June 8, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 1)

We’re back! And ready for Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you’re looking forward to another productive summer! If you’re 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’ll be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts brief 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 participants. For more info and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click HERE!

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, Alison, Katy, Erin, Elodie, and I will be hosting Twitter writing parties (feel free to kick-start your own too!), giving away writerly care packages in July and at the end of the summer, and… AND at the end of the summer, we'll 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!***

Starting next week, we will be sharing our progress and setting new goals using the following headings:

1. How I did on last week’s goals
2. My goal(s) for this week
3. A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write, the siren song of SNIs)

5. Something I love about my WiP  

Since Week One is all about goal-setting, here's what I'd like to accomplish this week and this summer:

GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
• Work on writing at least five days this week; allow myself to take two days off.
• Add at least 500 new words per writing session to EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING.
• Spend 1 hour working on rewrite of my YA sci-fi WATCH OF NIGHT (per session).


GOALS FOR THE SUMMER 
• Complete my revisions of WATCH OF NIGHT once and for all.
• Add 25,000 words to my draft of EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING.



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Revised 1.5 chapters of WoN and added 575 new words to ES&LT. A good start!
Tuesday --» Revised my goals. Will now be rewriting instead of revising the remainder of WoN. Worked for about an hour on this. Attempted to add new words to ES&LT, but only managed 150. :-/ May have to consider this one of my two days off.
Wednesday --» Added 575 new words to ES&LT. Didn't work on WoN. Need to do further planning before moving forward.
Thursday --» Added 861 new words to ES&LT. Wrote a new opening for WoN (280 words), and am revisiting/reworking a plot arc diagram for this story before I move any further forward. Too many plot points and issues to figure out first.
Friday --» Tweaked the opening of WoN and added 303 words to it. Didn't work on anything else. :-/
Saturday --» DAY OFF
Sunday --» DAY OFF



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!

74 comments:

  1. YES! I am so excited about those goals :) Cannot wait to read WATCH OF NIGHT again *hint, hint* Cheering you on, Jaime!!!

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    1. I'm really hoping to get WATCH OF NIGHT all buffed up once and for all. It's about time it was finished. I think the changes I'm making are definitely for the better.

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  2. I'm doing the 500 words a day thing, too. I want to keep my goals manageable this summer, and I want to have some fun without feeling overwhelmed, too. I can't wait for you to FINISH WATCH OF NIGHT, Jaime! My enthusiastic offer to read for you still stands! :-)

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    1. 500 words a day is a totally manageable number, in my experience. And like you say, I want to have fun this summer! I know I'm always distracted by the nice weather and the need to be outside in it, so I don't want to bog myself down with too lofty goals and the inevitable guilt that comes with not meeting them. Thanks again for your offer to read. That's definitely a motivator to finish this thing once and for all! :-)

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  3. Best of luck with the new WIP and the revisions! :)

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  4. Love the 500 words a day thing. It sounds very reasonable and great to keep time open for summer activites. Good luck on those revisions!

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    1. 500 words a day has worked really well for me in the past, and very often I find that I end up writing way more than that because I've worked myself into a groove. I'm hoping it works well this summer too! :-)

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  5. Good luck with your goals! I suspect you will be kicking your draft's butt this summer :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! And I sure hope I can kick first draft butt. (Side note: I'm finding it sooooo hard to draft again. I'd much rather revise right now.) Good luck with your goals this week!

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  6. Good luck on your goals this week! :)

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  7. 500 seems to be the magic number this summer - that's my daily goal too! I've been writing 500 words a day for the past week and so far it seems pretty manageable.

    Happy writing this week, Jaime! Can't wait to hear about your progress in next week's post!

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    1. I was totally thinking the same thing. :-) 500 words per day as worked well for me in the past, so I'm hoping it works well this summer again. I don't want to get too bogged down by goals I'm going to struggle to meet, especially with all of the distractions summer brings. Can't wait to hear about your progress too!

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  8. Good luck with your goals! 500 words a day sounds manageable.

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    1. Thanks! I've found that 500 words per days has worked well in the past, so I'm hoping it works well again this summer. Very often I find that by the 500 word mark I'm kind of on a roll, so it's a great goal to set.

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  9. 500 words sounds like a very reasonable target per day, and that you've got a target of having two days off sounds great (and very sensible).

    Good look for this week!

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    1. 500 words per day seems like the magic number for me. It's not so much that I can't reach it, but by that point I'm usually in the zone enough that I just keep on writing. And I figure I need to give myself days off just to make sure I don't feel guilty not writing, you know? Seems to work, anyway.

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  10. This is my first year participating! Thanks for hosting. I love your book titles.

