Monday, 31 August 2015

Ready, Set, WRITE! - Wrap Up



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)


Last week I wanted to write 5,000 words (1,000 handwritten), and finish G is for Gabrys.  And I can say...

I did it!

Well, I didn't do the handwritten one, but that's mostly because I was working my arse off trying to finish Gabrys.  I finished the week with 9,220 words, 2,872 of them yesterday in my desperation to finish it before today.  I think I can live with not handwriting those...!

2. How I did on the summer's goal(s)


My ultimate goals were: Make discernible progress on (or, even better, finish):

  • The Reconstruction of Kirill
  • The Rose Queen
and finish:
  • J is for Jonathan
  • G is for Gabrys

And while I've done nothing on The Rose Queen, I did write a chapter on Reconstruction of Kirill (which to be honest is more than I'd done before the summer!), and I totally finished J is for Jonathan and (finally!) G is for Gabrys!

I also had: Try to make some progress on plotting out Dust & Ash, because I don't think that can go anywhere without one.  And this one didn't really work out, mostly because Camp NaNo happened and I suddenly ended up with unexpected characters and an unexpected plot!  (Not that I'd change Ais and Lirio for the world.)

And as for this one...  And, finally, finish at least one item out of the four crochet projects that're sitting behind me exuding a malevolent aura.  I did finally figure out how to stop it sitting behind me and exuding a malevolent aura...

I dumped it upstairs where it couldn't glare at me instead.  Sorry, crochet.

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


Throwing back his hood, Makary was apparently of the same mind: his sword slid effortlessly from its sheath and batted away Ardashir’s first lunge like it was nothing.  He made short work of the second and third too, but by then Ardashir seemed to have his measure.  Each thrust was parried, and in return each retaliation was deflected like it was nothing.  It was said that Līzahran was the tongue of the wind whispering sand over the dunes, but that truly was the whisper of blade drawn over blade before another clang resounded throughout the close confines of the corridor.
It was beautiful, almost balletic, and Ardashir was gradually winning.  It would only be a matter of minutes before his superior training got the better of Makary, and Rafay was still in no state to fight—
A crash filled the hall.  Ardashir staggered one step, two, then hit the ground face-first.
Just beyond, the quiet sarayi with the close-cropped black hair let the remains of a thick urn clatter from his fingers to the floor.  When he spoke, it was softly-accented Līzahran.  “I have no wish to go back to those small rooms and put up with him again.”
“It’s less problematic than killing him,” Demiah agreed, grabbing Gabrys’s hand and pulling him towards the door.  “Come on, my prince, before we’re drowning in guards.”
It didn’t escape Gabrys’s notice, from the corner of his eye, that both Makary and Rafay gave Ardashir’s senseless body a surreptitious kick.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week


Getting the bloody story finished.  I found writing the excerpt in particular very satisfying.  :p

5. The biggest challenge I faced this summer


Motivation, and getting over my inability to write even a sentence without feeling sick.  And I did it!  And more to the point, I've come out the other side with two new stories I never expected!

6. Something I love about my WIP(s)


I think it has to be that, even if they're troublesome, my characters still do things (generally without me) and I'm just writing to keep up.


And finally...



I don't really do manicures, but I did actually make an effort with my nails for a photo.  They're in a better state than they were when I started RSW actually, so perhaps the increase in writing has agreed with them!  (On that note, over summer I wrote 57,375 words...!)


Thank you to everyone for this summer, it's been so much fun!  To Erin, Alison, Elodie, Katy and Jaime for setting this up for us, and to everyone else for sharing in the experience!

You're all amazing!

27 comments:

  1. Wow, congratulations on finishing your manuscript! ^_^ It's been a fantastic challenge. Over 50K this summer is awesome!

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    1. It was such a relief to get it done! It was only supposed to be 300-700 words, but somehow it's topped out at ~20,800 instead. I'm not sure how a short story turned into a mini-novella, but there we go...

      Thank you! I'm really surprised it was that much! I hope I can keep the momentum going without RSW to keep me on track...!

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  2. Congrats on getting to the end(s)! Love that feeling. And I love sword fighting! =)

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    1. Thank you! I used to hate getting to the end because it meant it was over and between that and an appalling attention span managed to never actually finish anything... but when I finished a novella it turned out to be a massive high and I've felt a lot better about it since, haha.

      It was unexpected swordfighting, haha. Didn't bank on it happening in the story!

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  3. You did amazingly well this summer! I'm seriously blown away by all that you've accomplished, and inspired to up my own game. :-) Your nails look great, and your excerpt is fantastic. I love how elegant your voice is. Congrats on a super productive summer, Pax, and best of luck as we move into autumn!

