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! 





56 comments:

  1. Congrats on hitting 60K!!!!!!!! That's awesome. And yes, banging your head is very hard work. Counts to me. Sorry about the WC loss. :-/ I was so bummed when the US was out. 4 more years and we'll do it again! Good luck this week.

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    1. We are seriously thinking about going to Canada next summer for a LIVE women's WC game. I would LOVE it! Or maybe Russia in 2018. I am already experiencing withdrawals though - EPL and MLS just don't compare!

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  2. I'm so glad banging your head counts as work. I've got a lot more work done than I realized ;) I love when the end reveals itself. It's worth getting a LOT excited over. Good luck this week.

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    1. HA! Yes - I think we should count staring at the screen and head banging as work! And yes - the end is definitely revealing itself. I mean, I know kind of what needs to happen - details are foggy, but the cloud is slowly lifting!

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  3. I can't imagine starting a story without an ending in mind, but I'm always in awe of people who pull it off! Glad you're at such an exciting phase of your WIP! Have a great week!

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    1. Weirdly enough, five of six projects started that way. BUT I have a Field of Dreams motto: If you build it, they will come. The end always does.

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  5. Yes! You should totally write a Love List. And I think you should include pictures because I'm so curious to know what these characters look like in your head (other than hot Jesse, of course!). Best of luck with both projects this week, friend!

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    1. Oh, um...maybe I'll send you a pic first. But yes - I may just have to post both next week! And yes, hot Jesse - SWOON!

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  6. Yay for the ending revealing itself!! The excitement over figuring things like that out is the BEST motivation. I spent a good chunk of yesterday free writing lists to flesh out the next few scenes (which I knew what would happen ahead of time, but not any details) and it made writing them SO much easier. I'm still cracking up over here about the tight ends with tight ends line from your love list ;) xoxoxo

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    1. I did that the other day! I always have to have some kind of outline - whether it be a few words or a detailed bulleted list - before I start a writing session. It helps so much!

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  7. The dark moment! I love the dark moment :) Good luck this week!

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    1. Me too. It's the one scene that is most VIVID in my mind. I am planning on writing it SOON and VERY excited about that!

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  8. That's so brave to write without an ending in mind! The one story I did that with completely unravelled, haha... good luck on your goals this week! :)

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    1. Weirdly enough - I have operated that way with most of my stories. And I'm always very satisfied with the outcome. Now the beginnings...

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  9. YAYAYYYYYY for hitting 60k!!!!!! So excited for you, Alison! :) Good luck on your goals this week.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! And good luck to you too!

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  10. 60 k is awesome, and so is hitting your goals. I think head banging counts, for sure, I am doing a lot of it this week. I am with you on the no ending thing. I usually have a general idea of where I'm going and what the climax is, but that is so loose it often develops differently than I expect. Good luck this week!

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    1. YES! To all of this! I have a general idea, but those details are always foggy. The cloud is slowly lifting!

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  11. The 60k mark is huge! Congrats.

    I have serious issues with my inner editor as well. Gotta banish that girl to a corner and just write-write-write. Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! My inner editor kept me on a story for THREE years one time. I have just learned to shut her up and not care so much how crappy that first draft is. Still hard, but not nearly as bad!

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  12. Inner editors are the worse. My is tied up in my basement. She can't come out until after Camp NaNoWriMo. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. HA! I bet you need to banish that inner editor during NaNo! I don't know how you guys do it!

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  13. What a coincidence... I'm neurotic, cheesy, and wishy-washy too! Seriously though, I have really been struggling with the whole staring at the computer screen, the screeching inner editor, and all of that fun stuff too. I hope this week goes a lot more smoothly for both of us!

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    1. OMG - I am the worst! I leave myself more comments in my docs than my CPs do! And yes - I hope we both have a week free of the inner editor!

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  14. Congrats on hitting 60K! I've been doing a lot of headdesking, too, so you're not alone. ;)

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  15. It's okay to not always know the ending going in. As we get further into a story, the perfect ending tends to reveal itself. I still remember how Mr. Sawyer, the physics teacher who chaired Creative Writing Club at my first high school, loved writing completely organically and being happily surprised at the twists and turns his stories took.

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    1. Agreed! And the ending is slowly revealing itself. I don't know that I can ever write completely organically, but I do like the freedom my loose outlines give me.

