Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready. Set. Write!!!

Happy Monday, and welcome to another week of. . .

Ready. Set. Write!

What is that?

In the words of Jaime Morrow, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, planning, and keeping each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays, keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines per heading) so we can spend more time writing and less time blogging. You can sign up at any of the other host blogs (KatyErinAlison, Jaime). And don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants. For more information about RSW and a link to our super fun buttons, go here.




Due to 'Action Roof', I had to skip last week (bummer!), so I'll just continue on where those goals left off.


1) Last week's goal: I'm going to try for a huge 1,000 words.
     Well, chalk that one up as done! I even hit 1,500. Plus, I've been writing on another flash story and almost finished up another beta read. 


2) This week's goal(s):
      Finish up that flash and get it posted.
      Take a last glance through my beta notes and send that off.
      Write another chapter on my WIP.


3) One phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: (remember, I'm an MGer)
      I hated to see Grandma cry. It made my heart hurt.


4) The biggest challenge I faced this week:
      I have two WIPs in the making but have been forcing myself to concentrate on one. But lately, I've been wondering if I should concentrate on the other instead. I love both ideas, but the other one more resembles the type of book I'm going on submission with (a hint of fairy tale), where my current WIP is contemporary with just a tinge of magic (really a tiny, tiny bit). Oh, I'll finish up both in the end--but which should be first? Guess, I'll keep plugging away on the one I'm doing.


5) Something I love about my WIP: (had to come back and add this. . .can't believe I forgot it!)
     The lightening bugs. That's a central theme. Yep, I'm fascinated by them.


And what about you? How's your writing going? Have something you love about your current MS? Which little writing monster is biting on your ear lately?

23 comments:

  1. 1500 words is good! And work on the story that calls to you the strongest.

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    1. Now, I have to see which one that is - tug'a'war!

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  2. Hello, love your cute blog! I'm impressed that you can keep to WIPs in motion at the same time. Good luck picking one, and write on!!

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    1. Thanks! Too bad I can't concentrate on 2 at a time. That'd be a writer's dream :)

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  3. 1500 words IS awesome! And yes, I agree with Alex. You can't ignore that story that's speaking to you! Go with it!

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    1. I think I'm going to give in anyway. Weak me ;)

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  4. I'm not sure I've ever seen a lightning bug, but they sound awesome! And good job surpassing your word goal this week, Tonja! Sounds like you've been super busy lately, so I'm impressed you got some writing in. Hope this week is just as productive! :-)

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    1. My hubs and kids had never seen them before either. We all sit out on the porch at night just to watch them.

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  5. Have you thought of asking your agent which one has more potential from a marketing perspective? Not that you can't finish both eventually. Just always good to get a practically perspective. :-)

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    1. *hits head* Can't believe I didn't think of that. See why I need you?

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  6. The benefit of multiple ideas is that you have a choice. The downside is making a decision. There's always one idea, I feel like, that I'm always just a tiny bit more excited about or a bit less confident about.

    Hooray on the 1500 in your busy week! ^_^
    And lightning bugs are the best.

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    1. Lol! I think the less confident is a daily occurance no matter what I write. But they always say, 2 is better than 1.

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  7. I'd say go with whichever project you most feel like working at now. :) Sometimes I start two if I can't decide, and one always ends up taking over!

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  8. Hope things are settling down for you again after your roofing project and that you can figure out what order to prioritize your WIPs in. That's a tough decision! Best of luck on your goals this week! :)

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    1. I honestly probably won't figure that out until all the kids are in school again. Then it will be quiet.

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  9. Ooh, I love lightning bugs too! We didn't have them in WA growing up, but now that we're on the FL panhandle, we see them every evening. So cool! Best of luck with your goals this week, Tonja!

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    1. At least for me, not having them as a kid makes them all the more interesting now.

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  10. Yay for 1500 words! If I don't work on the story that's calling me I forget the details of my ideas and then lose inspiration. I'd so write it if it's yelling at you. :D

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    1. Oh yes! So true! I don't want to even know how many ideas probably have been lost because I didn't write them down immediately. That reminds me, I'm not carrying my notebook anymore. ugh!

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  11. I did an amazing 5000 words last week, but I'm not sure I like most of them. I would probably have a hard time pulling out favorite lines. You're lucky to have two projects you're enthused about vying for your attention. I hate my ms most days, but I still love the premise -- and so I struggle on, hoping I'll have it figured out by the end of the first draft. Maybe the second draft will be the one I love!

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    1. By me, I love the premise but am never happy with the writing. I keep thinking the story could be written in a much better way, but that I'm not getting it quite right. Writer's doubt is a ferocious thing.

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  12. I don't think there's anything wrong with working on two projects at once. I always have more than one going on. Work on whichever feels right at the moment.

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