July 20, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 7)

Welcome to WEEK 7 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.” 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 better than last, so yay! I managed to work on ONLY ANNIE four days this week, which is double what I did last week. I got through the end of this revision, which was mainly a read-through with some changes made, some words added. Now the hard work starts. I jotted down a list of revision notes, so I know what to tackle on my next revision round.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• Work on plot arc diagram for ONLY ANNIE.

• Tackle one main plot thread and see it through.

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
To sum up how I'm feeling about these revisions: "I am half agony, half hope."* Hardy har. Fitting. ;-)
* The quote is from Jane Austen's PERSUASION.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
The usual: motivation issues, the urge to read instead of write.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

That it's actually not in terrible shape, all things considered.



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

Woohoo! Congrats, Liz! 
Elodie will be contacting your for your mailing info, 
and will get your care package sent out to you ASAP!



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Reread the first few chapters. Added in some extra lines I'd written (with a focus on prose).
Tuesday --» DAY OFF
Wednesday --» Worked on ONLY ANNIE revision plan for an hour.
Thursday --»
Friday --»
Saturday --»
Sunday --»





Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


51 comments:

  1. Haha "half agony, half hope" pretty much sums up most of my writing experience :) Congrats on getting to the end of your revision round!! That is a wonderful feeling. Glad you had a better week and hope this one is productive as well!

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    1. It's my favourite Jane Austen quote, and it's fitting because it comes from PERSUASION and my WiP is a retelling of that very same novel. :-) Have a great week, Carrie!

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  2. Congratulations on doing better this week! It sounds like you've got a definite plan of attack now, so good luck with this week! I hope the hope outweighs the agony soon. ;)

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    1. Thanks! I'm already struggling with motivation, but I'm just going to have to power through. Have a great week!

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  3. I'm so happy to hear you made progress this week! Revisions are so tough when you get to that point. Keep slugging through, you'll be at the finish line before you know it.

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! I feel like I'm getting so close, but in reality there is still much to be fixed with this WiP. Ah well. Onward and upward, right? Have a great week!

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  4. Love the "half agony, half hope." I think you just summed up every time I read a first draft to gear up for revisions. Also, I'm so glad that you did better this week. And good luck this week!

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    1. It's a line from Jane Austen's PERSUASION, and it's totally fitting because this WiP is a retelling of that novel. :-) It very accurately expresses how I feel about this revision. LOL Have a great week, Alicia!

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  5. SO glad you finished a round of revisions! Congratulations! And I hear you on the urge to read over writing. We have mandatory summer reading time in our house (one I try to enforce five days a week - not always successful *sigh*) and so I try to use that time to read and use my mornings for writing. Doesn't always happen, but a great theory in thought!

    Hope you have another great week, Jaime! Good luck with the revision list! You can do it!

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    1. Well, it was certainly tedious switching the tense and the POV, but it was worth it in the end. This revision will be more about content and characters and plot. Hard work, this revision business, isn't it? I'm trying to fight the urge to go and read SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA. Real talk: as soon as I'm done responding to comments, I'm totally caving to the urge. ;-) #badJaime Have a wonderful week, Alison!

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  6. Hey it's always good to be increasing! Always go up! Good luck this week, you got this.

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    1. I agree about the increasing thing! We seem to be on the same page there this week. :-) Have a great week, Eve!

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  7. I'm so glad this week went better, Jaime :) Plus, you seem to have an action plan for your next round of revision :) You can do it :) I love the line you shared, it's definitely so true about writing/revising too!

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    1. There is still so much work to do on this thing, but I think it's manageable now. I hope so, anyway! The line I shared is from Jane Austen's PERSUASION, which is what ONLY ANNIE is a retelling of. It felt perfectly fitting to how I feel about this revision. Have a great week, Elodie!

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  8. Yay Jaime a great week, congratulations! I think "half agony, half hope" should be the writer's motto - so true!
    Good luck with your goals and have a super week.

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    1. Thanks, Alexa! It was much better than last week, that's for sure. That happens though. :-) I agree with making "half agony, half hope" the writer's motto. Jane Austen really knew her stuff when she penned that. ;-) Have an awesome week!

