Monday, 27 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 #8

If you don't know anything about RSW, it's a summer writing intensive hosted by Jaime MorrowErin FunkKaty UppermanElodie Nowodazkij, and Alison Miller--click here for all the details. (Here are my first and last posts for RSW 2014, and first and last for RSW 2013.)





1. How I did on last week’s goals:


  • Complete a revision of (the manuscript formerly known as) THE QUIETEST KIND -- I've worked out everything I need to complete (scenes to add, threads to weave in, little fixes) and I'm working my way through. I'm feeling good about everything that needs to be done.


2. My goal(s) for this week:

  • Complete a revision of (the manuscript formerly known as) THE QUIETEST KIND.


3. A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:


Clarity.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Getting over my fear of the messy part. You know, when you're chopping away at different sections and pulling out paragraphs and it all seems like it's beyond hope; the part right before the revision comes together and it all makes sense again. I'm deep in it now and it's always scary to see it coming apart.

5. Something I love about my WIP:

The relationship between my MC, Audrey, and her sort-of stepfather, Adam. He doesn't know how to be a dad and she doesn't know how to treat him like a grown-up -- so they're perfect together.


See you next week!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 #7

If you don't know anything about RSW, it's a summer writing intensive hosted by Jaime MorrowErin FunkKaty UppermanElodie Nowodazkij, and Alison Miller--click here for all the details. (Here are my first and last posts for RSW 2014, and first and last for RSW 2013.)





1. How I did on last week’s goals:


  • Finish off both scenes I'm currently in the middle of -- Done! Okay, so I just finished that last scene right before posting this, but it counts, right?
  • Make a revision plan for THE QUIETEST KIND so I can get started on that next week -- Didn't get to this.


2. My goal(s) for this week:

This is going to be my goal for this week and every remaining week up until I get it done:


  • Complete a revision of (the manuscript formerly known as) THE QUIETEST KIND.



3. A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:


Hanna, to her sister Molly:
"You are strong and smart and brave and funny and complicated and confounding."

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Busy busy, with work and dance shows and seeing my friends in London and family events and and and... 

5. Something I love about my WIP:

Working shit out. My girls are messy.


See you next week!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 #6

If you don't know anything about RSW, it's a summer writing intensive hosted by Jaime MorrowErin FunkKaty UppermanElodie Nowodazkij, and Alison Miller--click here for all the details. (Here are my first and last posts for RSW 2014, and first and last for RSW 2013.)





1. How I did on last week’s goals:


Okay-ish. 

  • Wrote on 6 days, so one more than my goal, but sometimes my "writing" was two sentences. Eh. It all counts, right?
  • Titles: I have a couple of possible titles I really like, but more would be better.
  • Finished THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER (really, really good) and I'm about to start LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley.
  • Did not go to bed at sensible times. Must Do Better.


2. My goal(s) for this week:

I'm almost at a point where I think I can pause drafting and switch into revision mode without completely losing the plot. So this week I have a couple of goals:

  • Finish off both scenes I'm currently in the middle of.
  • Make a revision plan for THE QUIETEST KIND so I can get started on that next week.


3. A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

But here was Molly saying it, and she seemed so sure, with that determined look on her face and the shine in her eyes. The last thing Hanna ever wanted to do was disappoint her baby sister. And yet it feels like that’s all I ever do.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Making time to write. Again: Must Do Better.

5. Something I love about my WIP:

The relationship between one of my MCs, Hanna, and her little sister Molly. They're both struggling with big problems but are still there to talk in the middle of the night and love each other even when it's hard.


See you next week!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 #5

If you don't know anything about RSW, it's a summer writing intensive hosted by Jaime MorrowErin FunkKaty UppermanElodie Nowodazkij, and Alison Miller--click here for all the details. (Here are my first and last posts for RSW 2014, and first and last for RSW 2013.)





1. How I did on last week’s goals:


I wrote a little less than 2400 words this week and passed 50k, that magic number that makes me think a draft can become A Finished Manuscript.

Other goals:
  • Read one book from my TBR -- I read FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe (my heart aches just thinking about it; if you haven't read it, you need to). Now I'm halfway through THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER.
  • Go to bed before midnight at least four nights this week -- ...like, I'm not sure why I'm even trying anymore. 
  • Drink tons of water -- easy to achieve since it was as hot as the surface of the sun all week. 

2. My goal(s) for this week:

My overall goal this summer was to finish the draft I'm working on, but last week I got notes from my agent (my agent! Still weird!) on the manuscript formerly known as THE QUIETEST KIND, so I might have to adjust a little. (I'm hopeful I can complete these revisions and the draft by the end of RSW, but we'll see.) At the moment I'm still in the processing-and-thinking stage of revising, so it won't really affect this week's goals. Well, except for one...


  • Find the perfect title for the manuscript formerly known as THE QUIETEST KIND. (Okay, okay: find suggestions for what maybe could be a good title.)
  • Write five days this week. (Try for 500+ words each time.)
  • Go to sleep BEFORE MIDNIGHT.
  • Read more.

3. A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:


She curled her hands into Delaney's shoulders — hard, from the soft hiss Delaney let out — and closed her eyes and her head fell back, knocking hard against the wall but Jules didn't care and Delaney's lips pressed up against her ear and her voice whispered, "You look so beautiful right now," and —

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Did I mention it was hotter than the surface of the sun this week? (In England terms, I mean.) So mostly I was sweating my face off in my baby pool in the garden or sweating my face off in work.

5. Something I love about my WIP:

Bad decisions. Oh, so many bad decisions.

See you next week!