R.S.W! Week 8 (Really?!) Check In

Ready. Set. Write! Summer 2015

Taken from Jaime Morrow: RSW

It’s not like we have enough to do, right? Right. So we’ve decided to join the Ready. Set. Write! crew this summer and set some realistic goals for ourselves. If you wanna play along click on the link above to venture to Katie Upperman’s blog (one of the hosts along with Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij) and find all the deets about the summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting, accountability, and camaraderie.

Long time no see! It’s been a hectic two weeks but now we’re ready to share our progress.

Pam’s Check In:

  1. Turn in my revision to Awesome Agent.–>I wish I had an oven timer attached to me because this goal is DONE. And now while I wait to hear from Awesome Agent about my revision, I can get cracking with drafting a new idea.

  2. FINALLY finish reading Paper Towns.–> Again, CHIME. That’s my oven timer, if you couldn’t tell. Now it’s time to search for my next book.

  3. Spend time with friends.–>Not only did Quita and I get to spend time with Racquel, but we get to see her later this week for the SCBWI conference in LA–woo hoo!

Quita’s Check In:

1. Revise at least half of YOU WILL LOSE HIM –>  Closebutnotquite…I almost got to the halfway point and then I fell out of love with the draft again and took a little break to re-plot. I’m definitely having a supreme love/hate relationship with this revision.

2. Hopefully get back to reading–> I successfully finished Laurie Halse Anderson’s Catalyst and will now move on to something new. Woo hoo!

3. Enjoy time with friends (see Pam’s # 3)–> Yay! This was definitely a success. Any time we get to see our sistah Racquel, I’m always happy.

Our Goals for the Week

Pam:

1. Write at least 2000 words for my new WIP.

2. Read half of a new novel during travels to and from LA (book still to be determined).

3. Attend a session outside of my comfort zone while at SCBWI (I’m looking at you picture book and/or nonfiction workshops).

4. Work out at least once while in LA (and hopefully not get lost with Quita during my jog through the city this time).

Quita:

1. Settle on a new plan for YOU WILL LOSE HIM & stick with it (if no writing gets done this week, that’s okay)

2. Complete character sketches & plotting for WIP (maybe start writing this to take a break from revising??)

3. Begin reading a new novel

4. Enjoy the LA SCBWI International Conference!!

One Word/Phrase that Encompasses What We Wrote/Revised:

Pam:

Satisfied. As I’ve mentioned before, the revision was a challenge, but I was overall pleased with the final product.

Quita:

Love-hate. Okay, that’s cheating a little bit…but like I mentioned before, I keep going up and down with this revision so that’s the best I can think of right now.

Biggest Challenge We Faced This Week:

Pam & Quita:

Since we were not able to provide an update last week, there’s no denying that time has once again been our enemy.

Something We Love About our WIPs/Novels We’re Revising:

Pam:

That this round of revisions is DONE…ha!

Quita:

The love part of the love-hate relationship I have for my novel continues to be my female MC. She’s the reason that I keep hanging on. I want to tell her story…I just gotta figure out how.

So that’s all we’ve got this week. What about you guys?

** Also just a quick heads up: Since, as we’ve mentioned, we’ll be in LA for the AWESOME SCBWI conference, we most likely won’t have time to do our check in next Monday. However, we’ll be sure to be around the interwebz to see how you all are doing!**

R.S.W! (Not So Much Of a) Check In

It’s not like we have enough to do, right? Right. So we’ve decided to join the Ready. Set. Write! crew this summer and set some realistic goals for ourselves. If you wanna play along click on the link above to venture to Katie Upperman’s blog (one of the hosts along with Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij) and find all the deets about the summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting, accountability, and camaraderie.

Deadlines in the form of creative writing (for Pam that she sent to her awesome agent) and academic assignments (for Quita ) have hindered us from giving you a proper update this week. Alas, we will return to our regulalry scheduled updates next week. In the meantime you can rest knowing that we did accomplish MOST of our goals last week and we intend to give you full updates next week.

Until then…tell the truth:

R.S.W! Week 6 Check-In- This Week Is SO Much Better!

Taken from Jaime Morrow: RSW

Taken from Jaime Morrow: RSW

It’s not like we have enough to do, right? Right. So we’ve decided to join the Ready. Set. Write! crew this summer and set some realistic goals for ourselves. If you wanna play along click on the link above to venture to Katie Upperman’s blog (one of the hosts along with Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij) and find all the deets about the summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting, accountability, and camaraderie.

After reading through our post from last week to report how much (awesome) progress we made this week we realized…we FAILED last week’s post. We left out a bunch of key components in our check-in. Thus, we vow to make this the most epic check-in post ever. Or, at least we’ll follow the rules this time 😉

Pam’s Check In:

  1. Finish revisions on my YA thriller, THROUGH OUR TEETH--> In progress. Though I may not meet my July 15th deadline to finish my revisions, I’m well on my way to being done by July 20th. I’m still debating what my incentive shall be for finishing. Something chocolate, perhaps?
  2. Write at least 15k words of a new WIP–>Not in progress. No worries, though. As soon as I turn in my revision to my awesome agent, I am ready to delve head first into this new world.
  3. Read at least 5 books–>I’ve been reading my first out of the 5 books FOREVER. Actually, I have not had a chance to read the first out of my 5 books. So…I will begin actually penciling in reading time to finally finish Paper Towns (especially since the movies comes out July 24th).
  4. Exercise 3-4 times a week (including running!)–>I managed to wake up early and work out 3 times this past week. Woo hoo! Still a bit too hot to run, but power walking counts, right? Right??!!
  5. Do something FUN or FOR MYSELF at least once each weekend–>My name is Pam, and I have recently become addicted to the band, Twenty One Pilots. So something “fun” for me was to watch their live performances and interviews on YouTube all weekend. Yeah, I’m sad.

