Monday, 25 August 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2014 #12

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It's the end of Ready. Set. WRITE! Does that mean it's the end of summer? It definitely feels like it here, as the rain keeps pouring outside the window.

Moving on to brighter things...

How I did on this summer's goal(s)

Let's flashback to the beginning of this thing:
My main goal for RSW14 is to FINISH A FIRST DRAFT OF THE STORY KNOWN AS SURFING GIRLS. I just want to get this thing DONE!

Well, I did it! I finished! I have a first draft and now I can forget about it for the next…six months! Okay, maybe not that long. But I am excited to have a break from this story, get into something else, and go back to this one in the future with a clearer vision for what I want to achieve.



This is probably the messiest, longest, weirdest draft I've ever written. I'm not a huge planner but I usually know where the story is going even if I don't know exactly how to get there; this time around, I had no clue at all. At the halfway point I knew two ways the ending could go, and about a week from finishing I still hadn't decided which way I wanted to go. That is not a great place to be.

But I figured it out, and it's done now, and who cares if it's messy? Revisions is where all that gets fixed, and even though I know it's going to drive me crazy unraveling this story, it's also going to be so worth it.

I couldn't have finished this draft without RSW. Or, I could have, but it would have taken me another six months. So thanks to Jaime, Erin, Katy, and Alison for starting this whole thing last year. And thanks to all those who were on Twitter, cheering each other on--writing with other people, albeit through a computer and across an ocean, made everything feel a lot less solitary.


A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
“I make no promises.” Britt felt her pulse pounding and rubbed her lacquered lips together. “There was something else I wanted to ask you.”
“Shoot.”

She looked him straight in the eyes as she found the words. “Would it be okay if I kissed you right now?”

 The biggest challenge I faced this summer

It was mostly (lack of)motivation, feeling like I'd The End just kept getting further away the more I wrote, and having no clue what I was writing. Writing is isolating and crazy-making, but I feel like I kicked its ass this summer. A little, at least.


Something I love about my WIP

Even though this story was a struggle, I do love it. I love my characters and their families, their loves. I love the lengths they'll go to for each other. I love the setting and the places and people they see along the way. I love Nicole's Vogue addiction, Annabelle's messy hair, Tristan's easy smile, Britt's type-A neuroses. I love Cass' flaws.

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I hope everybody had a good time with Ready. Set. WRITE! If you finished a draft or got halfway through, outlined or wrote a query or planned or revised or whatever else--it's all something, and it's all good.

To finish, here is the music video that planted the first seed of this story in my head:



xoxo

Monday, 18 August 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2014 #11

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How I did on last week’s goal(s)

I wanted to figure out my ending and I actually did! Thank God. I also plotted out each scene I need to write to reach those magical words.

My goal(s) for this week

This week's goal is to actually, finally finish. As of right now I have six scenes (plus some other stuff) to write before I get there.

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

       She strode over to the Camaro, raised up the board, and cracked it down on the right headlight. It shattered in an explosion of glass, raining out over the ground.
     “Jesus Christ!” Asshole One covered the distance to his car in a second, skidding to a stop before he hit the glass. “You psycho bitch!”
      “Oops.” Annabelle brandished her board again, turning to the others with a wide grin on her face. “My hand slipped.”


 The biggest challenge I faced this week

I have this thing called a job? And I, like, have to go to it, when I would rather be writing? So inconsiderate.

Something I love about my WIP

Girls being take charge and kicking ass.


See you next Monday for another check-in!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2014 #10

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How I did on last week’s goal(s)

I was aiming to write five days this week, but I actually ended up doing seven, so I'm pretty happy!

My goal(s) for this week

I really, really, desperately want to get to THE END of this draftso I actually need to figure out what I want the ending to be. I want to start drastically shortening my scenes, too, getting the bare minimum written--usually I don't like to be "lazy", but I just want to get words down and this first draft done so I can move on to something else for a while.

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

       She heard Caleb’s sigh, could picture him rubbing his hand over his face in that tired way he would when she insisted on another practice midterm. “Do we have to do this over the phone? I’d rather talk to you in person. I could come over. Or,” he added when Britt didn’t say anything, “we could go someplace. If you feel more comfortable with that.”
       “I can’t.”
       “Why not?” he said, and he sounded frustrated now. “Come on, Britt. Don’t push me away.”
     “I’m not,” she said. “I swear. But the thing is, I’m in New Mexico right now and it’s kind of a long way to drive to get coffee with you.”
     The cute couple came into sight again, back around that corner they’d disappeared around, and now Britt was right opposite them—could hear their voices rising and falling as they walked by. Her stare must have been less subtle than she thought, because the tall one looked over at her, giving her a cautious smile.
     “What the fuck are you doing in New Mexico?” Caleb laughed, sweet sound in her ear. “Britt Montgomery, you are so weird.”
        “It’s a long story.” Britt dipped her chin at the guy across the street, feeling her cheeks heat, and then looked away. She flicked out her tongue to wet her lips and let herself exhale. “Maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime.”

 The biggest challenge I faced this week

My sleep schedule is so out of whack, and I'm losing all the morning writing time I was having before because I'm still lying in bed. I need to make friends with my alarm again (and maaaybe stop staying up until stupid o'clock watching Orphan Black).

Something I love about my WIP

A certain boy named Caleb. I can't help it--my stories are not complete unless they feature a sweet, hot boy somewhere!


See you next Monday for another check-in!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Five Facts {TAG}

The lovely Sara Biren tagged me for this character blog-hop, the rules for which are simple: list five facts about a character of mine.

I thought I'd share a little about Olivia Lee, a character from my MS THE QUIETEST KIND. Olivia is a new girl in my two MCs' lives, and one of my favourite girls that I've ever written.



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[art by Ciara McQueirns]


1. Olivia cannot drive, but she is an excellent shotgun rider. Music selecting, direction reading, snack passing--no-one does it better than her.


2. She came out when she was thirteen, but pretty quickly realised that she was going to spend her whole life coming out every time she met somebody new. Which is exhausting.


3. Dancing is one of the only things in the world that makes her completely--we're talking blushing, sweating, awkward-arm-movements--embarrassed.


4. She has a serious addiction to bleach, box dye, and cutting her hair with blunt scissors at stupid times of night.


5. When she grows up she'd like to teach in her old neighbourhood, create graphic novels, illustrate picture books, make short animations…anything, as long as she can have a pencil in her hand.



[art by Guy Denning]

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I'm tagging Karyne Norton and Ghenet Myrthil!


xoxo

Monday, 4 August 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2014 #9

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How I did on last week’s goal(s)

I didn't finish the scene I started last week, but I got some good words down last night(/early this morning) and finished another half-scene in the week, so I'm calling it a win.

My goal(s) for this week

I suck at writing lately, and at having motivation of any kind, so my goal is just to get back into my regular writing routine. That means sitting down to write five days this week.

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

She felt guilty for thinking that as soon as it entered her head, but—it was a little true, at least. Nicole was the wounded soul, the delicate creature. Britt was the realist, pragmatic to the core. So she needed to act like herself now, to figure out what the fuck they were going to do now.

 The biggest challenge I faced this week

I currently have tonsillitis, so there's that! I also have major brace pain. Those things+writing=NOT HAPPENING, apparently.

Something I love about my WIP

Hmm. (I'm struggling to even like this thing right now.) Let's go with one of my MCs, Britt: she won't take any shit and I love that.


See you next Monday for another check-in!