Saturday, June 21, 2014

Goal Achieved!



I finished the first draft of my work in progress, Patchwork. And by my goal time, too! The last few months I've set word count goals, and failed miserably at meeting them. So this feels SO GOOD. And naturally-- as any hopefully-someday-successful-author does-- the husband and I got Taco Bell to celebrate. What a great day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

RSW Week 1

So if I haven't gone to sleep yet, then it's still Tuesday, right? Then I'm only one day late, yeah? Either way, even late this is helping me with my writing accountability. So here's how the last week went:

  1. The beginning of the week was... rough. I didn't get much writing done, and spent most of the week working. But the second half of the week, I've done a little better with words (and a little not-so-great with work hours). Overall, if I keep hitting 2,000+ words like I've done the last few days, I'll be able to hit my goals for this week.
  2. My goals: FINISH Patchwork (my WiP) by any time on Saturday. AHHHH. I am so so close, you guys. And I got to go to the Fierce Reads tour stop in San Diego tonight, so my writing motivation is higher than ever. I want this bad, and I think I'm going to achieve this goal.
  3. My favorite line from this week: "Something as inconsequential as an ocean won't stop me now."
  4. My biggest challenge this week was balancing work hours and writing hours. It tended to be either one or the other... Hopefully I'll get better at that this week.
  5. Something I love about my WiP: MY MAIN CHARACTER. She starts out as such a butt. Like, seriously. She's stubborn and such a pain and thinks she rules the world, and now that I'm at the end, it is so fun to write the girl who is still a lot of those things, but has learned how to balance those qualities with strong ones. She's got some big, nasty decisions coming, and I think she's ready for them.
How did you do last week? Did you meet your writing goals?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE!

So I'm giving something a try for the first time this year, and I am pretty stoked. Here's the description of it from the website:

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.

Hopefully this will be just the kick I need to finish up that pesky WiP that I am SO CLOSE to having finished! I'm 15 scenes away from having a complete draft that I am really proud of... Fifteen crazy, thrilling scenes.

Technically RSW be doing check-ins on Mondays, so I am two days behind on this one-- but that's okay, because this week is just goal setting! I have a handful of goals for my summer:
  1. Finish draft one of Patchwork by June 21st.
  2. Finish first round of revisions for Patchwork by August 2nd.
  3. Send Patchwork to CPs and betas and revise accordingly (less of a set date for this one, since I'm a little at their mercy at that point... And I think RSW's definition of summer is over, too).
*wipes sweat from brow*
This is going to be a busy summer, to say the least. But I have written so much and am still so in love with this story, so that's a good sign, right? I'm not being overly optimistic, right?

Either way, I'm hoping having dates and weekly check-ins will help keep me on track and keep that enthusiasm high as the summer starts. And y'all should participate too! Head on over to the website I linked above, and collect one of their AMAZING buttons, and let me know how it's going for you! I'll be doing the weekly check-ins on Mondays, where participants will be discussing these five topics: 
  1. How I did on last week’s goals
  2. My goal(s) for this week
  3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
  4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)
  5. Something I love about my WiP