Monday, June 22, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 3

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly.

Honestly, I'm not liking this "oh we're already halfway through June" thing. I had a bit of anxiety typing Week 3 up there.

How I Did Last Week

I met all but one goal. I fell shy of querying 3 agents by one. But the two were important. I didn't realize how much work was required in 2 chapters of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL which contributed to not querying all three agents, but now I have something to strive for this week. And I'm super excited about the SNI. It's shaping up nicely.

My Goal(s) For This Week


  • Send out at least 3 queries. (Honest.)
  • Do some work on the SNI: either research setting possibilities or another chapter of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Update master Scrivener template to include some more worldbuilding and character exercises.

One Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote

Pure brilliance. Doesn't everyone feel that when they're plotting or drafting?

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Time management wasn't as big of a hurdle this week, even though it's still a problem since I didn't meet all my goals. But this week it was hard to get past myself. There's a lot of craptastic personal, non-writing stuff going on and it sometimes gets the best of me.

Something I Love About My WIP

Well, the SNI is still in developmental mode, so right now I'm loving everything. I had wanted to come up with something new to write but because of LIFE I've struggled with ideas. Thankfully working through Janice Hardy's book has helped me a lot. And once the SNI is more formed, I can't wait to share it with you guys.

9 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear there's some craptastic stuff going on that's getting in the way of writing. I hope that lets up soon! Sounds like you did pretty well on your goals anyway, though. Good luck with the querying process and have fun developing this SNI. I love the possibility and creativity of that stage! :)

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    1. Thanks, Erin. Life getting in the way of creativity is never fun. Thanks for the good luck. I too love the possibility and creativity found in the planning stage. I also love the drafting stage for similar reasons.

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  2. I love your "pure brilliance" comment. I can't say as if I've ever felt that way about my stories on the first drafts, but... I can see how it'd bee cool. Good for you to be in that state!

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    1. I draft in such a bubble that everything I have is amazing. This is my first time doing hardcore planning, so I'm just enamored with everything right now. When I reread it all later, I'm sure I'll curse past-Alicia.

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  3. Haha! I don't often think "pure brilliance", I think "pure garbage" while I'm drafting. I really hope the crappy life stuff lets up. I hear you on that big time. Good luck with querying this week!

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    1. I don't reread anything I'm drafting until AFTER I hit "The End." So I'm super positive about everything. When I go to make my revision notes, that's when I realize how crap it really is.

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  4. Ugh, sorry about the craptastic life stuff. We hope it all works out soon. Also, use it in your writing ;) BWA HA HA, love the pure brilliance, btw. We don't think we've EVER felt that way about a WIP but it's nice that you're so confident :P Good luck this week.

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    1. Wow. I must really be in the minority with the first pass of a WIP. Come talk to me later this summer when I'm reading through the boy band book.

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  5. I am soooo with you on the craptastic life stuff. These past couple of weeks are clearly cursed - is it the moon? Some weird ley line energy surges? Here's hoping it calms down before we all drown ourselves in chocolate :) Love the pure brilliance comment! I feel that way when I'm plotting too.

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