June 10, 2014

Ready. Set. Write!

I'm super excited to participate in "Ready. Set. Write!" this summer! I desperately need to draft my WWII spy thriller by early September and so RSW couldn't have come at a better time. Wanna join me?

In short, RSW is a summer writing intensive that encourages writers to set goals, account for those goals, and to cheer each other on as we strive to meet those goals. The RSW hosts this year are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman; and details about the intensive can be found HERE.

This week we're setting our goals! Here are mine: 

1. Complete a first draft of my WIP, a spy thriller set in Occupied France. Think Grave Mercy but set in WWII.

2. Do not crumple in failure at this goal. For serious, Caroline. I am a slow-as-a-sloth drafter but I can do it! I think! Maybe!

3. To accomplish said goal (*whimpers*), strive to write two chapters a week. I can do it! I think! Maybe!

Haha. So basically I have One Big Goal. A really big one because, like I mentioned above, I'm terribly slow and I sort of hate drafting. Now, I love revising! I could do it forever. In fact, if given the chance, I'd probably re-write The Only Thing to Fear all over again—just because I can't seem to stop tinkering with a project if you let me. But my editor has already pried TOTtF from my cold, gnarled fingers so I need to start tinkering with a new project ... but I can't do that until I actually have a draft to work with.

So ... *Grumbles*

There you have it! My goal. Let's see if I can do it! I shall reward myself with mint chocolate ice cream and brownies!

9 comments:

  1. Caroline, I'm so glad you're joining us this summer! Best of luck with your draft -- you can TOTALLY do it. You should join us for some Twitter writing parties when the Baby Overlord is sleeping. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much for having me, Katy! I'm really excited for RSW, and a bit nervous too since I'm already wondering if I can meet my goal. Haha. But the Twitter writing parties sound so fun! The baby is generally asleep by 7:30 so I should be able to participate!

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  2. Ooooooh, good luck! I... may hove to join this movement!!

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    1. Oh, you should totally do it, Sara! It'd be so fun to have another new mama doing this with me!

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  3. YAY! So glad you're joining too. The Twitter parties really help. I need to get myself into one, but it's harder on the West Coast, haha. Good luck!

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    1. Wahoo, it'll be awesome to do RSW with you!!! Can't wait to hear what you're working on!

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  4. I admire you so much for writing historical fiction. I'm too lazy to do all that research! Good luck with your goals!

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    1. Haha, believe me when I say that I wonder if I've gone mad for writing historical fiction! And I say that even as a big history nerd! Haha. But it has been quite fun and it's a good thing that I like research. :)

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  5. So glad you're joining in! Good luck - you can do it! I thought I was a slow drafter until I pushed myself to write faster (sh*tty first draft FTW!) and managed to write 25K for Camp NaNoWriMo. I also much prefer the revision stage, which is why I'm excited that's my goal for this summer. Happy writing!

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