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  9. I'm excited that you found a groove this last week, Jaime! And yeah, realizing things aren't as dire as you thought as far as your project goes is a pretty excellent feeling. I know I've said this before but, dude, send me this MS when it's ready for readers! Hope you have a wonderful week, lady!

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    1. I think the tense/POV was the biggest issue, and now that that's fixed, it's SO much better. Still needs plot and character work, but I feel like some of the super tedious stuff is out of the way now. I'll definitely send it your way when it's ready for eyes on it! Thanks again! :D

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  10. I think that accurately sums up revisions. :P Great job with your goals! It sounds like you have a plan, so hopefully you'll be able to tackle those revisions this week! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jane Austen. :-) I feel like we should make writer shirts with that emblazoned on them. Ha! I feel much better going into further revisions now, so that's a plus. Have a great week, Emma!

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  11. Congratulations on feeling successful about this week; you accomplished a lot. I think your feeling about the revision process is absolutely accurate, and I like that quote.

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    1. The quote is from Jane Austen's PERSUASION, which is actually what my WiP is a retelling of. That line felt so appropriate to how I'm feeling about revisions. LOL Have a wonderful week, Bailey!

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  12. Lol! Revisions are agonizing, but the MS comes out so much better when they're done! Good luck :)

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    1. It really does! I feel like I've finally gotten a handle on this revision, so hopefully it's smoother sailing ahead. Have a great week, Tonja!

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  13. "I am half agony, half hope." I love that line so much. And you're right- it totally describes like every writing project I've had- ever. ;)
    Great job on your revisions and have a great week!

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    1. Isn't it the best? Isn't Captain Wentworth the best? *sigh* I just watched the movie again the other day for, like, the fifty millionth time in the past five years. LOL I think we should get writer shirts with "Revisions: Half Agony, Half Hope" emblazoned on them. Have a wonderful week, Melanie!

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  14. Woo woo! Any revision victory is a victory worth celebrating! And as everyone has mentioned, the "half agony, half hope" quote is too perfect! (Plus, PERSUASION is my fave Austen novel.) Good luck this week as you got through and start polishing up those threads. You got this!!

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    1. I agree! It feels great to tackle one major thing and move on to the next. Especially when you have a bit of a plan in place. This WiP is actually a YA retelling of PERSUASION. It's my fave Austen novel as well! So much feeling in it. :-) Have a wonderful week, Courtney!

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  15. I also wanted to read instead write this week. Facing all my hard edits. I love that Persuasion quote. How true it is!

    I like your idea to tackle one plot thread and focus on that. Good plan. :)

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    1. I just have soooo many good books to read right now! And a complete lack of focus on anything else. ;-) I've always loved that PERSUASION quote as well. It felt particularly fitting since this WiP is a PERSUASION retelling. When I'm revising, I often find myself jumping all over the place fixing things here and there instead of tackling things in any kind of logical order. I think following a certain thread and seeing it through should help that. Hope so, anyway! Have a great week, Stephanie!

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  16. Fantastic line! :) Have a great week.

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    1. It's from Jane Austen's PERSUASION. :-)
      Have a great week, Melissa Ann!

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  17. That is my favorite Austen quote! <3 Good luck on plotting and finding your motivation this week! :)

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    1. Mine too! It was especially fitting this week because my WiP is a PERSUASION retelling. :-)
      Have a great week, Crystal!

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  18. I'm so glad you had a better week! Sometimes a read through is just what's in order to get some direction. I find I need to stop and do that from time to time so I can wrap my head around the whole project again, and that usually brings some clarity. It's great that you tweaked some things and made a lot of notes for the next round of revisions. That Persuasion quote is pretty much perfect for describing the writing process. I'm feeling exactly like that these days. Good luck with your Plot Arc Diagram for ONLY ANNIE! Let me know if you need to me to look anything over for you!

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    1. Last week was better but already I can tell this week is going to be a struggle. I just want to read dammit! ;-) I guess this revision was kind of an unofficial read through. I had to change the tense and the POV, so that meant combing through the whole thing. I feel like I have a better sense of what needs to be fixed though, so that's a plus. I figure if I do a plot arc diagram for the NOW moments in the story, that should help me get a sense if it flows properly. I mean, it's a retelling, so it should. I might have to send some stuff your way. :-)

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  19. Any quote by Jane Austen is a good one! :) Particularly fitting in regards to writing, too! Good luck on the hard edits this week :)

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    1. I agree! That one is my favourite, though. :-) And so fitting because this WiP is actually a PERSUASION retelling. Have a great week, Jessica!

