Accountability Monday (Long Time Coming…): NaNo Update- Realizing it Takes Two

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.

So…we were supposed to do LOTS of things these past few weeks to prep for NaNoWriMo. We even set up this handy dandy NaNo schedule to keep up on track…yeah, that was cute.

Wait, we DO have something to report before you think this post will be all about our failures–we HAVE brainstormed a NaNo idea! Due to the help of one our brilliant writerly friends, Jess Stork, we have decided to collaborate once again. This time we’re going to try our hands at co-writing a YA.

For the sake of being mysterious (at least for now) we’ll just say our YA will have dual POVs and everything will not be what it seems. Mwa ha ha ha…Man, that was perfect for October.

Anyway, we’ve worked out some major plot points, we know who our main characters will be, and we know which POV that we will write. Finally, we also know a little bit about our MCs. However, we need to flesh out a bit more about the story,supporting characters, and overall plot before we follow up on that “simple” NaNo schedule we laid out before.

So, that’s our overdue accountability check in. What’s going on with you all out there. Don’t forget to check out Alicia’s post!

*Also…speaking of overdue, how AWESOME is Adele’s “Hello”? If we had posted a “What We’re Into” post on Friday, it would’ve definitely been a link to that song!*

What We’re Into This Week: Starbucks

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:

STARBUCKS!

Why? Because:

  • It’s a great place to write
  • PSL and Salted Caramel Mochas in the fall
  • Peppermint Mochas in the winter (and the awesome seasonal red cup)
  • Frapps in the summer
  • Chai Lattes…whenever
  • Oh, and there are drive thrus when you don’t wanna deal w/ people

and…

  • You can now mobile order! (at least we can)

Seriously? Can it BE any more awesome? What are you into this week?

Perfect Pitching: How to Write a Good Logline (Accountability Monday)

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.

We created a schedule to get ourselves in gear and ready to write before NaNoWriMo last week. The first thing on our agenda this week is to write our loglines. Huh? The last time we had to do that was…like, never?? I mean, Quita did a few Twitter pitches awhile back and Pam might’ve written a pitch like five years ago or sumthin’ but other than that, nothing. So, we decided to do a little bit of research.

From Kidlit.com we found this information:

The best way to think about loglines is to consider the following:

1) Connect your character to your audience

2) Connect your plot to the market

From RWA San Diego we liked the following templates for actually penning the logline:

Author Stacey Nash sees the logline as three sentences in which you sum up the plot of your story answering these basic questions:

● Who is your main character?
● What does he/she want? What is his/her goal?
● Why does he/she want this (motivation)?
● What are the obstacles in his/her way?
● What makes the story unique?

Cindy Carroll (screenwriter and author) recommends using one of these structures to answer the address the elements of the logline.

● To stop A, character B must do C, but D happens.

● When A happens, character B must take some action (C), but D happens.

● Character B does something, then when A happens they must do C, but D happens.

And there was so much more but we don’t want to make this post too long! With that being said…now we have to actually get our loglines done this week. What about you guys? Any preparations for NaNo going on in your worlds?

*Don’t forget to check out Alicia’s Accountability Monday post this week!*