Monday, August 25, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #12 Wrap-Up!

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted by Jaime MorrowErin FunkAlison Miller, and Katy Upperman

1.  HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
Well, I'm please to say that I met and surpassed my goals last week. I was originally aiming for 2000 words, then changed it to 9 pomodoro sessions instead. Ended up getting 13 sessions and 2432 words! 

Also got 6 haiku instead of 5. Double yay!

2.  SUMMER RECAP
I only started participating in the RSW program mid-way in, but I tallied what I had written from when it started, and I ended up with 19,600 words and 28 haiku! I only missed my goals twice, but I still wrote something every week. I think this is the longest that I've ever worked consistently on a project, so I'm very thankful to both the RSW program and my wonderful writing coach, Lauren SapalaI really could not be happier!

3.  A FAVORITE LINE/SNIPPET FROM MY STORY
I look up, grit my teeth, and meet her eyes. Her face is a mix of anger and pure wonder. I’m not sure who’s more surprised, me or her. I’ve never challenged my mother before, not like this.

I am both proud of myself, and scared shitless.

4.  THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
Actually, this week didn't feel challenging at all. When I switched from word count to instead aiming for a certain number of pomodoro sessions, it took a lot of the stress away. Something to keep in mind. I also had a 24 hour span of time alone at home which did me a world of good. 

5.  SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I love my WIP for the simple reason that I've been able to work on it consistently for the last three months. It feels like I'm being divinely guided to write it. :)

Also wanted to send a special thank you to all the RSW hosts! I look forward to participating again next year. And, I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! Can't believe it's gearing down and fall is just around the corner. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #11

To learn more about the Ready. Set. WRITE! summer writing program, check out Jaime Morrow's website.

1.  HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I did not achieve my goals again last week (was aiming for 1500 words)--I ended with 806 words. And honestly, even though that's not a whole lot, I'm still happy that I got something. I surpassed my haiku goal though--was aiming for 5 but wrote 6. 

2.  MY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
This week I'm aiming for 2000 words on my current WIP and 5 haiku. Actually, I'm editing that -- I aim to write for a total of at least 9 pomodoro (or is it 'pomodori'?) sessions.

3.  A FAVORITE LINE/SNIPPET FROM MY STORY
Images of my father flash before my eyes. Images that I had locked away deep in my mind--images of the horrible accident, me trying to get him out of the car, his slumped body over the steering wheel, the blood on my hands, the sirens, the rescue workers dragging me away from the crash scene, the smell of the gas, it all comes back to me, slams into me with the ferocity of a brick wall. 

4.  THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
Hubby was on vacation last week, so that was an added distraction. I'm also feeling like the story needs to process a bit, so even though I didn't put a lot of words on paper, I still feel like I've made progress. My subconscious is working things out. 

5.  SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I love that I feel that this story wants and needs to be told, that it won't let me give up on it.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #10

To learn more about the Ready. Set. WRITE! summer writing program, check out Jaime Morrow's website.

1.  HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I did not achieve my goals last week (was aiming for 2400 words) unfortunately--but did end up with 1710 words which is better than nothing. No haiku either. What can I say, the summer distractions got to me. 

2.  MY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
My husband is on vacation this week, so I'm lowering my goals. If I can reach 1500 on my WIP, I'll be happy. Aiming also for 5 haiku.

3.  A FAVORITE LINE/SNIPPET FROM MY STORY

I look at her again and something about her eyes freaks me out. It's like she's not really here, like she doesn't realize what's happening. I close the fawcett, grab the towel that's on the towel bar and carefully wrap it over her hands. The broken mirror shards and the blood-tinged sink scare me and my instincts are telling me to get her out of there.

4.  THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
My challenges this week were summer distractions, a non-stop busy weekend, a total lack of focus and just feeling mentally and physically tired. 

5.  SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I love that my WIP keeps surprising me--love those moments when I write a scene and it doesn't quite go the way I thought it would. Love that it seems to be coming from a place beyond my own imagination. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #9

To learn more about the Ready. Set. WRITE! summer writing program, check out Jaime Morrow's website.

1.  HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I achieved my goals again last week--ended up with 2427 words, and got 5 haiku in. Yay!

2.  MY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
Same as last week, I'd like to reach 2400 words on my WIP and write at least 4 haiku.

3.  A FAVORITE LINE/SNIPPET FROM MY STORY
I don't know what it is about Mel, if it's just her bold demeanour, or the way she isn't afraid to just be who she is, unabashed and head strong, but every time I'm around her, it's like I realize it's okay to laugh. It's okay to live. It's okay to be me. 
    And it feels really nice. 

4.  THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
As usual, the summer distractions were at work--especially during the weekend. BBQs, visiting family, trips to the wharf, etc. Think I need to start getting my words in earlier in the week. This week also, the simple thought of writing seemed more challenging. I think I've been in that "not sure where I'm going with this" phase.

5.  SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I love that even though I feel challenged and not always sure where I'm going, or if the words will come, I still find the courage to sit down at the keyboard. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #8

Last week I discovered the Ready. Set. WRITE! summer writing program and decided to jump in. You can learn more about it at Jaime Morrow's website.

1.  HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I achieved my goals last week--ended up with 2453 words, and got my 4 haiku in. Yay!

2.  MY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
Same as last week, I'd like to reach 2400 words on my WIP and write at least 4 haiku.

3.  A FAVORITE LINE/SNIPPET FROM MY STORY
  All kinds of emotions are swirling through me: excitement, sadness, apprehension. I'm not sure how Quinn is going to react toward me. And I'm anxious about seeing Aunt Lorraine. I'm not sure what to expect. 
    I hate the unexpected. 

4.  THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
I knew this week that I would not have my weekend writing time at the office because I would be away at a wedding, so had to carve out more time during the week to get my words in. I ended up getting my last 600 words at my father's place--so I am pretty pleased with myself! 

5.  SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I love that this story is the one that is helping me find confidence in my writing and helping me to trust the writing process.