July 13, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 6)

Welcome to WEEK 6 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
This week was a struggle, folks. I just couldn't find the motivation to write or much of any interest in my WiP. I only ended up writing two days this week. I did add two (small) new scenes to this WiP, so filling in the gaps is coming along, I guess, but I should have done a lot more. I know that I completely slacked, so I'm hoping that this week I at least try to do better.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

• Work on ONLY ANNIE more this week.

• Continue working on WiP revision plan.

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

Not nearly enough. *sigh*

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
Hot weather, smoky air from forest fires, lack of motivation.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

That I'm still coming up with new ideas to improve upon it.



Before we go any further, we need to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Susan! 
Just send me a DM on Twitter with your address, 
and I'll get your care package sent out to you ASAP!

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Okay, folks. It's time for our second 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 from Elodie:

Contents: Mini Gallery "Believe in yourself"; to-do list paper pad; Twizzlers bites; Ritter Sport
chocolate; Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost notebook; star stickers; and nail files.

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, July 19th @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}

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HOW I DID:
Monday --» Wrote a new scene (731 words) and revised two chapters of ONLY ANNIE.
Tuesday --» Revised three chapters of ONLY ANNIE.
Wednesday --» DAY OFF
Thursday --» Revised the final chapter of ONLY ANNIE. This thing still needs TONS of work.
Friday --» Jotted down revision notes for my next run-through of ONLY ANNIE. Yikes.
Saturday --»
Sunday --»




Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!




50 comments:

  1. Motivation is such a slippery little sucker! During weeks like that it is a HUGE victory to sit down to write at all, so I think two days is awesome. Every word counts. Don't be too hard on yourself and I hope the forest fires are out (or at least not too close). Have a great week :)

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    1. You're so right about how sitting down to write at all feels like a huge victory. Yep. That about sums it up. I think this week is supposed to be cool and rainy, so it's PERFECT writing weather. Woohoo! Have a great week, Carrie! :D

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  2. Ugh... Bummer about the lack of motivation, Jaime. I have had a few weeks like that this summer, too. It's discouraging when you know exactly what you should be doing, but completely lack the will to do it. Hope this week is better. I'm totally rooting for you to meet those goals. Maybe you need a change of scenery? Coffee shop or library? Sometimes that helps me because I don't want the strangers around me to see me slacking. Silly, but effective. :-) Have an awesome week, lady!

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    1. To be honest, I felt like reading SO much more than I felt like writing this week. I go in cycles like that. What I need to be doing is using reading as incentive to write. This week is supposed to be cooler and kind of rainy, which feels like ideal writing weather, so I'm actually pretty excited about that. Mostly I just need to stop being lazy and making excuses. This always seems to happen around this point in the summer. Now to change that! Have a great week, Katy! :D

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  3. We all get into those writing funks. At least you still have ideas for it and are still pursuing it. I wish we could transfer some of the Indiana rain down to you. We had floods! Best of luck for next week!

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    1. This week is supposed to be cooler and kind of rainy, so that's perfect! It's already like that today, and I feel more motivated already. :-) Here's hoping I can make a serious dent in this WiP! Have a great week, Anna!

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  4. I was right there with you on the lack of motivation last week! I hope this week is better. And I'm so excited about winning the care package. I just DM'd you. Thank you (and all of the hosts!) for being so awesome and putting this whole thing together. <3

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    1. I honestly don't know how I filled my time this past week. Reading, maybe? It's cooler and rainier today and is supposed to be like this all week, so that feels like ideal writing weather to me. At any rate, it should do wonders for my motivation! As for the care package, I'll have it sent off to you this week sometime. Congrats again! :D

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  5. Yep, yep. It seems like motivation is really hard to come by this summer. I hope it picks up for you this week!

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    1. It really is. A change in weather to cooler and rainier this week will definitely with that whole motivation struggle. It's a lot more ideal writing weather, in my opinion. :-) Have a great week, Courtney!

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  6. Lack of motivation seems to be a popular problem this summer. I'd send some of my rain and floods if I could! Good luck this next week. . .and stay away from that smoke. :)

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    1. I think heat just has a way of sapping energy and desire to do anything productive. That's been my experience, anyway. This week is already cooler and rainier, so I expect my motivation should be much better. Have a great week, Tonja! :D

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  7. Jumping on the lack-of-motivation train along with everyone else this week! It was rough for me too. Here's hoping the next week will be better for all of us.

