Ready.Set.Write. Week 7

July 20th 2015

Hi, Week 7! Man, summer is flying by. I have edits due in mid-August. And I’m waaaay behind. But for some reason, I’m not stressing anymore. Cuz it’s summer! Actually, I’m feeling good. I got a brand new niece this week and my boys are loving camp. RSW1

How I did on last week’s goals

Okaaaaay. I wasn’t feeling great for a few days last week so I slacked, but I’m feeling more confident and hey! Isn’t that 90% of the battle? And then I got an email from Chuck Sambuchino who asked me to write a blog post for Writer’s Digest! So I did that yesterday. I also scheduled a sale for The Lady in Blue (starting today!) and set up a few free promotions for this week. I’m excited about the week.

My goal(s) for this week

Revise. Write. Promote. And try not to yell at my kids so much.

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

Timothy found Autumn rummaging through an old steamer trunk in the attic.
“Girl,” he said, his voice hinting at annoyance. “Your mother has been looking all over for you and she sent me to find you. Do you think I like running up and down stairs calling your name?” He stood in the doorway fanning himself with his hand. “What are you doing up here? It’s hotter than hell.”
Autumn wiped a line of sweat from her forehead with the back of her hand. “Just give me a sec.” She plucked out an old black and white photo from the trunk and sat back. “Well, freak me.” In the photo stood a group of four young sailors, their arms around each others’ shoulders.
Timothy rolled his eyes. “What mystery are you playing at?”

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

My biggest challenge this week was that I felt like ass. Three days of it. I won’t go into details. But when you’re sick, you’re useless. Am I right?

Something I love about my WIP

I love Timothy! He’s one of my most favorite characters ever.

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Ready.Set.Write. Week 6

July 13th 2015

What up, Week 6! Summer is killing me, in that, it’s summer — I have no work ethic. None.

RSW1How I did on last week’s goals

I did work on my manuscript, just not enough to make a dent. I’m editing the first act, so I’m not adding to my word count, which makes me feel like I’m spinning my wheels. But, I did write an essay and sell it to a paying market. So, there’s that. I actually made some money. Woot!

My goal(s) for this week

I was so hoping to get this book to my beta readers. So, that’s my goal.

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

Autumn dangled her legs over the edge of the pier and swung them to and fro like a small child. She squinted into the bright rays of the setting sun. Liam sat beside her, his legs bent and his hands splayed behind him. At first they were both quiet, just watching the fishing boats coming in from the afternoon catch. Liam felt like a young boy when Pops would take him out on the boat. Except instead of being mesmerized by dolphins, he kept staring at Autumn’s legs.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

My baby girl has been going to bed at 9:30 every night, making it near impossible to write. We have the same bedtime. WTF. Teething.

Something I love about my WIP

I love the character arcs. My characters show real emotional growth. I’m proud of them.

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Ready.Set.Write. Week 5

July 6th 2015

Helloooooo Week 5. Five weeks and I’ve barely made a dent in my goals. Well, that’s all about to change because I am now working with a deadline. Sure, I’m an indie author and my deadlines are self-imposed, but I did hire an editor for August and I did tell my betas to expect my manuscript by the 15th, so….I must meet the deadline. RSW1

How I did on last week’s goals

Shitty. Let’s just leave it at that. But I did start working out. That wasn’t on the goal list, but I joined a gym and I’ve gone 5 times. That’s huge for me.

My goal(s) for this week

Hustle! I wrote down in my planner that I am to write 2k words a day. I just need to finish the manuscript and I have no idea how many words that will entail. Just get-r-done.

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

Lulu approached Liam and gingerly lifted a dark curl away from the cut. She was heavy-set and wearing a turquoise blouse and matching head wrap. She and Timothy shared the same dark eyes and wide nose, but Timothy’s chin was more pointed. Lulu’s round face was maternal and soft, although she was no nonsense as rummaged through the medical supplies. Liam wondered if this was what it was like to be cared for by a mother.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Concentration and drumming up energy to write at night when my kids are asleep.

Something I love about my WIP

I can’t remember if I mentioned this but I really love my secondary characters, Timothy, in particular. He’s got sass and wisdom and a wicked fashion sense.

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Ready.Set.Write. Week 4

June 29th 2015

This is a late posting. I was out all day, hanging with my bestie, and eating at Friendly’s. It’s godawful, but we love it.

Now, to Ready.Set.Write. Week 4!!

RSW1How I did on last week’s goals

Meh. Not the 5K I wanted to write, but not horribly either. I think I’ve finally gotten the flow of the story. I’m up to 55K words. Also, I worked out. Twice. I joined a gym. That wasn’t on my goal list, but I took a two-hour, high-intensity class and survived. Win!

My goal(s) for this week

Write. Write. Write. Let’s hit 60K words!

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

Summation: moving forward

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Motherhood. Kids. Balance. Quiet. It will always be this.

Something I love about my WIP

I love the romance. Romance is hard for me to write, but this one is doing the job for me.

 

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Ready.Set.Write. Week 3

June 22nd 2015

[This writing intensive– hosted by Jaime Morrow, Katy Upperman, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij is a fun way to give my writing the kick in the ass it needs. RSW gives writers an opportunity to set goals and cheer on other writers.]RSW1

Man, life is getting the better of me. My kids were off from school last week and I didn’t get much work done. This week, the boys are at camp, so I think I’ll be more productive.

How I did on last week’s goals

Horribly. I’m struggling with structure so I only wrote 1200 words.

My goal(s) for this week

Write. Write. Write. I need to add to my word count. I want to get on the right path and make decent headway. 5k words minimum.

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

Liam looked up through his dark lashes. “She just doesn’t seem to like me is all.”
Autumn stopped dabbing at the wound. “She’s angry. She didn’t used to be, but that was before the divorce. Sometimes, I think she doesn’t like me either.”
Autumn stood there, her hand pressed against Liam’s forehead. They were both silent for a minute, just looking at each other. They didn’t even hear Evelyn’s footsteps as she entered the courtyard.
“Liam, did you take care of it?” her mother asked, before halting abruptly.
“Yes, Mrs. Abernathy. Right after I got clocked by a ghost.” Liam looked at Autumn and she smiled. Liam considered that the only good thing to happen that afternoon.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Balancing writing with the kids. It’s always this.

Something I love about my WIP

I love my cast of characters. They feel incredibly real to me.

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