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  16. Woooot! Way to hit 60k, that's so exciting!! I haven't watched any of the world cup this year, sounds like I'm missing out!

    Good luck this week!

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    1. Oh, well. The WC is over. I'm experiencing HUGE withdrawals. Thank goodness for ESPN Classic!

      And thank you! Good luck to you too!

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  17. Yay! Glad to hear you've met your WC goal this week! Also, I love that you are loving your characters, even the bad ones. That can make it so much easier to sit down and get those words out. Good luck this week!!

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    1. Thank you! And yes - I love all my characters SO MUCH - and it does make the writing so much easier!

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  18. Congrats on 60k!!! That's awesome. I wrote one WIP where I wasn't sure what would happen in the end but the story and the characters showed me where to go. It's not the most organized of writing but there's something to writing organically.

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    1. Thank you! Weirdly enough most of my WiPs have an unclear ending when I start them. It just seems to work for me because I am always satisfied with the outcome. Now, the beginnings are another story...

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  19. Yay for 60k!! I can completely relate to the head-banging moments. I felt like I did that ALL last week! Love that about having your writer card revoked ;). Hope this week is productive for you, but with less head-banging!

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    1. ME TOO! I'll find out when I get back to the stories tomorrow! Thanks!

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  20. I am always so impressed by your wordage, especially since we seem to struggle with the same thing - time and focus! So great job!! As for working on your TMC beginnings, well, sometimes writing from another POV is what gets the juices flowing again...or you might even discover THAT's the right POV for the story/beginning! Definitely has happened to me before. Good luck with that!

    Sorry Brazil (and your character) and you had such a rough week (I felt so bad for Brazil!). I had a rough week personally, but the World Cup results definitely brightened things up for me. I'm kinda sad it's over now!

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    1. Oh, I am BEYOND sad the WC is over. And watching MLS and the EPL just doesn't quite compare. :(

      And thank you! Just so you know - most of those words are CRAPPY. I just get it down and fix it up later!

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  21. Yay for 60k! Boo for wanting to bang your head against the screen. :( Sounds like you made great progress anyhow and this week should be interesting - it's always so fun to write "the black moment." Have a great week!

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    1. Agreed! The black moment is my moment I always work to - so clear in my head and I just want to get there and now I almost am. I am beyond excited!

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  22. I love when scenes just start showing up in your head, always a great moment in writing. Congrats on 60K, getting so close!

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    1. My stories always play out like movies so it's always nice to see that end in my head! And thank you! I am close!

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  23. Congrats on hitting the 60k mark! That's awesome! I hope the end of your current WIP continues to fall into place and that a huge bolt of inspiration hits you for the beginning of the other. Good luck on your goals this week and preparing for the Black Moment. Those are tough but exciting to write! :)

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    1. I "think" the bolt hit. I hope anyway.

      And Black Moments FTW! I love getting to that point in my story!

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  24. I like when my endings surprise me, or not knowing how I'm going to end them. It can make you feel the suspense so much more. Congratulations on reaching 60K!

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    1. Thank you! And ever since I wrote this, the ending just gets clearer and clearer. Happy place!

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  25. YES, staring at the screen counts because that means I have been super productive today. Go me! :)

    And go you for hitting 60k!

    I can never figure out beginnings. Or ends. My writing process usually involves a lot of meandering.

    Hope you have a great week and stick your inner editor in time out!

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    1. She's banished, but she keeps trying to get out of time out, I swear! Also, beginnings are super hard, but I don't think any story has given me as much trouble as the last one. UGH!

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  26. 60k! Hurray for you, that's a wonderful achievement. Good luck for this week goal

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  27. It's so very easy to fall in love with your characters, even the 'bad' ones. Yay for getting to 60k! That's amazing. And sitting and staring at the screen does count because you're still trying to figure things out in your head, even if you aren't typing them up.

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  28. 60K! That's awesome! And I hate my inner editor. I spend so much time editing as I go along instead of just trying to get the story out. Sometimes it just won't shut up! I also think that staring at the screen counts because it's better to be thinking about what to do with your story than to not be thinking about it at all. Have a good week!

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  29. I love it when we start seeing our characters in real life people's expressions or vice versa.

    The inner editor and the muse - two frustrating aspects of writing. One shows up too often, the other not often enough :)

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