Monday, 27 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #8

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goals were to work on revisions for at least 12 hours and devote a minimum of 4 hours to querying and/or working on a submission package. I spent around 16 hours on revisions and about 11 on querying and fleshing out my synopsis.

My goal(s) for this week

12 hours on revisions and 4 hours on querying and/or my submission package sounds like a good plan again.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

I do as he instructs, and a lake the color of turquoise spreads through my mind, fresh and cool. I’ve never seen water so brilliant before, even shadowed as it is by heavy clouds and the snow-capped mountains looming over it. Rain pelts the water, sending a million concentric rings rippling out over its surface. Pines hem the shoreline, and somewhere in the distance, a loon releases a haunting cry. I listen to the water lap against the stone-studded sand, its ebb and flow a tranquil rhythm, and as I imagine raindrops tapping my skin, I realize [boy] is kissing me again and again, pressing his lips everywhere.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Disciplining myself to sit down and work when I was tempted to devour An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir all at once. Such a gripping, gorgeously written book that totally goes for the gut. Loved it so, so much. It was the best kind of distraction.

Something I love about my WIP

I love that it feels large in scope since the plot involves a global threat, but that it also feels very small because there’s a sense of intimacy between certain characters that draws the focus inward and is ultimately the heart of the story.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your supportive comments each week this summer. Without them, this writing dream of mine might have evaporated entirely. It’s been a precarious summer for me because of all the moving busyness and the frustration of not getting any closer to publishing someday, and you guys have kept me going. I’m so grateful! Hope you all feel encouraged today!

Stay tuned next week for our third giveaway, hosted by yours truly!


Monday, 20 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #7


Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.


How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goal was to work on writing for 12 hours and send out two queries. I more than doubled my writing time, and I emailed two query letters. Gold star for me.

My goal(s) for this week

I’m going to stick with 12 hours of work on revisions, and I’d like to devote at least 4 hours to querying and/or working on a submission package for a publisher that takes sci-fi manuscripts.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

A stick cracks beneath his boot and a flock of birds, alerted to our presence, bursts from a thicket in a storm of flapping wings. They bolt through the trees overhead, feathers shaking foliage and wild, trilling cries pealing through the canopy. Startled, I jump back and collide with him. He grasps my shoulders and we watch them disappear, leaving bobbing branches in their wake.
Some deep, desperate instinct stabs me.
I wish we could fly after them.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

When writing sci-fi, it’s sometimes hard to keep science-y info short and simple. No one wants to read long, convoluted explanations, but they still have to be plausible. That was a challenge for me this week. The more concise the science (or imaginary science), the more room for kissing scenes. You know, the best kind of chemistry.  ;)

Something I love about my WIP

That I put my characters through hell, emotionally, physically, and in every way possible. I like hard won victories and agonizing defeats, bittersweet relationships worth fighting for, challenging my characters’ beliefs about the world and themselves, and letting those characters hit rock bottom. To me, the most satisfying stories are the ones where characters are stretched to the limits, where they not only risk losing everything  but often do lose everything while struggling to achieve their goals. That’s the type of story I’ve tried to write.

Okay, now onto our giveaway...

I'm pleased to announce that the winner of Elodie's care package is:


LIZ PARKER

Congrats, Liz! Hope this bundle of treats encourages your writing sessions in the second half of RSW! The Rafflecopter for our next giveaway will go up in two weeks, so keep participating to increase your chances of winning!

Thank you all for your awesome comments last week! Your kind words have been my fuel this summer. Happy writing, everyone!


Monday, 13 July 2015

Ready.Set. WRITE! Week #6

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goal was to work for 12 hours on revisions and send out two queries. I met my time goal, which included rearranging, snipping, splicing, and rewriting several scenes. I'm still working on smoothing this section out, and it's kind of an experiment in progress. As for queries, I only sent out one.

My goal(s) for this week

12 hours of writing. 2 queries. Surprised?

