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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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Sophomore Self-doubt

April 27th 2015

I’m self publishing my second book, The Lady in Blue, next week and I’m feeling (well, what I call) the sophomore self-doubt. This isn’t a new phenomenon. An author writes a first book and gets a great response, so they write another book and wonder — will people like this one, too? What if they don’t? And never read my work again? (cue: wailing)

I’d hate to disappoint my readers. I’m not naive. Not everyone is going to love, or even like, my work. (I’m no Hemingway.) But I’d feel awful if you loved GG&G and read The Lady in Blue and thought it was utter crap. That’s the kind of person I am. You tell me, “Your book is shit.” And I say, “I’m so sorry,” (That’s probably something I should explore in therapy) because I hate letting anyone down.

Truthfully, The Lady in Blue was harder to edit. I found myself unsure of last-minute fixes and additions. My editor expertly marked passages where I needed to explore feeeeeelings and I felt like I was being asked to deliver a presentation in Greek. How do I do that? I don’t know how to do that.

Anyway, I think the answer to the sophomore self-doubt is to publish another book. Which I am. In September. And I’m feeling super confident about this manuscript.

Anyone else experience self-doubt on your second book? (Say yes. Say yes.)

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