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    1. So happy you're joining us! And thanks about the book titles. :-) Good luck with your goals this week, Kimberly!

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  11. Those are some nice solid goals! Make sure you keep me posted on how you're doing throughout the week. I'll need the accountability too. I can't wait to read the revised version of WoN and see all the awesome changes you've incorporated. Same goes for EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING, although that would be the first time reading it. Good luck tackling your goals this week! :)

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    1. I think they're manageable, though drafting new words for ES&LT is a bit daunting right now, not going to lie. I'm kind of out of drafting mode because I've been piddling around revising a couple projects for the past while. I've also been feeling stalled out on ES&LT, which is unfortunate. Hope that changes this summer! And I'm hoping the changes I'm making to WoN are for the better. I think they are, but it's so hard to tell at this point. That's where your eyes will come in handy. :-)

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  12. Good Luck with your goals! I love the names of your WIP ID definitely pick them up 😄

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    1. Thanks, Alexa! I think these goals should be manageable, and I'm hoping it will really get me back into the swing of writing regularly and often. I've been pretty slack for some time now. And thanks about the book titles! :-)

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  13. I am so excited to be jumping in this year. And I'm glad to see you'll be splitting time up between two projects. I just found out I need to revise one (completely screwing up the goals I posted today) so I'd love to know how you're balancing the two.

    Good luck, Jaime!

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    1. Yay! I'm excited you're joining us, Valerie! For almost the entire time I've been writing, I've been working on multiple projects. It helps that they don't feel at all similar, but also that they're at different points in the process. I think drafting two projects at once would maybe be tricky for me, but since one of these WiPs is in revisions, it helps. My intention this summer is to put more of my energy/focus on the project I'm drafting, which is why I'm limiting my revisions to one chapter per session. (I've already been working on revising this thing for ages now, so the revisions are on the lighter side, I think.) Hope you're able to figure out a system that works well for you! Good luck! :-)

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    2. Hooray for multiple projects!

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    3. We're all suckers for punishment! Woohoo! ;-)

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  14. Good luck this summer, lovely! You know I'll always be up for check ins--and helping keep you accountable ;)

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    1. Thanks! Your pings are often the #1 thing getting my butt in the chair, so thanks for that. Looking forward to many such sessions this summer! :D

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  15. I am glad you're also drafting and revising this summer. It is harder sometimes to quantify your daily success when you are revising, and sometimes I hate that I can't easily explain what I'm doing with my writing time when I'm plotting/revising.

    Good luck on all your goals!

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    1. Yes, good point. The whole chapter-a-day revision plan doesn't really work exactly, but it's something I guess. After talking to Erin the other night another tweak occurred to me, and that's going to require reworking and rewriting whole segments from a bunch of different chapters. So, yeah. We'll see how that goes. LOL Good luck on your goals, too, Rebekah! :D

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  16. Good luck with your goals. I'm really glad you're doing this again. :D

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    1. Thanks, Leslie Ann! It's exactly what I need right now for motivation. I'm glad you decided to join us again! Good luck this week! :-)

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  17. LOVE how specific your goals are. This will definitely keep you on track. Also, the buttons you created for RSW are so cute. Thanks for making them and for being a part of RSW--this is definitely giving us the motivation to stay on track with our writing, blogging…and lives in general :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping that they'll be manageable, because I sure need to get some writing done this summer. I'm so happy you ladies decided to join us! Looking forward to getting some serious work done and having people to keep me accountable. Good luck this week! :-)

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  18. Ooh I just saw this. I knew RSW was coming up but I didn't get a blog post together yet. I'll likely be joining in next week!

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    1. The linky is open all week so people have time to get their goals posts together, so feel free to drop your link in whenever. :-) We kind of expected that it might catch some people by surprise, or that they may just be hearing about it for the first time, so we thought we'd widen the window for this first week. Looking forward to having you join us, Stephanie!

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    2. Great, I just did! This already motivated me to finish a book I was reading and hustle up on my revision + make some notes on Shiny New Project.

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    3. Awesome! Heading on over to your post now! :-)

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  19. Good luck with your summer goals! You can definitely do it if you've got motivation and passion for what you're writing. Slow and steady always wins the race, not forcing everything out at once.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne! And you are so right about not forcing it. I'm happy to take the time to write something decent rather than simply typing up a ton of words that will need to be cut down the road. The point for me is to just make sure that I'm writing regularly, which has been tough lately.

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  20. Those sound like great goals! I didn't think of doing ones for the summer as a whole. Two projects sound exciting.

