Monday, August 26, 2013

August #WipMadness Week Four: Today is Where Your Book Begins

It is. Really. Keep reading. :)

Good morning, lovely people! Can you believe it's the end of August? Where did the month go? I've enjoyed hosting #WipMadness this month and talking about nurturing our creativity.

*Don't forget to check in on Twitter with the #WipMadness hashtag to find out who the September host will be. :D

I don't know about y'all, but after August, I'm calm, focused, balanced, and refreshed. I've pampered my writer's soul in ways I've always dreamed of, this month. I hope you feel some sense of balance and rejuvenation as well.

There's only one thing to do from this point on. It's the heart of what we are as writers. It's what we do. It's the physical act of what #WipMadness is all about. 


It's time to get busy, folks! There's no time like the present. Our stories won't write themselves. Pull a chair up to the computer. Break out a notebook. Sit in your big comfy chair with your laptop. All you have to do is write. Fill the blank page before you. And as Natasha Bedingfield so wisely sings, "Today is where your book begins." 

I'm so thrilled to be in the beginning stages of a brand new picture book project! (#amwriting while the other one is in the hands of my fabulous agent.) I adore the exhilarating rush of drafting the first words. Developing quirky,yet lovable characters. I love the challenge of creating fun & fresh verbs, chosing spots to mix in a bit of alliteration and similes. For me, those are the joys of writing a PB. 

In the comment section, tell us what you're working on. Do you have a new project? If so, what are you most excited about? Read any fantastic books recently? I'd love to hear all your news! 

Have a WIP-tabulous week, y'all~

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  1. Folks, if I haven't found you on FB or Twitter, please leave your info in the comments, so I can follow you. Thanks!

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  2. I love picture books. :) And they are so much harder to write than a lot of people realize! Some day I hope to be able to write a good picture book. :)

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    1. They are most difficult, but so fun, too!

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  3. Thanks for hosting, Candi. It has been an amazing month! Lots of changes for me, and some beautiful epiphanies that I hope will lead to a real breakthrough. My editing job is finally complete, my client happy, and now I can dive back into #wipmadness wholeheartedly...as long as my students and faculty don't need me too much!

    I have my latest ms officially on submission now...to a new agent. Keeping fingers crossed I find a good match as I finish my best WIP yet.

    Write on, wipsters!

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    1. Woot, on your editing job!! Best of luck to you on your newest submission, Mary Ann! My fingers are crossed. :)

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  4. Glad you're on a roll! Not working on anything but my tour at the moment.

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    1. Tours can be exhausting. Never done one, but I've watched others. Have fun!!

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  5. Oh yay-- you sound like you're in such a great writing place. I am regrouping and trying to get my head in the writing game again after a weird summer. Go you!

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  6. I struggled a bit with my rewrite in August, but the past few days I've started to fall in love with my WIP again - I finally remembered WHY I even wanted to rewrite it. Definitely looking forward to getting a lot written in September.

    Thanks for hosting this month!

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    1. I love falling in love with the WIP. It's a good feeling! Hope you have a fabulous Sept. :)

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  7. I've had a good writing month. Thanks, as always, to this great group of writers for keeping me accountable and more importantly SANE!

    Cheers and see you next month!

    Tonette

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    1. Yay, Tonette! Lovely to hear you've had a good month. See you in Sept. :)

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  8. May your new picture book be fantastic fun to do. Victor is being sutbborn with his latest book. I keep doing and re-doing the first chapter. At this rate, I will a novel length series of first chapters! :-)

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    1. Victor has most likely taken on a life form all of his own. Watch out, he could trick you into doing exactly what he wants. Good luck with the revisions. :)

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  9. Ooohhh...I hope things go well with the PB your agent has. I've still got lots to learn about PB and will hopefully have a bit more time when I finish edits on my NA novel TAFD. I'm excited for the cover reveal on tomorrow.

    Then there's this one story that's been begging my attention. It's a loud one too, making more noise than my dragon story that's been waiting in the wings (ha!) for quite some time now.

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    1. I'm excited you have a PB in the wings. ;) I don't have a lot of blogger peeps who write them. Yay to your cover reveal!

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  10. Best on the new WIP. I've been getting plans together for 2 new ones myself.

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    1. Mary, you're such a motivated writer. I love your dedication and stamina. :)

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  11. I'm about 67k into my dystopian vampires story, and just as shocked as you are that I'm writing about vamps in such a saturated market. Oh well, I guess I could always change them into zombies in the revision. ;)
    Those first whispers of a first draft are such an exciting place to be! I'm excited for you.

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    1. *Shrugs* I know lots of people who're still reading the vamps, so I say go for it!

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  12. I'm in the final edits of my fourth (and only finished) novel. Getting excited. I'll be shopping it around soon. I understand your excitement as you start your latest!

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    1. Wow, Denise! You're on a roll. Keep going!!

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  13. Thanks so much for hosting, Candi! Did you find a host for September?

    I've had a pretty crazy month--finished up a few projects, still working on a few others. Generally feeling overwhelmed. I had planned to be ready to start outlining my NaNo project in September, but my brain is feeling too frazzled at the moment. Need to tie up a few more loose ends first!

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    1. Kim said she'd do it, if no one else is signed up. Still checking with Angelina.

      Best of luck tying up those loose ends. :)

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  14. Yay, you with a new project! I really need a firm kick in the tush to continue this revision. Also kind of 'waiting' for Nanowrimo to write my 'new' story--the second book in the goddesses series.

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    1. Here's your firm *kick* in the tush, Kim!! NaNoWriMo is such a fun and effective challenge! I've done it once, producing a nice sized novel, but am yet to go back and revise it. It's an adult mystery, out of my genre, but fun while I wrote it!

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  15. I am happy to say I survived the past couple of super difficult weeks without having an emotional breakdown--yay! I've done a lot of reading of good books, which has helped. Rae Carson's THRONE series and some other YA. I just returned from a spiritual vacation in Tucson and am ready to buckle down and think about getting a couple of YA WIPS polished and sent to my publisher. I think that'll be my winter project. I'm still licking my wounds a bit. I sure hope they'll be healed up enough soon so I can stop licking and get on with my life. ^_^

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    1. Glad to hear you survived! Best of luck to you on your YA wips. :)

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  16. If you're stopping by from #WipMadness, the host for September will be Kim Baccellia. :)

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  17. I've missed almost the whole month of wipmadness--work and family visits and holidays, and all of a sudden, it's the end of the month. I'm so sorry I haven't been here cheering you all on!

    I've been working hard to get a first draft done on a MG project, squeezing in writing wherever I could, and I'm so happy that I finished it this afternoon! Will let it sit a while, then read it through and start revisions.

    See you over on Kim's blog!

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