Happy Monday! Today’s my birthday. Nothing special planned. My family let me sit back and relax for the weekend—a well-deserved break.
Let’s see how I did last week…
1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Continue work on short story project. I need to add at least 607 words this week to stay on target. 6,813 words completed. I’m 85% done.
*Demon’s Birthright: Write at least three chapters and get feedback. I’ve completed through Chapter 7 and they are with my critique partners.
*Continue research on Fighting for Second: An MMA Fighter Love Story. This is a story I just feel will end up a book. I’m already loving the characters–Chance Hanlon (the fighter) and Ximena Ibarra (the girl who got away). I wrote backstory for the two characters and have created a Pinterest board.
*Got my manuscript back from my alpha reader. I’ve got some things I need to revise, cut, and expand on. I made notes and set it aside for a week.
2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Continue work on short story project. I’m ten days away from the deadline. I need to write a minimum of 119 words daily to meet it.
*Demon’s Birthright: Make changes based on suggestions from critique partners.
*Address notes/suggestions for Rescue.
3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [from Demon’s Birthright] Cullen witnesses Raevyn lose control for the first time.
“Cullen,” I shouted. Now was not the time for his… Something rapidly crawled beneath my skin. I turned my shaking hand over. A swirling, dense purple cloud formed followed by what appeared to be an electrical storm.
“Clear your mind,” Cullen said.
“Wh-what?” My breathing quickened.
“You have to calm down.” He grasped my shoulders. “Look at me.”
Slowly I tore my eyes away from the bolts of lightning.
“Count with me. 10…9…”
We sat there counting backward. By the time we reached one, the light show ceased and I felt calmer.
“Better?” he asked.
“I think so.” I collapsed against the seat and looked sideways at Cullen. “What was that about?”
“They really did a number on you, Princess. No one told you about your magic?”
This scene is the first time we see some kindness from Cullen toward Raevyn. Before it, we only knew from her that he was a jerk and a womanizer. The emotional atmosphere between the two is something I’ve been working on in this rewrite. I want readers to appreciate Cullen and Raevyn and care about them.
4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Motivation. Once I started writing I was fine. It was getting to it that was the challenge. There were other things, less important stuff, that held my interest. So I indulged. I read instead of writing. I watched tv programs that I’d missed. I even played a meaningless game on my phone. I had to let the trivial takeover. Once I did, my mind opened up and the words came rushing back, begging for their time on paper. I wouldn’t call it writer’s block. It was more like my mind just needed a break. It helped.
5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: I’m having fun with the rewrite. I’ve taken a new angle with a few characters. I’m exploring the relationship with Cullen and Raevyn. Before it was full of angst with little real cause. Now we know more about them. I’m enjoying writing the dialogue between them, especially their bond.
That’s it for this week!
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