June 22, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 3)

Welcome to WEEK 3 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are 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 will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible 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 RSW participants. [For more info and a link to our stash of buttons, click HERE!]

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will 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!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
Partway through last week, I decided that the YA SF I had been working on wasn't where I wanted to put my focus. I know, I know. Talk about coming off as flaky. I have good reasons for downgrading it as a priority, though. Anyway, I've decided to work on revising a YA retelling that I nearly finished awhile ago. I've decided to see how third person past tense works for this story, and so far I'm liking it! I worked on revisions (for both WiPs) four out of seven days last week, so that's not bad.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

I'm keeping my goals reasonably simple for this week:
• Work on ONLY ANNIE for one hour, five days this week.
• If so inspired, continue revising WATCH OF NIGHT.
Stretch Goal → Brainstorm ways to make ES&LT better.

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED

To sum up: The all-consuming ache of regret.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK

Switching WiPs. Some IRL things that cropped up.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

This WiP is basically straight-up YA romance, which I love.



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 2 hours. (1.5 chapters revised)
Tuesday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 1 hours. (1.5 chapters revised)
Wednesday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 2 hours. (2 chapters revised)
Thursday --» DAY OFF
Friday --» DAY OFF
Saturday --» DAY OFF (unexpected)
Sunday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 2 hours. (2 chapters revised.)



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!



62 comments:

  1. A straight-up YA romance sounds like the perfect summer project :) Good luck this week!

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking. :-) Have a great week!

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  2. Not flaky! Just smart on figuring out where your attention needed to be. Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks! I feel much better about making the switch. :-) Have a great week, Leandra!

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  3. I don't think it comes off as flaky at all, just sounds like you're going where your focus is, which is much more productive. :) Yay for YA romance! Good luck this week. :)

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    1. I feel like I've been WiP-hopping a lot lately, so that's where the flakiness comment came from. But I feel like I'm working on the right project right now, so that's good. Have a great week!

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  4. I love me some straight-up YA romance so yay! Also, I'm so glad the tense switch thing is working out for you and that you're excited about it. That is such a huge undertaking! Good luck this week with your goals, Jaime! You can do it!

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    1. I should have mentioned it that it's a YA romance/retelling, I suppose. I'm loving it, so that's great. It's so strange and yet so cool that a tense switch and shifting from 1st to 3rd person can make such a difference. It gives the story such a different feel, which is nice. Have a great week, Alison! :D

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  5. Best of luck with the revisions! Glad to hear the tense switch is working for you. :)

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  6. YA romance? Yes please! :) And it sounds like you were right to switch your focus. If a story isn't working, there's usually a good reason for it. You should put your focus where it wants to go. Good for you!

    And isn't it amazing how much a tense shift can change a story and make it flow so much better? I used to just pick a tense and roll with it, but it definitely requires more thought than I initially realized.

    Have a great writing week, Jaime!

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    1. Well, I was enjoying the other story, but I wasn't sure I wanted to commit to a SF right now. I'll probably still work on it a bit, but I want my focus on this one right now. It's totally amazing how shifting the tense and going with 3rd over 1st person can make such a difference. I'm loving it, anyway. Have a great week, Kaitlin!

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  7. I agree with everyone else--it doesn't sound flaky at all! Sometimes you have to pick the story that's flowing best at the time. Good luck with writing and revising this week!

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    1. I feel like I've been WiP-hopping a lot lately, so that's where the flakiness comment came from. Even so, I think it was a good move, so I'm happy with the switch. :-) Have a great week, Jessica!

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  8. Oooh, a YA romance with all-consuming regret. That is right up my alley. Loooove. And I have a similar issue with skipping between projects. It's not flaky! It's so hard to decide what to concentrate on, sometimes. Good luck with your revisions this week!

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    1. I'm really enjoying this WiP (who doesn't love romance and regret???), so it's been fun diving back into it again. :-) Have a great week, Crystal!

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  9. Ooh, I love what you've decided to work on because I'm pretty sure I know what it is! Good luck on revisions!

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    1. You're right about which project it is. ;-) Feeling inspired lately. Have a great week, Melanie!

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  10. Sometimes you have to switch what you're working on, if you're just not feeling the original love and inspiration for the one. It's better to work on what moves you and makes you feel passionate, instead of forcing yourself through something else.

