Ready Set Write

Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 5th update!

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Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkKaty Upperman and myself. (For the detailed information about RSW, including  the wonderful buttons created by the lovely Jaime, click here)

 

And don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter, we check and cheer each other on using #RSWrite

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

  • Write 20000 words. Yes, I’m shooting high but I need to finish drafting this book in the next three weeks. And the beauty of having written A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER? I already know my characters very very well. –> I wrote about 9500 words, so nope BUT I did end up doing a few other things: received the copy edits of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER, finished those and then I worked on formatting ASLNO for e-ARCs and on the paperback cover of ASLNO. e-ARCs should be ready today for members of my FB group :), and I started working on the paperback version of ONE DREAM ONLY in German.

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  • Spend at least an hour each day doing business things. –> DONE!
  • Publish a blog post on Tuesday about self-publishing (my experience with Freebooksy and some of the ads I have planned for release week) –> DONE (I focused mainly on my experience with Freebooksy)
  • Enjoy my cover reveal day on Thursday –> I did. Not in the way I first had planned but I still did 🙂 Thanks again so much for the cover love!
  • Run 3 times this week and do strength training at least twice. –> Worked out 3 times and ran twice

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

  • Write 10000 words in ASB (back in Scrivener)
  • Finalize the ASLNO e-Arcs and send them out first to FB group and then set it up on Netgalley.
  • Finalize the paperback version of ASLNO
  • Work out 3 times and run 2 times
  • Work on the detailed timeline to release date
  • Write post on self-publishing

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

Nick bends down, his face so close to mine and I want to close my eyes, I want to feel his lips on mine again, his arms around me. “You’re Emilia Moretti. You’re the best Mario Bros player. You’re kind and you’re strong. You’re stubborn and you’re talented. You’re funny and you think you’re awkward. You’re sexy and you’re amazing.” His lips touch that spot right under my ear and I shiver at the contact. “Show them who you are.” He repeats and this time, I nod.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Reminding myself it’s a first draft. And taking notes for things I’m wondering I should change without going back and changing them. Yet.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

One character who made me cry. (sounds weird, but it was really an emotional scene…)

Are you participating in RSW? 
Don’t forget to link to your  update below!

Giveaway time!

Part of #RSWrite include  giveaways (open internationally)

Big congrats to Susan Crispell, lucky winner of last week’s Ready. Set. Write! prize package! Susan, you can contact Jaime via DM on Twitter to give her your address 🙂

and this week, I’m giving away a few things that I hope will help fuel your creativity 🙂

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Giveaway open internationally, to RSW participants only.
To enter, click the link below!

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I am SO very much looking forward to reading all about your progress!

Ready Set Write

Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 4th update!

RSW9

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkKaty Upperman and myself. (For the detailed information about RSW, including  the wonderful buttons created by the lovely Jaime, click here)

And don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter, we check and cheer each other on using #RSWrite

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

  • Revise A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and send it to my copy-editor –> DONE!
  • Outline ALWAYS SECOND BEST (I have about 30000 words, but they’re in need of rewrite and reorganization since I finished A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER) –> Progress.
  • Write 5000 words in ALWAYS SECOND BEST –> Nope. I’ve had a hard time getting back into a writing groove but I now know where my story is going so I need to sit my butt in the chair. And write.
  • Spend at least one hour per day on business matters –> DONE!
  • Run 3 times a week and do strength training at least twice this week –> ALMOST! I ran twice and did strength training 2 times.

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

  • Write 20000 words. Yes, I’m shooting high but I need to finish drafting this book in the next three weeks. And the beauty of having written A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER? I already know my characters very very well.
  • Spend at least an hour each day doing business things.
  • Publish a blog post on Tuesday about self-publishing (my experience with Freebooksy and some of the ads I have planned for release week)
  • Enjoy my cover reveal day on Thursday
  • Run 3 times this week and do strength training at least twice.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

“You deserve everything,” Nick says.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Getting back into a writing groove after working so hard on my revisions.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

Spending more time with Em & Nick.

Are you participating in RSW? 
Don’t forget to link to your first update below!

Giveaway time!

Part of #RSWrite include  giveaways (open internationally) and this week, Jaime has something awesome planned for you. AWESOME, I’m telling you: this amazing writer’s care package.

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coiled journal with Every Summer Has A Story on it, to-do, checklist pad of paper, heart-shaped Post-it notes, Fineline markers (fine tip), pencil case with flip-flop pattern, mini binder clips in fun colours, two rolls of washi tape, Revlon, sparkly nail file, Haute in the Heat Essie nail polish, EOS sweet mint lip balm, Maynards wine gums, Smarties, Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookie Crunch bar

Giveaway open internationally, to RSW participants only.
To enter, click the link below!

