July 28, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 8)

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.

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I could have written a lot more words than I did (2300), but I'm not stressing over it because I had a WiP breakthrough. Of course, that required some brainstorming and the words I did add to WATCH OF NIGHT were related to that. My outline still needs some tweaking, so that's what I will be focusing on going forward. Adding words too.

MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
This is going to be a busy week with last minute prep for my trip, so my goals for the week are simple: 

• Amend WATCH OF NIGHT's outline and get it into workable order so I can jump back into revisions when I return.
• Try to squeeze in some writing (ie. adding new words) wherever possible so I don't completely lose momentum.

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY
"I soaked up every second that remained with my best friend until inky skies dissolved into the sun-drenched morning of our departure. With heavy eyes and an even heavier heart, I grasped her hands in mine and told her one last time how much I was going to miss her, that the only thing I despised more than leaving her behind was the very reason for it—this blasted mission that was almost certainly doomed to fail." (from WATCH OF NIGHT)

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
Focus and motivation. Same shiz, different week.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I'm sure I've said something along these same lines already, but I love that even though this story is three years in the making, it still manages to surprise me by coughing up new possibilities and directions to take it. Likely the reason I haven't ditched it yet.


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It's time to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Jessica! Just contact Katy with your
address and it'll be headed your way as soon as possible!


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

It includes a journal, sage and citrus reed diffuser, post-its (all the post-its!), highlighters,
gummi bears, Werthers candies, index cards, myndology cards, a note pad that reads I am
so proud and jealous of you
, DFTBA plaque, and Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz.

Just like the last three 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, August 1st
@ midnight and is open internationally!}

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Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


50 comments:

  1. I love, love, love the line you shared, Jaime! When do I get to see a part of the updated version? :-)
    Cheering you on!

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    1. Thanks, Elodie! I added in a friendship that wasn't previously in the story, so that's been kind of fun to work on. I'm bouncing all over my WiP right now, inserting new little details and tweaking it, so it's not in any kind of shape to be seen lol. Wish it was a little more of a forward moving revision/rewrite, but it's back and forth constantly. I'll be happy when this is all done! :-)

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  2. Love the excerpt you shared, Jaime! And how awesome to still be so enamored with and discovering new things about your story - good sign, for certain! Hope you have a wonderful week! Happy writing/packing/revising!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! It's great coming up with new ways to deepen/strengthen the plot and characters in this WiP. That said, I will be happy when this round of revisions (well, this rewrite in general) is done. :-)

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  3. I love the same thing about my WIP - the possibilities!

    Yay for breakthroughs! Sounds like we're in the same boat again this week, because I had one too :)

    Hope you have an amazing week amending your outline and getting ready for your trip!

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    1. Hooray for breakthroughs! Honestly, that alone is making me feel better about not getting a bunch of words written. I'll take it. :-) Have a great week, Jennifer!

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  4. LOVE that excerpt! So beautifully written, Jaime. Best of luck with your goals this week, as well as your trip prepping! I'm excited to hear all about your adventures!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I added a friendship to this WiP that didn't exist previously, so it's been fun seeing where that all leads. I think my goal this week should have been to do something WiP-related a few times this week. That would have been manageable, I think. :-)

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  5. Aw! What a nice excerpt :) Good luck reaching your goal this week, but if you don't - no worries. I mean, European vacation...how could one concentrate? Here's wishing you tons of fun with the last preparations.

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    1. Thanks, Tonja! Like I've said to some of the other commenters, I added a friendship to this WiP that didn't exist previously, so it's been fun adding the detail of that in. The snippet I shared is part of that new stuff. I know I'm going to have a terrible time concentrating on anything besides trip prep, so I'll be happy if I do *anything* WiP-related. :-)

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  6. Great job on the breakthrough! Hopefully that means it'll be smooth sailing ahead! :) Best of luck this week!

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I hope that this breakthrough clears the way for smooth sailing. That would be wonderful! :D

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  7. Great excerpt! Good luck on your goals this week, and good luck getting ready for your European jaunt :)

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! At this point, I'll be happy if I do anything WiP-related this week. Anything at all lol. :-)

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  8. Breakthroughs are sometimes more fun for me than really great word counts. I'd rather have aha moments every week than hit 5000 every week. Although hitting 5000 would be nice, too. =) Enjoy your "light" week and the trip you have coming up!

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    1. I feel the same way about breakthroughs. They clear the way for those writing session where the words are flowing like crazy. So even though I didn't write as much as I would have liked, this makes me feel much, much better! That said I agree that hitting 5000 words would be nice. ;-)

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  9. I love that a touching good-bye scene is between a girl and her best friend, instead of a girl and a boyfriend. I mean, I like the other as well, but this was a nice change! =) Good luck for this week!

