Monday, February 6, 2012

The First The End

So I got to The End once but didn't do a good job saving but this time I did and it counts.
YAY!  Saving is smart and keeps the crazies away...for a little bit at least.  So yeah, I've reached the first The End for MINGLED.  I have to confess.  I did something that got me to the end quickly with this one.  I actually didn't give in to every single time my Inner Editor shouted to go back and re-read everything every single day to fix things that needed fixing.  Because I know there's a lot of fixing needed.  I also worked on my query - still working to make it better - which helped to make sure what I wrote turned out to be what I SAID I wrote. :-)
MINGLED - 56,890 word count.
After my Inner Critic whopped on my like I'd handed her day old bread after explicitly telling me she wanted it fresh from the deli, I've decided to follow some sage advice offered on my recent IWSG post and take a few days from this MS.  When I return to it, I'll be ready with a couple of things in my writing armory:  Finding Your Story Worth Problem, a wonderful post by Charity Bradford, and How to Write Better, a post by Elana Johnson, author of Possession and the soon-to-be-released-sequel, Surrender.  If you haven't had a chance to check these posts out, you just might want to make a stop.  You'll find some great tips.

I have some February 2012 goals for #writemotivation:
1: Complete first draft of MINGLED and continue first draft of UNCOMMON
2: Post 3 blogs a week
3: Read 3 books
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week
These are a bit more in alignment with what I know I can do, adding a third book to read as a challenge.  I've gotten a great start with a heart breaking short story called Born of Fire by Heather McCorkle.  Yes, I cried. I couldn't help it.  It was such an emotional ride.  I've also started Everneath by Brodi Ashton.  Once again, book cover envy has me drooling.  But I'm keeping a safe distance from my keyboard lol!!!  You can check the cover out in my sidebar.  Or just enjoy this trailer:

I'm looking to Cinder or Incarnate for my next fix for my 2012 YA/MG Debut author reading challenge.

So what do you do when you take a day or two from a current WiP?

44 comments:

  1. wow! congrats. awesome awesome.. . I have a really hard time ignoring my inner editor and so it's taking me FOREVER to get to The End. so annoying!

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    1. Oh goodness. Me and my Inner Editor had our first real bouts during NaNoWriMo. I seriously had to bind and gag her and throw her in the closet multiple times. I think she's understanding now that we don't have to fight, but she's still a terrible backseat writer.

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  2. Congrats on getting to the "first" end of mingled. Like how you worded that. You have great goals for the month.

    I read a lot in between writing. Some days I feel only like reading and other days it's all writing.

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    1. Hmm...reading sounds WONDERFUL. And thanks to everyone. This "first" end was great to get to. It's gotten me excited about making it to the next one.

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  3. Congrats to getting to the end. I tend to read more like you and of course read blogs.

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    1. I think I'll have a chance to read and comment to even more blogs during this brief little break.

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  4. Congratulations on the end!
    I confess I play a lot of computer games while waiting.

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    1. Alex, the gamer. Well, you do what makes you feel good and that's what's important.

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  5. Congrats on the end! Don't you just love that feeling?!

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    1. Angelina, I can't even explain it. It feels great :-)

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  6. I'm so proud of you :D Well done! And I know you can make those goals in Feb :D

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    1. Thanks, K.T. #writemotivation has been very helpful in keeping me honest in pursuit of accomplishing something great.

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  7. Congrats! It's amazing what stating goals will accomplish, way to go Angela.

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    1. I've always underestimated the power of goal setting. I've got good reason now to think better of goals.

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  8. Woo-hoo! Go, Angela!

    I accomplished a different sort of goal last week. Read 6 books, wrote almost 2,000 words, and had a few glimmers of future scenes in the story.

    Certainly not as satisfying as typing 'The End', but I'm happy :)

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    1. You read 6 books! Holy tamales!! I think I'm doing some bad stuff when I finish a novella and a novel in one week. Your are making rock star progress.

