Monday, 7 July 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #5

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, and I hope you’re looking forward to another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, or planning like crazy, plus a way to keep each other accountable. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief (2-3 lines per heading tops) in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goals:

I reread the second half of Engrave and fixed some minor issues. I also sorted out the first scene of Enlighten and started drafting. I was aiming for 1000 words, but I ended up writing 2200. Mission accomplished!

My goals for this week:

I’d like to add at least another 3000 words to Enlighten.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

Not quite knowing what to say, we stare at each other, our faces surreal in the lantern’s glow, an abstract mix of light and shadow.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

With Engrave, the particulars of my story beginning crashed into my head before I was even ready to start writing it. Not so with Enlighten. This one took some major brainstorming, and it was tough switching to drafting after being in revision mode. I was also in an allergy fog all weak which made coherent thoughts a bit tricky.

Something I love about my WIP:

It feels balanced to me. There’s plenty of action and plot, but there’s also a lot of character development and romance. I hope it comes across that way when other people read it.


Alrighty, folks! It’s time for our first RSW giveaway!

Each week in July, one host will be giving away a writer’s care package. The idea is that four lucky participants will receive a parcel in the mail containing all sorts of goodies to help with writing for the remainder of the summer. Enter the Rafflecopter below for this week’s giveaway, and next week we’ll announce the winner. The contest is open internationally and you have until Friday, July 11th to enter. For every week you've participated, you get one entry.

Here’s a photo of the writer’s care package you can win from me this week:


In case you’re wondering, the gold bag has two flavours of tea in it: wild cherry & chai chili pepper. Also, I loved the mug so much that I bought one for myself too, so if you win the one in the photo, I’ll send happy writing thoughts your way whenever I drink from mine. :)


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26 comments:

  1. Congrats on the word count. Sounds like you're getting into Enlighten despite the allergy fog ;)

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  2. Good luck adding more words this week! I always find that once I get something down to start off with, the words come a little easier. Hope that's the case with your WIP! And thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)

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  3. WOW! You and Jaime must be sharing the overachieving vibe this week. You did awesome!

    I try very hard to achieve a balance of dialogue, action, interiority, and description in my stories (while still keeping everything voice-y!). It's a tough balance - SO glad you've got that balance groove going! Have a great week!

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  4. When it comes to plot/action/character dev and so on, balance is SO key. Glad you're feeling good about your WIP. Good luck this week! :)

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  5. The care package looks lovely. I'm glad you surpassed your goal. taking a small writing break helps after finishing a stage of revisions or drafting. you'll find your grove. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Having read ENVISION, I can definitely say that you've struck the right balance between plot/action + character development/romance. I fully expect it's the same with ENGRAVE and now ENLIGHTEN. I love the line you shared, and I think I can guess who the two characters in the scene are. :-) I hope drafting comes a lot easier for you this week and that the allergies aren't such a pain in the bum! :D

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  7. It's definitely more challenging to write a book when we're not quite sure of the particulars. Those are the books I either have to push myself to keep working on, or step back a little and make notes (either mental or handwritten) on exactly what's going to happen, and when. Writing completely organically, with absolutely no direction, can be a recipe for disaster.

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  8. Great job this week! It can be tough to get back into drafting after edits (one of the reasons I'm taking a break from my WIP this week!) - hopefully it'll get easier! :)

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  9. I hear you on switching modes. I've been doing editing and revising for months and tried to write a few scenes for a new story from scratch. Starting from Zero was daunting! I have so much research I need to do I didn't get very far. haha
    Keep on truckin, you are making some real progress!

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  10. I adore the line you shared, Erin. Based on the little excerpts you've shared over the last few weeks, I've a feeling your prose is exactly the type I fall in love with. Congrats on all your progress! (Also, I see in your sidebar that you're reading AMELIA ANNE... I'd love to hear what you think when you're done!)

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  11. Aw! What a fun care package! That was sweet of you to put that together! And I love what you said about hoping others see your book the way you do. Isn't that the truth? It can be so hard wondering how other people view your work, but I'm just glad you see it that way. Right now I just want to get to a point in my revision where I love my work - I could care less if other people like it. ;)

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  12. You doubled your word count! I'd say that's mission accomplished for sure!
    Have a great week!

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  13. Way to go in not only reaching your goals but shooting past them! Balance is important. And I enjoyed your excerpt. Sounds sweet.

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  14. This made me want to light up my lantern and write by its light for a change!

    I was wondering what was in the gold bag! Yum! I am tea lover. I just bought two new pretty mugs this weekend too.

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  15. Good job accomplishing your goals. Have a great writing week!

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  16. ONCE AGAIN, THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGING COMMENTS, EVERYONE! AND TO WHOEVER WINS THE WRITER'S CARE PACKAGE, I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT! HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK FILLED WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF WORDS! :)

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  17. Mission accomplished, woot! And yay for a balanced ms. That is such a great feeling. And I LOVE that care package, so fun! :D Have a happy, productive week!

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  18. Yay for beating your goal. That's awesome! And balance is good. I'm struggling with that now. Making sure it's evened out with friends, issues and romance!! You'll have to share your secret on that.

    Awesome giveaway! Winner will be lucky to get it! Good luck this week!

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  19. I love that excerpt! I've always loved your voice :) You write really good sentences. Is that a weird compliment? Good luck this week!

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  20. I love that mug, the rose is so vivid and pretty. Good job on last week and best of luck for this one! And thanks for the giveaway opportunity, so many goodies!

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  21. Woooo hoo on beating your goal, Erin!!!!!! That excerpt is just awesome. Good luck with your goals this week!

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  22. Very cool imagery, the play on shadows and light. And high five for doubling the wordage you were going after!

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  23. I am so inspired by your giveaway care package. It makes me want to create a care package for somebody too. You rock. Congrats on hitting your goals. I hope the allergies are better this week and that you keep on rocking it.

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  24. Yay for 2200 words!!! Your writer care package is awesome (and pretty!) - thanks for offering it up :)

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  25. Congrats on exceeding your goal this week! I love that writer care package. Crossing my fingers that I win! :)

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  26. Ugh, allergy fogs are the worst. I've been rearranging furniture which has stirred up a lot of dust, so I can relate :/

    Great job getting all those words last week! Hopefully you're able to make such great progress this week!

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