Monday, 22 June 2015

Ready, Set, WRITE! 2015 - Week Three

Ready, Set, WRITE! is a summer writing challenge hosted by Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty UppermanJaime Morrow and Elodie Nowodazkij as a way to encourage participants to get going on their projects and to help keep us accountable.  We share brief updates every Monday so as not to interrupt writing time with blogging.  You can find out more here or check out others' updates over at the hosts' blogs.

1. How I did on last week’s goal(s)


It was E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) last week, so with the games announcements and conferences I missed a whole day's writing on Monday and didn't get much done on Tuesday, but (drumroll please) I did finally finish chapter 6 — twice, actually, since I thought I'd done and then realised I missed something — and I did finally write 3k (3,078, in fact), but I still haven't finished Gabrys's story because most of my efforts were focused on getting back into RoK.

2. My goal(s) for this week


Continue to try to write at least 3,000 words and preferably 5,000 words — if I managed to improve based on last week, then surely I can do it again without E3 to distract me!

I'd also like to finally finish G for Gabrys, considering it should've been done in April.

Lastly, chapter 7 calls (though a little less urgently than 6 did), so I'd like to be around halfway through it.

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


“Good morning, slave.  I hope you’re looking forwards to your daily stabbing.”

I swear that actually says "first"

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week


Weirdly, a sex scene.  Just couldn't get into writing it, which is probably why chapter 6 stalled in the first place.  Also, my own handwriting: RoK's plot notes are handwritten so I occasionally find words and go "...what?"

And, of course, procrastination, my old friend.

5. Something I love about my WIP


Haha ... ask me again in a week?  I might have finally rediscovered it by then... though Kirill's developing a backbone a little quicker than expected/intended, so maybe there's that...


Thank you everyone for your lovely comments, they were incredibly motivating!  Good luck to everyone this week too!

20 comments:

  1. Ouch! Poor slave! Super intriguing though. =) I had a few stalls of my own last week. So here's to a stall-free week, we can do it!

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    1. Haha, and this is before it gets worse for him. ;)

      I hope your week is stall-free too--you're right, we can do it! :D

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  2. Ha! Love that line from your WiP! Also, sounds like you had a super productive week, despite all that was going on. Yay for making it through chapter 6 and good luck with chapter 7!

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    1. Thank you, I think I'll need all the luck I can get: I can feel the story occasionally trying to derail itself! Hopefully I can crack the whip a bit during chapter 7, remind it who's boss. (...That won't work, will it?)

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  3. DAILY stabbing??? That sounds fun, lol. I'm jealous of your productivity! Even with all you had going on! Good luck this week.... :)

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    1. Haha, I think it'll be about as fun as it sounds, definitely. ;) Ahh, my productivity is mostly down to having to handwrite one section, strangely: I wrote more that way than I have sat in front of the keyboard... I might have to try it again this week, if Monday is anything to go by.

      Good luck to you too. :)

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  4. Daily stabbings? omg.

    I'm rooting for you to start loving your WIP again this week :)

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    1. I'm pretty sure that was what my MC thought too, haha!

      Thank you, I am too. It might just be starting to happen though, I started working on it yesterday without actually meaning to (which felt a bit weird...). I do miss loving it...

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  5. I can think of a context in which a daily stabbing might be a lot of fun, depending on who's doing the honors, and how...

    Sounds like a very solid week, with a good path to another! =D

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    1. LOL, unfortunately for Kir he's gone from the fun kind to the painful, pointy kind that involves sharp metal--otherwise he'd completely agree with you. ;)

      Thank you, I can only hope so...! (Though it's not feeling like it right now...)

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  6. Hooray for words written despite mega distractions! Whoop! Yeah!

    Sometimes sex scenes can be terribly hard to write, particularly if you're trying to suit characters or a mood that doesn't match your own. And... well, pressure. We all know about sex and performance anxiety.... ;-)

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    1. Haha, thank you! And yes... definitely wasn't in the mood, but it had to be done or I'd never finish it... Kinda wish I'd wished performance anxiety on one of the characters, it would have made it all so much easier. :p

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  7. We definitely understand that feeling of needing to search for something that you love about your WIP. Hopefully next week you'll have something awesome to share with us. Good luck with your goals :D

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    1. Thank you, hopefully I'll find it soon. Hoping that putting it aside a little might help me look at it more fondly, haha.

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  8. Haha when I tried to write my first sex scene I had to get myself a beer first to build up my courage :) Great job on the word count and hope this week goes well!

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    1. Aughhh I was terrible when I first started writing sex scenes. I couldn't believe I was actually shy about what I was writing, haha. In the end I made myself write some for an Xmas smut challenge and... somehow, after all that, came out the other side as a smut writer... Not quite sure what happened there.

      Thank you!

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  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with sex scenes, haha. (Writing them, I mean. I have no trouble reading them...)

    Great job on the words last week, and I hope you get a lot more this week!

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    1. Haha, I definitely prefer reading them over writing them--writing them is too much effort. *grins*

      Thank you!

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  10. Great job with your goals, and I loved the line you shared. So funny. Definitely understand the feeling of "what to love?" about the current WIP, but I think you'll find it soon. The love/hate thing is so typical of WIPs - at least for me it is!

    Good luck this week!

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    1. Ahh I do hope I find something to love about it soon... Thank you, and I'm glad you liked it! :)

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