This is update #2 for me, because this time last week I was working on the 24-hour musical, but I believe most people are on update #3, so take your pick (I’m not sure which to use :P).
Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your hosts are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman.
How I did on last week’s goal(s). (not as well as hoped)
1. Draft new query. Mostly done. Uh, I think. I’m tweaking here and there.
2. Send out one or two of June query batch. Going to have to give this one a temporal miss. I’m allowing myself leniency on missing June because I had exams at its beginning, but still…
3. Send chapter one of When the Clock Broke to Beta4. Write this scene from WTCB3 that is nagging me. Done and [mostly] done. I have yet to look over the notes from said Beta, though.
4. Plan integral plot of Steampunk ‘H’, ready for next month. Done! With a couple of days to spare. I’m excited about this, as it features (sword) fight scenes, Latinate Italy, and a people called NovoSapiens.
5. Survive these next couple of weeks: University of Reading Open Days and the unfortunately-timed Wantage Hall ball (I will have 4/5 hours max sleep between the ball and getting up at 7 to be in the Psych department for 8.30, five hours of showing around visitors, then changing and running to a swing demonstration)… Then, the following day I have a choir performance, and the day(s) after that musical things… I’m alive! I have been so busy…
(Also: Fix the alt gr key on my laptop. Any ideas?) Minimal progress because I’m no mechanic. Sometimes, it works; sometimes it doesn’t.
My goal(s) for this week.
1. Stop watching so many Steam Powered Giraffe live videos. I’m serious – this fangirling is the core of my procrastination, and it’s getting out of hand!
But aren’t they great?! *runs around bedroom*
2. CAMPNANOWRIMO. Yes, it deserved capslock. I’m going to be moving back home this week, so I don’t expect as much to be written, but I am hoping to do at least 1K a day. That’s reasonable.
3. July WTCB query batch. Please.
That’s it for now. I’m letting NaNo take centre stage for now.
A favourite line from my project OR a word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Simplicity. I’m currently ducking in and out of Victoria Grefer’s guide Writing For You, and one chapter has struck me, about how the most grammatical of writing is not always the best/most interesting. I really wish someone had alerted me to this earlier, as I’ve read so much online picking at bad grammar, that I failed to pick up that convoluted sentences just to escape using a certain ill-style are as bad. So, as part of my summer goal of trying to make WTCB more hooking, I’ve been revising for those florid phrases of mine that make little sense.
The biggest challenge I faced this week.
Effort. I struggle at editing simply because I don’t find it entertaining. It’s not the cutting, nor the tweaking, but the actual act of reading something not for pleasure but for accuracy and with negatives in mind all the time. I love WTCB, I really do, but I’ve reached that point where I need someone with stricter goals for the novel to guide my editing.
Something I love about my WiP.
I’m billing When the Clock Broke as ‘light Steampunk’ because of its technical NeoVictorian/2010 setting (see my rant from last update about what is and isn’t Steampunk to me), and this is helping me deepen the setting in the first chapters. I’ve always known there were gaslamps on the streets, but having a character explicitly look at one paints the scene better, I believe.