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  20. Yay for a more productive week!!!! I get the urge to read more than write. I have some good books lined up and it's hard to set them down. And yes, any JA quote is a good choice. Love it.
    Good luck this week!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mandie! I can already tell this week is going to be more of a struggle, but I feel a bit better prepared for it now. I, too, have some great books lined up right now. Too tempting! Have a wonderful week! :D

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  21. Congratulations on doing so well on your goals! Sometimes we do better than expected when we haven't set the bar unrealistically high or tried to force ourselves to write exactly a certain number of hours or words in a set time.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne! Usually setting specific goals works better for me, but this week I just seemed to be motivated to work no matter how vague my goals were. Either way, I'm happy I got some writing in! Have a great week!

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  22. I was going to say there must be something in the air - we both had a much better week than last week! But, in your case, maybe it's something that's not in the air. :) Hoping the wildfires have died down near you! I'm glad you had such a productive week. That "Half agony, half hope" quote is so appropriate! Have a great week!

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    1. I'm not sure what the forest fire situation is, but it's definitely not smoky down here now, so thank goodness for that! Yay for a productive week for both of us! Honestly, I think it had a lot to do with some cooler/rainier days this past week. It's making me so eager for fall! Though, that just puts us closer to winter, which...ugh. No thanks. :-/ I'm thinking we should take that Jane Austen quote and slap it on a t-shirt in reference to revisions. Yep. Have a great week, Kitty!

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  23. Awesome work this week. I can totally agree on the urge to read instead of write. Good luck on goals this week!

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    1. Thanks, Martha! What I should be doing is using reading as a reward for getting some writing done. That would be the smart thing to do! ;-) Might have to try that this week. Have a great week!

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  24. Congrats on finishing your first round of revisions, Jaime! Sounds like you had a successful week. I'd love to hear about your plot arc diagram, too...I'm realizing my WiP is going to need some major plot restructuring after I finish drafting. The curse of the character-driven writer! ;)

    Oh, and I'm totally with you about the drive to read rather than write this week. Can't seem to catch up on my GoodReads challenge! Have a great week, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! These next revisions seem a whole lot more manageable now that I've changed the tense/POV throughout the entire MS and have gotten the lay of the land, so to speak. Hope my revision notes make things go smoothly! As for plot arc diagrams, I've found that this blog series by Daisy Carter was pretty helpful. (http://www.daisycarter.com/2013/02/writing-101-act-i.html) It's what I use now, but I set it up in a table on Word and just dump in the headings on one side and the corresponding story stuff on the other.

      I've been 2-3 books behind on my Goodreads Challenge for months now, and I just keep trying to get caught up. I'm only 1 book behind after this past week, so it could happen! Have a wonderful week, Kaitlin!

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  25. Half agony, half hope. Yep. Seems pretty -- okay, painfully! -- accurate. But better half agony than full-on agony, right? It seems like revising is going well for you at the moment, anyway, so I hope it continues and the agony doesn't take over!

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    1. I feel like that fraction (1/2 agony, 1/2 hope) is probably closer to 3/4 agony, 1/4 hope...ha! This week has been more of a struggle on the revisions front, but I'm still chugging along, slowly but surely. I'm hoping this thing might be presentable by the end of the summer. We'll see how that goes... Have a great week, Becky! :D

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  26. Hi, Jaime!

    I usually give that urge to red complete freedom to take me over. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but, for me, there's a huge payoff - I soak up the writing, the storytelling, the feel and the flow....

    While it might seem like it's wasting time, it's actually vital to my process. I glean so much from that reading time, and it clears my head, so that when I come back to my own story, it's with fresher, wiser eyes...

    That being said, I may just be the slowest reviser in the history of the universe! I figure it's that I've had so much less practice at doing it than I have writing, or even plotting....and,as for a cohesive system - I have even less experience there!

    You'll see what I'm talking about in August, when I shift from drafting, to revisions...

    Seems like you're doing well, even if you wish it was faster...I love how organized and focused your goals are!

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