WiP Wednesday 6/10/13-6/16/13 — June 19, 2013

WiP Wednesday 6/10/13-6/16/13

Yeah, there wasn’t a whole lot of anything going on in my writing world last week. At least not as far as writing is concerned. There was moaning and stressing and all such emotions associated with the query process.

Mostly I played various Zelda titles to my heart’s content. But the games have been put up now in favor of writing time.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 6/3/2013-6/9/2013 — June 12, 2013

WiP Wednesday 6/3/2013-6/9/2013

This week? Progress? Yeah, not so much.

I’ve once again fallen out of love with the adventure novel. My heart is just not in it. So I’ve decided to take another break from it and see what happens the next time I open the manuscript.

I’ve got some secret stuff I’m working on right now that’s keeping my toes in the writing waters. But that’s all I’m going to say for now.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 5/27/13-6/2/13 — June 5, 2013

WiP Wednesday 5/27/13-6/2/13

I wrote about 4100 words this week on the adventure novel. I’m starting to slog through it again which is sad because I had such renewed zeal for the book when I started up with it again a month or so ago. Maybe my enthusiasm for it will resurge. I don’t think I’ll ever revise this book or shop it around or anything. But it’s been fun to write outside my normal genre for a while.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 5/20/13-5/26/13 — May 29, 2013

WiP Wednesday 5/20/13-5/26/13

I’ve debated whether to post this progress update since I think I wrote 50 words last week.

I have a very valid reason for it though. I spent the majority of last week driving through parts of 4 states as my family and I traveled for my Grandfather’s funeral in California and burial in southern Utah. It was a long week with a lot of hours spent in the car. And I get sick easily on the road so writing and reading don’t happen on road trips. Then all that time spent with family I haven’t seen since the last big event doesn’t leave time for writing. Not when visiting and condoling is, honestly, much higher priority than writing.
The funeral was beautiful and the burial was incredibly moving. He was buried with full military honors, which is an awe-inspiring thing.
WiP Wednesday 5/5/13-5/11/13 — May 15, 2013

WiP Wednesday 5/5/13-5/11/13

I actually have decent progress to report. I’d been kind of slogging through writing, doing my best to get some sort of word count in each day. Most days I wasn’t that successful. Really, I was battling the inner doubt monster in order to get any words written.

I got almost all the way done with my revision read-through on the novella. One chapter of it left and I’ll have all my notes done so I can actually go in and revise it.

I did break the 20K mark on the adventure novel. I actually beat that goal by nearly 4K words. So that was major progress. My MC has moved from Norway to Germany in his travels. (If you ever get to read this book, you’ll understand what I mean.) I’m struggling with his voice. This book is written in 1st person and present tense so it’s proving quite a challenge. That is what revisions are for, however.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 4/28/13-5/4/13 — May 8, 2013

WiP Wednesday 4/28/13-5/4/13

Uh, yeah.

Progress on the revision was nominal at best. I had several nights of poor sleep which led to sleeping to the last possible moment so I wasn’t a zombie when it came to my day job. I’m still working on a read-through to get the bigger issue stuff. When I do something like this, I use the comments feature in my word processor after copying and pasting the entire story into a new file. The file with the comments gets renamed “Draft #” and the clean file gets the story name for a label. I’m aiming to have the read-through done this week so I can start in on revisions next week.

As for the first draft of the other book, progress was also pretty slow. I’m really rusty at this whole drafting thing after so many months off from writing. I’m looking to break at least the 20K mark this week (and will report in on that next week). I don’t know why but this time around trying to draft this book I’m not feeling so bad about the book. (I really hated it when I wrote the first 16K of the book a few months back so I put it in the dust drawer.)

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 4/21-4/27 — May 1, 2013

WiP Wednesday 4/21-4/27

Progress last week was pretty nil. I’ve been really stuck and I can tell that by all the ways I found to procrastinate jumping back into this rewrite. But Saturday it really, really hit me what the problem was. I was thinking about that piece of advice you always see floating around. You know the one. Work on something not related to the book you’re revising or querying or on submission with. It’s given for various reasons, but it’s advice that needs to be followed.

If I were asked the question, “What are you working on that isn’t related to Woven or reliant upon it getting published?” well–

My answer? I have a contemporary YA that I’ve plotted out, an NA title that is 1/3 written that I’m toying with picking up again, and that’s it. The majority of what I have spent my creative capital on in the last two or so years is all connected to this one book that I have on query right now. I think why I’m so blocked and uninterested in this rewrite is that I subconsciously (and now perhaps not so subconsciously) fear that I’m setting myself up for heartbreak by working on something that so heavily relies on something not in my control to ever get seen by readers.

So, I’m reevaluating and looking at some of these other projects I’ve had ideas for and abandoned over the last couple of years. Maybe something will spark and I can find a project to work on.

Meantime, I did get the contemporary YA plotted. I just would need character sheets and then I could start writing. So that’s probably, most likely, where I’m headed from here. But I do still have that NA action-adventure novel I abandoned a while back calling my name. I may revisit it in the near future. Because I still love the story and the idea behind it so it’s perhaps worth trying to save.

How are your WiPs going?

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WiP Wednesday 4/14-4/20 — April 24, 2013

WiP Wednesday 4/14-4/20

Yeah, not so much to report this week. I kept finding little things that needed to be fixed in all the background stuff. So I didn’t get back into rewrites like I’d intended. I think I must be blocked in some way because I’m finding avoidance tactics everywhere I can.

I got a new plot bunny, too. This one’s a contemporary YA inspired by a Carrie Underwood song. I’m plotting it out but I don’t know if it’ll ever actually get written. It’s sort of falling apart the more I plot it. So we’ll see.

How are your WiPs going?

If you have a question you’re dying to ask me, something you want me to address either here on my site or over at the Dojo, send it to info(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com

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WiP Wednesday 4/7-4/13 — April 17, 2013

WiP Wednesday 4/7-4/13

Time for another update on the writing. Which didn’t happen this week.

You see, I discovered an error in some of the background/world-building stuff. An error which was crucial to fix before I could go forward with the rewrites and plotting of my latest plot bunny set in this fantasy world.

An issue which took hours and hours to fix, meaning it took the entire week to correct. My brain seriously hurts right now.

I did start plotting the new story but it’s slow-going.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 12/31-1/6 — January 9, 2013

WiP Wednesday 12/31-1/6

Well, there aren’t any updates to report. I am continuing my writing hiatus through January, I think. I didn’t read as much in November and December as I needed to. My goal is to read everything on my TBR pile this month and get working on background stuff for the YA contemporary I have brewing in my head. That way I can be prepared to start writing in February.

If I come off of writing hiatus, that is.

How are your WiPs going?

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