Accountability Monday (Again…on Tuesday!): NaNOT So Much

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.

November seems to be the month for ERE’Thing. Not only are we both teaching, but Pam’s getting her job interview on, and Quita has a conference to prepare for in CA and two class projects due this month. So…even co-authoring a project doesn’t seem to be the remedy to our # 1 issue, y’all: TIME. Can we please get some more of that?? With all that being said, we still feel like this is true:

So, we might not be on track with NaNo, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up on this co-authored project. As soon as we find the time, we’ll get back on track and get that book out of us! What about you guys–how’s it going? Also, don’t forget to check out Alicia’s blog!

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!*

Blog Series: Two For One (Co-Writing a Project)

A while back we promised a post on how we went about co-writing our MG project. Since writing the book(s) has been a process we decided to turn one post into a series. Yes, we know…consider it our gift to you 🙂

Phase 1: Drafting

What we did: We sat down together to write out the plot, character sketches, and develop the world & setting. Next, we took turns writing chapters one-by-one. One of us would write a chapter, the other would read over it (revise/edit if necessary) get a feel for the voice, and continue the story.

How’d it  turn out?: The first draft needed plenty of work. While our voice was consistent with each other’s (in terms of the writing style), there were places where the story was disjointed and we needed to make the plot flow and hone the MG voice. We also needed to work on pacing and aspects of tone during revisions.

Will we do it the same way next time?: Most likely we will continue to use the same formatting (writing a chapter, sending to the other writer, etc.) for the next project; however, we might possibly tighten the methods that we used when reading each other’s chapters and continuing the story to save time and work during revisions.

Suggestions?: Are there any other co-authors out there who have better methods for drafting a project?