Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September #writemotivation check-in No. 1

Wow. I was supposed to do this last week and kept getting busy. Well, at the very least, I'm getting to it now, right?

Anyway, here are the goals:
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  1. Write one blog post a week. Probably will be a #writemotivation check-in post.
  2. Edit two chapters in my WIP a week (on average). So, that's equal to at least eight chapters by the end of the month. Not a lot, but I've had wacky schedules lately, working overtime and a lot of other stuff this month (including a wedding) that will more than likely throw me off for a goal of more. 
  3. Comment on others' blogs at least three times a week. Not much, but I haven't been commenting AT ALL lately, and that's just sad.
  4. Finish editing my CP S.M. Robertson's manuscript.
So the good news is, I've completely finished one of my goals! Huzzah! I have finished my critique for my CP and we've talked and talked and talked about it, so she's off and editing!

As for the rest of them, I missed my blog post last week, but I'm doing it this week, so that's great. And I was commenting on blogs for the first two weeks, so I'm doing okay there too.

As for the most important of my goals, edit two chapters in my novel a week on average, I'm slowly falling behind on it. The problem lies in the fact that my CPs had a lot of questions about my world in them that I didn't have answers for, so I'm world building and researching. And you know what? I REALLY hate it. There is so much thought that goes into world building. So many questions I have to answer. And EVERY TIME I think I've done enough world building, there are always more questions my people ask. And that SUCKS.

My other problem with getting to the editing is that I have to write a new first chapter, and honestly? I'm afraid. I'm afraid it's going to suck. I'm afraid it won't be as interesting as my now-second chapter. And all the mundane things I think of that may have worked and been fine in any other chapter, they just don't seem good enough or exciting enough or special enough for the FIRST chapter. And so I find this fear of starting crippling. I can't get any work done on it, because I can't start. And I can't edit my now-second chapter until I know how much of my background is going to be in the first chapter.

So, that's where I am. Have you ever run into this problem with a chapter of yours? What would you do to get out of it? How are you doing with your own goals? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September #Writemotivation (and no, I'm not dead)

Well, it's been a long time. Hi everyone! Anyone still around here?

As you can see, I'm not dead. Just haven't been blogging lately. That's not to say I haven't been thinking about the blog. Every so often I come up with really good topics to write about (at least, they're really good in my mind), but I just haven't found a balance for writing.

Anyway, that's going to change at least a little bit this month. I'm participating in September's #Writemotivation. I've done it before, but I'm going to actually  meet my goals this time. Or, that's the goal. We'll see, I suppose. Haha.

Anyway, here are the goals:

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  1. Write one blog post a week. Probably will be a #writemotivation check-in post.
  2. Edit two chapters in my WIP a week (on average). So, that's equal to at least eight chapters by the end of the month. Not a lot, but I've had wacky schedules lately, working overtime and a lot of other stuff this month (including a wedding) that will more than likely throw me off for a goal of more. 
  3. Comment on others' blogs at least three times a week. Not much, but I haven't been commenting AT ALL lately, and that's just sad.
  4. Finish editing my CP S.M. Robertson's manuscript. 
That's everything!

So for updates, I'm hoping to have #4 finished today. I have just more than 100 pages left, so that's totally doable. 

Also, if you guys can remember back that far (or look at the last blog post) I was supposed to finish my WIP by the end of March? Yeah, well that didn't happen. But I did make my next goal when I made it this summer. 

Hey, I had a lot going on. I know that's not much of an excuse, but it IS what I have. I moved again. This time back to Montana. I started a new job. I was dealing with a lot of stress about a horrible moving company and getting new things set up and unpacking and whatnot. And, I have to balance my free time with getting to see my boyfriend again. So, I've had a lot going on!

But, I'm still going to try to make my end of the year goal of being at the point of querying. It's getting more and more unlikely that I'll actually make that goal, especially since I'm planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year like normal. So, I guess we'll have to see how it goes? I'm still going to try my hardest for it. 

So tell me! How have your lives been, people who are still around? Also, drop a line if you're new! Tell me about yourself. 

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday 6 and a new goal

So, remember last month when I said I was going to finish the current draft of my WIP by February 27th?

Yeah, who put money on me not making that goal?

Well, if you did, congratulations. You were correct. I owe you... something. Not money, because I don't have a lot of that. Maybe I'll give you Internet cookies. (The yummy kind, not the annoying kind.)

Anyway, so for this WIP Wednesday, do you think that I wouldn't have something to talk about? Well, there you're wrong my friends. You see, I have a new goal. I plan to finish my WIP by the end of this month.

You heard right! March 31st. That is the last possible day I can finish this draft. And you know what? I have actually been doing some writing to make that goal. Not an overwhelming amount, mind you, but enough. Enough that I'm really excited about this deadline.

So, some things that I've been noticing in the past couple of weeks of writing:

  1. I am so much more wordy than I thought. I mean I go into something thinking, "Oh, this will be a chapter" and then it ends up as three. THREE?!? 
  2. My story is falling into a good place, filled with tension. Or, at least I think so. 
  3. I need to write down what's going to happen for the rest of the book. 

See, when I started this specific draft, I knew that I was changing everything about the first half of my novel. And so, I did. I thought that meant, however, that I was going to have the second half of my novel to fall back on. But, I realize that since I changed so much about the first half, I need to rethink my second half. Not major things need to change, just specifics. Because my characters used to know things before that they don't now. So, I have to figure out how that works. 

But! I think I'm well on my way. And yes, I still have to write almost half a novel in the next two weeks (zomg... two weeks!) I'm still hopeful. 

