Monday, August 4, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 9: THE END is HERE!

 
We have another giveaway winner! Congrats to Leandra Wallace who won my writerly care package! YAY!!!

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! J 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 goal for last week was to 

Write 8000 words on my Mean Boys story. Check! In fact, I wrote 11.5K. And I finished my draft. See…

My tweet after I finished my latest WiP yesterday. Weighing in at 84K—most of it crap—it’s my shortest first draft by far, and I’m pretty excited about that. There’s a lot I need to flesh out, but also A LOT I need to cut. And there are quite a few diamonds in that crappy first draft. Every story I write secures a special place in my heart, but I think maybepossiblydefinitely that this story is my favorite yet.

Heh. I’ll let you know how I feel once I start revising it. But right now. I am so in love.

And it’s done. WHEW

My goal(s) for this week

Nada mucho. I’m taking the week off of writing. But I do have some non-writing related goals…

1) Read! I have two beta reads that I’m dying to, um . . . read! J I also want to catch up on my TBR. Catch up on my TBR. *snickers*

2) I’ve gotten out of a regular habit of exercise and I need to get back to it. So, I plan to exercise every day—walk, elliptical, dance my heart out…SOMETHING

3) Cleaning projects that have taken a backburner. Definitely a good week to work on those!

4) Most importantly—do some fun things with the kiddos before they go back to school. Which isn’t for a few weeks, but still.

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

At this point, I feel like anything I share excerpt-wise would be too spoilery, so I’m going with a word: MEAN. I’m horribly awful to some of my characters sometimes. I joked with a writer friend that I should call this story MEAN GIRL WRITES ABOUT MEAN BOYS. J

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

My climax and the scenes leading up to it—it’s not working the way I want it to and I wanted to edit the whole thing fifty times over. I had to continuously remind myself that this is FIRST DRAFT.

Something I love about my WIP 

The ending scenes. There’s a lot I need to work on in the middle and at the climax, but I absolutely LOVE how my story wraps up.
 

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!





42 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing your draft! :D I'm sure editing will make it even more awesome!

    Enjoy this week! ^^

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    1. Thank you!!! I'm really excited about diving back in!

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  2. Congrats on your draft and loving the ending! Hope you celebrated ;) Enjoy your week off.

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    1. Thanks! I just love that the ending finally came to me, lol! Have a great week!

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  3. You finished- that's awesome!! I'm hoping my wip will be my shortest so far too, but I dunno...it's looking like more into the 90K range everyday. Drats. And thank you for the care package! I was so excited to see my name, whoo-hoo!!

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    1. My first drafts tend to be in the 100Ks so this is so short for me, but I usually write Magical Realism and this is contemp so...

      And so glad you won!

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  4. Congrats on finishing your draft!!! That's so exciting!
    I missed exercising last week because I was at my parents but I definitely want to get back to it this week. As mush as I groan doing it, I feel so much better when I do!

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    1. Omg - I feel SO MUCH better when I exercise. But the weather here has been the worst! Hopefully things will improve. :)

      And thank you! I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it is good to have the first draft DONE. :)

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  5. Congratulations to you!! That is so, so awesome that you finished the draft. Woohoo!! I think you are doing the absolute right thing to take a break, and you should totally take your kids to Panera. It is a winner in my four-year-olds mind. Have a great week!

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    1. My daughter thinks Panera is perfect mom-kid date material too. :) And thank you! I always break after a draft - whether I want to or not. My subconscious is already at work. :)

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  6. HUGE CONGRATS!!! Finishing the first draft is such an amazing feeling! And as many have stated above, taking a break is always a good idea. Enjoy your time off and good luck with exercising! (That's my biggest weakness, and I still haven't managed to make it a regular habit.)

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    1. Thanks! I am actually on a break from it for a while. I need to work on my other story!

      Have a great week!

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  7. Oh, wow! Congrats on a) 11.5k words in one week!!! and b) finishing the draft!!! Two huge accomplishments in one week. Go you! Also, I love the joking title. tee hee! Enjoy your betareading this week.

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    1. Thanks! MEAN BOYS is my joking title too. I actually have two others in mind, but so much time to figure that out!

      Have a great week!

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  8. WAHOOO!!!! Congrats on finishing the draft. It's a huge milestone and always such a relief, even if there is tons of revising in the future. (At least for me, I've always found it easier to face messy words than a blank page.) Good luck with your goals this week!

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    1. AGREED! Always better to face messy words than a blank page, IMHO. And thank you! It's good to be done!

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  9. Congratulations on finishing! It's definitely a good idea to take a bit of a breather before diving back in to polish and revise it. Immediately starting a new project, or even going back through the one you just finished, tends to lead to burn-out.

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    1. The time off is already excruciating, but I know from previous experience how important it is to let the subconscious work.

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  10. YAY! Congratulations! That's definitely a reason to celebrate and a great reason to take some time off. You've earned it.

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  11. Congrats!!! SO MUCH CONFETTI for you!! :)

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  12. Wow! 11.5k! I'm so impressed! And how exciting to have another novel under your belt. Enjoy your week taking a breather. You earned it!

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    1. It IS exciting. And I am really excited about this one. Needs a lot of work, but it's good to have the basic story there and done.

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  13. 11.5k this week and you completed your draft. That's awesome. Internet five. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Congrats on finishing your draft!! Woo hoo! As always, if you need a pair of eyes, let me know. I always love your stories. :)

    Now go hang out with those kids!

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! I will definitely be needing you to read this one - hopefully sometime after Christmas!

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  15. A huge pat on the back to you for finishing your draft! That's awesome! Enjoy your week off writing and letting that WIP simmer before you jump into revisions! :)

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I am excited to jump back in, but definitely taking some time away first. :)

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  16. Congrats on finishing your draft!! Way to write all the words and get it done. Hope you have a nice week off!

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! I've been enjoying it so far!

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  17. YAY for finishing your draft!!! Mine are always SO long, too. And then they get longer as I revise and I have several mini freak outs until I figure out what to cut.

    Enjoy your down time this week!

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    1. I had a draft like that. It went up to almost 140K before I finally chopped it to 98K. So, I am VERY happy with where this one sits. And thank you!

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  18. WHAT A WEEK! You're on fire. I wish I could say the same. Reading this totally inspires me. Go celebrate!!! And have a great week.

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    1. Awww! So glad I can inspire! I just wanted to get 'er done! So much easier to fix words once they're on the page. :) And thank you!

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  19. Thanks for your encouraging pop-in! I'm starting to get the hang of this RSW thingy...made it to your blog this time. Awesome!

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    1. Yay! So glad you're on board! Have a great week!

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  20. Congratulations on your awesome week! 11.5k... wow! Have a wonderful week catching up on reading and exercise. :)

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  21. Congrats for finishing and not letting your inner editor keep you from finishing the first draft!

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  22. 11.5k?!?!

    Wow. Just wow, lady. Nice work. Can you send some of that hard work and dedication my way? There's no way I'm even close to finishing this draft this summer like I'd hoped. But I'm so excited about yours!

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