July 6, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 5)

Welcome to WEEK 5 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
Not all that great, to be honest. I only wrote three out of seven days this week. I had planned on five. There were a number of things that kept me from writing, some legit, some not so legit. I would be more disappointed in myself if there weren't bigger things on my plate right now. Writing is a priority in my life, but it's not my biggest priority right now. C'est la vie.


2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

• come up with a modified revision plan for ONLY ANNIE

• work on ONLY ANNIE revisions at least four days this week

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

Revision roadblocks that required further attention/planning.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
Stress. This bumped writing way down on my list of priorities.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

Regret factors pretty heavily into this story. This is something I can relate to way more than I would prefer. It's nice to see things work out for my characters in the end, and that all of this regret can be mostly swept away with a happy ending.


Okay, folks. It's time for our first Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 giveaway! This is our way of saying thanks to all of you for taking part, for setting goals and encouraging other participants along the way. Because that's a big part of what RSW is all about!

For each week of participation, you get one entry into the giveaway. (We will be verifying this when selecting a winner.)

Here's what participants can win this week:

Contents: Every Summer Has A Story coil journal; to-do checklist pad of paper; heart Post-its;
Fineline markers (fine tip); pencil case with flip flop pattern; mini binder clips in fun colours; two
rolls of washi tape; Revlon sparkly nail file; Haute in the Heat Essie nail polish; EOS sweet mint
lip balm; Maynards wine gums; Smarties; and Cadbury Dairy Milk cookie crunch bar.

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, July 12th @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}

a Rafflecopter giveaway


HOW I DID:
Monday --» I didn't write or revise.
Tuesday --» Worked on revision plan. Added a new scene to WiP. (939 words)
Wednesday --» I didn't write or revise.
Thursday --» Worked on revision and revision plan. Added brief new scene. (575 words)
Friday --»
Saturday --»
Sunday --» 



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


63 comments:

  1. Hugs! I hope the stress is banished soon because it is no good to anyone! Good luck this week! Also this is a pretty awesome giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Eve. Me too! Hope you have a great week!

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  2. Sorry to hear that stress is what's taking away from writing! Sometimes other things in life do have to take precedence to this though. Hope things let up a bit for you this week! *hugs*

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    1. Thanks, Alice. More than anything, I hope I find a way to manage the stress because it won't be going away for a bit. Thanks for the hugs. I'll take them!

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  3. So sorry about stress piling up on you, Jaime! If there's anything I can do to help you somehow, don't hesitate to let me know...And you're right that sometimes other things come up and take priority and I hope that writing helps you alleviate a bit the stress, you know as an outlet. Big hugs.

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    1. Thanks, Elodie. I really should be using writing as an outlet for my stress, or at the very least, as a distraction. I'll try to keep that in mind this week. Thanks for the hugs! ♥

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  4. I hear you about the stress. It is so hard because then not writing adds more stress...and it turns into an epic stress cycle :( You are smart to prioritize and I think it's awesome you got three days in! (I totally bagged writing for an entire week and ate cookies and watched hot cowboys.) Hope it gets better this week :)

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    1. You're exactly right about heaping stress on stress by not writing and feeling guilty about it. Bingo. And I totally watched hot cowboys this week too, as I mentioned on your blog. Great minds... ;-) What I need to do is consider writing an outlet for stress. Or a distraction. Bearing that in mind this week. Have a great week, Carrie!

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  5. I think three days is really good, considering all the other stresses in your life. I hope this week is a lot better and more peaceful for you. At least loving your WIP gives you something to look forward to when you've got the opportunity to work on it some more. Good luck with this week!

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    1. You know, I'm surprised I even got three days in, so I should hang onto that. You're right about loving my WiP and wanting to return to it when not bogged down by all of this other stuff. Have a great week!

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  6. I'm so sorry you had a not so great writing week and that there's so much stress! I hope you have a much better week, Jaime! PS - my MCs have some major regret issues too. Something I think a lot of us can relate to. And yes - it IS nice for them to get a happy ending!

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    1. Thanks, Alison. I need to get better at taking that stress and using writing as a means to alleviate it. I mean, it could be a good distraction, I suppose. Hoping this week goes much, much better. Have a great week!

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  7. That care package -- so gorgeous!

    So sorry you've been feeling stressed, Jaime. I can relate (like everyone) and I hope you're able to find some resolution or peace soon. Feel free to email if you ever need to vent. And you know where to find me if you're wanting an accounta-buddy. Thinking of you, and sending you lots of good writing mojo!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! For everything you mentioned in your comment. It's nice to have people to talk to. :-) I'll pop onto Twitter this week and see if you're writing. And I'll take that good writing mojo!

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  8. Three days is great! We can't control life and often have to weave our writing around everything else (even if it means we don't get any writing done). Plus, it's exactly life which we need so we can write later.

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    1. Thanks, Tonja. I need to find a way to take this stress and use it as motivation or inspiration to write. I suppose writing can also be a great distraction from the stress. Hope this week goes much better!

