Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 8

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.

I started the week off with bang, clearing out the small goals so I could focus on the bigger one. Then, I dragged my feet. A lot.

How I Did Last Week 


  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions. DONE, but still in progress.
  • Send out 3 queries. DONE 
  • Beta a friend's picture book. DONE 
  • Get up at 5 AM Monday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot. DONE. Well, sort of. I was up 5.10 every day. Even Saturday. 
  • Walk every day, even if it's to Dunkin and back. Only 6 days, not bad.
  • Add voice exercises to Scrivener template. DONE 
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. Ha ha. No. Because I was dragging my feet so much on revising SFLN.


My Goal(s) For This Week 


  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions.
  • Get up at 5 AM Tuesday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot.
  • Walk every day (except today).
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL

One Word/Phrase That Sums Up What I Revised 

So much work.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

Overcoming revision fear. Whenever I start revising I almost become paralyzed by the idea that revising could make my WIP worse.

Something I Love About My WIP 

This revision process. Normally I grumble and swear--and  I'm still doing that--but the way I have this revision set up is interesting. Because of the timeline I'm dealing with, I actually have a grid. See?
SFLN Timeline & Revision Grid


How did you do this week?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 7

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.

Week 7. Still no beach. this past week was definitely a challenge week. So let's see how I shaped up, shall we?

How I Did Last Week


  • Work on some business stuff for The Writers' Loft. DONE. For now.
  • Send out 3 more queries. This didn't happen.
  • Get at least halfway through Workshop 9 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL - completed entire workshop. DONE. I completed the entire workshop.
  • Begin revisions on the last third of SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT. Nope. I had to dial it back and work on the timeline for SFLN first. That, at least, is done.
  • Read. DONE
  • Continue to walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back. Nope. I only managed 4 or 5 days.


My Goal(s) For This Week


  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions.
  • Send out 3 queries.
  • Beta a friend's picture book
  • Get up at 5 AM Monday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot.
  • Walk every day, even if it's to Dunkin and back.
  • Add voice exercises to Scrivener template.
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.

One Phrase That Sums Up What I Revised

Not quite there yet. I'm identifying some weaknesses in SFLN that I thought I had addressed. Here's hoping I can get these fixed with relative ease.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Not accounting for time and life. I had a shortened weekend which threw me off my game all week.This week hopefully will go smoother.

Something I Love About My WIP

I still love how fast of a read SFN is and I hope I can maintain that once I complete this revision.

How did you all do this week?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 6

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.

Mid-July. Mid. July. Remember when you were like 8 and June to July was sooo long? I wish time still crawled that way because the fact we're halfway through the summer and I STILL haven't made it to the beach? 

Unacceptable.

Overall goal update: I met my goal to read at least 3 books this summer over the weekend. This means that 2 of my summer goals have now been completed.


How I Did Last Week

  • Send out at least 3 more queries. - DONE
  • Complete Workshop 8 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. - DONE
  • Read. - DONE
  • Figure out what is bothering me re: SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT so this can be fixed.- DONE. The end is too abrupt.
  • Walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back - DONE

My Goal(s) For This Week

  • Work on some business stuff for The Writers' Loft. STAT.
  • Send out 3 more queries.
  • Get at least halfway through Workshop 9 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Begin revisions on the last third of SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT.
  • Read.
  • Continue to walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back.

Favorite Line From My Story

I don't really have a line, but a small passage from SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT. 
This is everything I ever wanted. Being entwined in Spencer Warren’s arms, him wanting to know all about me. To be within kissing distance of him. This is every one of my middle school fantasies coming to life. 

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Staying with the plan. Call it burnout, call it getting in my own way. More than once last week I would look at Hubby and say, "What am I doing?" This week is already looking to be a repeat of last week.


Something I Love About My WIP

The SNI is still captivating, even though my pre-planning continues to have a lot of vague character description and events. Maybe I should add research as one of these weekly goals. As far as SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT goes, I love how fast of a read it is. And after dealing with so much fantasy, something as clear cut as this contemporary is fantastic.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 5


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.

Happy July. I'm getting at this later than normal, so let's cut to the chase, shall we?

How I Did Last Week



  • Send out at least 5 more queries. Done and done and done. 15 total.
  • Work my way through Workshops 5 and 6 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. Done. I even started workshop 7.
  • Outline major plot points for PHOENIX RISING's sequel. So incredibly done. I have 50 plot cards waiting to become a shiny draft.
  • Read. I did this at least four times, which is great since the last 2 weeks reading has been nonexistent.
  • Get in at least 15 minutes of exercise daily. Eh. I walked an additional 15 minutes most days. That counts.

My Goal(s) For This Week

  • Send out at least 3 more queries.
  • Complete Workshop 8 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Read.
  • Figure out what is bothering me re: SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT so this can be fixed.
  • Walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back.

One Word/Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/Revised

Excitement. I'm still excited about The SNI and the sequel to PHOENIX RISING so much that I *almost* signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Myself. Even though I owned last week's goals, this weekend I couldn't get out of my own way. Though it wasn't all lost. I did see Terminator Genysis, which only marginally injured my brain.

Something I Love About My WIP

Since I plotted the PR sequel and had recently reread the first book, I love that i get to visit these characters again. I can't wait to see how the sequel plays out. Please share your insights below!

On an unrelated note to RSW, I'm thinking of how to maintain blogging once this is done and woul love some tips and suggestions on how I can maintain a schedule and have some interesting topics.
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