Wednesday, 26 June 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Ready. Set. Write! #3

Hello! It's that time again, and this week I have some actual structured goals!
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What I'm Reading:

I finished and loved ONCE WAS LOST; I really enjoyed the religious themes and how Sammy had to fight to find herself again. Now I'm reading DARE ME by Megan Abbott, which seems like it's going to be all kinds of dark and twisty and excellent. And it's an adult book! Shock horror, I know!



What I'm Writing:

I have finished this round of revisions and my MS is now with the fabulous Sara again, out of my sight and out of my mind (oh, who am I kidding? These things are never out of my mind!) So I've gone back to the rewrite (which shall be known as TQK2) I started about a month ago, and I just want to get back into the feel of this story.


Goals for this week:

  • Write 500 or so words each writing day (I usually don't write on the weekends, and sometimes not on Fridays either)
  • Work on my query
  • Start working on a synopsis
I do not want to write a synopsis, but it is a necessary evil, I suppose...


What Inspires Me Right Now:


This video is so incredible and I cannot even fathom how it was created. Plus, it's perfect for my writing right now, because Born & Raised was the soundtrack to the first draft of the MS I'm rewriting, so it's double inspiration :)

And I have to add, after everything that happened in America while I was asleep, Senator Wendy Davis. WHAT A BAMF.

What Else I've Been Up To:

This week's update brought to you by TV shows:
  • Catching up on Criminal Minds, which is one of my favourite shows and is seriously giving me the feels this season. 
  • Not watching Pretty Little Liars--I've been pissed since the season 2 finale, but I still watched season 3 even though every episode drove me crazy. But I'm committed to abstaining this time. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO KILLED ALI!
  • Trying to watch Breaking Bad--I say trying because I'm one episode into season 2, which is where I've been for about three weeks. I really enjoy it while I'm watching it, but when I'm not I kind of forget about it. It's weird. I'm going to keep trying, though!
Ciao, my lovelies--I hope you all have excellent writing/reading/whatever weeks!

xoxo

36 comments:

  1. Synopsis is an evil word - E.V.I.L. I try to avoid those as long as I can. Good luck hitting those goals this week.

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    1. YES! I agree wholeheartedly. I also employ the avoidance tactic...but I've run out of excuses!

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  2. Synopsis are evil. Grrrrr. I do have a crit partner who writes them so well, so I just use her. Yes I use her. :-P Good luck hitting your writing goals this week - you can write those 500 words!!!!!!!!
    I still haven't caught up with Pretty Little Liars. The last I saw was season 2 which I liked a lot and then I have been waiting for season 3 to get back on Netflix- now that it has I need to spend some time watching. :-) I also just want to know who killed Ali. Sheesh!!!

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    1. You're so lucky to have a CP you can use! Haha :) I loved the first two seasons of PLL but for me it's just gotten so over-the-top ridiculous and convoluted that I can't take it anymore! Thanks for the luck, I need it!

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  3. I couldn't get into Breaking Bad. Life can be depressing enough for me at times-- I love the actors, the story, the writing-- it's so good... but I need a comedy infusion most nights.
    Senator WD is the bomb. I cannot believe that decision will hold up in court... but it will be a lengthy journey I imagine once they file a test case. It's ridiculous. Blerg.
    And... have I told you my secret for synopsis writing? (Sorry if I have and this is annoying). I swear to GAWD, use Susan Dennard's guide. It turns the big unknown awfulness of writing a synopsis into a manageable task. I promise. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2012/04/17/how-to-write-a-1-page-synopsis/

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    1. I'm with you on loving the actors/story/writing, they're all great, but I too need a little bit of humour! I LOVE Six Feet Under which is totally dark, but I think I got more into it because the funny moments in that are just SO funny that it completely balances the dark parts.

      No, you haven't told me this secret, and THANK YOU! I need all the help I can get!!!

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  4. Synopses ARE evil. I finally just decided mine was going to have to be good enough (after months of rewrites) and started querying.

    Hee - my daughter is a PLL fan - she is all caught up in that show!

    Sounds like you have some great goals for the week! Good luck!

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    1. Not only are they evil for how hard they are to write, but it's yet another thing that you can pick and pick at for all of eternity...I get enough of that with the MS and query, thank you.

      PLL is really addictive but I just couldn't take it anymore! (That's not to say that I'm not watching recaps on YouTube and stalking the IMDb forum...I know, I know, I have a problem!)

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  5. I actually enjoyed writing synopses, the last time I worked on them. I actually wrote three for my first Russian historical novel—the basic one, of only 7 pages, a mid-length one, and the fully-detailed one including all the characters and subplots, which runs a bit over 30 pages. People who write shorter books have it much easier when it comes to writing synopses!

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    1. You ENJOY writing synopses? Tell me your secret, I'd love to be the same way! Yeah, it's definitely easier with a shorter book, but that doesn't seem to help me when I'm stuck in the middle of it all...if only :)

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  6. Congrats on finishing your revisions! If you need a beta reader, please let me know! I'd be happy to help. :) Good luck with your goals this week. I don't envy your synopsis writing!