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  9. I didn't do that great last week either, Jaime. I'm going into this week fully prepared, though. If you're still having a hard time mid-week, email/tweet me and we can check in on each other. :)

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! It's nice to have that kind of accountability. :-) I hope this week is much more productive for both of us!

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  10. I hope the stress in your life calms down soon, Jaime! When I have other things I'm worried about, writing definitely takes a backseat. But you still did great with your goals and got some writing in this week. <3 Also, I see you're reading HEIR OF FIRE! *squeals and flails* There's a big Throne of Glass reread starting today, so I'll be rereading THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE after work...I just cannot get enough of Miss Celaena!

    And what a beautiful giveaway pack! Thanks for hosting all this. <3 Have a great week!!!

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! Sometimes pushing writing to the backseat is all we can do, right? I need to find a way to take the stress and use it as motivation/inspiration to write. Now that would be useful.

      I'm about 300 pages into HEIR OF FIRE and enjoying it. I was worried at first because I was having a hard time remembering things from CoM and just getting into the book in general. Then you factor in the sheer size of the book... I'm just really happy I finally got sucked in. And the best part is that I don't have too, too long to wait for Book 4 now. Phew. Here's hoping I remember everything from this one. Have a great week!

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  11. Stress sucks, I hope this week is better! And I love the care packages you all put together. Always so colorful and fun!

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    1. Thanks, Leandra. I need to find a way to re-purpose the stress. To use it for motivation or inspiration or whatever. Or hey, even distraction! We'll see how that goes this week. Have a great week!

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  12. I hope the stress calms down soon! It's tough when life gets in the way, but any forward progress counts. :)

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    1. Thanks, Emma. I just have to keep reminding myself that forward progress counts. I did get in three days of writing last week, so that's not terrible, right? Have a great week!

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  13. I'm sorry you're feeling stressed! I'm right there with you with not meeting my writing goals this week. But I think in times of stress, it's totally okay to take a break! Hope this week goes easier on you :).

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I think there was a lot going on this week that got in the way of writing in addition to the stress. It was a holiday week for us as well north of the border. I'm hoping I can tackle my goals with more success this week. Have a great week!

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  14. I hope whatever is placing that extra stress is alleviated some this week. You're doing great on your goals! Regret can be a really hard emotion to face down, glad you are writing about it and I hope it helps you to overcome any lingering feelings you may still have.

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah. Me too! And if the stress doesn't let up, maybe I can find a way to make it work for me instead of against me. Use it for motivation/inspiration for writing or something. At any rate, writing could be a good distraction from the stress, I suppose. Is it weird that I'm actually enjoying writing about regret? I hope not, because I really am. I think it's such a great emotion to write. Have a great week!

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  15. Sorry to hear you've been struggling so much with your writing life. Hopefully the situation will clear up, and you'll eventually get back to to pace and motivation you want.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne. I just need to get better at managing my stress. Hope this week is better!

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  16. That care package looks amazing. Two words: Dairy Milk. I hope your week goes better. Stress sucks.

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly! I've been eyeing the Dairy Milk wanting one for myself. ;-) Have a great week!

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  17. Can relate to being stressed and how it affects our writing mood. Some writing is better than no writing.

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    1. True. I need to remember that the week wasn't a total bust on the writing front. Here's to a better one!

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  18. I've been in those revision setback funks on and off for months. I feel ya.

    That care package looks adorable. I'm still benefitting from a previous package so I'm going to skip out on the drawing. I cannot underestimate how much I am delighted by new pens and post its.

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    1. Definitely feel free to enter, Stephanie! It doesn't matter that you won last year. :-)

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  19. I can relate to how much the stress sucks when you are trying to write. :( I hope that things get better.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa Ann. I'm hoping this week will be better. :-)

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  20. Blah. I've been hitting major revision roadblocks too lately, so I hear you on that. Sure I've been meeting my time goals, but much of that has been spent staring at the screen or letting the same plot issues run in circles through my brain over and over. I think this summer is transitional for both of us, and that makes it so hard to focus or be creative in any way. I really, really wish there was less stress for you right now. Wish I could fix that. We need to have a fun Skype session some time soon just to blow off steam. Hang in there! :)

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    1. Because I wrote this WiP out of order, there are gaps that never quite got filled in. Plus, there are things that really need to change because they're sort of lame/crappy. And on top of that, I thought of some plot-related things that will make the story better, but still have to figure out how to work them in. So yeah. This revision is turning into a draft/revision all of a sudden. I kind of expected it might, but I didn't know to what extent. :-/

      Thanks for listening to my stress-related babbling. We should definitely Skype again soon, though I hope I'm not too much of a Debbie Downer. I'm kind of preoccupied lately...