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

He stares unblinking at the flames beyond. They lick the night as though trying to devour the stars.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Motivation. I've been craving summery walks and time to read, not messy revisions that make me want to bang my head against a brick wall (FYI, my new office has a brick wall, so I literally can do that now). On the positive side, my son stayed up late every night and read in my office while I worked, so that was fun. The company helped and I love spending time with my kiddo.

Something I love about my WIP

My mc is 18 when the story begins, but by the epilogue in book three, about two years have passed. It focuses on a window of time when everything is changing fast, when she grows from teen to adult. I love that it’s a story about discovering who she is and what she wants and not just about her efforts to save the world.

Now, it’s time to announce the winner of our first giveaway…


SUSAN CRISPELL


Congratulations, Susan! Enjoy all those goodies from Jaime! This week’s writer care package was put together by Elodie. If you’d like to win the cute items in the photo, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below. Remember, it's one entry per week of participation in RSW, and the contest is open internationally. Good luck!


 And here’s what Elodie’s parcel contains:

● Mini Gallery "Believe in yourself"
● to-do list
● Twizzlers bites
● Ritter sport chocolate
● Notebook "Not all those who wander are lost"
● stars stickers
● nail files

Hope all of you had a successful week! I noticed last Monday that a lot of us seemed to be struggling. Hang in there, everyone! We’re reaching the mid-point in the summer, so we’re almost over that hill. Thanks again for your lovely comments. Oh, and a few of you asked what colour I painted my office. I chose a pale blue called “Everclear” (which kinda sounds like a Brodi Ashton novel, ha!), with just a hint of grey in it. I love how it turned out! I'll post pics someday when it's all organized and decorated. Have a super week, people!



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Monday, 6 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week#5


Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.



How I did on last week’s goal(s)

12 hours of work on writing: Done. Revised four scenes and tinkered with a couple others.
Send out three more queries: Nope. Didn’t get to this.
Paint my office: Finished, and good grief was that hard.

My goal(s) for this week

I’m going to aim for another 12 hours of writing, and during that time I’m hoping to make a final decision on a particular story arc that either needs to be cut or changed. It's been giving me a major headache for a while, so we'll see how that goes. I’ll also try to send out two more queries.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

At first I’m afraid of falling, but with his arm firmly about me and his hand a reassuring reminder on my hip, I soon let the hushed chatter of leaves relax me, enjoy the feel of my feet dangling in midair. In the distance, tiny cars speed along a thin strand of highway. I try my best to ignore them. They’re our only reminder of the rest of the world, and we both prefer this sense of having slipped through a crack in time and space to a place where only we exist.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Painting my office was harder and more time-consuming than I thought it would be. Our new (old) house has 10 foot ceilings--almost twice my height--and there’s tons of trim, weird angles and corners. It took foreeeeever, and I was tired and sore from going up and down the ladder. Not much energy left over for writing. Now we only have 8 more rooms plus the foyer, vestibule, and hallways to paint. Kill me. Kill me now.

Something I love about my WIP

I love all my supporting characters, and I’ve tried hard to develop them as much as possible with the limited page time they get. Some of those characters have their own little story arcs that make them feel more layered and real. I wish I could write a book about each of them.

And now, let the real fun commence...

This summer, the RSW hosts are giving away writer care packages to five lucky participants. It's our way of saying thanks and hopefully giving your writing sessions a fun boost. If you'd like a chance to win this amazing parcel put together by Jaime, then be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter below. You get one entry for each week you've participated in RSW. The contest runs until 12:00 am July 12th and is open internationally. Good luck!


Here's what Jaime's care package contains:

• coiled journal with Every Summer Has A Story on it
• to-do checklist pad of paper
• heart-shaped Post-it notes
• 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
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookie Crunch bar

So how did it go with your goals this week? Once again, thanks so much for your kind comments, especially about my excerpt last week. That encouragement came at just the right time. :)

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