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    1. Well, I was still loving the other project, but I wasn't sure about working on a SF right now. I think I was feeling the idea of working on this project more, so I switched. It seems to be working out well, so I'm happy I did it. Have a great week, Carrie-Anne!

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  11. Good luck with your goals - they sound reasonable. YA Romance's are great - hope you make some great progress on it this week.

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    1. Thanks! I'm really enjoying this story, so I think it was a good idea to switch over to this project. Have a great week!

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  12. It's so hard to switch goals! But you have to maximize your time and if that means working on a different project to have more quality work done, do what you've gotta do! Have a great week!

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    1. The shift to this other project has been surprisingly smooth, so I'm happy about that! I might still work on the other one from time to time, but I'm happy to be focusing on this one right now. :-) Have a great week, Karyne!

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  13. YA romance is one of my reading weaknesses. :)

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    1. Me too! And this is a retelling of one of my favourite romances, so even better! :-)

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  14. Gonna back up what everyone else has said...switching focus isn't flaky! As long as you're doing it for the right reasons (which it sounds like you are) and not because you're avoiding the SF. It sounds like you know what you're doing and you're feeling super good about it, so that's what counts. Enjoy the swoony romance and good luck this week!

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    1. I've been WiP-hopping a lot lately, so that's where the flakiness comment came from. I think it was a good move, though, so that's good. The shift has been surprisingly smooth too. Have a great week!

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  15. Oh, if only real life would go away, right? Doesn't it know you have writing to do?! Haha, but seriously, switching focus isn't flaky, just smart decision making on your part. You know best what's the right thing to work on and what isn't, and those decisions will give you the best results in the end. Plus, you KNOW I'm all about third person past tense, so I'm cheering for that switch! Have a GREAT writing week (I'm hoping to catch some Twitter writing party time, so hopefully I'll see you there!)

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    1. No. Doubt. I just want to read books and write books. Go away, real life. ;-)
      I feel like I've been jumping back and forth between so many projects lately. Hence the flakiness comment. But if it means productivity and inspiration and motivation, well, I'm all for it. It seems to be working, so yay! And I'm totally loving the third person past thing. Honestly, I don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner to make that shift with this WiP. It really seems to suit it.
      Have an awesome week, Becky! And if you're writing, feel free to ping me on Twitter! :D

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  16. Switching WIPs midway is actually a sign of bravery! We commend you for knowing what you want and sticking with it. Also, retellings are SO much fun. We're excited for you and this project, it's obviously where your heart is right now. Good luck with your goals this week.

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    1. The switch to this WiP was a really good decision in the end, so I'm happy about that. :-) Have a great week, ladies!

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  17. Yes! I am LOVING 3rd past right now, too! I'm super impressed with all the things you're focusing on right now, Jaime. Writing things and life things... You're a rock star, lovely!

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    1. Thank you! ♥ I honestly don't know why I didn't think to switch to 3rd past sooner. It TOTALLY suits this story. So, yeah. Very happy with that change. Have a wonderful week, lady!

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  18. I get the flip flop between books. I did that recently. Sometimes you're not in the mindset to write a certain one. I like your goals for this week. I had to back mine off too. Making them more attainable will help us go farther.

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    1. The weird thing is, I was totally into the SF, but wasn't sure I wanted to put my time into a SF right now. It was a whole lot more involved and would extend past one book and ughhhh. That just felt like something I didn't necessarily want to commit to at this point in time. We'll see, though. The upside is I'm loving this WiP I'm working on right now. Hope you have an awesome week, Mandie!

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  19. Well, you know I love WoN, but I'm really looking forward to reading ONLY ANNIE once you finish your draft. How did I not know you were that far along on it? I'm glad tinkering with the tense seems to be working. Switching something like that can make all the difference in how the story flows (on the page and from your head). Good luck on your goals this week! I know you have a lot of other things going on, so don't stress too much about it! :)

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    1. I'm still feeling the pull of WoN, so it's possible I might still putter away at it. Especially with some of my new ideas for it. But I'm enjoying ONLY ANNIE as well, so I guess the decision to focus more on it was a good one. 3rd past feels like the right move with this one. I just hope I'm doing it justice! That's where your insight will be invaluable. I might have to send you a small segment just so you can give me your opinion on this shift. :D

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  20. I think summer is the best time to write a YA romance. I also like third person POV. I think change is good.

