Monday, July 28, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 8!

 
We have another giveaway winner! Congrats to Jessica Leake who won Katy’s wowsome writerly package! YAY!!! And stay tuned! Our final care package giveaway awaits you at the end of this post!

I hope you all had a productive week with Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re new and 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 one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here! 

And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun! 

Here’s how last week went for me… 

How I did on last week’s goal 

My goals for last week were to 

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. Check!

2) Work on my beginning of TMC at least three days this week. TRY to have it mostly done and in the hands of readers by the end of July.
 
I worked on my THOSE MAGIC CHANGES story four days, making progress on my new beginning. BUT I don't think I'm going to have my revised beginning in the hands of readers this week. Here's why...

Friday, I received a Revise and Resubmit from one of the agents who had a full of TMC. She had a lot of really nice things to say, many of her revision suggestions resonated with me, and the wheels are already spinning for how I'm going to address them. It’s not going to require a major overhaul, but I know the revision will require intense focus. Therefore, I have a new game plan…I’m so close to finishing my first draft of my Mean Boys story and I hate to leave it. So, I’m not. I’m going to focus on Mean Boys, try to finish it in the next two weeks (*fingers crossed*) and then take a necessary breather from it while I work on my TMC revision.

I can do this, I can do this. *breathes*

My goal(s) for this week

I’m on the finale of my Mean Boys story and I should make this week’s goal to write that; however, I am way better with word count goals so I will stick with this one, kicked up a notch so I can get ‘er done! So, here's my goal...

Write 8000 words on my Mean Boys story.

Setting the bar high (for me). Hoo boy.  

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

From my boy Ashton, quoting Lord of the Flies: “Maybe there is a beast . . . Maybe it’s only us.”

and a more fun and original one from my girl Meaghan: “I can’t believe you made me pass some sort of guy entrance test to come in here. Especially considering I’ve swapped spit with all three of you.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

A want to edit EVERYTHING on first draft. I worked on what I think may be two of my favorite scenes in my story and my inner editor wanted to do nothing more than perfect them.

Something I love about my WIP 

I didn’t mean for my Mean Boys WiP to have such an eighties explosion in it, but it does. The theme song is “Jessie’s Girl,” and there are mullet, Miami Vice, Missing Link  and other eighties-themed references. This week I worked on a scene that reminds me so much of this one from The Breakfast Club. Those who know me or who’ve been minions in my classroom know how HUGE this is.

 
The scene I worked on involves a lot of what’s going on in this one: many admissions—some on-the-surface and fun, some deep and scarring. I am ridiculously in love with this story. 

Thank you for being such amazing RSWers! To celebrate, we’re having a month full of giveaways! Yep! One each week for our awesome participants! This week’s writerly care package is from me! Check out the awesome… 

 
Just enter to win via the rafflecopter on any of the hosts blogs!  
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week Seven!

 
We have another giveaway winner! Congrats to Stephanie Allen who won Jaime’s wowsome writerly package! YAY!!! And stay tuned! Another giveaway and rafflecopter awaits you at the end of this post!
I hope you all had a productive week with Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re new and 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 one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! :) Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!

And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
Here’s how last week went for me… 

How I did on last week’s goal 

My goals for last week were to

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. Check! 6000 and wrote two crucial Black Moment scenes. 
 
2) Work on my beginning of TMC at least three days this week. TRY to have it mostly done and in the hands of readers by the end of July. I worked on my THOSE MAGIC CHANGES story three days: drafted, revised, and polished a brand new first chapter (from a different POV). It passed the McKenzie (my 15 year old) test and the CP Extraordinaire Katy test. Most importantly—the new first chapter passed the Alison test. After rewriting and tweaking my first chapter, oh I don’t know, a hundred times, I finally have something I like. So, score.  

Bonus—I now have direction. Whereas before I was floundering with three different directions to take my new beginning, now I have one. And I can MOVE ON 

My goal(s) for this week 

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story.  

2) Last week’s revision goal seemed to work so I’m going with it again: work on my beginning of TMC at least three days this week. I have three chapters left to rework in the beginning and I would love to accomplish at least one of them. 

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

Since I spent a great deal of time on both my stories, I’m going to share a line from each. 

From my Mean Boys story. Not an exciting line. But it’s an extremely meaningful one from my boy Z: My hang time’s getting a workout tonight. 

And my very first line from my new first chapter of THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. This is me trying to make my crass MC Axl more likeable. Feel free to roll your eyes and laugh. 
 
If I hear another song from Grease, I’m going to freaking punch someone.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)
 
Balance. And writing/reading without feeling guilty for not using that time to spend with my family. The “perks” of being a writer mama. 

Something I love about my WIP 

Last week I talked about writing a love list for my Mean Boys story. Well, I wrote one. And I thought I’d share a few items from said list that I love, love, love about my WiP. Enjoy… 

meaningful tattoos
Urgent Fury
Our House (in the middle of the street)
harmless pranks
stolen, steamy moments
The Missing Link
FIFA
stats explorations (John Green style)
polarizing secrets
vindictive pranks
red cards
second date potential
Crisis
Rico and Sonny
soccer
projects that make you go Hmmm
(and, of course)
Jesse’s girl

 Hopefully one day, you’ll get to read this story and figure out what all that means!