Anyway, how are your projects going? Have you been writing lately? Do you have any deadlines coming up? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, February 4, 2013

My next goal

Hi everyone!

Wow, so last month I didn't do so well with keeping up on blogging. But! It was successful with some of my other goals. Including running a 5k. While I've run/walked 3.1 miles before, this was the first time that I was ever able to jog the entire way. Not one walked step at all. And let's face it, I couldn't even jog a whole mile when I was in high school.

Anyway! This blog is about my writing. Go visit my fitblr for more on my healthy life.

So, a while back I told you guys of my goal to get to the querying point with my current WIP. Well, I have another goal that will lead me to that one.

I plan to finish the current draft of my novel by Feb. 27. 

This goal kind of has to do with a friend and a date that she set (or really, someone set for her) to finish her current draft. I'm pitching it as my own goal as well, so we can get some work done.

So, we both have less than a month to finish up our drafts. That's a really scary thought because we both have a lot of work to do. But, it's a good, and manageable goal. And if we both try hard, we can totally do it.

So, if you guys want to help me out, I'd sure appreciate it. How? Well just hit me up with a comment here or maybe a twitter shoutout asking me how my writing is going. I'm hoping you guys will help hold me accountable for this goal, because I really want to make it.

Anyway, that's all for me today. What have you guys been up to? How are your projects going? Got any goals you want to share that I can help you out with? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Taken by storm

Sometimes there's something that sneaks up on you and takes you by storm. It could be a book. It could be a movie.

Today, for me, is a TV Show.

I put Dance Academy on my Netflix instant cue on a whim. I like dancing, and I like music. I also like teen drama. So, I would like this... maybe... sometime in the future.

It was a literal blind choosing that had me watching this after I finished the show I was working on (Angel... I'll talk about that later, though).

The premise of this Australian show is the characters are students at a private classical dance school in Sydney.

There are a couple of things that make me love this show.

One: Compelling characters. I love Abigail (dark haired girl), the misunderstood, cool and aloof girl with a heart of gold and just wants to be a principle dancer at a ballet company. I also really love Kat (blonde girl), the free spirit who just can't get her life together. And you have to love Sammy (boy on the right). He is so cute. But really, they are each different and flawed, and I love watching them interact.

Two: Suspense. The night before last, I was watching this before I went to bed. I told myself I would watch one more episode. Just one more. And then, the end of the episode came and something crazy happened. Some *gasp* moment where my heart stops and I just can't leave it at that. I need to see more. I need to know what's going to happen next.

Three: Not over-the-top plots, but real situations where you feel for the characters. They all have so many hardships to overcome, and despite the fact that all the characters are so different, the each have specific issues they must face. Although sometimes I roll my eyes at their relationship spur-of-the-moment decisions, it as a whole is still good.

Four: Beautiful dancing. What can I say? I'm a sucker for it. Bonus: It makes me want to get up and dance. And to work on being as flexible as these kids. Holy cow! I wish I could make myself move the way they can.

All of these things can be taken to writing. Well, maybe not the dancing. But everything else? That's just good writing. I sometimes need to remind myself that good writing can be found everywhere.

How about you guys? Anything recently taken you by surprise? Care to share?

Edit later that day:
So this stupid show made me break down and cry at work. Stupid show.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A new year, a new blog

Happy 2013 everyone!

Man, it's going to be really hard for me to get used to writing that now. 2013. Two. Zero. One. Three.

Hey! Fun fact: This is the first year in 25 YEARS (i.e., since the year I was born: 1987) that there are four different digits in the year. Go figure.

Anyway, it's that time of year when I'm going to talk about my goals for 2013. Because I'm tired of every year not getting much done. And this year, things are going to be different. I just know it.

Best. Year. Ever.

First off, I'm going to be a better blogger

I'm tired of this intermittent crap that I've been doing lately. And I want to get back into it. So, that's what I'm going to do.

You can expect three blogs a week from me, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And once a month, I'll actually get to doing a vlog for you all. I don't know if you'll enjoy them, but there you go. The first vlog will be next week.

Also, Wednesdays will be my check-in days to tell you how I'm doing with my writing. Because, guess what? That's one of my goals too.

Write every day

EVERY. DAY. I'm not really into the specifics of exactly how much I'm going to write. At least 500 words a day. Not a lot, I know, but there are just some days that I don't have a ton of time. And to squeeze in 500 will be good. But on other days, I'm obviously looking to be getting more. On days off? More.

Secondly, finish my WIP STAR RUBY

I have been working on this specific story now for more than two years. It's about time I get it done. This year, I'm looking to be completely done with it. That will require finishing my current draft, editing my current draft, sending it out to my lovely critique partners, getting it back and making edits and then maybe some other readers and edits as well.

So that will mean by the end of next December, I will be working on a query letter and readying it for sending it out. There is no reason, NO REASON, that this should not be happening.

Get healthy

This doesn't really have to do with writing or this blog specifically, but it's something that I'm putting out there. I've struggled with my weight and being healthy for my entire life. So this year? I'm going to change that. I won't be updating anything about that on this blog, but at my tumblr blog "My Healthy 2013" for anyone who wants to check it out. I'll be doing a variety of things each week, as well as updating on my progress.

Read more

It doesn't matter to me if it's blogs, books or articles. I want to be reading more than I did last year. Easy as that.

So that's it. All that I want to do this year spelled out for all of you. Can you relate to any of my New Year's Resolutions? Think I'll be able to keep them? What are your goals for the year? Let me know in the comments!