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  21. Real life tends to get in the way, sometimes when we least expect it! I had some busy days where I did no writing whatsoever, but that's okay. Life is important too.
    I can definitely relate to regret- that's one of the things that really spoke to me from the story and why I wanted to do my own version. :D

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    1. Honestly, PERSUASION feels like the most real book of all of Austen's, don't you think? There's just so much feeling in it that I don't get from the others. That's not to say that I don't love her other books as well, but this one... It just get me right in the gut. So good!

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  22. I'm sorry you're so stressed out, but there's no rush on this WIP. You'll get it done, but you should take the time you need to get Real Life stuff done and destress.

    As for regrets—I can relate. I think it's great you're using something that hits so close to home for the story. I think this is exactly what the experts mean when they say "write what you know."

    Good luck meeting this week's goals! If you ever want an accountability partner during evening writing sessions, let me know!

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    1. Of all the emotions to explore, regret is the one I can really get into. Not sure what that says about me... I'm just happy that this is a WiP I want to return to even when I haven't been working on it for a while. So even if I have to take some time to destress or whatever, I know it'll be easy enough to get back into the groove on this one.

      Have a great week, Tracey!

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  23. Sorry you've been stressed, but I'm glad you have your priorities in order. I absolutely love stories about regret--maybe that's why PERSUASION is my favorite Austen? I was trying to explain it to a young niece last week and I was like, you know what? You are too young to have regret, you should stick with Austen's earlier stuff for now, lol. Good luck meeting your goals this week. Be kind to yourself! :)

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! And surprise, this YA WiP is a retelling of PERSUASION! It's my favourite Austen as well because it feels the most real, the most heartbreaking. I think it's telling that it was the last novel Austen wrote before she died. Makes me wonder if there was a lot more of her own experience in it and that's why it feels so real. Love it. :-)

      Have a great week!

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  24. Sorry you're stressed Jamie, I can relate, especially to the guilt! I suffer so badly with guilt over just about everything. Good Luck with your goals this week and I think your story sounds great!

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    1. Yes, I think the guilt is one of the worst parts of the stress. If I felt like I could just shove certain things aside temporarily without the guilt, that would help somewhat. I need to remind myself that it's okay to prioritize. Have a great week, Alexa!

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  25. Aw, I'm sorry you had such a stressful week and didn't get as much done as you wanted! On the bright side, at least you did make some headway! Better luck this week. I'm sending you good vibes. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kitty. This week isn't starting off much better than last, but I'm hoping it can redeem itself by the end. Going to make a concerted effort to meet my goals this week, if for no other reason than as distraction from the stress. We'll see how it goes. Have a wonderful week!

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  26. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about life stuff impacting writing. I've been there and it totally stinks. Even with the stress, you did manage to get some stuff done. Just focus on that and hang in there!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. That's the takeaway here: I did get some writing done, so that's progress, and progress is good. I need to not feel guilty for prioritizing my life. Easier said than done, I guess.

      Have a great week!

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  27. Stress can be such an energy suck. Hate it. Hope you have a more productive week this week!

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    1. It really can be. And a motivation suck. Thanks for the encouragement, Prerna. Have a great week!

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  28. Everything you say... this has seriously been me for the past two weeks. As Carrie mentioned above, not writing can add even more stress and guilt. It's a vicious cycle! I just want to echo everyone and say I hope the stress is alleviated soon, but even if it's not, it is 100% okay to bump writing down on the priority list AND to bump it down without feeling guilty about the bumping. We're all here to support you in whatever you need!! Good luck this week! <3

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    1. It's totally a vicious cycle! I think I need to finally realize that there's no guilt in prioritizing. We're only human and can't do all the things all the time. Thank you for the encouragement and support, Courtney. I really appreciate it! Have a great week!

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  29. Stress is 100% the worst. Hoping for a better week for you--and thanks for your thoughts and encouragement about my grandma. It's amazing how much things like that help.

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    1. It really is. And then you heap guilt on top of stress and it's a big ol' party, isn't it. Bleh. Hate it. I hope this is a better week for both of us. Like I said in my comment on your post, I'm thinking of you and your family this week. Wishing you lots of happy memories and healing. ♥

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  30. GIANT SIZE HUGS AND ALL THE SUN SHINE I CAN SEND TO YOU! Hope things get less stressful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And now I have the Bewitched song C'est la vie in my head. :D

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    1. Thank you so much, Mandie. I'll take the hugs and sunshine! ♥
      Have a wonderful week!

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  31. Hope everything's okay! You know where I am if it isn't (or even if it is!) Stress is no bueno and I think you're smart to take a step back from the writing to deal. You come first. :)

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    1. Thanks, Becky! It's nice knowing there are people who care and that I can talk to when things are poopy like this. Today, I turned my stress into productivity and actually got some writing done. Now if I can only do that all week. ;-)

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  32. As you say "It's the life", and I hope you find more ways to sneak pieces of writing into your life daily, even if you don't always have time to do a full session of writing. A few words here, a few sentences there... they add up. And sometimes they can be the catharsis you need when everything else in life is overwhelming you.

    May you find more balance and ease with meeting your goals next week, Jaime.

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