July 7, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 5)

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, planning, and keeping each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays, keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines per heading) so we can spend more time writing and less time blogging. You can sign up at any of the other host blogs (KatyErinAlison,) every Monday. And don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants. For more information about RSW and a link to our super fun buttons, go here.
  
{Again, please, please, please remember to keep your posts BRIEF. Thanks! ☺}

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
This was a weird week, and while I ended up writing on only three days, I did manage to write a total of 6300 words. 4050 of those were added to IN THE END and 2250 to WATCH OF NIGHT as part of my rewrite/revision. Not too bad. (I kept a record here.)

MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• add 500+ words, five days this week to IN THE END

• if I can't do five days, then a total word count of 3000
• revise one chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT 

ONE PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED

Shocking and game-changing revelations. (WATCH OF NIGHT)

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
Distraction and lack of motivation. Again. I'd be willing to wager I'll be singing this tune all summer long. Sigh.


SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I'm going with WATCH OF NIGHT this week, since I spent a fair chunk of time with it: I love that even though I've been working on this story for THREE YEARS now, banging my head against the wall trying to whip it into shape, I still feel like it's worth it.


And now for something completely different and completely awesome...

Just like we promised at the start of Ready. Set. WRITE! we'll be doing a giveaway a week for the month of July as a way of thanking all of you for taking part, and for actively encouraging other participants. (That is, after all, a big part of this intensive.) For every week that you participated, you get an entry into the giveaway! (You will need to provide a link to each check-in post.)

Here's what RSW participants can win this week:

Erin has put together this lovely Writer's Care Package with
all sorts of goodies to help you in the coming weeks of RSW!

{Giveaway goes until Friday, July 11th
and is open internationally!}

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


HOW I DID:
Monday --» 500 new words added to WATCH OF NIGHT + 1200 new words added to IN THE END
Tuesday --»
Wednesday --»
Thursday --»
Friday --»
Saturday --»
Sunday --»

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63 comments:

  1. You had an awesome writing week! I'm so glad you've been finding inspiration to work on WATCH OF NIGHT as well lately. I definitely agree that it's worth it. So are these shocking and game-changing revelations something I've already heard about, or is this brand new? Either way, I'm excited about reading the new version! Hope this week goes just as well! :)

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    1. It ended up being unexpectedly awesome. I was flying high from that 3000 word day and then spent the next couple of days kicking myself for not riding the high and getting more done. Thanks to that text I sent you, I think I reclaimed the week and finished off strong. ;-) I sat down to revise WoN and realized that the scene I had already didn't work at all, so I snipped it and inserted a whole new scene. I think that's going to start happening more and more with this WiP in order to implement the huge changes I'm making to it. Still not sure if I'm actually succeeding, but we'll see, right? Oh, and the game-changing revelations are already things you know about: the change in what happens to my MC's dad. I so badly want to get this done so someone--you--can actually read it and tell me whether it feels like a Franken-novel or not. O_o

      Hope your week goes well too! :D

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  2. Wow, you got so much done, especially for only writing on three days and lack of motivation. Glad to hear you're still into WATCH OF NIGHT. From what I've read by you, I'm sure it's awesome.

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    1. I had a great writing day (3000 words in one sitting) and then did nothing for the next couple of days and spent those days beating myself up for slacking. I finally got my butt in the chair this weekend and ended up finishing strong, so the week was redeemed. Now I just need to keep up the momentum! ;-)

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  3. 6,300 words in three days?? That is amazing. Sounds like you were flying! Hope you rock this week, too :)

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    1. Almost half of those words were in one sitting, which was such a rush, but then I slacked for the next couple of days and spent that time kicking myself for being such a slacker. Thankfully, I was able to finish strong with a couple of writing sessions this weekend. I hope this week is just as productive, but maybe spread out a little bit this time. ;-)

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  4. WOW! You rocked the word count this week, woman! Go you! Also, that is awesome that you are still loving your story even after three years of revisions. I feel like that about the last one I shelved. I've rewritten it three times, working on it for 3 years, and I still want to go back and fix it again. Awesome feeling.

    Hope you have another productive week!

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    1. You know, I thought that 3000 word day was going to end up being the only day I wrote, and that made me crazy. I would have met my goal for the week, but it felt like a waste not to get more words in all week, you know? I'm glad I was able to redeem the week and get a bunch done over the weekend. The three years for this one WiP is a combo of writing, revising, querying, rewriting/revising, so at least the revisions weren't that entire time. Can you imagine? Ughhhhhhhhh. Hope this week is productive for both of us! :D

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  5. Ooh, I love a good game-changing revelation! Good luck with all your goals this week. :)

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    1. Me too! Since this is a rewrite/revision, it takes the story in a (mostly) different direction than it currently is, so it should be fun (and challenging) from here on in. :-)

