first chapter, oh I don’t know, a hundred times, I finally have something I like. So, score.  

Bonus—I now have direction. Whereas before I was floundering with three different directions to take my new beginning, now I have one. And I can MOVE ON 

My goal(s) for this week 

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story.  

2) Last week’s revision goal seemed to work so I’m going with it again: work on my beginning of TMC at least three days this week. I have three chapters left to rework in the beginning and I would love to accomplish at least one of them. 

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

Since I spent a great deal of time on both my stories, I’m going to share a line from each. 

From my Mean Boys story. Not an exciting line. But it’s an extremely meaningful one from my boy Z: My hang time’s getting a workout tonight. 

And my very first line from my new first chapter of THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. This is me trying to make my crass MC Axl more likeable. Feel free to roll your eyes and laugh. 
 
If I hear another song from Grease, I’m going to freaking punch someone.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)
 
Balance. And writing/reading without feeling guilty for not using that time to spend with my family. The “perks” of being a writer mama. 

Something I love about my WIP 

Last week I talked about writing a love list for my Mean Boys story. Well, I wrote one. And I thought I’d share a few items from said list that I love, love, love about my WiP. Enjoy… 

meaningful tattoos
Urgent Fury
Our House (in the middle of the street)
harmless pranks
stolen, steamy moments
The Missing Link
FIFA
stats explorations (John Green style)
polarizing secrets
vindictive pranks
red cards
second date potential
Crisis
Rico and Sonny
soccer
projects that make you go Hmmm
(and, of course)
Jesse’s girl

 Hopefully one day, you’ll get to read this story and figure out what all that means!

Thank you for being such amazing RSWers! To celebrate, we have started a month full of giveaways! Yep! One each week for our awesome participants! This week’s writerly care package is from Katy. Check out the awesome…

 
Just enter to win via the rafflecopter on any of the hosts blogs!  
a Rafflecopter giveaway


I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, July 14, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week Six!

 
It’s week SIX of Ready. Set. WRITE and we have our first giveaway winner! Congrats to Stephanie Scott who won Erin’s wowsome writerly package! YAY!!!
Also, another giveaway and rafflecopter awaits you at the end of this post!

I hope you all had a productive week! And if you’re new and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
If you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!

Here’s how last week went for me… 

How I did on last week’s goal 

My goals for last week were to 

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. Check! And I hit 60K! 

2) Continue to work on my new beginning for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. Specifically work on three scenes of that beginning. Less lofty. More attainable. Um…does staring at the screen and wanting to bang your head against it count as working? Actually, I did work on a few of the beginning moments. And because I like to create extra work for myself, I started a completely different version of my beginning—from another character’s POV. And I think I might be changing the title of my story.  

Yes, I’m neurotic, cheesy, AND wishy-washy.

My goal(s) for this week 

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story.

2) Work on my beginning of TMC at least three days this week. TRY to have it mostly done and in the hands of readers by the end of July.

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

BAD. I’m just a few scenes away from the Black Moment, people. And the proverbial S&%T is about to hit the fan. L 

Also, Brazil (and I) had a rough World Cup week. I will mention here that this guy
 


reminds me a lot of my Jesse. And this is exactly how I picture him during one of the scenes I wrote this week.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

My inner editor. Especially when I’m drafting. Very hard to turn it off and just WRITE.

Something I love about my WIP

My characters. How much I grow to love them (even the seemingly bad ones) and the things I discover about them on first draft. Next week, I may just have to write a love list and share. Don’t know what that is? You can see my love list for my last story here

Also, will note here that when I began my current WiP, I had NO IDEA how it would end (I should have my writer card revoked. I know). But I also know from previous projects that the endings usually start revealing themselves once I get there. Over the past two weeks, scenes from the end of my story started to play out in my head, and, well . . . I got a LOT excited.  

 
Thank you for being such amazing RSWers! To celebrate, we have started a month full of giveaways! Yep! One each week for our awesome participants! This week’s writerly care package is from Jaime. Check out the awesome…
 
Just enter to win via the rafflecopter on any of the hosts blogs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky! 





Monday, July 7, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week Five!

 
Guys. How is it JULY already? And week FIVE of Ready. Set. WRITE?! I hope you’re having a super productive summer. And if you’re new and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
PS—make sure you read (or skim!) to the end of the post to find out all about our first giveaway of the summer! You will want this prize, people! Trust me!

Okay, so here’s how last week went for me…

How I did on last week’s goal

My goals for last week were to

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. CHECK! And that 5K included not one, but TWO kissing scenes. Bonus!

2) Write at least one of my three new beginnings for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. It’s a Work in Progress. L And that’s all I’ll say about that.

