Monday, August 4, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 9)


1. How I did on last week's goals: My goal was to write every day on Chain Gang, my main WIP, and not be sidetracked by the MG and short. And I did it! Every day I pulled CG up and worked on it for a total of 7,300 words.

2. My goals for this week: Same thing. 

3. A fav line(s) from my WIP: 

“Why are you telling me this?”

A breeze ruffles my hair across my face. I’m slow in tucking it away. “Because…I thought…you could come with me.” My voice is small, as insignificant as our perch on the side of the megalith.

He gathers my hair into his fist at the side of my neck. His knuckles are warm, pressing into my pulse. “I want to be with you, Tam. But your ‘plan’ is suicide.” 

The cool derision in his voice hits me like a slap in the face.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week: Burn out. I'm in the homestretch, but perversely it feels like every word is pushing me farther back. A new scene will beget a new scene will beget a new scene and now that I'm drawing to a close, I'm finding all sorts of ends that need tied up. Stop it ends, stop it! 

5. Something I love about my WIP: I've said it once, but I'll say it again: my main guy character, Darcy(that's him sounding like a class A jerk in the above excerpt, btw). I get butterflies even just typing his name! How pathetic is that? I've liked my other guy characters perfectly well, but there is just something about Darcy that's gotten under my skin. I'm thinking maybe b/c I dreamed him? {In the same dream that I got the idea for Chain Gang from.}

Before I go, here's a new pic I pinned to my Chain Gang storyboard. I'm a sucker for white lights!

{Like truly, if there were a support group for white light lovers, I should join.}

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!

42 comments:

  1. I like your little snippet! It's tricky to have to tie everything up when you get to the end of your WIP. There's actually one part of my book that I DIDN'T tie up--but on purpose...I'm hoping I can get away with it.

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    1. It's always a plus when things work out in your writing that way you hope. =) MUCH better than the alternative!

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  2. Love the snippet! And congrats on all the words this week! I have the same problem with a lot of my stories - new scenes begetting new scenes? Sometimes I have to just jot down those threads and see if I really need them when I start revisions. Good luck! And congrats on winning the care package!

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    1. Thanks again! And yes, I can not wait to hit this thing w/revisions- it so needs it!

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  3. Wow Leandra, you've kept it up and that's what counts. There's always revision for later.

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  4. Congrats on achieving your goals this week, and for such a great snippet!

    I wrote NO new words on my WIP for a week. I came close to making the decision to abandon it altogether. But then my husband returned from his lengthy business trip and talked me out of it by convincing me that, yeah this draft really sucks, but the science behind it is valid and interesting and I have new ideas now that will make a future draft unique, but only if I find my way to the end of the story.

    So, just like you are seeing that each scene begets new scenes you hadn't planned on but need to be written, I am making up my mind to write chapters I know I won't need, containing characters I know will get cut, just to find my way to the end of this darn story. It's going to be a really ugly lump of coal, but without it I can never make a diamond.

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    1. I love how much of a support your husband is for you in your writing. He sounds like such a great guy! And absolutely, you can't revise nothing. Keep pushing and I know you're going to break through it!

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  5. Congrats on your all the words this week! And I love how your character is getting under your skin like that. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks! And yup, Darcy does that quite well. ;)

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  6. Great job this week! Endings can be one of the hardest parts, because it's tricky to tie everything together! Love the snippet. :)

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    1. Yes, endings have always been my nemesis! I rewrote the ending to my last story three times. Hoping that doesn't happen w/this one!

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  7. FANTASTIC snippet! and I hear you on endings...they really stink because then you realize you've got to go back and revise--which is an exciting prospect when drafting but then you're actually revising and it's like ugghhh lol. <~~ my professional summary of writing lmao

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    1. Yes! I'm excited to get into revisions- until I'm knee deep in them and everything I change just means more work. Double ugghhh! ;)

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  8. Awesome snippet! And I totally hear ya on falling for some characters--I've had a few that I just adore :) Good luck this week!!

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    1. I wonder why we just click w/some on that level? I know it's not b/c Darcy's a lot like me- b/c he sure isn't! Maybe that's the reason why? Hmm...Maybe it's just b/c he's super good looking and has muscles. I'm not shallow at all, lol!

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  9. Awesome on your word count, Leandra! Great snippet, too! I think it's also great that your guy character gets under your skin. That just means he feels real to you, and that's wonderful. I often feel that way, that my characters are real, and just maybe, that they exist somewhere out there in this or another Universe. I'm transcribing their stories, not just making it up.

    Good luck with wrapping things up. Just take it one little bit at a time. You'll get there! :)

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    1. It is amazing how real our character feel to us, isn't it? Just one of those lovely writing perks we get! =) And thanks!

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  10. Love that you feel so strongly about your MC! That excerpt was great, too. I can really hear his voice ;). Hope this week is just as productive for you!

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    1. It's like a big ol' plate of spaghetti. =D

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  12. I've encountered the same thing when nearly the end of a draft. It's like everything slows down. You'll get through it.

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    1. It's good to know I'm not the only one!

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  13. That's so cute that you're so attached to your main boy! =) Hope your husband doesn't get jealous. ;) And congrats on making so much progress. You can always tie up the loose ends in your revision. Don't sweat it!

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    1. My main boy- I like that! And naw, he just rolls his eyes, lol!

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  14. That was a fantastic excerpt. You're rocking this ready set write! Keep up the word counts because I'm looking forward to the story.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Loni! I'm super glad I participated this summer.

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  15. I LOVE your excerpt. Sounds like a really great story. Good luck this week as you continue working on it!

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  16. Ooo, that's such a good excerpt! I love the tension and how it's clear Darcy has both a good and bad effect on her. You did a super job on your goals again this week! Good luck tying up all those loose ends. That's such a tall order, and one I'm facing right now too--not with the end of a manuscript but with a trilogy. You can do it!

    Oh, and btw, I got the guitar charm in the mail! Thanks for sending that! :)

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    1. Thanks! And wow, I can only imagine trying to make sure you've gotten everything all tied up with a trilogy- shew! :) And yay, glad it made it okay.

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  17. I agree with everyone. I love your excerpt. I can't wait to read this book! 7300 words is amazing. You have incredible discipline.

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    1. Ha, only on some days! ;) I can't wait for you to read it either and help whip it into shape.

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  18. Wow! Great word count this week!!! And I love your excerpt, AND the fact that you're totally crushing on your character. I totally get that, and I DO think it's because they're more real when they come directly from your dreams. We may want to start a support club for that as well!

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    1. COCSP- Crushing On Characters Support Group. Sounds good, lol!

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  19. Hi Leandra!! Ah burnout...it's a hard thing to encounter isn't it??

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    1. It is! You just gotta push your way through it. Or up and over, or under and beneath. ;)

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  20. Oh, I love the picture! So evocative. I think I have the same challenge in my WIP. I've outlined pretty well, but when I'm actually writing the scenes, it unspools like an out of control ball of yarn being batted around by a catnip crazed kitten. Wow. That sentence was a bit out of control. *need more coffee*

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    1. Haha, that pretty much describes it! *hands over the coffee*

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