Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bloginfestation and WIP Report

I am really feeling the blog fest craziness. I don't think I've posted a "normal" entry in a long time. Life is truckin' along, keeping me busy, but I love the blogfests. I want to support my new blog buddies, so I sign up. Well, May has a blog fest every other day it seems. I guess I need to say no. *sigh* That's a hard one. They are just so much fun, and some really challenge me to step out of my comfort zone. Others I chicken out of *cough* bad girl *cough*...what were we talking about?

Revisions are coming along nicely. When I started this round, my word count hovered around 87,000 words. Over the last month I cut down to 84,000. Now I've reached the point that I am adding a few things for clarification or to tie down dangling plot lines. (Luckily only 2 of those that I know of). I've crept back up to 85,000 and think I'll stay pretty close to this area. I'm deep into chapter 23, rushing towards the climax. These chapters are quite long and I'm wondering if I need to break them up some more.

All in all, I feel like I have made a lot of progress since February. Some days I work on it a lot, other days not at all. I'm still in love with my idea and my characters. I can look at the old version, compare it to the new version and feel the success from hard work and perseverance. I'm getting really excited. Really excited, which scares me. So, to keep me grounded, here's a song that I relate to this writing experience.

1st Verse, catching the writing disease as it sneaks up on us and takes us prisoner. We accept it and then make a commitment:
 I felt it,
the wire touch my neck and
then someone pulled it tighter.
I never saw it coming.
I started to black out and
then someone said good morning.
I took it as a warning,
I should have seen it coming.
So now I take a chance on
this thing we may have started.
Intentional or not,
I don't think we saw it coming.
It's all adding up to something,
That as of some involvement, (who wrote this line? and what does it mean?)
That as for our commitment
I think I see it coming
If we step out on that limb.
Chorus--the emotional roller coaster:
My heart beat, beats me senselessly
Why's everything gotta be so intense with me?
I'm trying to handle all this unpredictability.
In all probability
It's a Long Shot, but I say WHY NOT?
If I say forget it, I know I'll regret it.
It's a long shot, just to beat these odds.
The chance is we won't make it,
But I know if we don't take it,
There's No Chance!
Cause your the best I got.
So take the Long Shot!

How are you coming along on your WIP?

7 comments:

  1. Blogfests are addicting. I sometimes forget to do a regular post or get distracted (it's easy to distract me).

    I finally finished the outline of the first draft in my YA book. It's done and I've started the rewrite but thought it might makes things easier to have each chapter outlined on a note card. Never done it before but this is also my first rewrite so we'll see how both go.

    Yay for progress. Hope things keep going well for you.

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  2. Well done on making progress. I did a LOT of planning for my revisions for such a long time, because of an editing course I was doing (How To Review Your Novel). It's paying off now as the actual rewrites are coming along easily because of the millions of notes I have on characters, plot, settings etc etc. As I finish each chapter, I save and load it to my Kindle. It's really motivating me to keep going when I see my book title and my name in amongst my favourite books :-)

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  3. It sounds like things are going really well with your novel. I'm glad that the fine tuning is working out and the word count, but mostly, it's wonderful that you still love the characters and the story. That's the most important thing. Good luck with it!

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  4. Congrats on the wip! Woo hoo! I love it when things move ahead!

    Oh, I'm still revising my wip. But it's coming along nicely. (I can't wait until I'm done! =) )

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  5. Yay! I'm glad things are going well!! My WiP is a bit meh at the moment because I'm trying to catch up on course work BUT the other night I read a bit I can't even remember writing a loved the majority of it. That was nice :~)

    Ah, blogfests are so addictive. I'm going to have to say no at some point too *sighs* I don't want to though :P

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  6. I'm taking the long shot on my WIP's. But am commited to getting past starting and finishing revisions, which means less time in blogging. I just said no to one fest but will give my support by reading the entries.
    Good to hear about your progress!

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  7. I love blogfests too! I had to double post on some days to keep up with my posting schedule and all the blogfests for May! Probably will have to continue that for a while!

    You have an award at my blog!

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