My goal(s) for this week

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story.

 2) Continue to work on my new beginning for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. I’ve at least narrowed the playing field down to two different beginnings (instead of three), but rewriting that beginning has been HARD. So, I would just like to set this week’s goal to working on three scenes of that beginning. Less lofty. More attainable.

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

My Mean Boys story (that’s not the actual title) is from three guys’ POVs. A word that sums up what I wrote and revised: TORTURED. Here’s a little clip of said torture from my boy Ashton. His best friend’s girl Meaghan has dragged him along on a shopping adventure. *sigh*

“I need one with a really thick shaft. The bigger the better, you know?” She runs a hand up and down the curling iron “shaft,” caressing it, one measured stroke after the other. I don’t want to die and come back as a pen cap. I want to be reincarnated as a curling iron. Right. Now.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

The World Cup (the US game left me a patriotic wreck; the Brazil game put me on an emotional high). The holiday. Taking my 15-year-old to camp. Social media distractions. General laziness.

I will try to be better this week. Swearsies. J

Something I love about my WIP

Because I’m nothing if not cheesy, my story has the most insane and silly theme. But it works. And I love it. Here it is in narrative form, again from my boy Ashton, when I introduce it on page two.

“Yep. That’s them. My friends. They’re, uh . . . kind of ticked I asked you out.” Her reactive oh rings confusion so I elaborate. “Tonight’s the midnight release of Urgent Fury Five. We’re supposed to stand in line at Game Stop, buy three copies, then hit Jesse’s house for an all-night shoot-em-up Zombie fest.” I can hear Z now, admonishing me: Bros before hos, dude. 

Bros before hos. Yes—I am quite horrible and cheesy. I apologize for nothing. J
 
Oh, and because you’ve all been such amazing RSWers, we are starting a month full of giveaways! Yep! One each week for our awesome participants! This week’s writerly care package is from Erin. Check out the awesome…

 
I am already incredibly jealous of the winner. J Just enter to win via the rafflecopter on any of the hosts blogs!  
a Rafflecopter giveaway


I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, June 30, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week Four!

Thank you so much for your encouragement and kind words last week!


It’s week 4 of Ready. Set. WRITE! already! If you’re new and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
Here’s how last week went for me…

How I did on last week’s goal 

My goals for last week were to

1) Write 5000 words. Wrote 7000 and hit the 50K mark. WHEW! 

2) Highlight the rest of my first forty of THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. And start reworking the whole beginning. Highlighted the keepers, goners, on-the-fencers, and save-for-laters while watching Brazil BEAT Chile in PKs (insert HUGE smiley face). Surprisingly I was productive. My heart’s still going crazy from that game, but PHEW. Also, I had outlined how I thought I might change the beginning of TMC, but in the past week, two other versions of how I might spin the beginning have taken form. I’m going to pretend that’s a good thing and say, yay!

My goal(s) for this week

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. 

2) Write at least one of my three new beginnings for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES.  

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

Just a little background: the story I’m working on is from three guys’ POVs. You’ve heard from my boys Ashton and Jesse. So, here’s a teensy bit from Z. Warning: this is FIRST DRAFT.  

When we’re five minutes out from the Penn Ridge school sign, I sling my arms around Ashton’s and Jesse’s shoulders, gently bring their heads into mine, and whisper, “This shit’s gotta stop.”
            “This wasn’t a prank, Z.” Jesse tries to lean back. I tighten my grip on his shoulder.           
              I swallow. Hard. “No. But Ashton thought it was. Whatever’s been going on between us. I can’t do it anymore. I don’t know what happened, but I can’t go the rest of my senior year without you two. So, it stops. All of it. No more jokes. No more pranks. I just want my best friends back.” 

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc) 

Being sick. Although that only took me out for two days, but still. UGH. 

Also, the World Cup. Great for research, but so distracting. J 

Something I love about my WIP 

My boys and their individual relationships with Jesse’s girl Meaghan. She brings to the table something different and necessary for each of them—and vice-versa. I “hope” I’m getting all the dynamics right, but the relationship aspect with her and the guys has been one of my favorite parts of my story.
Also, I’m sure that made NO sense at all. Hopefully you’ll get to read it one day so you can figure out what the heck I’m talking about!

I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, June 23, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 3

 
I’m back for week 3 of Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re new and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
Here’s how last week went for me… 

How I did on last week’s goals

My goals for last week were to

1) write 5000 words. Check! (Actually, I wrote 7000 and hit the midpoint Sunday morning) 

2) print off the first forty pages of my last story THOSE MAGIC CHANGES and start highlighting the keepers, the goners, and the on-the-fencers. Check! (Well, I achieved highlighting the keeper phase) 

My goals for this week

1) Write 5000 words. Sorry if I’m  consistent and boring. This goal just seems to work for me. 

