Accountability Monday: NaNo Prep Schedule

To keep ourselves on task with all the things (outside of academia and our day jobs) we’ve decided to join in with Alicia and her accountability posts each Monday. Usually, we’ll share our successes and failures from the previous week and upcoming goals. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

To stay with our theme of NaNoWriMo preparation, we have decided to set a timeline that will keep us on track and ready to just sit down and write during the month of November. We have set some goals that will (hopefully) hold us accountable during the month of October. We intend to check back in each Monday (of the following week) and let you all know how we did with our goal! So…wanna know our NaNo prep goals? Here they go!

Week of October 5th: Create logline

Week of October 12th: Write Synopsis

Week of October 19th: Plotting

Week of October 26th: Character Sketches

*Some of these may overlap/change/extend depending on how we feel, yo*

Feel free to use our timeline and let us know how you’re doing when we check in each week!

What are you doing to prepare for NaNo during October (if anything)? Remember, check in with Alicia to see how she’s been doing lately 🙂

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What We’re Into This Week: The Visit

In the hopes of trying to keep up with blogging after the end of RSW, we’ve decided to try and do a new weekly feature with Alicia. This feature will be something that we’re vibing on each week. It can be something BIG or small, dealing with writing or not, whatevs. Thus, this week, we’re into:

The BRILLIANT writing and pacing of the movie The Visit. If you haven’t seen this movie, GO SEE IT. We’re cheating a lil’ bit since we did see this movie over two weeks ago; however, it’s still on our minds. What does this mean? It was that GUD! The first thing we said to each other when we left? “UGH, that was the perfect plot for a book!” We really don’t want to give anything away so we’ll leave it at that, but for sure check out this trailer and then go and see the movie!

What are you into this week? Also, don’t forget to see what Alicia’s up to 🙂

Accountability Monday: NaNo Prep in September

To keep ourselves on task with all the things (outside of academia and our day jobs) we’ve decided to join in with Alicia and her accountability posts each Monday. Usually, we’ll share our successes and failures from the previous week and upcoming goals. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

This week we haven’t had much of a chance to work on writing or reading; however, we have been thinking a lot about NaNoWriMo. After trolling the internet, we came across this awesome post on YAtopia about how to successfully prepare for NaNo. Not only does this post give excellent pointers about preparing for NaNo ahead of time, but it also provides some insight on writing during the month of November if you don’t have a lot of time (something we have a little bit of experience with).

So, if you have time, check out Alicia’s accountability post as well as this NaNo prep post and let us know: are you planning for NaNo ahead of time?

7x7x7 Challenge: We’ve Been Tagged!

The amazing and talented Alicia tagged us last week in the 7-7-7 challenge and we are obliged to participate in this daunting task. What is it, you ask? Well, we have to post the 7th line on the 7th page of our WIPs, followed by the next 7 lines. Then, tag 7 other writers to take part in the challenge too. Easy, enough right? Yeah, right. Welp, here it goes!

Pam’s 7-7-7:

I’ve decided to include 7 lines from my WIP, Obligatory Black Girl. I’ve been having a love-hate relationship with this manuscript. I REALLY want to tell this story, but the stars don’t seem to align with HOW I’m telling it. Anyways, here we find my hypochondriac protagonist, Jordan (female, btw), once again paying a visit to the school nurse:

She walks over to her file cabinet and pulls out two random folders—one skinny, the other as hearty as a phone book. “You see this?” She holds up the thin folder. “This is the medical records of one of my seniors—a whole grade higher than you—and he has been diagnosed with asthma since fourth grade.” She lifts the other one and slightly groans under her breath. “This? This is yours.” She allows the folder to plop down on top of her desk and the framed picture of her Siamese cat topples face down. “’Nough said.”

I wrap my arms around each other. “I come here for proactive reasons.”

Quita’s 7-7-7:

I went with lines from a YA thriller (untitled) about a girl (Nia) who wants to clear the name of her ex-boyfriend who is accused of raping the “it” girl, her new best friend. She seeks out the help of another girl she left behind in middle school–who happened to have a crush on her back then.

He whimpers again, leans his forehead against mine. His skin is burning up—like that time he had a fever in third grade and I brought him homemade chicken noodle soup. Hot tears fall on my collarbone as his body shakes against mine. “I didn’t do anything with her. Someone set this up. Please. Believe me. Please,” he mutters.

This time I shush him. I rub his hair away from his sticky forehead “Just…what happened?” I ask, still trying my best to not look in Lindsey’s direction.

He shakes his head. “I don’t know. One minute I’m downstairs laughing with Willie and the other guys. The next thing I know I’m up here waking up next to Lindsey. Like that.”

 *Disclaimer…we were a lil’ confused about the rules (sentences vs. lines) so forgive us if our count is off*

Okay, next step…who do we tag? Specifically, Racquel and anyone else who’d like to participate! Also, make sure you check out Alicia’s accountability post today. Homegirl is doing her thang! We are going to be blogging with her every Monday to stay motivated 🙂

What We’re Into This Week

In the hopes of trying to keep up with blogging after the end of RSW, we’ve decided to try and do a new weekly feature with Alicia. This feature will be something that we’re vibing on each week. It can be something BIG or small, dealing with writing or not, whatevs. Thus, this week, we’re into:

Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything debuting at # 1 on the New York Time’s Best Seller list!

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Why are we into this? Because it gives us HOPE! This means good diverse books really can reach all audiences. Take note, publishers.

**Also, speaking of Alicia, she’s tagged us in a 7x7x7 challenge and we shall accept and do our own lil’ spin on the challenge Monday. We know…you can’t wait!**