Thank you for being such amazing RSWers! To celebrate, we have started a month full of giveaways! Yep! One each week for our awesome participants! This week’s writerly care package is from Katy. Check out the awesome…

 
Just enter to win via the rafflecopter on any of the hosts blogs!  
a Rafflecopter giveaway


I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, July 14, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week Six!

 
It’s week SIX of Ready. Set. WRITE and we have our first giveaway winner! Congrats to Stephanie Scott who won Erin’s wowsome writerly package! YAY!!!
Also, another giveaway and rafflecopter awaits you at the end of this post!

I hope you all had a productive week! And if you’re new and 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 one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
If you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!

Here’s how last week went for me… 

How I did on last week’s goal 

My goals for last week were to 

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. Check! And I hit 60K! 

2) Continue to work on my new beginning for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. Specifically work on three scenes of that beginning. Less lofty. More attainable. Um…does staring at the screen and wanting to bang your head against it count as working? Actually, I did work on a few of the beginning moments. And because I like to create extra work for myself, I started a completely different version of my beginning—from another character’s POV. And I think I might be changing the title of my story.  

Yes, I’m neurotic, cheesy, AND wishy-washy.

My goal(s) for this week 

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story.

2) Work on my beginning of TMC at least three days this week. TRY to have it mostly done and in the hands of readers by the end of July.

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

BAD. I’m just a few scenes away from the Black Moment, people. And the proverbial S&%T is about to hit the fan. L 

Also, Brazil (and I) had a rough World Cup week. I will mention here that this guy
 


reminds me a lot of my Jesse. And this is exactly how I picture him during one of the scenes I wrote this week.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

My inner editor. Especially when I’m drafting. Very hard to turn it off and just WRITE.

Something I love about my WIP

My characters. How much I grow to love them (even the seemingly bad ones) and the things I discover about them on first draft. Next week, I may just have to write a love list and share. Don’t know what that is? You can see my love list for my last story here

Also, will note here that when I began my current WiP, I had NO IDEA how it would end (I should have my writer card revoked. I know). But I also know from previous projects that the endings usually start revealing themselves once I get there. Over the past two weeks, scenes from the end of my story started to play out in my head, and, well . . . I got a LOT excited.  

 
Thank you for being such amazing RSWers! To celebrate, we have started a month full of giveaways! Yep! One each week for our awesome participants! This week’s writerly care package is from Jaime. Check out the awesome…
 
Just enter to win via the rafflecopter on any of the hosts blogs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky! 





Monday, July 7, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week Five!

 
Guys. How is it JULY already? And week FIVE of Ready. Set. WRITE?! I hope you’re having a super productive summer. And if you’re new and 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 one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
PS—make sure you read (or skim!) to the end of the post to find out all about our first giveaway of the summer! You will want this prize, people! Trust me!

Okay, so here’s how last week went for me…

How I did on last week’s goal

My goals for last week were to

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story. CHECK! And that 5K included not one, but TWO kissing scenes. Bonus!

2) Write at least one of my three new beginnings for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. It’s a Work in Progress. L And that’s all I’ll say about that.

My goal(s) for this week

1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story.

 2) Continue to work on my new beginning for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. I’ve at least narrowed the playing field down to two different beginnings (instead of three), but rewriting that beginning has been HARD. So, I would just like to set this week’s goal to working on three scenes of that beginning. Less lofty. More attainable.

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

My Mean Boys story (that’s not the actual title) is from three guys’ POVs. A word that sums up what I wrote and revised: TORTURED. Here’s a little clip of said torture from my boy Ashton. His best friend’s girl Meaghan has dragged him along on a shopping adventure. *sigh*

“I need one with a really thick shaft. The bigger the better, you know?” She runs a hand up and down the curling iron “shaft,” caressing it, one measured stroke after the other. I don’t want to die and come back as a pen cap. I want to be reincarnated as a curling iron. Right. Now.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

The World Cup (the US game left me a patriotic wreck; the Brazil game put me on an emotional high). The holiday. Taking my 15-year-old to camp. Social media distractions. General laziness.

I will try to be better this week. Swearsies. J

Something I love about my WIP

Because I’m nothing if not cheesy, my story has the most insane and silly theme. But it works. And I love it. Here it is in narrative form, again from my boy Ashton, when I introduce it on page two.

“Yep. That’s them. My friends. They’re, uh . . . kind of ticked I asked you out.” Her reactive oh rings confusion so I elaborate. “Tonight’s the midnight release of Urgent Fury Five. We’re supposed to stand in line at Game Stop, buy three copies, then hit Jesse’s house for an all-night shoot-em-up Zombie fest.” I can hear Z now, admonishing me: Bros before hos, dude. 

Bros before hos. Yes—I am quite horrible and cheesy. I apologize for nothing. J
 
Oh, and because you’ve all been such amazing RSWers, we are starting a month full of giveaways! Yep! One each week for our awesome participants! This week’s writerly care package is from Erin. Check out the awesome…

 
I am already incredibly jealous of the winner. J Just enter to win via the rafflecopter on any of the hosts blogs!  
a Rafflecopter giveaway


I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!