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    1. Thanks, Liz, and thanks for the offer! I seriously might take you up on it :)

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  7. I hate the dreaded synopsis, my least favorite part. Although I also kind of suck at queries too. Oh well. Awesome job with revisions! And good luck with your goal this week. I haven't watched PLL in a while, I too am frustrated that it's taking so long for them to reveal Ali's killer.

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    1. It's my least favourite part too. I actually like writing queries--I know, I'm weird! With PLL, I'd be so into watching the other mysteries they develop if they just solved ONE of the ones they have set up! I'm sick of being faked out and only having more questions!

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  8. Ohhhh good luck with writing your query and your synopsis :D and I agree Sara is AWESOME! Good luck with your goals this week :D

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    1. Yes, she is the MOST AWESOME! Thanks, Elodie :)

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  9. Congrats on finishing your revisions! I definitely do not envy you get your query letter together and writing a synopsis. I am so far from that step, and I'm already nervous.

    I LOVE Criminal Minds. I haven't been keeping up with it this season, but it is one of my go-to shows since it's on all the time. :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I don't evny me, either. Oh, don't let it get you nervous already--there's plenty of time for that later (and trust me, you'll be nervous most of the time once you start querying!) Enjoy the time before all that happens...it's filled with innocence, and joy, and rainbows...haha :)

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  10. I marathoned seven seasons of Criminal Minds. It's a great show! I adore Reid.

    I've just sent my book off to a beta too. Eeep, you're right, you can't ever put it out of mind!

    Best of luck with your synopsis and all your writing goals!

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    1. Oh, I adore Reid too! He's so sweet, I just want to wrap him up and hide him away from the world. Yeah, there's no such thing as "free time" when you're a writer--it's all "thinking about my book" and "worrying about ten thousand tiny things" time!

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  11. Congrats on finishing your revisions! And good luck on the rewrite. It sounds like your MS is in good hands, although I agree; it's hard/impossible/whyamitrying to get the story out of your head. :)
    And that video...wow. Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. I know, isn't the video incredible?! I literally have no idea how they did it or how they even came up with that idea. Thanks, and you're right, my MS is in great hands!

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  12. Aw, thanks! I should have it back to you by the weekend. But don't get too crazy with that synopsis - yes, you NEED a query but I'm in the camp that believes you should only write a synopsis if you really, really have to. Now, if your dream agent requires one, then yes... but otherwise....

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    1. I won't lie, most of the agents I plan on querying *don't* require a synopsis...which may or may not have been purposeful on my part!

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  13. Dare Me looks really good, I'll have to check it out.

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    1. I'm loving it! It's dark and moody and excellently written. And tons of cheerleading :)

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  14. First off, and I'm pretty sure I've told you this more than once, I absolutely love the look of your blog. I kind of just want to sit here and stare at it. Ahem, moving on... I feel sucked into the same Pretty Little Liar black hole you are. I really need to know who the killer is, but the rest of it is getting old. I stopped watching halfway through the previous season, but it's still in my Hulu queue because I NEED TO KNOW!

    Congrats on finishing a round of revisions. And I'm sorry to hear your next goal is writing a synopsis. I did that recently and—ugh—I'm pretty sure it sucked out my soul. :)

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    1. I wish I could take the credit for this beautiful blog but it was a lovely girl I found through Etsy who did it for me! I only wish I could make things as pretty as this :)

      Yeah, all the new mysteries and "revelations" are annoying when I just want to know about Ali! I wish they could find some of what made it so awesome in the beginning again.

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  15. Oh my gosh... I LOVE Breaking Bad. I think it's one of the best shows on TV. The writing is fantastic, and it really drills in the advice to make things as terrible as possible for your characters, then make them even worse. Also, I totally have a crush on Jesse. <3

    Congratulations on finishing your revision... What a fantastic feeling! And best of luck with your rewrite and query writing. Tough stuff, but I'm sure you'll rock them both. :-)

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    1. Oh, I have a crush on Jesse too! I agree, it is excellently written, but I can't get fully into it yet. I'm not giving up on it, though, it's too good for that!

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  16. Oh my goodness, Breaking Bad is AMAZING! I know what you mean about kind of forgetting about it when you're not watching it, but it is worth persevering. I can't wait to see the final eight episodes!

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    1. I'm definitely going to keep watching! I might have to take a break from it for a little bit, but I'm determined to get through it because it is SO GOOD when I am watching it.

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  17. I love Criminal Minds as well. And this season was really good. I have DARE ME on reserve at the library but there's a long line so it'll be a while before I can check it out. Congrats on finishing your revisions I bet that feels awesome! Good luck with your goals for the week! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Aha, as a library assistant I managed to bypass that line since I snagged it when it first came in! Finishing revisions does feel excellent, but now that means querying is getting nearer...scary!

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  18. I started watching Breaking Bad (season 1) recently and I'm having the same experience. When it's on, I'm into it, but I'm not really dying to get back home at the end of the day to watch another episode.

    Congrats on finishing up revisions. Good luck with your synopsis and the rest of your goals.

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    1. It's weird, isn't it? Maybe it's because I know it goes on for more seasons, so I know they must get out of their various sticky situations!

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