Monday, August 25, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 12: Total Recap



Ready. Set. WRITE! is over. L

BUT I hope it’s been as productive for you as it was for me! The hosts (Katy, Jaime, Erin, and I!) would like to thank you SO MUCH for joining us for our summer writing intensive. Today, we’re recapping our summer progress and we encourage you to do the same! But first… 

How I did on last week’s goal 

1) Finish fixing the beginning of my WiP.  CHECK! Well, at least for now. J 

2) Read through THOSE MAGIC CHANGES (TMC). Start a revision list (again J) for my R&R CHECK! And I am still ridiculously in love with this story! Yay! 

Overall goals this summer 

1) Finish a first draft of my MEAN BOYS story. CHECK! And I can’t wait to get back to revising it!
2) Revise/gut/reconfigure the first forty pages of my most recent story THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. CHECK! And very excited about the new beginning!
A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised 

Since I worked on two stories this summer, I’ll share a snippet from each.  

First, from THOSE MAGIC CHANGES, a line I’ve probably read a gazillion times and, for whatever reason, on my read-through last week made me spew water all over my screen. 

 “Seaman made me come tonight.”

Totally unintentional. Totally keeping it.

And from my Mean Boys story—a small-ish excerpt between my boy Jesse and his girlfriend Meaghan (Mags)—a relationship I can’t wait to get back to.

The waiter brings us our check. Mags immediately breaks open her fortune cookie, stretches her little white paper out like she’s opening a scroll, and reads.
            “Ride your ambition to the skies.” Her ensuing grin takes up half the restaurant, and then she lowers her voice to a very sexy drawl. “Jesse Maurice Hurd, will you be my ambition tonight?”
            I can’t pay the bill fast enough.

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

My inner editor when drafting; wishy-washiness on cutting scenes when revising.

Something I love about my WIP(s)

My Mean Boys story: Overall, I love that this story is about three guys who are best friends, play soccer together, and have an insatiable love of pranking one another. And that I can totally count watching soccer as research. I mean, I’d watch regardless, but still. J

THOSE MAGIC CHANGES: Guys. I know this is going to sound completely narcissistic, but I was reading through my TMC story last week - I’ve read it at least a hundred times (seriously way more) - and it’s amazing how many things I find—little gestures, unnecessary words—that I can cut. But what’s more amazing? There’s so much about this story I love—I literally LOLed on various passages, teared up on a few others. It may not make it any further than hanging out with the dustbunnies under my bed, but it’s giving me “all the feels.” And inspires me to fix it the best I can so hopefully one day you can read it too.

CP Match-Up!

 The hosts want to say a HUGE thank you for your active involvement in Ready. Set. WRITE! this summer! We hope that it was extremely productive for you and that you made oodles of progress on your WiPs!

And if you are looking for new readers or are interested in beta reading for someone’s WiP, this Thursday August 28th we’ll be hosting a CP match-up! We'll share about our stories and we encourage you to do the same. Then, RSW participants can "shop around" and leave comments on the posts with stories they're most interested in reading. From there, you can decide who might be the best fit for you and contact them via their blog/Twitter/their email. Some suggestions about what to share

·         a love list, elevator pitch, or query description
·         an excerpt
·         genre/age category
·         whether it’s a stand alone or series
·         where you’re at in the timeline (ie ready for a beta/CP as of the end of summer or perhaps later in the fall)
·         whether you’re looking for betas or CPs (or both)
·         any warnings that might be applicable (ie only offer to beta if you don’t mind swearing, sex, drug use, etc.)


I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





33 comments:

  1. LOVE that excerpt you shared! I had a big, cheesy grin on my face when I read it ;). Thanks so much for hosting RSW--it's been so much fun, and really helped me get some serious writing done this summer. I can't believe it's already been 12 weeks!

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    1. I know! I can't believe it's over already! But I'm so glad it was helpful for you! And thank you so much for the kind words on my excerpts!

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  2. YAY for finishing your MS and a revision!!! Than you so much for hosting this intensive. :D

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    1. Thank YOU for participating! So nice to meet you through this!

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  3. Yay for feeling all the feels :)

    I also spewed water out of my mouth when I read that line from TMC! And the Mean Boys snippet? *fans self*

    Congrats on all your summer progress. I know the fall is going to be awesome, too!

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    1. Thank you! And so glad you could participate again and that it was productive for you! And thank you for the kind words on the snippets. :) There are a few of those "fans self" moments in MB. Pretty excited to get back to that!