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    1. You know, it really is the perfect time to write this particular story. It has a seaside element to it, so perfect timing! I'm absolutely loving the shift to 3rd past. It's a lot of work making all those changes, but it's helping me to see my story differently, with fresh eyes, so that's wonderful. Have a great week, Kimberly!

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  21. I love YA romance, so I'm in full support of you working on your new project. And I don't think it's flaky to switch to a different story, you can't force a good thing! Good luck this week!

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    1. Me too, Prerna! This time of year especially. :-)
      I was feeling the SF as well, but I wasn't sure I wanted to put that much focus on a SF story right now. This romance felt like the right move for right now, and so far it's working well so I'm happy about that. Have a great week!

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  22. Sometimes it's better just to lay a manuscript aside and breathe. Glad you have something else to dive right into, and that you're loving it! Good luck this week :)

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    1. The weird thing is, I was totally feeling the manuscript, but because it's sci-fi, I didn't know if I wanted to keep spending so much time on it. SF is apparently a hard sell right now, and this one would require at least one sequel, so... I'll still probably putter away at it, but I'd like to focus on this other project that I also love. ♥

      Have a wonderful week, Tonja!

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  23. If you're flaky, I must be, too, because I'm switching up my approach and making goal adjustments this week...as soon as I get my post up. Have fun with the contemp!

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    1. Then we'll be flaky together! ;-) I do this a lot. I write very much according to my mood, and right now I'm in the mood for this YA romance/retelling. It's set on the ocean, so you know... Hope both of our goal adjustments work out well in the end! :D

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  24. Jamie, thanks for stopping by my blog to share some encouragement. I appreciate it. It's comforting to know someone else is tackling a writing goal similar to mine this week, and since you do a daily progress update, I'll be able to use your progress as both a challenge and an inspiration. Hope you don't mind! :)

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    1. Absolutely don't mind! :-) It's great to have that kind of accountability. Hope this week goes a lot better for both of us!

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  25. Nothing wrong with switching stories! Write what's inspiring you :)

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    1. I was totally feeling the SF, but I think it's more logical to focus on this one. And I'm enjoying this one too, so that's a bonus! :D

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  26. "The all-consuming ache of regret." Aahhhh! I LOVE that! Regret is one of the most interesting emotions. Fun to write! Good luck with this week's goals. Looks like you did great last week!

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    1. I think the regret factor is one of the things that makes this story so interesting to write. I'm definitely enjoying it anyway. :-) Have a great week, Kitty!

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  27. Wow, totally switching your WIP focus in one week. That's major stuff. I hope the IRL isn't anything major and I do like the sound of a YA romance. Good luck on your goals this week, Jaime.

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    1. I switched from one WiP to another and so far it's working out well. Fingers crossed for this week! Have a great week, Alicia!

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  28. Switching focus can be difficult but rewarding once you start making lots of progress and I see you've revised for 2 hours today so that's a definite WIN :) I love this sentence. "The all-consuming ache of regret" --> <3 Cheering you on, Jaime and hope all is well!!

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    1. Well, ONLY ANNIE is a summer story, so it feels appropriate to work on right now. Plus, I think it's the right type of project for my attention span this summer too. Have a great week, Elodie!

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  29. I am a firm believer in writing/editing whatever project you're drawn to. There's no use pulling teeth for weeks on end with a project you're not into. So much more productive when you're working on what you love!

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    1. Well, I was totally into the SF that I set aside, but I'm not sure I want to focus my attention on a SF story right now. (For a few reasons.) I'll probably still putter away it, but this one I'm working on right now is a summer story and feels totally appropriate given the season. Have a great week, Carissa!

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  30. Switching focus can be a life-saver, and when it makes the project more enjoyable as well... bonus! I don't know about you, but Life really asks a lot of us during the summer. I mean, isn't this supposed to be relax and read books at the beach time? :-D

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    1. Well, I was enjoying the project I set aside and had great ideas for it, but for a few reasons, I felt like I wanted to put my focus on this other project. It's a summer story, so it's perfect for summer writing. Have a wonderful week, Eden!

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  31. I don't think it's flaky at all to change projects when one isn't speaking to us so that we can feel it. As a matter of fact, I always have several projects going, so that I can move between them as the currents of creativity shift.

    Sounds like a good week, and a fun one, too. Enjoy the romance, and the summer! =)

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  32. Switching projects is tough but totally understandable. I always find that I write easier if I'm working on something that really excites me, rather than something I feel like I 'should' be working on. Good luck with the switch and good luck with your goals this week!

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