July 21, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 7)

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 additional information about RSW and a link to our super fun buttons, go here.

{And again, please remember to keep your posts BRIEF. Thanks! ☺}

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I met all of my goals for this week: I added 2500 new words to WATCH OF NIGHT while revising a couple chapters of that WiP, fixed some of IN THE END's outline issues, and decided not to cave to the temptation to revise third project ONLY ANNIE. I could have done more, for sure, but all in all I'm satisfied with what I managed to do this week.


MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• add 2500+ new words to either IN THE END or WATCH OF NIGHT
• go over my outline for WATCH OF NIGHT and see if it still works, make changes if necessary
• work on WATCH OF NIGHT revisions and add in a scene or two to what I've already revised

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY

"On a spectrum of Ridiculous to Quite Possibly the Worst Idea Ever, a long-distance relationship between Earth and Mars blasts right off the charts." (from my YA sci-fi, WATCH OF NIGHT)

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
In the process of revising my YA sci-fi, I realized that I'm going to have to rewrite a lot going forward. I'm actually excited about this, but I also feel a bit unprepared for it. It's tough looking at ALL these words I've written, knowing that most of them are about to be chopped, and still not 100% sure where to go next. Oh, and I changed my MC's name, which has been difficult to adjust to.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
There's a strong brother/sister dynamic in WATCH OF NIGHT, which is something I absolutely love writing. These two aren't just siblings, they're best friends. Good thing because they have to share a bunk bed on the Mars mission they've been chosen for.



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Before going any further, it's time to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Stephanie! Just send me a
quick email or tweet with your mailing address,
and I'll get the care package sent off to you ASAP!

And now for this week's Ready. Set. WRITE! giveaway, courtesy of Katy:

Owl mug, chai tea, dark chocolate, Smarties,
"Think. Write. Create." journal, candle, owl notecards,
pens, lip balm, and the latest Writer's Digest. 

Just like the last two weeks, you get an entry for every week you have actively participated in Ready. Set. WRITE! 
***BUT, to make entering a little bit easier this time around, you no longer need to provide a link to each check-in.*** 
When the giveaway closes, we will just verify the winner's entries. To be eligible, you must post weekly check-ins  
and take some time to hop around to some of the other participants' blogs to offer up some writerly encouragement. 

{Giveaway goes until Friday, July 25th
@ midnight and is open internationally!}

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Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!

HOW I DID:
Monday --» no writing
Tuesday --» no writing
Wednesday --» no writing...again
Thursday --» worked on tweaking plot details in WATCH OF NIGHT, had a breakthrough (Woohoo!)
Friday --» implemented new idea for WATCH OF NIGHT and added 1400 new words to this WiP
Saturday --»
Sunday --»


68 comments:

  1. Great job this week! I understand the fear when contemplating a rewrite, but I'm sure you'll make it even better this time around! :)

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I've sort of been doing a rewrite/revise already, but now it's turning into a much bigger rewrite. That's all right, though. Just need to get my outline in order and motor through it. :-)

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  2. You changed your MC's first name? Hmmm very curious about it now :-) And...wow that first line is awesome!
    Go, Jaime, go!

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    1. Yep! She's now Cora instead of Carina. I've always liked the former name better than the latter, so the change should be easy, but it's still tough to get used to. Glad you liked the line. ;-)

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    2. Oooh, I like Cora for her! Exciting!

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    3. The funny thing is, Galen's mom's name was originally Cora. I'm sure there's something Oedipal to be found in that. LOL ;-)

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  3. I saw your tweet (I think) about changing your MC's name and I can see that as being very weird and hard to get used to. ESPECIALLY so far in. Wow! But I'm sure it was a change for the betterment of your story. And keep plugging away with that rewrite! You can do it! I hope you have an awesome week, Jaime!

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    1. I've been working on this WiP for 3 years now in some form or another, so the name change is definitely tough to get used to. I think the change is a good one, though, so I'm just going to force myself to get used to it. :-)

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  4. Love that your WIP has a strong brother/sister dynamic! Great line you shared, too. Very intriguing ;). Hope you have a productive week!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! I like strong sibling relationships, but especially brother/sister ones. Hope you're having a great week! :D

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  5. Rewriting is SO scary when you're facing it, even when you know it's the right thing to do, I find. I hope your excitement can overpower the overwhelming part of it!

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    1. I've sort of been doing a rewrite/revise combo up until now, but it's starting to lean much more heavily to the "rewrite" side of that equation. It's sort of exciting but also daunting. Even so, I'm certain I can do it! :D

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  6. Awesome job hitting all of your goals last week, Jaime, and best of luck doing the same this week. I love the line you shared, especially that there's a bit of humor to it. And I yay for strong brother/sister dynamic. I love books with well-told sibling relationships. Have a great week, lady! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I really hope I can step things up a bit this week and get some serious writing done. I've been a bit of a slacker lately, so I'm a bit disappointed in myself. Honestly, the sibling relationship in this WiP is one of my favourite things about it. That and the swoony bits. I'm a sucker for a kissing book, but then you already knew that. :D

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  7. Great job on hitting your goals this week. YAY for the brother/sister dynamic. I love siblings in YA and I'm so glad you are writing them too. Good luck with your goals this week! You can do it!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! Sibling relationships in YA are awesome, but I especially love brother/sister relationships. There needs to be more of them! I'm having lots of fun writing one. Have a great week! :D

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  8. I love your snippet! Fun and funny. :) I hear what you are saying on cutting all those words you've already written. I did a bunch of that over the last week. It's so hard! Good luck on that an all your goals this week!