      Wait. What does that say about me. Hmmm.

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  4. Okay, sorry if you get a million repeat comments from me because none of them seem to be going through. Blerg. BUT in case this one does: I LOVE YOUR SMILE DESCRIPTION. So much. I really, really wish I'd written it :) Awesome progress this summer, lovely. xoxoxo

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    1. Awww. Thank you! And I am SO glad you are back to writing and that you were able to participate with us! Let's keep doing check ins in the fall!

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  5. Totally not narcissistic to love your story! Not at all! From the excerpts you've shown, I'd love it too, if I were you! :)

    Congrats on achieving your summer goals!

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    1. Thank you, Crystal! And thank you for participating with us in RSW!

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  6. Thank you so much for hosting RSW this summer! Your support and encouragement of EVERYONE has been so generous and kind. I'm glad this summer was productive for you and that you've come out on the other side still in love with your stories. That's huge! Good luck as you move forward!!

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    1. This was such a sweet comment! Thank you for all your kind words and SO glad I could meet you through this intensive! Good luck with your writing and all the things!

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  7. Love that excerpt from MEAN BOYS! And I can totally relate re: inner editor while drafting. Sometimes it's so hard to turn off that voice and just... WRITE. Congrats on all your progress this summer, and thanks for hosting RSW for us! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Erin! And so glad you could participate this summer and accomplish your goals.

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  8. Thank you for hosting, Alison, and being such a positive force! I am so happy with where things are at for you and I can't wait to see how things continue to unfold. This post if full of joy and optimism. It totally encourages me.

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    1. Yay! I think it's the teacher in me that's become a natural cheerleader or something because I don't even realize I'm doing it. :) Anyway, thank YOU for participating with us and for all your kind words! Good luck with all the writing and revising this fall!

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  9. Congratulations on your summer writing progress!

    It's a really special thing to read back on a book you've written and go on an emotional journey with it. I've felt that way when rereading books that were held hostage on obsolete file formats on my disks for years, and finally had the chance to breathe new life into them. It tells you you're on the right track if you laugh and cry.

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    1. Thank you! And I love everything you said here. I nodded my head as I read it - all SO TRUE! So glad you could participate with us again! Good luck with the writing this fall!

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  10. You did amazing this summer, friend! I've had such a blast writing with you, not to mention reading your writing. Let's definitely keep that up! Wishing you all the success with both your projects this fall -- I can't wait to see where they go from here!

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    1. Thanks, lady! And thank YOU for hosting with me! Yes - let's definitely keep up the writing and sharing. I need to whip MB into some sort of readerly shape!

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  11. oh my gosh, you have a knack for creating some seriously hilarious scenes! Love it! It's going to be sad not reading any more of them, but you've made so much progress with all your goals and it's been great reading all your updates.

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    1. Thank you so much, Prerna! I'm so glad you joined us again for RSW. I have LOVED keeping up with everyone's progress. I'm going to miss it. :(

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  12. Wow, congratulations on checking every goal off your list! You rocked this summer! Wishing you lots of luck with both these stories, and I hope your fall is just as productive!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! And thank you for hosting with me!

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  13. I love your excerpts! That line is hilarious. :) Congrats on hitting all of your goals this summer!

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    1. Thank you for all your kind words, lady! And so glad you could join us again!

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  14. Those snippets are hilarious!! Though I totally hope no harm came to your computer through spewage. ;) Thanks for hosting, Alison, RSW! helped me SO much this summer! *hugs*

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    1. I'm so glad you were able to finish your draft! And thank you for all your kind words and encouragement!

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  15. Sounds like you got a lot accomplished this summer! And I loved the excerpts!
    If you ever need a reader for either of those stories, I'm happy to! :)

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    1. Oh, I'm TOTALLY taking you up on that offer! And so glad you could participate with us! Thanks for all your encouraging words and good luck with revisions and querying!

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  16. Yay for all your progress! I love all the excerpts you share, which is a huge accomplishment considering I generally don't read contemporary YA. :D Thanks so much for hosting RSW - this has been a fantastic form of accountability for me, and I can't wait to do it again next year!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad RSW was helpful to you and YES - I am very much looking forward to doing this again!

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  17. Alison, you did great this summer! And it's so great that you love your story as much as you do. I don't think it's narcissistic at all! It just means you wrote the book of your heart, you know? :) Thanks again for hosting RSW with Jaime, Erin, and Katy! It's been so fun and productive!

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