Quita’s Check In:

  1. Work on revisions of YA contemp novel–>I have successfully revised the first three chapters of YOU WILL LOSE HIM! Hey…where’s my confetti???
  2. Plot/ begin writing at least 10k of new WIP–>I worked on the character worksheet that Pam mentioned a couple weeks ago provided by Jodi Hedlund (it can be found here) and plotted another scene. So…no actual writing has occurred on this project yet, but I’m getting there :/
  3. Read 4-5 books–> While I didn’t read any books (at least not any for pleasure. Much reading of articles and chapters for school has occurred), I did BUY a new book at B & N this weekend. So, the TBR pile grows and I’m doing nothing to tackle it. *sigh*
  4. Less work, more play on the weekends–> The plan was to see The Gallows for the “play” this weekend. You can’t see me right now, but I’m blinking.
  5. Exercise at least 3xs a week–> So, we did some dancing again, walked/jogged for over two miles, and threw a little Mixed Martial Arts in there–it sounds MUCH more impressive than it really is.

Our Goals for the Week

Pam:

1. Turn in my revision to Awesome Agent.

2. FINALLY finish reading Paper Towns.

3. Spend time with friends (me and Quita’s long lost Charlie’s Angel, Racquel, will be in town this week, woo to the hoo!)

Quita:

1. Revise at least half of YOU WILL LOSE HIM before next week. I need to get this thing done!

2. Hopefully get back to reading

3. Enjoy time with friends (see Pam’s # 3)

One Word/Phrase that Encompasses What We Wrote/Revised:

Pam:

Challenging. I’m changing my protagonist’s motivation just a little, which means changing and/or removing some of her thoughts and dialogue. Getting rid of some of your favorite lines is always difficult.

Quita:

Progress. You guys! I’m making really good progress.

Biggest Challenge We Faced This Week:

Pam:

See my response above. Killing your darlings ain’t no joke!

Quita:

Getting back into my revisions for YOU WILL LOSE HIM. Once again I almost threw in the towel on this novel. I gave myself the pity talk: “No one wants this book. It doesn’t work, blah, blah, blah.” But now I’m finding my groove again.

Something We Love About our WIPs/Novels We’re Revising:

Pam:

Now that her motivation has changed, I’m rooting for my protagonist. I thought it was fun before just to write about someone a little cray cray, but writing about someone who’s conflicted is far more rewarding.

Quita:

The work that I’m doing with one of the supporting characters. I love feedback that I received from an agent who requested a R & R because she helped me realize how important one of the characters is to the entire story, and now I am having so much fun with this character.

That’s been our week…what about you guys??

R.S.W! Week 5 (Well technically…Week 4, But Who’s Counting???)

Taken from Jaime Morrow: RSW

Taken from Jaime Morrow: RSW

It’s not like we have enough to do, right? Right. So we’ve decided to join the Ready. Set. Write! crew this summer and set some realistic goals for ourselves. If you wanna play along click on the link above to venture to Katie Upperman’s blog (one of the hosts along with Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij) and find all the deets about the summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting, accountability, and camaraderie.

Hey guys! So after our OH SO relaxing vacay in Trinidad ( WE KNOW, RIGHT?!) we’re ready to give you our weekly check in. Here it goes…

Pam’s Check In:

  1. Finish revisions on my YA thriller, THROUGH OUR TEETH-->In progress. I’ve read through my latest draft, and jotted down notes on scenes I need to adjust/add/delete. I would LOVE to be done with this revision by July 15th (fingers crossed!).
  2. Write at least 15k words of a new WIP–> Um…I have not written a lick of this since I’m waiting to be done with revisions first. HOWEVER, I have a slight inkling of a plot now–at first, all I knew was who my two main characters would be.
  3. Read at least 5 books–> You would think being on vacation last week meant plenty of reading time. Nope. I lounged by the pool, talked my face off, and went on tours. I definitely need to step up my reading game.
  4. Exercise 3-4 times a week (including running!)–> I did manage to work out once while in Trinidad–though I think trekking around 4 different airports should definitely count as exercise. I made up for it by doing a Tabata session yesterday, and my legs are still weeping.
  5. Do something FUN or FOR MYSELF at least once each weekend–> After my beautiful trip, I spent the weekend doing NOTHING. Well, Quita did drag me to see the Magic Mike sequel. But I’d call a weekend where I mostly laid around and cleaned off my DVR pretty successful.

Quita’s Check In:

  1. Work on revisions of YA contemp novel–>I wrote half of a scene and am fleshing out the plot/main character some more. Also, I am realizing the importance of other major character. I’d call that a win.
  2. Plot/ begin writing at least 10k of new WIP–>I’ve plotted two scenes for a historical that I planned to write two years ago…however, while vacaying in Trinidad I read the beginning of a novel I started (and abandoned) for a NaNo project and am now considering letting THAT be my new WIP. This is how my mind works…
  3. Read 4-5 books–> Yeah…I was planning on finishing the Laurie Halse Anderson novel I started while on the planes (yes, you read that right, Pam and I were on several planes back and forth from Trinidad) alas, I spent more time in and out of sleep and people watching instead of reading.
  4. Less work, more play on the weekends–> Didn’t you read what Pam wrote? We saw Magic Mike XXL…I’d consider that some play, right??
  5. Exercise at least 3xs a week–> There was lots of walking in Trinidad & the dancing exercise that took place that one day on vacay &, as mentioned, Tabata…thighs & legs are definitely screaming today.

So, that’s our story for this week! What do you guys have?