Today is supposed to be a recap/wrap-up post for Ready. Set. WRITE!, but not gonna lie, I'm still in Europe mode (and at least partially still on Europe time...ughhhhh). I haven't given much thought to my writing in the past few weeks other than to feel a general sort of disappointment in what I've accomplished--or I guess, haven't accomplished--over the course of RSW. I wanted to get so much more done than I did, to get back into the habit of writing regularly and setting attainable goals for myself. While I did get into somewhat of a writing pattern through RSW, I'd be lying if I said this recent jaunt to Europe didn't feel like a total derailment all over again. I'm having a really tough time even thinking about getting back to writing again. Could be the jet lag, but I also blame it on a lingering sense of restlessness that I always seem to succumb to after travelling. (It's pretty bad this time. I'm struggling to return to the "real world" and everyday life.*)
I didn't finish a first draft of my YA contemporary IN THE END. (Not even close.)
I didn't finish a revision of my YA sci-fi WATCH OF NIGHT. (Again, not even close.)
"the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one's hopes or expectations." **
I'm definitely bummed, but it wasn't all a bust. I had some breakthroughs in my revision, which should make the going that much easier from here on in. And as for my other WiP? I added new words and figured some things out, both of which represent forward movement. Not exactly what I wanted, but still a whole lot better than nothing. SO, my goal going forward now that RSW is done is to take all of this disappointment and discouragement in not meeting my goals this summer and turn it into discipline and determination. (I sure do love alliteration. Can you tell?) I want to be so consumed by whatever I'm writing that all of the usual distractions lose their attraction. To be blunt: I need to stop being such a slacker when it comes to this process.
Nothing worth having comes easy, they say. Time to roll up my sleeves, get my butt in the chair, and my hands on the keyboard.
Some things you might consider sharing in your match-up post:
• a love list, elevator pitch, or query description (something to give an idea of what your WIP is about)
• an excerpt
• genre/age category
• whether it’s a stand alone or series
• where you’re at in the timeline (ie ready for a beta/CP as of the end of summer or perhaps later in the fall)
• whether you’re looking for betas or CPs (or both)
• any warnings that might be applicable (ie only offer to beta if you don’t mind swearing, sex, drug use, etc.)
Last but not least, I'd like to thank ALL OF YOU for taking part this summer in Ready. Set. WRITE!
Your encouragement and accountability has meant so much to your fellow Ready. Set.WRITErs!
* If you've ever eaten Ladurée macarons atop the Arc de Triomphe on a perfect Paris night, gone swimming in the frigid English Channel off the coast of Dieppe, France, and felt the wind whipping through your hair on the historically significant beaches of Normandy, I'm sure you'll understand why "real life" feels like a bit of a drag right now.