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Writing On Amid Entropy: Ready. Set. Write! July 13 -20, 2015 (Week 6 Update)

e66ae-rsw4Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, we check in at the linky, or one of the host blogs. Come join in, or cheer us on!

And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

I was a day late last week, and the linky list closed before I could post my link. That was a bummer, and I’m determined that, despite a weekend when everything I tried to do seemed to go of in some random and unexpected direction, I’ll have this post up by midnight!

I’m not going to say a lot, except this: I’m writing. The story has come to life, and I’m more or less along for the ride, waiting to see how much cooler my characters are going to make this story than what I plotted….

So, up goes the post, and on goes my life – see you all next week! Don’t forget to check out some other RSW posts at the #RSW2105 hashtag, or check in on the linky..

Color-coding key:

Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

Goal in progress = green.

Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

I’m making progress…not the blazing, get-to-everything progress I was hoping for, but progress that fit relatively sanely with the rest of life…but when I look at my goals list, I see I did indeed make progress!

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: draft to 45K as my July CampNaNoWriMo novel. 40,202/45,000 words. I didn’t quite make it, due to life being, well…life. I did write 34,135 words for the week, so this is a positive, if not quite the win I was hoping for.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and submit ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post. Sponsor post delivered. 8/9 features posted or scheduled, and.a bonus reblog, too! The final post (my ROW80 update) ran late. Almost a win on posting; but the sponsor post is a solid win!
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me! Fine-tune the flowand get to at least a few of the ‘pending’ comments, too! Made some dedicated ‘elderly comment’ and visiting time in my Thursday cycle.. keeping new comments tended to, and even answered five pending comments. Not caught up, but closer by a bit.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015; submit Annalise’s PASS test scores to school district. I’ve started the peer review form, and photographed th test results, which came earlier in the week. No win, but progress.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times. 5/5. This can safely be called habit, I think! =D A great big WIN!!!
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)  No, still not. Almost, but the weekend chaos got in the way…

My goals for this week:

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: draft to 70K as my July CampNaNoWriMo novel. This translates to 29,798 words for the week; less than last week’s total.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, Since I ‘m still in the thick of drafting, I won’t be too fussy about timing – I just want to get all 9 up by week’s end.
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me! Fine-tune the flowand get to at least a few of the ‘pending’ comments, too! Keep on fitting this into my schedule….

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015; submit Annalise’s PASS test scores to school district. I started; now time to finish! =)

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate four times. Adding a bit to this goal, for the stretch, and the soul.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =) Giving this to myself as a gift!

A favorite line  passage from my story:

“She had no answers, as yet – nay, the first Hunt must be for the words to speak what was there within her, growing and ever Changing. Then must come the Hunt that planned the Hunt to help those who had the need…

So many Hunts – and no certainty that she would take her prey, that she wasn’t simply snapping at dartwings..”.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Entropy. Sometimes life just doesn’t go according to plan, and I’m not as good at adapting as I’d like to be…this week, I’ll try for more flexibility. =)

Something I love about my WIP:

  • The characters have all come to life – and there’s more life, conflict, depth, strength, hunger, vulmerability and all those other great storymaking threads than I could ever have planned…which gives me an idea you might hear more about, in a week of two.

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 20, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

 

Author:

I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

6 thoughts on “Writing On Amid Entropy: Ready. Set. Write! July 13 -20, 2015 (Week 6 Update)

  1. That’s a lot of words to write in just one week! I may have written that many words in a week, though I wasn’t consciously keeping track of how many words I wrote in a given timespan till fairly recently. The most I know, off the top of my head, was that Chapter 41 (“Union with a Snake”) of my second Russian historical, The Twelfth Time, was a bit over 17,000 words written over the span of three days. When I’ve had a scene, chapter, or even entire book stored and memorized in my head for years, it comes gushing forth so much quicker. I had that particular book in my head for about half of my life, even if it came out a bit differently than I’d originally planned it in 1995, and didn’t stick exactly to the notes I’d made in 2001.

    1. When my characters take over – WHOOOSH! I once had a 13K DAY – but the kids were away for the day, and I had really no other plans, and the characters had a LOT to say…

      I generally can expect to write a few thousand words a day, and, like you, it’s easier when I have a very clear sense of where things are going…

      I’m so glad to have gotten those words in, to be relatively where I want to be despite the late start, and to be able to breathe a bit more deeply today, reconnect with my family, and get back to a few of the other goals that were set aside for this push…

      I never ever stick exactly to my notes and plotting, but I still view those as invaluable tools for getting a basic sense of my characters and their stories.

      You’ve probably got me beat for overall words written, though – and certainly more than I had when I was your age. =)

    1. In my case, it’s less pounding out the words, as doing a lot of development and open-ended plotting before I start, and then getting to the point where the characters take over – once that happens, I tend to write a lot, and quickly, and what I write feels true and is usually better than what I planned.

      I absolutely love that point – and I got there somewhere around Thursday of Friday.

      I write a lot, so 50,000 words in a month really isn’t a high count, anymore – but when I first really started NaNo, when my kids were 5 and 8, I could barely get there.

      Thanks for the well-wishes! =D

    1. It was so much fun! The characters have come to life, and now I just can’t type fast enough to suit them! That’s a problem I really don’t mind having! =)

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