Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready? Set. Write! 2014 Week 6

Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.

1). How I did on last weeks goals?

My CP sent notes on my MS. She's brilliant. Her ideas, while overwhelming, are awesome. It's so nice to have fresh eyes on a project you're so close to. I sorted through them and have a game plan for revision. I've written a whole new chapter and jotted down notes for the rest of the changes. I haven't been focusing on my second WIP for NANO. I think this is my last go at it, camp or regular nano. I'm not good at writing that much, that fast. I was able to read 2 books thought.

2). My goals for this week

Revise, revise, revise!

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

Gramma always said I was made of salt-water and seaweed, a child of the ocean, just like her. When I was little she’d tell me salt water ran through our veins instead of blood. And I’d believe her.

New opening line...not sure I'm sold. We'll see.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week

Coming up with a plan for what needed to be changed, moved or deleted.

5). Something I love about my WIP

That with a little work it's going to be even better than it was before. I'm told.


Stephsco said...

I like the line about the sea and the ocean. I have something concept in one of my WIPs (no worries, it's worded very differently) with a grandma and a granddaughter and their connection to the ocean. You can get such powerful imagery from the ocean and beach. You could always flip the gramma part to after the beginning of the line, starting with "I was made of salt water and seaweed, a child of the ocean, just like my gramma." Maybe? :) I am also very focused on revisions at the moment.

Katy Upperman said...

I'm excited you're getting started on your revisions, and that you've got a plan of attack. I love the lines you shared, particularly the first one. It's really beautiful! Have a great week, lady. (Also, I'm going to text you later about setting up a play/writing date or dinner or something fun. :-))

Jaime Morrow said...

I love the words you shared, Mandie! I think they make great opening lines. I really have to agree with you about fresh eyes on a project. I get WAY too close to my stories and can't tell whether they're garbage or not. I also have the same difficulties with NaNo. It's tempting every year to jump on board, but then I always tank and it does awful things to my confidence in my writing ability. Good luck with all your revisions this week! :-)

Erin L. Funk said...

I thinks that's a beautiful opening for your book! I love that imagery of salt-water and seaweed being a part of your mc and that she supposedly inherited that from her grandmother. Gorgeous and intriguing!

I'm not a fast writer either, which is why I've never opted to do NaNo. I always feel like every word choice, no matter how small, affects everything that comes after, so I don't rush. Plus I need lots of time to mull. I can see why you'd decide against doing NaNo again, not that I'm trying to discourage you lol.

It's great that you have a game plan in mind for your revisions! Good luck tackling those! :)

Liz Parker said...

There's nothing better than a good CP. Good luck on your goals this week! I love the liens you shared and am with Katy on that first one--beautiful!

Alison Miller said...

Love that line! And from my experience, EVERY revision I've done has resulted in something better. You can do this! PS - aren't CPs the best?! I don't know how I'd function without mine!

Mandie Baxter said...

Oh I like that! And yes, the ocean has great imagery!

Mandie Baxter said...

Thanks! And sounds good! I think we're free Saturday afternoon. Not 100% sure on Sunday yet.

Mandie Baxter said...

Thanks! And yes, me and my firs CP plot and plan we're both so close to it. Helps to have a second who doesn't know it.
That's exactly how I am with nano. I want to finished but the pressure kicks in and I fail.

Mandie Baxter said...

Thanks so much!!

Mandie Baxter said...

Yes they are!! Not sure I could function without mine. And thanks!

Mandie Baxter said...

Thanks so much!
Everyone has so much fun and get so much done and I want to but...I need to stop myself.

Dana Elmendorf said...

What I like about your post is seeing the aspects of your writing being the challenge. Each week I post on RSW I list the external obstacle that kept me from my writing, which happens, but I need to factor in the internal challenges in my writing. I hope you succeed at coming up with a plan for tackling your revisions.

karyne norton said...

I hear you on the NaNo thing. I think that's why myWriteClub is better for me. I can change my goals as I need to fit my scenario and timing. I hope you get lots of revision time in this week!

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