July 27, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 8)

Welcome to WEEK 8 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are 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 each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants. 

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!

***We will be tweeting with the hashtag #RSWRITE. Keep an eye out for it!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
• Work on plot arc diagram for ONLY ANNIE → YES (still needs work, but that's okay)
• Tackle one main plot thread and see it through → NO (will be returning to this)

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

I'm keeping the same goals as last week...
• Work on plot arc diagram for ONLY ANNIE.
• Tackle one main plot thread and see it through.

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
I've said this before, but I'll say it again: Not enough. But the difference is, this week I'm not stressing about it.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
I was distracted by a couple of things that took priority over writing this week. What time I did have, I spent working on stuff for the Etsy shop I hope to open soon. At this point and time, it's kind of more important than my revisions. I hope to find a bit more balance this week between writing, Etsy shop stuff, reading, and other life stuff. We'll see how it all goes.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

The split timeline. It's divided into THEN and NOW, which I love.



HOW I DID:

Monday --»
Tuesday --»
Wednesday --»
Thursday --»
Friday --»
Saturday --»
Sunday --»



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!

July 20, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 7)

Welcome to WEEK 7 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are 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 each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants. 
[For more info and a link to our stash of buttons, click HERE!]

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!

***We will be tweeting with the hashtag #RSWRITE. Keep an eye out for it!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
This week was better than last, so yay! I managed to work on ONLY ANNIE four days this week, which is double what I did last week. I got through the end of this revision, which was mainly a read-through with some changes made, some words added. Now the hard work starts. I jotted down a list of revision notes, so I know what to tackle on my next revision round.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• Work on plot arc diagram for ONLY ANNIE.

• Tackle one main plot thread and see it through.

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
To sum up how I'm feeling about these revisions: "I am half agony, half hope."* Hardy har. Fitting. ;-)
* The quote is from Jane Austen's PERSUASION.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
The usual: motivation issues, the urge to read instead of write.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

That it's actually not in terrible shape, all things considered.



Before we go any further, we need to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Liz! 
Elodie will be contacting your for your mailing info, 
and will get your care package sent out to you ASAP!



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Reread the first few chapters. Added in some extra lines I'd written (with a focus on prose).
Tuesday --» DAY OFF
Wednesday --» Worked on ONLY ANNIE revision plan for an hour.
Thursday --»
Friday --»
Saturday --»
Sunday --»





Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


July 13, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 6)

Welcome to WEEK 6 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are 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 each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants. [For more info and a link to our stash of buttons, click HERE!]

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” Stay tuned for more info. We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!

***We will be tweeting with the hashtag #RSWRITE. Keep an eye out for it!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
This week was a struggle, folks. I just couldn't find the motivation to write or much of any interest in my WiP. I only ended up writing two days this week. I did add two (small) new scenes to this WiP, so filling in the gaps is coming along, I guess, but I should have done a lot more. I know that I completely slacked, so I'm hoping that this week I at least try to do better.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

• Work on ONLY ANNIE more this week.

• Continue working on WiP revision plan.

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED

Not nearly enough. *sigh*

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
Hot weather, smoky air from forest fires, lack of motivation.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

That I'm still coming up with new ideas to improve upon it.



Before we go any further, we need to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Susan! 
Just send me a DM on Twitter with your address, 
and I'll get your care package sent out to you ASAP!

*

Okay, folks. It's time for our second Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 giveaway! This is our way of saying thanks to all of you for taking part, for setting goals and encouraging other participants along the way. Because that's a big part of what RSW is all about!

For each week of participation, you get one entry into the giveaway. (We will be verifying this when selecting a winner.)

Here's what participants can win this week from Elodie:

Contents: Mini Gallery "Believe in yourself"; to-do list paper pad; Twizzlers bites; Ritter Sport
chocolate; Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost notebook; star stickers; and nail files.

