Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Summer Writing Goals

What's up Wednesday is brought to you by Jaime and Erin.  It's a way to share what's up in your life in just four easy steps!

What I'm Reading

After getting sucked into a Kindle Daily Deal that I wound up finding fairly dopey (and so I will not be reviewing) I'm back on track with Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff.  I picked up an ARC at the Rochester Teen Book Festival--it's not the kind of thing I think I would have bought, but it looked interesting and I decided to give it a shot.  So far I'm really intrigued, and it has the definite bonus factor of very short chapters--great for finding little bits of time to read.

What I'm Writing

I'm so excited to be participating in Ready. Set. Write!  Check out explanations from the hosts, Katy, Jaime, Erin, Elodie, and Alison, if you want to join in!
  • Goal for the summer: Finish the first (real) draft of my WiP, Last, and do one or two rounds of heavy-duty revisions.  Essentially, get this thing to where I can send it to CP/beta readers. 
  • Goal for this week: Keep adding words!  My new-and-improved summer writing schedule is at least 750 words every weekday, weekends off.  
  • Challenge goal: Yesterday I blew past 1K because I got really into the scene I was writing.  I'm going to try for 1K words on four out of my next five writing days (counting today.)  If I don't make that, it's ok, but that's my "stretch" goal.
What Else I've Been Up To
Four days in (counting Sunday's short gym run) and I'm still excited about this whole running thing!  When you're in the kind of shape I'm in, you start to see improvements pretty fast--so jogging a section of my route that winded me on Monday felt easy-breezy today.  Yesterday was a double-distance day, so shifting back down to a single today made it feel like a vacation, not a workout.  I'm impatient for the day when I can put in a reasonable workout and run the entire time, but I know I'm getting a tiny bit better every day.

Also, I'm getting used to being sore all the time.  It kind of feels good now.  Is that normal?  

What Inspires Me Right Now
Slow and steady progress, a clean(ish) apartment, and some lovely feedback on the snippet I shared yesterday!  Thanks, everyone!

18 comments:

  1. You are totally on track to finish a rough draft and revisions this summer! I think you'll find revisions will be cake for you, since your story is already in such great condition. And good for you for this running thing. That is totally awesome! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm feeling good about this summer :)

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  2. I LOVE your challenge goal! That is such a good idea! A way to stretch yourself without too much disappointment if you don't make it.
    And yay for running! It's always fun to see immediate improvement...I've started up again after school ended, and I love feeling a little stronger every time.

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    1. I've discovered that daily goals really work for me--and if I say I want to reach a goal, more often than not, I can get to it! So I figured I'd take advantage of this extra accountability to try to push myself!

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  3. Good luck finishing your draft! Exciting!

    That book has an awesome cover! I think I may have to find myself a copy. Ta for sharing!

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    1. So far so good! I'll see where it goes!

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  4. So I just read your snippet from yesterday and WOW!!! You've got the romantic tension thing going on too! Wonderful excerpt!

    And awesome goals for the week! And the summer! I hope you have a wonderful writing week!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I love seeing everyone else's goals--RSW is such a fun idea!

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  5. SOunds like you're kicking butt, both in the writing and the running. Way to go!

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  6. Good luck with finishing your draft this summer! It's going to be an awesome summer doing RSW together. :)

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    1. Thanks! I hope it spurs on tons of great work from everyone!

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  7. I always want to start running, but I'm too scared! I'm not athletic in that way--my talents lie more in the pirouettes and high kicks area! Maybe one day I'll be brave enough (and I think it's totally normal to enjoy being sore--it hurts, but it's like a badge of honour, too.)

    I'm so excited to be starting RSW--hopefully everyone will be around to kick my ass when I'm slacking, and I can do the same for others, haha!

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    1. I think the trick is total lack of shame--I'm not athletic in ANY way, and can't do more than jog one or two lengths of my block right now, but I've decided that I don't care which of my neighbors might see me pathetically jogging and huffing away. I know that the only way I'll ever get better is to just start doing what I can every day. You could totally do it too--just put on some sneakers and give it a shot!

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  8. Don't you love it when you leave your word count in the dust because you're actually in the moment and love how the story is going? That's the best feeling! I'm so rooting for you to finish drafting this summer, and I'm sure you'll do it no problem. Granted, from the excerpts you've posted, I think your first drafts might be kind of on the superior end of things! Just sayin'! Good luck with your goals, Jess!

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    1. Yesterday was the best! Today took more doing, but I still hit my challenge goal. RSW is definitely going to be good for my writing!

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  9. Ohhhhh can´t wait to read it! :D and I love that you have a challenge goal...it´s a nice to stretch yourself without putting too much pressure which can be counterproductive :-)
    Good luck Jess!

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  10. I think fitness goals and writing goals can go hand in hand. Both are often not easy to make time for when life interferes--it's easy to make excuses. I hope you accomplish your week's goals! I should tie some exercise into my week, I always kind of assume it will happen and sometimes it doesn't.

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