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    1. Thanks, Kitty! I'm trying to salvage as much as I can in one way or another, and it's amazing just how much I've been able to tweak and recycle. But now it's getting more into the rewrite part of things, so I doubt I'll be able to keep as much going forward. Ah well. I'm having fun working on it, so that's all that matters. :D

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  9. Love that line! I hope this week is very productive and you meet all your goals :)

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! I love writing the relationship between my MC and her LI. :D Hope your week is super productive as well!

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  10. Your favorite line from your WIP is fantastic. I love the idea of a long distance relationship from Earth to Mars! So cool. Good luck with the rewriting. Chopping is hard, but that's how the best books are made!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! The relationship between my MC and her LI is one of my favourite parts of this story. Even though I have a lot of rewriting ahead of me, I'm still reasonably excited about working on it, so that's a relief. :D

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  11. Congrats, Stephanie!
    I love your snippet too, Jaime. I even read it a couple times ;) Yay for getting so much writing done. Changing MC names is a mental battle. Even worse when editing (I find it harder to notice them when I'm happily reading along.) Good luck this week and thanks for another giveaway (so cute!)

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    1. Thanks, Tonja! I'm having fun writing the scenes with my MC and her love interest. So much fun! I've been working on this story in some form for over 3 years now, so the name change is a challenge for sure. I like the name so much better now, so it's only a matter of time until it feels normal to me. Have a great week! :D

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  12. congrats on reaching your goals. Revisions are tough, bu part of the job. Just think about how much better your story will be through x amount of edits. btw love the new headshot. Good luck this week. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! They're definitely tough, but I'm still enjoying it so that's a good sign. I just need to get my outline in order and then power through it. Have a great week! :D

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  13. Yay for kicking butt on your goals this week! And for resisting temptation :) It's so, so hard to resist the lure of a shiny project.

    Changing a character name is so weird at the beginning, but you'll get used to it and it'll be awesome before you know it. Good luck with your goals this week!

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    1. It was surprisingly easy to say no to WiP #3. I think I'm already feeling bogged down with two WiPs, so adding to that mess just seemed silly and undesirable lol. I've been working on this WiP for over 3 years now, so the name change was definitely challenging. I like this name better so, I just have to get used to it. :D

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  14. Way to go on meeting your goals! Love your line, and great new profile photo! Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I'm hoping this week is even more productive than last. :D

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  15. rewrites can be hard, but so worth getting through! congrats on accomplishing your goals, that's awesome! Good luck with this week :)

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    1. They're definitely challenging, but I'm still enjoying it so that's a good sign. :-) Have a great week, Prerna!

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  16. Congrats on meeting all your goals for the week, Jaime! Good luck with the revisions on your YA sci-fi -- I'm glad you're looking forward to them makes them a little less daunting, I think. And I know how you feel about changing names in stories. It's so hard to get used to!!!

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! I've been working on this story for over 3 years in some form or another, so it's nice to still feel excited about it and where it's going. :D

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  17. Yay for meeting your goals last week! That is great. And I'm right there with you on having to rewrite a lot and fill in holes. As exciting as it is to make the book better, it's still daunting. Good luck with it this week!

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    1. Definitely daunting, but since I've been working on this story for 3+ years now and am *still* excited about it, I think that's a good sign. I just need to get my outline in order and power through with the rewrite. :D

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  18. Great work on goals! I am currently in the revision swamp, so I feel your impending concerns. Going in positive is a great outlook!

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    1. Like I've said to some of the other folks here: I've been working on this story for 3+ years, so the fact that I can still get excited about it is probably a good thing! LOL I really like the direction it's headed, so that makes it easier to power through it. :D

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  19. I hear you re: changing a character's name. Why is this always so hard to adjust to? Good luck with all your goals this week!

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    1. This story has been on the go for 3+ years, so the original name is embedded in my brain. I actually like the new name much better, so it's something I don't mind getting used to. Have a great week, Erin! :D

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  20. I love sibling relationships in books. It seems like we don't see enough of them these days. I always loved books which were focused on families, instead of only other friends and settings.

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    1. I love them too. I feel like we could really see more of them than we do. I love reading about romantic relationships, but I do love some great sibling camaraderie as well. :D

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  21. Good job this week! I chose my MC's name pretty quickly, and I'm terrified that I will decide I need to change it. I'm very attached to it, but am well aware it could probably be better. I bet you will adjust faster than you think.

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    1. Thanks, Laurel! I've been working on this story for over 3 years now, so the name is pretty firmly lodged in my brain. As much as I like the new name better, it's going to take some getting used to. :D

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  22. A brother/sister story set in space sounds awesome! Best of luck for this week! Oh, and I love the winner graphic- so cute!

