Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IWSG - Revisions, revisions...

Hello! Today is a meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. The awesome co-hosts today are Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend! Be sure to visit their blogs and thank them for co-hosting! :)

I'm feeling a bit insecure about my revisions this month. I'm working on revising my novel, "Silent Beauty". I'm really hoping to take it from 60,000 words to 75,000 words. But I'm a little worried that what I'm adding won't always be right. I know drafts aren't perfect and this book originally started out at 32,000 words. I've come a long way, but I've still got a ways to go! I don't want to add words for the sake of words, but I want to add details that really improve the story.

I'm really hoping to get this revision done this month. I am having fun adding some scenes that really add to the characters I already have, but I'm struggling to add details with my antagonist. Also, my goal is to rewrite a good chunk of the ending.

Also, I started a new novel, but I decided to take a little break on it to go back and do revisions on "Silent Beauty". My new WIP is cute and I want to write it, but the revisions come first! :)

I know I can do it, but I'm a little worried that it might be harder than I thought! :) Here's to hoping I can do it! What are you feeling insecure about this month?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February Goals

The first month of the year is over and it's time for the next one! :) I can honestly say that January wasn't my best month. It was good, but parts of it were just hard. But I'm still going to move forward. Today is a snow day so I'm hoping to get some work done on my book! :)

The best part of my month was getting to talk to three of the 5 grade classes in the school I work in, but talking to them about writing and revising. It was so much fun! They were working on their first one page mystery story last week and the teacher invited me to talk about how a book goes through several rewrites and revisions. They were struggling with having to write a second draft. It was a great experience to share my passions with them! They were all so attentive as I talked about some basic revisions for writers. It's something that I'd love to do again! :) The last class had so many questions. I wish we'd have time for all of them!

It's time for an update in my goals.

Here are my goals from January:
* Write to 25,000 words on "Charlotte", my new WIP
I didn't even make it close to my goal, but I went from 3,330 words to 6,885. Some progress. :)

* Find critique partners
I had two offer to help talk a look at my novel, so I'm counting that as a win. :)

Well... (insert cartoon disappointment sound). Oh well! :) It's not that bad. I did do a lot of reading and starting the year really well! The ones in purple are rereads.

A Girl Worth Waiting For (Worthy #1) by S.M. Smith
Walking the Road to Freedom by Jari Chase Ferris
Effortless With You (Effortless With You, #1) by Lizzy Charles
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
Jessie's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
City of Ash (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

Yes, I really did read that much! That's probably why I didn't get much writing done this month... but that's okay!

Goals for February:
* Work on revisions for "Silent Beauty"
I'm hoping to go from 60,000 to 75,000 on this new draft. :) I need to rewrite the ending!

* Find a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day

Only two goals for this short month because I really want to work on my revisions! :) How did your goals from last month go? What are your goals for this month?