Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WiP Wednesday 5/5


I must admit to being quite distracted over the last week and a half or so.

And not just by the delicious sweet pork enchilada that I had when I went out for Mexican the last day of school.

Finals were last week and let's just say life was a little hectic and a lot stressful.

But I survived.  And I still managed to add words to my WiP.

I've (I hope) complicated and deepened the internal conflict for my MC.  There's this letter.  I love letters.  And I love dreams.  Those are my two favorite ways of upsetting a character's delicate balance.

The letter could be a game-changer.  As long as I set it up properly.  Which will have to happen in revisions because I'm focused on moving forward.  (Except that I found that adding a couple of paragraphs very early on in the story actually does quite nicely at setting up the letter.  Added those yesterday and am still moving forward.)  Forward progress.  It was one of the pitfalls of my last novel.  (You know, the one that took me 8 years to reach "The End.")  I kept revising what I'd written and not continuing the story forward.

I've learned better now.  I know that I have to keep pushing myself so that I keep writing.  Then I can revise when I've got a full first draft.

Now that school is over, I should have more free time to write.  And read.  That will be nice.  I still plan to pursue photography.  We'll just see how much it actually gets done.

What else did I get done on the book?  Oh, I spent some time going back through all the random notes I've left for myself in places and wrote out an entire page of plotting ideas.  Just little things that I can add to complicate and deepen conflicts and such.  So there's a whole checklist for me to reference as I move forward from here.

I'm pushing close to the halfway mark at this point and I'm super-excited.

When I finish (which will hopefully happen this month) I plan on celebrating big time.  And by big time I mean sushi.

How are your WiPs going?

Now if you'll pardon me, I'm off to enjoy some Cinco de Mayo celebrations at a favorite Mexican restaurant.  Just as soon as I get off of work.


  1. Congrats on finishing up finals! That is a good accomplishment. And good luck finishing your WiP!!!

  2. Congrats on finals! Mine just started today and go until next Tuesday, yay! :(

    Good luck on finishing the WIP, I'm about 16k into my YA right now. :)

  3. Yum...Mexican and Sushi, perfect celebration meals! I'm on the revision process of my WIP, but procrastinating. Reading that you are getting it done amongst all your other activities is inspiring! For photos, I'm involved in the 365 day project, shooting everyday. They may not be great but having my camera in hand every day even just for a few pictures is progress. Congrats on your progress!

  4. Keep pushing yourself forward. You're totally WIPping your WIP. Way to go!

  5. Congratulations on finishing your finals! I work on my WIPs the same way, pushing through until I finish before going into the revision stage. I've got one WIP going into the edit stage, but I seem to be readying myself to start a new WIP too, which is always the fun part, all the prep stuff that goes on in my brain!

  6. Congrats on pushing forward. I have the same problem sometimes, keep going back and revising instead of heading to the finish line. Good luck!

  7. Well done you for pushing yourself. I admitt, like you admitt at the start of this post, I keep procrastinating, preoccupying myself with other things be it TV, playing WOW online, reading or taking silly long hot bubble baths leaving me no time to write in the evening. But having said that I have continued to think about my writing as well as think and plan other projects for competitions I plan to enter so I have been scribbling lots of ideas in my notebook but just no actual serious writing.
    My BF actually helped my last surge of serious writing -which was sooo long ago on Monday- by simply pointing out that I would never get published if I didn't get any writing done. So I did write if only to prove something to him as well as myself.

    I guess it all comes down to discipline and setting a time each day to write and do nothing else but, almost like an appointment between yourself and your work.

    But thumbs up to you for keeping the train of imagination rolling.

    You've inspired and shamed me to get a move on with my own writing this weekend when I'm not tired out from work.

  8. I totally forgot about Cinco de Mayo! I'm glad your work is moving along well. Since I write and do photography as well, I know how difficult it can be to do two creative things at once. It can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time. :)


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