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  9. Congrats! It feels great to finish that first draft, doesn't it?
    And thanks for the links. Always looking for great advice on craft. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Cate. It does feel great to reach this first milestone. I'm itching to reach another.

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  10. Yay! Congratulations, Angela. That's such an awesome feeling, isn't it?
    I have Cinder on my to-read pile. I can't wait to read it because the concept is so fascinating.

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    1. I love this feeling, Shelley. I'll be excited to get the next draft done and reach The End, again :-)

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  11. YAY! Congratulations; that's awesome!

    And you have great goals. I've been working on getting myself more organized this year.

    I can't wait to read Everneath. Everyone keeps talking about it.

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    1. Laura, it's worth the buzz. I'm really enjoying Everneath thus far.

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  12. Congrats on reaching the first the end with Mingled! It must be a great feeling! I haven't had much luck reaching the end of anything longer than a picture book :)

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    1. You know, Susanna, one day I would love to try a picture book. So many of them are so much joy to read.

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  13. Congrats on reaching The End with MINGLED! (Did you lose a bunch of stuff the first time? I would have cried!)

    And kudos to you for putting it away for a few days. I usually can't stop myself from diving into draft #2, because I already know what's wrong with draft #1.

    But my very best revisions only come from a long break with a book -- and usually work on another book. That's when inspiration really hits!

    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Dianne. I was itching to start on it right away but I really think a short breather would be good. As for the ending, I'd done a poor job saving and lost several thousand words then had to do them all over again to get back to The End. IT was not a good feeling, but I've learned from that mistake.

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  14. Congrats!! Keep up the good work, and luck with your goals.

    Let me know how you like Everneath. (AKA review it on this blog for me!)

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    1. LOL!! Charlie, you can count on that review. I'll do it as part of my 2012 YA/MG Debut Author reading challenge. I'm loving it so far. We'll see how things continue.

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  15. I actually never take a purposeful day off - it's usually forced due to travel or a busy day or social events.

    Don't forget to claim your award on my blog!

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    1. Gosh, Sophia. Busy, Busy, Busy. But that's how it is with writing and life.

      And an award? What? I'm headed over there!

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  16. I applaud you for NOT listening to your "inner editor" that's so hard to do. Glad to hear you got to "The End" - that's awesome - what a great accomplishment!

    Good luck with your February goals - it sounds like you have everything in perspective and you're on track!!! Keep us posted.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ainsley. And you are right, ignoring that darn Inner Editor took some serious "tuning out" lol!!!

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  17. I hope you have a special dance for THE END. Ah, those pesky inner editors. Thanks for the links.

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    1. Why yes, there's a happy dance I do. But it can not be recorded lol!!!

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  18. I'm reading A Million Suns (awesome!). Congrats on reaching the end!!!

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    1. Oh, Beth Revis's sequel to Across the Universe. I've heard it's wonderful.

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  19. Feels good, huh? :)

    I take at least a week off after I finish a first draft. Helps me see things more clearly the second time.

    Congrats, hon!

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    1. Feels real good, Maria. I didn't want to take too long away from it. I was thinking about four to five days. I even grabbed a couple of titles from the library to keep myself extra busy.

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  20. Congratulations on finishing the first draft! Are you self-publishing?
    When I don't write I still plot and develop characters in my head - either for the current WIP or for the next one :-) And of course I read, but that I fo every single day.

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    1. Thanks Angela. I'm thinking of trying the traditional route first with MINGLED. But, I have some other works I may consider self-publishing.

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  21. I love Elana Johnson! She is brilliant. Her blog post on queries are amazing!!!

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    1. You are so right, Angela. She's like the query queen :-)

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  22. Congrats! When I'm not writing, I'm whining about not writing. If I'm in between projects, I write hilariously embarrassing fan fiction.

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  23. Thanks, Barbara. Okay, so I've got to get a hold of some of your fan fiction, especially if it is hilarious - embarrassment aside :-)

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