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    1. It's funny, because part of the plot breakthrough I had this week was directly tied to the addition of this particular friendship that didn't exist previously. I much prefer having her say goodbye to a best friend than a BF, especially since a romance develops on the mission. (I'd hate to have her pining over someone she left behind, you know?) Hope you have a great week too! :D

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  10. I love that goodbye. And yep--same shiz,different week just about sums it up!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! This goodbye was part of the breakthrough I had this week. I added in a friendship that didn't exist previously and it's been fun seeing where that leads character-wise and plot-wise. Hope you have a great week! :D

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  11. Great excerpt! I hope that the mission doesn't fail like she thinks!
    It's great to hit a breakthrough- it brings back the excitement if it's been waning for a bit. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! The mission is definitely fraught with issues, I'll say that much. ;-) This breakthrough was exactly what I needed to strengthen the plot a bit more and to get me excited again about this rewrite. Hopefully it will keep me going for a while! Have a great week! :D

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  12. I love how your sample line builds on itself, both with what we learn but also emotional intensity. Ugh, focus and motivation. This part of summer makes it hard locate either of those things. Plus, you have that awesome and exciting trip coming up! Good luck meeting your goals this week, Jaime.

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah! I've been enjoying working on this new friendship that didn't previously exist. (That's part of the breakthrough this week.) Hopefully it takes this story in a direction that really works. I fully anticipate more productivity once this trip is done and once fall rolls around. I always feel more motivated to get writing done when the weather isn't tempting me out of doors. ;-) Have a great week!

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  13. OH--I won! Yay! Thanks to all of you for putting such fun care packages together :). And yay for writing break-throughs! That excerpt was so lovely. :)

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    1. Yay! Hope you love the care package Katy put together. :-) Writing breakthroughs are the perfect thing to keep me going and to get me psyched about my WiP again. This one strengthens my plot and my characters a bit, so that's definitely a bonus. The excerpt is part of that new idea, which involves a friendship that didn't exist previously, so I'm excited to see where it leads. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  14. "Coughing up new possibilities." I like that concept. With a rich enough world and characters, that's absolutely possible.

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    1. This WiP has morphed into so many different things over its life, but I think it's *finally* headed in the direction it's supposed to go, so that's exciting. And motivating. With any luck, I'll be able to finish this rewrite before I'm elderly. ;-)

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  15. Congrats on the WIP breakthrough! Those are so crucial (and more important than a huge added word count, in my opinion). Now you'll have a gameplan moving forward. Good luck with your goals this week!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! :-) I have to agree that these are more important to my process than adding a pile of words. While I'd like to add lots of words, the breakthrough needs to happen first to make way for the words. I hope it's smoother sailing from here on in.

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  16. WiP Breakthroughs whoot! The words will just be flowing out now. Congrats. good luck this week. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Agreed! This breakthrough was exactly what I needed to get me going again on writing. Hopefully the words will flow a little more freely now. Have a great week, Leslie Ann! :D

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  17. really loving the lines, and I want to know what this story is about! Glad you had a breakthrough and were able to work on that, it's so nice when things start to fall into place with your story. Hope you get as much writing in as possible with your trip prepping!

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    1. Thanks, Prerna! I've been working on two different WiPs during this intensive, and this is the YA sci-fi (the other is YA contemporary). I'm thrilled that things are starting to fall into place, like you say. I hope the words will start flowing a little more freely now. :-)

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  18. Yay for a WiP breakthrough! I'm really hoping for one of those coming my way soon. :) I absolutely love the line that you shared. Just beautiful! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kitty! The lines I shared are related to the breakthrough I had. I added in a friendship that didn't exist previously, and I think it deepens a few things in the story and strengthens the overall plot. We'll see, I guess! Have a wonderful week! :-)

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  19. I really loved your lines from your WIP. It makes me want to read more!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Adding in this friendship (from the lines I shared) is making me want to write more, so that's a great thing! :-)

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  20. Yay for inky skies and sun drenched mornings. Lovely. Congrats on your breakthrough and good luck getting it incorporated into your outline.

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    1. Thanks, Laurel! I think the addition of this particular friendship (from the excerpt I shared) will strengthen and deepen my overall plot. I hope so anyway! Hope you have a great week! :-)

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  21. Slow and steady wins the race! I try to focus on goals like finishing a chapter or getting to a certain point in a chapter, instead of keeping track of how many words I'm racking up. I have a file keeping track of each chapter's length, and add up the word count every four chapters just to see what's going on.

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    1. I'm doing a rewrite/revisions, so I'm bouncing around all over my WiP. I make a single change and it has a ripple effect on so many other things in the story. It's easier to say "work on revisions" or "write x amount of words" than finishing a chapter because of the way this whole rewrite/revision is going down. Hopefully it will get to a point where I can simply aim to revise a chapter or two each week. :-)

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  22. Sometimes breakthroughs feel better than big word counts!! Congrats on having a productive week, and good luck managing this week's goals whilst traveling. That is a real challenge!

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    1. They really do! Especially when breakthroughs clear the way for words to flow more freely. I hope that's the case here, anyway. Hope you have a wonderful week! :D

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  23. Never give up on it! =D All that work you've been putting into it will be worth it in the end. ^^

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  24. So glad you had a breakthrough this week and that it's helping you sort out some of the rewriting in WoN! That's a good idea to get your outline in order so you can jump into writing again after your trip. Who knows? Maybe more inspiration will hit while you're away? I love the lines you chose this week and I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing. :)

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  25. I love that excerpt! Congrats on your WiP breakthrough - those are the best. Good luck this week!

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  26. I love the big breakthroughs!!! Congrats for that. Best of luck with your goals next week.

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