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    1. Thanks, Eve! I sort of wanted to know where I hoped to end up by the end of the summer, so setting summer-wide goals will be helpful. :-)

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  21. Thank you so much for doing this. I am so exciting to play along and have some accountability for my writing this summer. Here's hoping you rock your summer goals!

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    1. Thanks for joining us! I so badly need the accountability myself this summer, so I'm looking forward to that too. Good luck this week, Rachel! :-)

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  22. Good luck with your goals, Jaime. I'm excited to participate this summer! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I'm glad you decided to join us! :-)

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  23. Awesome goals! Best of luck and thanks to you and everyone for hosting this again. I got so much done last summer. I'm excited to get started!

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    1. Thanks, Adrianne! Thanks for joining us again this time around. Here's hoping it's a productive summer! :-)

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  24. You ARE off to a great start! And I love how you're updating each day. Also, so excited for all the writing and accountability this summer! Hope you have a wonderful writing week!

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    1. Well, I hope I can keep it up. LOL I'm already feeling lazy. Ha! Updating each day feels like another layer of accountability for me. If I'm putting out there what I did (or didn't do), I feel obligated to report and I don't want to report "I did nothing". :P Looking forward to writing with you this summer!

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  25. I'm so happy you guys are doing this again! Excited to write with you this summer--if we ever manage to end up on the same schedule :)

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    1. I am too! I needed the accountability pretty badly, so it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm so happy you're on board again, Liz, and I hope we get the chance to write together sometime this summer. :-)

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  26. Allowing yourself two days off is a wonderful idea, Jaime. I usually allow myself a small Writer's Sabbath, but two often feel guilty for taking more than a day. But it -is- a job, so why shouldn't we keep some office hours? Thank you for the reminder.

    Best of luck (not that you'll need it, I'm sure) on your goals.

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    1. I feel like if I allot myself two days where I don't have to do any writing, then I'm more likely to ensure that I get some solid writing done on those other five days. You're so right about treating it like a job with office hours. That worked REALLY well for me before, so I'm hoping it works again. Best of luck this week, Eden! :-)

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  27. Your goals are achievable, and I'm rooting for you!! Also, I think it's so smart that you included the days OFF in your goals too.
    Thanks for hosting RSW again this year!

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    1. Thanks, Alice! I'm really hoping I can continue to follow through on my goals this summer. I think it's super important to allow myself specific time off from it all so I don't feel guilty when I'm not writing, you know? I'm so happy you decided to jump on board again. Looking forward to writing alongside you this summer. :-)

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  28. I love the title of Every Sad and Lovely Thing. So glad to be participating sagain this year!

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    1. Thank you! It's a line from a British WWI poem. :-)
      So happy you're participating again this year, Leandra! Good luck this week!

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  29. You are in it to win it!! Great goals for the first week. I'm revising too, and I was much more timid with my goals. Sending you so many good writing vibes!

    Also, thanks for hosting again this year! <3

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    1. Thanks, Courtney! I think it's a good idea to set manageable goals, even on the timid side, so you're more likely to surpass them. In the past, I've set goals that were far too lofty and then I only met with frustration when I fell short of them. So, yeah, I think there's absolutely nothing wrong with setting slightly more conservative goals for yourself. :-) Best of luck this week!

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  30. Your goals look great, Jaime! Especially allowing yourself two days off. That is a great idea. Thanks for making such awesome buttons, once again. You are so talented! :) Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks, Kitty! I find it way too easy and way too fun to piddle around with things like making buttons than to, you know, sit down and right. LOL Trying to fix that this summer with RSW. I'm so happy you're joining us again! Good luck this week! :-)

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  31. It's so fun to do this a second year in a row and to see a familiar title in your list as well as a new one! Good luck with your goals!

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    1. Thanks, Karyne! We're happy to have you on board again this summer! Good luck with your goals this week! :-)

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  32. I'm a little late, but I just signed up! I'll be there all ready to go for week 2!

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    1. So happy you're joining us, Melanie! Can't wait to hear all about your progress! :D

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  33. I love your progress updates on your goals at the bottom of the post! This is a brilliant idea! I am totally doing this!

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    1. Thanks! I figure it's just one more layer of accountability, which I sorely need right now. I have no desire to look like a total slacker, so it motivates me to make some progress at least. :-)

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  34. Good luck finishing your revision! I definitely feel the IT WILL FINALLY BE DONE sentiment, since that's the boat I'm in with FtA. I'm sure your progress will be that much more obvious since you're drafting at the same time :)

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  35. You've done so well with your goals this week! Congratulations on all the new words you've added on EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING, and good luck with the re-writes and work you'll be doing on WATCH OF NIGHT :D

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