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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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Ready. Set. Write. Week 2

June 15th 2015

Checking in for Week 2 of Ready.Set.Write. Today has been crazy hectic as I’m trying to help with the release day marketing push for Brave New Girls, a YA SciFi charity anthology (proceeds help funds scholarships for girls via the Society of Women Engineers). My short story, “Graveyard Shift,” (no ghosts) is included and I’m super excited about the entire project. Anyway, onto RSW…

RSW1How I did on last week’s goals

Truthfully, not great. I only added 2K words to my WIP and organized the structure a bit better. But it was an unproductive writing week.

My goal(s) for this week

I need to hustle. I want to add 5K words to my WIP. Otherwise, my betas won’t get it until August and I just booked my editor for the project for August.

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

Autumn felt perpetually uncomfortable in her own skin. That’s what happens when you take a Jersey girl and plunk her into hotter-than-Hades Key West.

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

Finding motivation. Getting some downtime. My son graduated preschool. I was running around.

Something I love about my WIP

I love the Key West setting. Wish I could back to visit.

Thanks for stopping by. I know we’re all hustling to get writing done. I appreciate your time.

 

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Ready.Set.Write.

June 8th 2015

I’m participating in Ready. Set. Write. this year (Thanks to Leandra for the reminder). 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. Writing goals I have, but I don’t stay on top of my work until I’m racing toward a deadline. Then life gets too chaotic and I’m yelling at everyone to leave me alone because I’m writing!

Every Monday, I’ll be giving a brief report on how I’m doing. Key word: brief. RSW1

My summer writing goals are:

Finish my draft of Dead and Breakfast (Book 1 of the Cayo Hueso Mystery Series), complete revisions, and outline the second book, Ghost and Found.

My goals for this week:

Just add to my word count on Dead and Breakfast. I need to write new scenes.

Here goes nothin.

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