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    1. Awwww thank you! I'm surprised that I got as much done as I have. I'm usually terrible at things like this, so I was expecting to give up and slink away after a couple of weeks... But I had so much fun and I really don't think I would have got as much done without it!

      And thank you for the compliment on my nails too! For a while I had a big notch in one of them from learning to make chainmail that stuck around far longer than I'd expected, I'm almost surprised it's gone now. As to the excerpt... I think Gabrys would like to take credit for the tone, he insisted on it as nothing else would fit a prince! *grins*

      Thank you so much for running RSW! It's been an incredible experience. :)

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  4. WOW! You made so much progress! And congrats on completing your goals this week! Thank you so much for joining us this summer!

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    1. Thank you! I made so much more than I ever expected, it's been a real happy surprise!

      Thank you for having me, haha, and thank you for running RSW, it's been absolutely amazing!

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  5. OMG Congrats on finishing! That is amazing news. Also I've been meaning to ask is there a specific reason you wish to hand write a portion of your words each week? I always forget to ask.

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    1. Thank you! I almost can't believe I finished it! After expecting it to be around 300-700 words, that it's turned out to be 20,800 has been both amusing and a tiiiiny bit horrifying, haha.

      The handwriting thing is... actually probably a bit weird now I think about it! As a challenge with a couple of friends, we decided to entirely handwrite our Camp NaNo projects. None of us got to 50,000 by a long shot, but I enjoyed it so much and found I got so much more done that way (we think it's because you can't go back and edit sections easily when you get stuck) that I've carried on since. It turns out handwriting stories is really therapeutic too, and is great exercise for my downright awful handwriting since I usually use a computer for everything.

      Basically, it makes me more productive because I can't keep fiddling around with stuff without making a complete mess of it. :p Also, I have a terrible fountain pen habit and it means I get to use them and all my different inks. *grins*

      (This is probably a little longer answer than you really needed...!)

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  6. Holy crap what a lot of words! Congrats!!!

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    1. Haha, that was my reaction when I added them all together too! Didn't think there'd be that many... Thank you! :D

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  7. Congrats on completing the manuscript! And that's an impressive amount of words you kicked out. *high fives* I love, love the beginning of your excerpt, especially this line: "It was said that Līzahran was the tongue of the wind whispering sand over the dunes, but that truly was the whisper of blade drawn over blade before another clang resounded throughout the close confines of the corridor."

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    1. Thank you! *high five* Though I think some of it was blind panic... I was thinking how finishing it is one of my summer goals and I've been complaining about it for weeks, I can't get to Monday and not have it finished! And when I finished it, it was such a massive relief... haha!

      And thank you! *grins* I'd had half of that line hanging around for a while and couldn't think of where it needed to go, but as soon as I got to that scene I realised it must have been waiting for that moment... (At least, that's my poetic reasoning. :p )

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  8. Completing a manuscript is such a thrill as well as relief, congratulations!

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    1. Definitely, I still can't believe I've finally finished it! Thank you! :)

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  9. Wow, awesome progress on your word count this week and over the whole summer! Way to go! I love the excerpt, too. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! This has definitely been my most productive week out of the whole summer... probably blind panic trying to finish the story! And thank you, you too! :D

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  10. Congrats on finishing your manuscript and the words! And 57k this summer?! AWESOME. You are awesome.

    Love the excerpt!

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    1. Thank you! Although I think part of it was I didn't want to have so many unfinished things on my summer to-do list, and it's such a relief to be able to cross it off! It accounts for a fair chunk of my words, I think...

      Awww, thank you!

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  11. You got so much done this summer! That's awesome! And congrats on finishing up your manuscript. :-) I'm so happy you decided to join us for RSW this summer! And thank you for all the encouragement!

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    1. Oh, and I really enjoyed your excerpt! (Wanted to mention that and totally forgot.)

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    2. I can't believe I managed to stick it out, if I'm honest. I have a terrible track record with things like this, but everyone was so lovely and encouraging it made it fun instead of nerve-wracking, and now I feel quite bereft knowing I'm not going to be writing an update and reading everyone else's next Monday! Thank you for running it, it was a real pleasure taking part!

      And thank you! :D

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  12. WOWWWW. You had such an awesomely productive summer! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I've enjoyed watching your progress. Keep up the good work this fall! <3

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    1. Haha, thank you! It wasn't quite productive in the ways I was expecting, but I'm satisfied with the way it turned out in the end. ;) And I've really enjoyed keeping up with your progress too! I'll try, and I hope autumn's good to you too. :)

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  13. Congrats on finishing your MS and making it to over 50K words this summer--that's amazing! You rock!

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    1. Thank you! I still can't believe it's actually done (or that it's so bloody long, haha)! And the amount I've written really surprised me...

      I'm pretty sure we all rock, just for being able to keep going! :D I hope you have a great autumn!

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