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, July 19th @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}

a Rafflecopter giveaway


HOW I DID:
Monday --» Wrote a new scene (731 words) and revised two chapters of ONLY ANNIE.
Tuesday --» Revised three chapters of ONLY ANNIE.
Wednesday --» DAY OFF
Thursday --» Revised the final chapter of ONLY ANNIE. This thing still needs TONS of work.
Friday --» Jotted down revision notes for my next run-through of ONLY ANNIE. Yikes.
Saturday --»
Sunday --»




Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!




July 6, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 5)

Welcome to WEEK 5 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are 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 each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants. [For more info and a link to our stash of buttons, click HERE!]

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” Stay tuned for more info. We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!


***We will be tweeting with the hashtag #RSWRITE. Keep an eye out for it!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
Not all that great, to be honest. I only wrote three out of seven days this week. I had planned on five. There were a number of things that kept me from writing, some legit, some not so legit. I would be more disappointed in myself if there weren't bigger things on my plate right now. Writing is a priority in my life, but it's not my biggest priority right now. C'est la vie.


2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

• come up with a modified revision plan for ONLY ANNIE

• work on ONLY ANNIE revisions at least four days this week

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED

Revision roadblocks that required further attention/planning.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
Stress. This bumped writing way down on my list of priorities.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

Regret factors pretty heavily into this story. This is something I can relate to way more than I would prefer. It's nice to see things work out for my characters in the end, and that all of this regret can be mostly swept away with a happy ending.


Okay, folks. It's time for our first Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 giveaway! This is our way of saying thanks to all of you for taking part, for setting goals and encouraging other participants along the way. Because that's a big part of what RSW is all about!

For each week of participation, you get one entry into the giveaway. (We will be verifying this when selecting a winner.)

Here's what participants can win this week:

Contents: Every Summer Has A Story coil journal; to-do checklist pad of paper; heart Post-its;
Fineline markers (fine tip); pencil case with flip flop pattern; mini binder clips in fun colours; two
rolls of washi tape; Revlon sparkly nail file; Haute in the Heat Essie nail polish; EOS sweet mint
lip balm; Maynards wine gums; Smarties; and Cadbury Dairy Milk cookie crunch bar.

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, July 12th @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}

a Rafflecopter giveaway


HOW I DID:
Monday --» I didn't write or revise.
Tuesday --» Worked on revision plan. Added a new scene to WiP. (939 words)
Wednesday --» I didn't write or revise.
Thursday --» Worked on revision and revision plan. Added brief new scene. (575 words)
Friday --»
Saturday --»
Sunday --» 



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


June 29, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 4)

Welcome to WEEK 4 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are 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 each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants. [For more info and a link to our stash of buttons, click HERE!]

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” Stay tuned for more info. We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!


***We will be tweeting with the hashtag #RSWRITE. Keep an eye out for it!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I did pretty decently, I think. I didn't quite meet my goal of revising for at least an hour five days this week, but I did revise ONLY ANNIE for more than an hour four out of seven days, so I'm happy with that. It was a busy week, so this isn't shabby.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

• Work on ONLY ANNIE for one hour, five days this week.
• If so inspired, continue revising WATCH OF NIGHT.

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED

My MC and the guy she loved and let go are just meeting again after three years. (NB: This is rough/hasn't been revised.)
"It allowed Annie to silently observe this boy who had dominated her thoughts for the past three years. It was striking, really, how much the same he was even while he was so changed. The way he rubbed his ear when he was thinking or nervous, how his eyes nearly disappeared when he really smiled, his unbridled laughter… None of that was altered. In those respects, Went was exactly as Annie remembered. 
And that made moving on so much harder."

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
I was busier than normal with life stuff. Otherwise, the spike in heat made me lethargic. 

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

The switch from present to past tense and from first to third person really suits this story, I think.



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for two hours. (2 chapters revised)
Tuesday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for two hours. (2.5 chapters revised)
Wednesday --» DAY OFF (It's Canada Day!)
Thursday --» *crickets chirping*
Friday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for three hours. (Planning to fill in gaps.)
Saturday --» 
Sunday --» 



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!