    Happy writing, Jaime! You can do it! *pompoms*

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    1. Motivation is always a struggle for me in the summer, mainly because of the heat, so I'm pretty happy that this week is cooler and rainier. It does wonders for my motivation! Have a wonderful week, Kaitlin! :D

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  8. Nice work on getting some writing done despite the motivation issues. Curious, what do you think is contributing? Are you excited about your writing project, or are you facing that tough middle of the novel where it's just hard to keep going?

    Apparently the smoke from the Canadian forest fires drifted all the way into Chicago area. My husband was up late and smelled smoke in the house and freaked out. He opened the sliding door and smelled it pretty strong but couldn't see anything. He went online and found out winds had swept it down here. Crazy! Something similar happened years ago where this red dirt from Mexico got swept up in a high, fast traveling current, and then dumped on Chicago. My car had a reddish brown film over it. So weird.

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    1. I think the main reason for the lack of motivation was the heat and smoke we had all week. But I'm also struggling with how to tackle these revisions. Because this story is a retelling, I'm finding it challenging to decide on how close to stick to the original and how much I can/should alter it. It also feels like there are gaping holes in my first draft and things that desperately need changing. It doesn't help that I don't necessarily know how to change them. More brainstorming is in order, I guess.

      I'm not surprised that the smoke reached you down in Chicago. At least three of our provinces are on fire. In Alberta alone, we have 100+ forest fires blazing up north, and to my knowledge Saskatchewan has been harder hit. That's a whole lot of fire and smoke! Still, pretty crazy that it would blow down to you guys. I sure hope they get a handle on it soon, because ughhhh. It's gross for us, but devastating for the communities directly at risk from the fires.

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  9. That's how I started off my post today -- lack of motivation. It's summer. Summer is too hard a time to work on anything other than a tan. Also, kids are home way too much in the summer.

    Congrats to Susan! What a fun treat!

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    1. The heat and the smoke was a motivation killer for sure. This week is already cooler and rainier, and I expect that will do wonders for the whole motivation thing. I'm actually excited about cooler/wetter weather. Ha! Anyway, hope this is a *much* better week! Have a great week, Kimberly! :D

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  10. So sorry about the forest fires! And I'm sorry it's been a tough week for you...but congrats on filling in some of the gaps. if you need any writing buddy, don't hesitate to ping me <3

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    1. It's cooler and rainier today, so that's really helping with the smoke issue. I'm hoping it will help with the motivation issue as well. Too much heat just saps my energy and desire to do much of anything. Hopefully this week will be better! Have a great week, Elodie!

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  11. I was exactly like you this week- two productive days but that was it. O.O
    It's great that you keep getting ideas for the WIP, keep it up! Hopefully we'll both have better weeks!

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    1. I started the week off all right, but it spiraled downward from there. The heat and the smoke certainly didn't help my motivation. But this week is starting off much, much better, so I'm optimistic that it'll be a productive week all around. Here's hoping! :D

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  12. The heat slows me down too. I'm hoping this week goes much better for you, Jaime. Does setting little goals help? Like, "I'm just going to edit this one scene," "I'm just going to tweak this one chapter"?

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    1. Well, what I didn't accomplish in writing, I did in reading. I spent a fair amount of the time that I should have been using for writing on reading instead. Eh. I guess it happens. Small goals do help, but I'm kind of at a weird point in this revision, so sometimes I'm not even sure where to start. This week is starting off much better, though, so I'm happy about that. :-)

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  13. There's something about heat that just drains motivation... so I think anything you've got done in the face of that and the smell from forest fires is pretty good, to be honest. Any gap you fill in to your story is important, after all--and that you're still working on improving it, even when baking hot, is great! *whips out the pompoms* Good luck with this week, I hope the weather cools off a bit for you.

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    1. The heat totally saps my motivation. That and the fact that I was kind of stumped when it came to my WiP. I think I've got some things figured out now, so it should be smoother sailing ahead. I hope. Have a great week! :D

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  14. You've got so much on your plate right now, so toss in the heat (and all that stupid smoke from the forest fires) and I can totally understand why you're struggling with motivation. It's great that you filled in some gaps with a couple new scenes though. That's progress! I'm just fiddling with reconnecting scenes that I scrambled around, so you probably did better than I did this week. Hope the weather cools down, that the air clears up, and that a load of inspiration lands right on you this week!