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  6. It was a weird writing week for me too. I wrote a lot the first 3 days of July, but when the holiday came I slowed. I'm still ahead with NaNo, but I like to say ahead. Also, love the givaway. Good luck this week. :D

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    1. I think you were smart for thinking ahead like that. Get a bunch done up front and then you don't need to stress about enjoying the holiday weekend. So while you would have liked to get a bit more done, at least you can be pretty happy with your progress. :-)

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  7. Great progress! I hope your continued progress keeps you motivated!
    The prize pack looks adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I just hope that the words are spread out a little bit over the course of the week this time lol. Hope you're having a great week! :D

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  8. Congratulations on meeting your goals! It can be hard to find motivation, but every little bit counts. Three years isn't that long to work on a book, considering I took a bit over 8.5 years (albeit split into three different, separated periods) to write the first draft of my first Russian historical.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne! Wow! 8.5 years. I'm not sure I could work on the same project for that long, but I'm impressed with your ability to stick with it. I feel like the 3 years I've spent on this WiP is too long, but I know it's slowly getting better, so that's a good thing. :D

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  9. Over 6000 words in 3 days is great! Good luck this week! :)

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I'm hoping the words are spread out over the course of the week this time around. ;-)

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  10. "Distraction and lack of motivation. Again." <-- Yep. You are not alone. Hoping this week it will be easier for us both to focus. But... You did do pretty awesome, Jaime! Congrats on all those new words!

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    1. As much as I love having Todd home, it's all kinds of distracting having him here lol. Not that he's begging for my attention or anything, I just want to hang out with him doing nothing instead of writing which is probably not great. And then there's the nice weather... I really hope this week is productive for both of us. In my case, I'd much prefer the words were spread out over the course of the week. Have a great week, Katy! :D

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  11. Wow! I'm so impressed with your word count, especially considering you felt distracted and a lack of motivation! I absolutely need a good kick in the rear! Hope you have another successful week!

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    1. Thanks, Karyne! I had a 3000 word day which was a total rush, and then slacked for the next couple of days, which was a total downer. Thankfully, I finished the week off strong with a couple of good writing sessions over the weekend. Otherwise, I'd probably still be beating myself up. ;-)

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  12. Ugh, lack of motivation was my big issue last week as well. It sucks! Fingers crossed we both find some this week...

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    1. My motivation took a holiday this week, that's for sure. Maybe it's American and was off celebrating the 4th of July? Who knows. Here's hoping we both find that elusive motivation this week! :D

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  13. For a lack of motivation, I'd say it was a great week. Good job! Hopefully, you can keep those distraction/motivations boogers at bay this week too.

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    1. "Distraction/motivation boogers"--haha! Love it! Yes, I hope so too. As for the word count, I had a 3000 word day and was so happy with myself...until I ended up slacking for the next few days and spent that time beating myself up over it. Thankfully, I was able to reclaim the week by getting in some solid writing time over the weekend. I hope it's spread out a little more this week! Have a wonderful week, Tonja! :D

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  14. I have a book that I've been working on for 3+ years too and still love! And oh, that care package! Such a great idea :)

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    1. Well, they must both be worth it if we're willing to stick with them for that long, right? :D

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  15. Ooh, I love your description - "shocking and game-changing revelations." Sounds intriguing! The giveaways look awesome. Thanks again to all you guys for hosting this and keeping my motivation (sort of) high this summer! :) Have a great week!

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    1. It's interesting because the shocking and game-changing revelations changes a big part of my story. It's all part of my rewrite, so it should be interesting to see where this all goes now. Thanks for participating and encouraging others, Kitty! We all appreciate it! :D

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  16. You got a lot of writing done this week. Congrats! Lacking motivation and getting distracted sucks. But I'm glad you were able to push through it and get work done on both of your wips. Good luck on goals for next week!

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    1. Thanks, Raven! I was getting a little worried there, but managed to redeem the week after all. Thank goodness for this past weekend! Good luck to you too! :D

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  17. Even with distractions you have a nice word count! Good luck this week!

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    1. I managed to buckle down like crazy this weekend after beating myself up all week for lack of productivity lol. I feel much better about things now. Have a great week! :D

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  18. I think those are pretty awesome achievements despite the distractions! You've done well! Keep it up! :)

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I managed to really buckle down this weekend and finish off strong, so I feel much better. I was getting a little worried there, not gonna lie lol. Have a great (and productive) week! :D

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  19. Great job on the word count! Especially for someone who's been "distracted." I love doing this RSW. It really holds me accountable this summer. thanks again!

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    1. Well, I had a 3000 word day, which was a total rush, but then I slacked for the next few days and ended up beating myself up about it. Thankfully, I reclaimed the week by buckling down this weekend, so I feel much, much better. Thanks for participating in RSW, Dana! It's wonderful having so many people keeping us accountable and encouraging us along the way. :D

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  20. WOW! You were a busy lady this week! Yay you! I love what you said about Watch of Night, I have a manuscript like that, and I feel very much the same way as you do. It is worth it if the story is in our heart. Good luck this week!