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I am SO very much looking forward to reading all about your progress!

Ready Set Write

Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 3rd update

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Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkKaty Upperman and myself. (For the detailed information about RSW, including  the wonderful buttons created by the lovely Jaime, click here)

And don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter, we check and cheer each other on using #RSWrite

Hope everyone had a wonderful second week!

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

  • Finish revising as planned on Monday –> DONE! 🙂 🙂 🙂 And have already received amazing helpful feedback. On track for publication on July 30th!
  • Outline and revise/rewrite 15000 words for ALWAYS SECOND BEST –> Nope. #ElodieFail I wrote about 5000 words spread in different stories and added about 5000 to A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER.
  • Prepare the cover reveal for A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER –> DONE! Xpresso Book Tours is organizing the reveal 🙂 So. Exciting.
  • Share the blurb on A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER on my Facebook group. –> DONE! I even shared a video for the occasion. I’m totally awkward on it but it was fun.
  • Dedicate at least an hour a day to business-related tasks. –> DONE! Accomplished quite a lot so YAY!
  • Run 3 times this week. –> DONE! Ran 4 times this week including my first 5k ever.

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

  • Revise A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and send it to my copy-editor
  • Outline ALWAYS SECOND BEST (I have about 30000 words, but they’re in need of rewrite and reorganization since I finished A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER(
  • Write 5000 words in ALWAYS SECOND BEST
  • Spend at least one hour per day on business matters
  • Run 3 times a week and do strength training at least twice this week.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

“Lips that are so fucking inviting I should get a prize for not asking if I could kiss her.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Balancing the business side and the writing side…

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

The feedback from my beta readers. Thanks to them, I really have the feeling that people will fall in love with Em & Nick and ❤ ❤ ❤ this makes me so happy! Plus, I get to continue stretching my writing thanks to their feedback. So, yay!

I am SO very much looking forward to reading all about your progress!

Don’t forget to add your update via the linky 🙂

 

Ready Set Write

Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 2nd update

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Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkKaty Upperman and myself. (For the detailed information about RSW, including  the wonderful buttons created by the lovely Jaime, click here)

And don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter, we check and cheer each other on using #RSWrite

Hope everyone had a wonderful second week!

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

  • Rewrite the first two chapters of my thriller in 3rd and in 1st to see which one works best DONE! 3rd it is but man that’s going to be HARD!
  • Possibly start revising A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and if not make the revision plan of YOU ARE MINE and revise at least 3 hours a day. DONE! I am actually almost done revising A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER. I need to add a few more scenes and re-read it and off it goes to a wonderful reader tomorrow (well today by the time this post comes up)
  • Business side of things: detailed business plan DONE! I’ve done the business plan for A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER. I might share it with you all. Still thinking about it 😛
  • Finish reading the book for book club on Friday ALMOST DONE! –> I was at 85% by the time book club came around.
  • (and run 3 times this week) DONE! And I ran my first 5k without stopping on Thursday 🙂

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

  • Finish revising as planned on Monday
  • Outline and revise/rewrite 15000 words for ALWAYS SECOND BEST
  • Prepare the cover reveal for A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER
  • Share the blurb on A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER on my Facebook group.
  • Dedicate at least an hour a day to business-related tasks.
  • Run 3 times this week.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

“I can’t deal with someone else telling me what’s good for me, what I should do, what I need, what I want. I know what I want.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Fleshing out scenes I had been trying to avoid and had summarized. Digging deeper.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

That this revision is making it SO. MUCH. STRONGER. (Thanks again Riley!)

I am SO very much looking forward to reading all about your progress!

Don’t forget to add your update via the linky 🙂

 

Happy Friday, writing, YA Book Club

A late happy Friday :D because well it´s really Saturday…

It´s actually Saturday so technically I am a tad late but really, if you come to think of it, yesterday´s post was also a happy one 😀 (review of The Fault in Our Stars for the YA Book Club).

I would love to know what made YOU smile last week…

Writing: My flash fiction “Look, don´t touch” made it to the second round of the Campaign Challenge..Thanks again Gina for letting me know! I am so excited and I did a little *happy dance*, especially as I am thinking about expanding it to a full draft at some point. Colin kindly pointed out to the writing contest of Janet Reid to win a copy of Insurgent. I wrote a little something something, now let´s wait and see 😀 There´s still some time and I have read some amazing entries!

Blogging: The YA Book Club is a lot of fun and I´m very happy I have joined. And…did you notice the new layout of my blog? I have tabs now! And I even have a real picture of me (actually two! because the one in my About Me is different)…

SCBWI: I took another big step and joined SCBWI! I am trying to organize a monthly lunch in my area to meet with writers and discuss our craft 😀

So, tell me what made YOU smile this past week?