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    1. All of the time that I'm spending on things that aren't job-hunting makes me feel guilty. (Even though I'm not finding much in the way of jobs anyway.) It's hard to feel motivated/inspired to write when that guilt is hanging over my head. Add to that the heat, smoky air, feeling stumped at the point that I'm at in my WiP... Not a recipe for success. BUT this week is going much better already, so I'm already feeling better about the outlook. Have a great week! :D

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  15. Sorry to hear this week's been a struggle! Motivation can be difficult in the heat, and it sounds like things were pretty intense where you were. Hope next week is better! :)

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    1. I didn't write much, but I did read a fair amount, so the week wasn't a total bust. I think I was stumped on my WiP and the heat/smoke combo just added to the frustration and lack of motivation. But this week is starting out much better and I'm making progress on my WiP, so I'm feeling optimistic! Have a great week, Emma!

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  16. Even if you're not being as productive as you'd prefer, at least you're writing something. Writing a little is better than writing nothing. Some books just come together more slowly than others.

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    1. You're right, Carrie-Anne, and I need to remind myself of that more often. I had hit a bit of a snag with my story, but today has already been much better. Hope this is a better week. Have a great week!

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  17. We all have those weeks. Sometimes you need a break. You still got stuff done and that's awesome!

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    1. We definitely do. This week is starting out much better, so I'm hoping the crummy week is in the rear view mirror. Have a great week, Prerna!

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  18. Sometimes you just need a break and it's really hard to write when it is so nice outside, plus you had all the smoke and everything, which must have been awful. I hope it's blowing over now and you get some rain this week.

    Good luck with you're goals this week and I'm glad you still like your WIP and are coming up with ideas to make it stronger. Have a great week.

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    1. A bunch of things are better already this week--it rained and was cooler this morning, I got some writing done--so I'm optimistic about how things will go. Have a great week, Alexa!

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  19. Looks like today is already going MUCH better than last week. Sending lots of positive vibes and productivity your way this week :)

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    1. It's definitely going much better! We woke up to rain and slightly cooler temperatures, which was so nice! I think that got me motivated to get some work done, and I feel proud of what I've accomplished today. And not just on the writing front! Have a wonderful week, Liz!

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  20. I would think that the smoky air would be a major downer - there is something quite literally "hanging over your head!" Combined with the beastly hot ... yep, you earned a slow week. And, even so, you still got some things accomplished! Good luck this week!

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    1. The smoky air was mostly a downer because the house was SO hot and we couldn't open the windows to cool it down. #wompwomp I suppose we should be happy that we're not living closer to the fire zones with our house at risk, right? Today is already cooler and less smoky, so that's awesome. And my productivity is better too! Have a great week, Kitty!

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  21. I felt similar this past week. I hope the fires die down and that you find your motivation this week. Good luck on your goals!

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    1. It was a crummy week writing-wise, but I did get a fair amount of reading done, so it wasn't a total bust. ;-) This week is starting off so much better. We woke up to rain and slightly cooler temperatures (and no smoke), and I managed to squeeze in some writing! I hope this is how the whole week goes. Have a great week, Crystal!

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  22. Seems a week of low motivation for us both. Good luck finding a groove this week! Still a long way to go!!

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    1. Definitely a low motivation week, and for so many of us, I think. I'm already doing better this week, so here's hoping it continues! Have a great week, Mandie! :D

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  23. Hang in there, Jaime. Motivation during the summer is hard. And yikes, forest fires!? I think that is a huge distraction. Even if only the smell. Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. And you're so right about summer and motivation. The heat just saps my energy and motivation. As for the forest fires, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan all have over 100+ forest fires raging right now. It's not doing great things for the air quality. 0_o Thankfully, we got rain last night, so that cleared the air somewhat. Honestly, between the rain and the slightly cooler temps today, it did wonders for my productivity. I've already started the week off well! Have a wonderful week, lady! :D

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  24. You can do it. Sometimes you just hit a slump and you need some you time before you can write more. Good luck this week!

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  25. Lack of motivation is the WORST. And there is so much to distract us...I'd like to see Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and the rest dealing with tumblr and twitter and youtube and google wormholes! Let's see how many classics they could write then. Really, it's a miracle that we get anything done, so I think all writers working today deserve medals just for opening the document. It's a start, right?! I see you've already started out well this week, so here's hoping it continues for you!

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  26. I hate those weeks where I'm just not feeling it, as I tend to beat up on myself pretty good. But sometimes you just need to cut yourself a break and wait for the muse. Good luck this week!

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  27. Some weeks are like this, Jaime. We fall down on our goals.

    But... we get right back up again and try again. Eventually we get there and then we set a new greater goal. Keep your eyes on the great heights.

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