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Monday, August 24, 2015

Ready.Set. Write!

Ready.Set.Write! is sliding into the last week...right along with the rest of the summer days. *sigh* For those of you who don't know what this is (or was), it's a super summer writing intensive sponsored by AlisonKatyErinElodie and Jamiewhich helps us writers not to fall into complete summer laziness and actually get some writing done. We cheer each other on, strive for goals and write whatever we can while eating ice cream, swimming, basking in the sun and simply enjoying summer however it may be. 

And here's how I'm doing.....

How did I do on last week's goals?

Write 5000 words.   Oh, boogabooogaboooooogaaaa. . .Well, I wrote quite a bit, but it didn't make my MS 5000 words fatter. I ended up grabbing one of my pretty notebooks and writing several paragraphs, going back to notes, heading on to research, noting some more, going back to paragraphs, heading to summary. . . a lot done (thousands and thousands of words) just not on pure word count.

This week's goals. . .

Getting that MS fatter! It's time to add those chapters and see where it goes. For better or worse.

A favorite line/phrase from my MS or sums up my writing/revising. . .whatever. . .

Emotional development. Action always comes easy to me, so this time I'm making sure the emotional end is laid solid and clear.

The biggest challenge I faced. . .

Figuring out exactly what path to take with this MS. Since it's a mixture of reality and fantasy, I've been having trouble deciding what the exact balance between the two should be. I want to keep a realistic feeling but the peppering in of Egyptian gods could easily throw it in another direction. Some how it has to all mix together, smooth and neat.

Something I love about my MS. . .

So many things! The Cinderella. . .*cough* Rhodopis twist. My main character's path of finding herself. The fairy god-bro (gosh, I love that guy!) The craziness of working in fast food, which can only be beat by the lunacy of high school social life. My character's eccentric parents, especially her mother and her decorating extremes. Oh, and a Star Trek convention nerd's original phaser. Moon phases. Egyptian god attitudes. Stolen artifacts. . .*takes deep breath*  Yep, I love the vibrant chaos of it all!
But realistic and balanced. 
Yeah right.

And what about you? Ready for the last week? 


  1. Boogabooogaboooooogaaaa! Now that's a fun way to start a blog post.
    Just write the story as you feel it should be told. You'll figure out genre and what needs to be changed when you finished.

  2. oohhh the Cinderalla twist sounds interesting.

  3. I love the sound of vibrant chaos! =) And emotional development can be a bear to nail down, it always gives me trouble.

  4. Your WIP sounds really fun! Sometimes you need the research before you can move forward. Fingers crossed this week! :)

  5. Your WiP does sound really fun. And whether you got the 5K or not, it sounds like you are doing a lot of things with it. Hope you have a great week!

  6. Very cool--I like fantasy that is rooted in the contemporary world (if that's a description that fits your book). Super high fantasy has never been my thing reading-wise, but fantasy that eases me in I'm all about. Nice work even if you fell short of your goal. Just think of all the people who say they wish they had time to write a book. You're making the time.

  7. It sounds like it's going to be an awesome read. Personally, you pulled me in with Cinderella and god bro.

    Good that you stayed active over the summer. I slowed to a stop.

  8. Your story sounds like a lot of fun, especially the fairy god-bro! It also sounds like you've been doing a lot of research and planning, so I'm sure it'll all come together well. And hey, you can smooth everything out during revisions, right? Have a super week and good luck getting that ms fatter!

  9. "Oh, boogabooogaboooooogaaaa." Which makes me want to "Oh, LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO."

    I love all the disparate elements in your story! Fairy god-bro? All this sounds hysterical! Keep working that project however you can. It's sure to be awesome. :-)

  10. What a purist! I tend to count any words written in my word count goals, haha. I just need that pat on the back to keep going! But even when you're not adding girth to a MS, you're still getting work done. It's just that the mental work doesn't have as easy of a measure. Anyway, good luck with your goals this week!

  11. Your book sounds so interesting! Just the phrase "Cinderella twist" is making us want to read. Good job this past week and good luck picking up where you left off this week :)

  12. I love the way you talk about this book. It sounds like so much fun! Congrats on getting some good research/planning/writing done. Even if it's not technical word count, I think that's a huge step forward. I hope you have another productive week!

  13. All that note taking is good work! ^_^

    This story...seriously!! It just keeps getting better and better. :)

  14. Your story sounds fun :) Esp this: "Oh, and a Star Trek convention nerd's original phaser."

    Good luck this week with fattening up that MS!

  15. This manuscript sounds so awesome. I <3 Egyptian stuff, so I think it's pretty cool. Good luck fattening up the MS this week!

  16. Ooooo I am LOVING the sound of your story! Good luck with getting those chapters done this week :)

  17. I understand that balance. Sometimes I'm reading a book and thinking there's too much fantasy over the reality. Egyptian mythology is so interesting.

  18. I like the idea of manuscript fattening. I need to do the same! Sounds like you got tons done last week, even if the words you wrote weren't Official Manuscript Words. You're still doing the work, which is huge. Enjoy this final week of RSW, Tonja!


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