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!





Monday, June 2, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE!

Are you ready to Ready. Set. WRITE?!

 
Last summer, Ready. Set. WRITE! was a huge success—SO MUCH writing and revising and productivity and FUN—so Katy Upperman, Erin Funk, Jaime Morrow, and I have decided to host it AGAIN. For anyone who missed out last time, Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. We set goals, write/revise/plan like crazy, and keep one another accountable.  

We learned a lot our first go around and so we’ve made some changes that we think will make things run more smoothly and most importantly, give each other more time to WRITE.

Here’s how it’s all going to go down. 

1) This summer we’ll be checking in on Mondays. The start of the week feels sort of appropriate for goal-setting, don’t you think? Like laying the groundwork for an awesome week of writing. So, every Monday from June 9th to August 25, we’ll start off the week by updating each other on what we accomplished and then setting goals for the new week.

2) To help with said updates, we’re going to use headings in the weekly posts (similar to those in the What’s Up Wednesday posts). Using headings should allow for a quicker and more concise rundown and will give other participants specific ways to offer encouragement.
 
Here are the 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 

Something we noticed last year during RSW was that we spent a lot of time blogging  about writing, instead of actually writing. Accountability and goal setting are super important, but we don’t want RSW to detract from writing, which is, of course, the whole point of this summer intensive.  To that end, WE are going to keep our updates concise—limiting our answers for each heading above to 2-3 lines, and we encourage you to do the same. Save the words for the WiPs, ya know?

Each Monday there will be a linky signup posted on all of the host blogs. Just leave the link to your check-in post, hop around to other participants’ blogs, and spread encouragement around like sunscreen. (This is a summer writing intensive after all.

Next Monday June 9 we’ll post our first weekly goals, sign up on the linky on one of the hosts’ blogs, and then hopefully have a super productive week. Then, each Monday after that, we’ll post updates using the headings above, link posts to the linky thing, encourage one another, and then . . . MORE WRITING.

We’re SO EXCITED, guys! Just like last summer, we’re going to have Twitter parties (using the hashtag #readysetwrite) and giveaways and SO MUCH FUN. And writing. ALL THE WRITING. And . . .  AND there are RSW 2014 buttons! WE HAVE ALL THE BUTTONS (Thank you, Jaime!) Choose one, choose them all, and use them as your RSW heading.








In the meantime, gear up for Ready. Set. WRITE! by setting some goals, imagining your next writing project, or visualizing where you want to take your current WIP! Spread the word and the fun, and I’ll see you back here next week!