2) Highlight the rest of my first forty of THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. And start reworking the whole beginning. I’ve outlined what I “think” I’m going to do to change it. We’ll see how that goes. J 

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

Just a little background: the story I’m working on is from three guys’ POVs. This particular scene involves my boy Jesse—who continually breaks my heart. L Also, my excerpt is a little longer than a line. Oops.

I close the door, lock it, then slump back into my desk chair. I should be keyed up. Ecstatic. On-the-roof excited. When I got into Princeton, Z and Ashton both blew up their online statuses with my news: Our home boy got into Princeton, yo. He’s smarter than all y’all! When the MIT envelope arrived at my doorstep, Mags ripped it open, snapped a picture, and posted it everywhere. This is by far the most important envelope yet, the school I’ve dreamed of going to since middle school. But now—I have no one to share it with.  

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc) 

Finding time to write. Between the end of school, retirement parties, the kids being home, and vacation, my writing time has been a challenge to schedule in. But I managed. J 

Something I love about my WIP 

Pranking plays a big part in my story and I am constantly researching and reading about pranks guys play on each other. My research has been rather informative. And highly entertaining. And gives me excellent reason to tune into this show every Thursday night. If you’ve not seen it, watch one episode, people. HILARIOUS.




One last thing: I started a Twitter list for RSW 2014, and if I missed adding you, please forgive me. I’m old and forgetful. J Please let me know if I didn’t add you and include your Twitter handle in the comments!
And speaking of Twitter, some of our participants are throwing random Twitter writing parties. If you’re writing and need someone to keep you accountable, feel free to start your own or join in one that’s already started!
I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, June 16, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 2

 
I’m back for week 2 of Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re new and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
Here’s how last week went for me… 

How I did on last week’s goal

My goal last week was to write 5000 words. I achieved that goal Saturday morning and continued to write a little over 1000 more.  J!!!!! *throws confetti at self*

My goal(s) for this week

1) Write 5K words. I have a few scenes left before my midpoint—so I “hope” to get there too.

2) Print off the first forty pages of my last story THOSE MAGIC CHANGES and start highlighting the keepers, the goners, and the on-the-fencers.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
 
Just a little background: the story I’m working on is from three guys’ POVs. This particular scene involves my boy Ashton, his best friend’s girl Meaghan, and a creative writing project they’re working on together.  

“Mmm-hmm. I could do both a guy and a girl. At the same time. You up for that?”  
 
She pops her pen cap in her mouth and twirls it. What is it with girls and pen caps? Also, WHAT? 

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

Finding time to write. Normally I write while my kids are at school, but since this past week was the last week of school, I volunteered as an exam proctor, helped out with my ten-year-old’s Water Day, put in extra afternoons and evenings tutoring—getting my “clients” ready for exams, and I hosted my IRL book club. BUT, knowing I only had an hour to write on certain days made me that much more productive. So, yay! 

Something I love about my WIP

The fact that my main characters  (and their siblings) play soccer and I can count watching The World Cup as research. Four weeks of soccer, soccer, soccer. LOVE. IT.
 

One last thing: I added most everyone to a Twitter list so feel free to check that out and keep up with your fellow RSWers! And if I missed you, please forgive me. I’m old and forgetful. J Please let me know if I didn’t add you and include your Twitter handle in the comments!

And speaking of Twitter, some of our participants are throwing random Twitter writing parties. If you’re writing and need someone to keep you accountable, feel free to start your own or join in one that’s already started!
I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, June 9, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Goal Setting Post


We’re back! And ready for Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you’re looking forward to another productive summer! If you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
Starting next week, we’ll be updating progress and setting new goals using these headings

●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 (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

●Something I love about my WIP

BUT since today’s our kick-things-off Monday, I’m sharing my goals for next week as well as some overall dreams/wishes/hopes for my writing this summer.

OVERALL DREAM for RSW
I’m 30K into my current WiP, and my overall hope is that I finish this monster by the end of RSW. I’m not calling it a “goal” because I don’t do well with overall goals, but that’s my summer dream.  J *fingers crossed*
And while we’re on the subject of lofty dreams, I also plan to revise/gut/reconfigure the first forty pages of my most recent story THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. This one may be even more challenging then that first “goal.”
GOALS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 9th
Write 5000 words.

Yep. Short and sweet. Now, I’m off to write!
How about you?! Are you doing RSW?! What are your goals for the next week?
And don’t forget to sign up on the linky!