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    1. Well, I had that one 3000 word day, which was AWESOME, but then I slacked. A lot. Thankfully, I planted the ole butt in the chair and got some writing done this weekend. I feel much better about it all now. I think this story must be worth it to keep at it for so long. I'm hoping so, anyway! Hope you have another productive week! :D

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  21. I love stories that stick with you like that. That even though 3 years is a long time, that story is definitely worth it, like you said. Yay for 6300 words. WOOT! And I love the care package!! YAY!!! :D

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    1. It's definitely the best kind of story to be in a 3-year relationship with. ;-) Here's hoping this week is equally productive!

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  22. Wow, you killed it with your word count! Nicely done! Wish I could help with the whole "distraction and lack of motivation" problem, but I've been cursed with the same problem. Oh, look! Something shiny...

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    1. You know, I really thought I was going to crash and burn this week. I had a 3000 word day and then slacked for the next few days and beat myself up over it. Thankfully, I managed to finish strong by writing this weekend. I was kind of surprised at how well things ended up going. I really need to not succumb to distractions. I have zero willpower lol.

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  23. Awesome writing week!!!
    Keep it up! Perseverance pays off!!
    I’ve been getting in that kind of mood…motivation is lacking. But we can do it!

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    1. It ended up that way, but I was worried for a bit there. I had a great writing day and then slacked until the weekend when I got tired of beating myself up for slacking. Here's hoping the motivation kicks in and the distractions go far, far away! :D

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  24. YES for game-changers! That must be so exciting. Like you, I had issues fighting distraction this week and have a feeling this will be the biggest obstacle all summer (I have Comic Con in like 2 weeks! Eep!). But still, you did a great job with your word count! Good luck this week!

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    1. You're so right about distraction being a summer-long issue. I know it's going to be a battle, but I hope I still manage to squeeze in some words! :-)

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  25. Congrats on your word count last week! You're doing great! Good luck this week. It's really hard to stay motivated during the summer but RSW is helping me a TON.

    That care package looks amazing. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! It was touch and go for a bit there thanks to lack of motivation, but I ended up finishing strong, so I was pretty happy. RSW is actually helping me a ton, too, so that's great. Hope this week is productive for both of us! :D

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  26. Wow three years! I bet it is worth it :) Good luck on your goals this week and thanks for another awesome RSW!

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    1. That's three years of writing, revising, querying, rewriting/revising and on and on... But I think it's slowly improving, so that's good! Have a great week, Liz! And a productive week as well! :D

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  27. Whoa, 6300 is awesome! I know how you feel about the time, I spent four years on the story I'm querying now. And having gotten some requests on it has really helped me feel like those four years were worth it. I've definitely learned so much writing that story, so whatever happens, I certainly don't regret it. No writing is wasted writing! Ok, 'nuff rambling. Good luck for this week!

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    1. Thanks, Leandra! Those three years I've spent on this WiP were a combo of drafting, revisions, querying, receiving an R&R (which I totally squandered), revising/rewriting... It feels neverending, but I think it's getting there. But like you say, I've learned a ton working on this particular story, so I don't regret it either. Have a great (and productive) week! :D

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  28. WOW over 6k is amazing!!!!!!! Good luck for this week, Jaime. Sorry my post is so late- I was travelling all day and just got home to sit down to post :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! That's not a normal week for me, especially with that many words crammed into only three days. Most likely a fluke. But man, does it ever make me wonder what I could accomplish if I really buckled down instead of succumbing to distraction and lack of motivation. Food for thought... And like I said on Twitter, no worries about posting a little later! The widget is open late so that people are able to post whenever they're able. :D

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  29. Whip that WIP into shape, girlie. You got this! And game-changing revelation FOR THE WIN.

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    1. Haha! Whip it. Whip it good. LOL It feels like it's getting there, slowly but surely. Adding words to this rewrite and working in new ideas is certainly making it more interesting. Here's to another great week! :D

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  30. Great to see that you are getting a lot done! More than I am anyway. 3 year olds are fun. It's awesome so many people are participating. Gah, I hear banging in the other room... Hope this week is great for everyone!

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  31. I love how you set up with your goals! I like that you're shooting for writing a certain number of days, but that you also a set a total word count goal if that doesn't work out. Great job with your goals last week and good luck this week!

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  32. "I love that even though I've been working on this story for THREE YEARS now, banging my head against the wall trying to whip it into shape, I still feel like it's worth it."

    I think those long-term books are always the ones that frustrate us the most, but they're also the most rewarding. Hope you have an amazing productive week :)

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  33. Wow! Great job getting all those words! It looks like you managed to find motivation somewhere in there :)

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  34. I struggled with distractions this week, too, so I'm right there with you. But congrats on the solid word count! And that care package looks adorable. :) Have a great week Jaime!

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