Monday, August 11, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 10)


1. How I did on last week's goals: Ackshuwally, not good. My goal was to pull up Chain Gang everyday and I did not. But I'm kind of okay w/that, b/c I did finish outlining my ending. Now I know how it's all going to play out. I just need...to write it. I do know fer shure when I'm done w/this story I definitely need to sit it aside for a bit and concentrate on something else.

 2. My goals for this week: Write six days this week, w/one day off.

3. A fav line(s) from my WIP: 

Darcy’s waiting for me. “Where’s your head?” he asks.

“Right here.” I tap my temple.

“It needs to be here.” He reaches out and shakes the chain.

I nod tightly, aware that the monkeys in our vicinity are hanging onto every word. “Guess it’s just first day back jitters.”

“Then get rid of them.” His arm is still stretched past me, gripping the chain. His shirt is off and irritation warms my insides. How hard is it to keep you clothes on?

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week: Major major burnout. Normally I push myself through it, but not this one. So I allowed myself to be satisfied w/my outline and then just let myself read for the rest of the week. It was nice! And I needed it.

5. Something I love about my WIP: That I think the grand finale of my ending might really turn out as kick-butt as I was hoping. Though the verdict's still out on that, having not actually written it yet... 

RSW! is a summer writing intensive hosted by Erin L. FunkJaime MorrowAlison Miller, & Katy Upperman. Visit any of these lovely ladies' blogs for a full list of RSW! participants. Have a great week of writing everyone!

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  1. Great job figuring out your ending! Now you know what's going to happen, hopefully writing it will be fun. :) Good luck!

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    1. I'm hoping so too- and I did enjoy it today, so far so good! :)

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  2. Had the same kind of week you did, Leandra. Too many distractions and not enough focus. I think we all need a break so I'm not letting myself feel guilty about it either. Good luck with your goals this week and writing your ending!

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    1. I'm coming to find out that there's nobody harder on a writer than our own selves! We seem to be especially good at that. ;)

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  3. Burnout sucks, but it sounds like you dealt with it in a good way--and really, how often do we just let ourselves be satisfied with what we've achieved, instead of beating ourselves up over it? You did just that and I think I need to take some direction from you! Hope you manage to hit your goals this week and don't get burnt out again :)

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  4. I always have trouble with my endings. So congrats on getting it outlined. I don't know if it's just that time of the year, but I think burnout is spreading. We need to find an inoculation to it.

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    1. It's in the air...in the water...it's everywhere! Ah! ;)

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  5. Endings are hard to figure out, so I would consider that a victory!

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    1. Endings are major buggers. =/ Definitely enjoy my beginnings a lot more!

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  6. "His shirt is off and irritation warms my insides. How hard is it to keep you clothes on?" -- ROFLOL

    Burnout is awful, and so are the doldrums. I think that's what I went through lately, a period of glumness where I didn't like my WIP and didn't want to write. I'm just now coming out of it.

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    1. That's good to hear! You're going out and I'm coming in- gotta love the seasons we go through, eh? =)

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  7. So sorry to hear about the burnout. It is one of the hardest things to push through. Good luck getting back to new words this week! Also, love that last line of your excerpt.

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping some grit and determination will get me through it this week.

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  8. It's great to have some time off sometimes.
    Love the shirtless line! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad people are enjoying it!

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  9. I'm sure your grand finale will be tremendously kick butt! Planning is tough, so the fact that you got the ending worked out totally counts as achievement. Keep it up!

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    1. Planning is tough- I'm always second guessing myself. =/ And thanks, I'll try!

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  10. I look forward to reading your excerpts!! you're doing so well hitting goals so I'm glad you relaxed this week and just read. Sometimes I get my best ideas when I read and relax!

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    1. Aw, thanks! If I'm not writing I feel like I'm not being productive, but reading really does help keep the inspiration going, so I should spend more time reading than what I do. I wish I could quite my day job and become a professional stay at home reader. ;)

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  11. Love the little tidbits we get from your story! And that you took some time off--burn out can be a real bummer! Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks! Burn outs are bummer. My new motto, lol!

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    2. lol! Comebacks are even more awesome though :)

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  12. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a story is take a step back from it. Sounds like that worked out well for you! I hope you get a lot done this week, lady! Good luck!

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  13. Great stuff you've got there, Leandra. I really admire your dedication! I need to have more of the same discipline in my writing. Taking a breather is good for the muse. It can get physically painful forcing yourself when it's just not there. Good luck this week!

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    1. Oh, yeah, I hate how it feels when I have to force myself to write. I dread my writing times then, and that's no fun at all!

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  14. Sorry about the burnout :(. It sounds like you did the right thing though by taking a break. I like what you said about the ending turning out awesomely (though you haven't written it yet)--I really think a large part of writing and plotting just occurs in our minds before we actually write it down, so that definitely counts as meeting your goals for the week! :)

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    1. So true! I do need to think things over, sometimes for several days. Gotta have time to stew. :)

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  15. I've been getting burnout a lot lately with my article-writing. (Sigh.) Have to keep going, though, because it pays the bills. Just to be able to write fiction full-time would be SUCH a dream right now.

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    1. Oh, yeah, I bet. I'd helped a friend in college w/her homework a few times and it was SO boring! I hope that dream can come true for you someday!

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  16. It may not have met your goal, but outlining a kick-butt ending definitely sounds like a WIN to me! Congrats on that!! And I love your excerpt, especially "How hard is it to keep your clothes on?" That made me laugh out loud! Good luck on the coming week!!

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    1. Yay, thanks! And I guess I should celebrate outlines more than I do- they're definitely pull their weight in the whole scheme of things! =)

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  17. Taking a break to recharge is a good idea. Glad you know your ending - now, rock on!

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    1. *does best air guitar impression*...which absolutely no one wants to see, lol!

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  18. I can't wait to read this book! I love your snippet.

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  19. Haha! I love the last part of your "line". I feel that way half the time when I watch movies. :P I hope you're able to jump back in full force this week!

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  20. Burnout's a b...bother! It was a great idea to take a bit of time off, Leandra. ^_^

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  21. Happy Tuesday Leandra! Congrats on outlining your ending :)

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  22. It's good to set ourselves goals and targets and keep pushing ourselves - but sometimes a break is an even better idea.

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    1. It sure was this time. I'm definitely already feeling better about this week!

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  23. My goodness. You sure are putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. Just enjoy the process!

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  24. Sometimes you need a break. Nothing wrong with that.

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  25. I hear you on the burnout. It's great that you figured out the ending of your story though. Hopefully that will give you a fresh outlook on this WIP and maybe a boost of energy. Love the excerpt and I'm sure the end of your WIP will turn out every bit as kick butt as you're hoping!

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    1. It is great, I feel a lot better now that my ending isn't this murky now. A lot better! =)

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  26. I think we all need to take a break sometimes and you can find that when you return to the writing it is with renewed energy. I certainly feel more confident with my ms having taken a couple of weeks away from it. Plotting the ending sounds like a good move, you know the direction you are headed.

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    1. Knowing the direction is always comforting for me- I hate when I'm mucking around, not sure of what I'm doing! =)

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  27. Good job on your goals. I'm facing some writing burnout right now myself. Sigh.

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