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    1. There's definitely romance in this story as well, but I'm loving the brother/sister camaraderie too! :D

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  23. Congrats on meeting your goals!
    I'd say that's the longest long distance relationship ever!!
    Aw, I love brother/sister dynamic! I love sibling centric type books.
    Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks, Mandie! A long-distance relationship that far apart would suck so bad! (Fortunately, it doesn't actually happen. I'm not that cruel to my characters. ;-)) I love a good brother/sister relationship in a story, so I've really been enjoying writing one. I feel like we can use more of that in YA. Hope you have a great week! :D

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  24. I love that line about the spectrum from ridiculous to worst idea ever! And I love space stories. Changing the MC's name is hard, isn't? But necessary sometimes.

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    1. Thanks, Margo! I'm having lots of fun working on this story, especially adding in the new stuff. It's daunting, sure, but at least I'm still having fun, right? I've been working on it for 3+ years, so the MC's name was pretty firmly lodged in my brain. Thankfully, I like the new name much better, so it's only a matter of time until I get used to it. :D

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  25. Sounds like you had a good week despite the changes. It's hard to cutting so many words out but it'll be worth it in the end. Love the new profile pic.

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    1. I'm keeping a file of outtakes and recycling/tweaking as much as I can, which is surprisingly a fair amount. But now I'm moving into a part of the story that's going to require more rewriting. It will be a lot of work, but I think I'm feeling more like drafting right now anyway. Thanks about the pic! :D

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  26. Ooh! I love that there is a strong brother-sister relationship. And it's sci-fi?! I'm hooked! Big congrats on meeting your goals this week, and good luck cutting out huge chunks. It's hard but it's worth it. <3

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    1. I really like great brother/sister friendships, so I'm having fun writing this one. And honestly, I love sci-fi despite the fact that publishers seem to think nobody will buy it. I always will! It's tough cutting whole chapters, but I'm tweaking and recycling as much as I can. That said, drafting up some new stuff is kind of fun too! :D

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  27. I love that line! I need more YA sci-fi to read! And I think it's great that you have a strong brother/sister relationship in there. I'm so much closer to my brother than my sister, and I feel like too many books really emphasize that sister bond that I've never really had! Good luck with this next week!

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    1. Thanks, Karyne! :D I honestly don't know why publishers think nobody is going to buy YA sci-fi. So many of us love it! I love reading books with strong brother/sister relationships too. I think we could really use more of those! :D

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  28. Good job on meeting your goals this week! I know you've got a lot going on with your Europe trip coming up, so it's great that you managed to squeeze it all in. I'm glad you're excited about the rewriting in WoN, and I'm sure whatever you add will be amazing even if it feels daunting to tackle this. Feel free to use me as a sounding board for that! You already know I love that line from your WIP, but I'll say it again. The humour and wittiness in your prose is definitely one of your strengths! :D

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    1. Thanks, Erin! Yeah, my attention span is definitely short these days. Our trip is in two weeks and I feel like I'm so not ready for it just yet. Hard to stay focused on writing when I know I have a bajillion trip-related things to sort out. 0_o You know, as much as it's daunting to have to draft so much new stuff, I'm kind of looking forward to having a bit more of a clean slate. I've been recycling/tweaking a lot thus far, so it will be nice to not have to puzzle it all together. I won't be scrapping everything I have from here on in, but there is much that needs to be rewritten. I'll definitely be using you as a sounding board! And thanks for the compliment about my writing. You know how much I appreciate that! :D

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  29. Well done on meeting all of your goals! I already love the sound of the brother/sister relationship you have in WoN. I don't think YA has a lot of sibling relationships and it's much needed!

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I agree with you about brother/sister relationships in YA. We could really use more! I'm having so much fun writing this particular part of the story too. :D

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  30. I love that you're writing a sibling relationship in your WIP! I feel like that's another thing that often gets pushed aside in YA in favor of romance. And rewriting is tough but it'll be so worth it in the end. Good luck!

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    1. You're so right about sibling relationships in YA. This story definitely has romance, but the sibling relationship is there too and I think it's a good one. I love writing this aspect of my WiP, so I hope that shines through. :D

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  31. Congrats on meeting all of your goals this week! I was having an off week last week but hope to get back into the swing of things this week.

    Good luck with your rewrite. If you tackle it bird by bird, I'm sure you'll start to feel less overwhelmed.

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! This was a tough week for me too as far as motivation went. I think it's going to be that way until our trip is over and done with. I just hope I don't lose even more momentum while we're gone. At least I'm enjoying this rewrite. It could be so much more tedious than it is! Have a great week! :D

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  32. Facing a rewrite is daunting. I definitely feel you. Good luck! I'm sure you'll come out with something you love even more :)

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    1. It's daunting, but I'm still sort of looking forward to all the possibilities drafting new stuff will bring. I just need to get my outline in order and then power through. :D

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  33. I think you should add to you accomplishments for the week, is reply to 30+ comments on your blog. That takes a lot of time and you do it every week. Plus your multi-tasking between manuscripts is impressive.

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  34. I think you truly incredible. Well done for reaching last week's goals. May this week be another productive one

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