July's #writemotivation

#writemotivationUh, could someone please tell me where the heck June went?  I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was time for another one of K.T. Hanna’s #writemotivation goal check-in months – since they only happen every other month that means it’s now JULY.  Seriously?!?  I never even got around to posting my wrap up for May’s goals!  Although I guess that’s probably because I was a little embarrassed. 

My goal in May was to make serious progress on rewriting my WIP.  And I really did… as long as it counts as serious progress even if I didn’t rewrite a single word.  I spent May doing in-depth thinking about my five main characters, figuring out a new approach for the tone, and working out plot issues that were tripping me up.  I feel like I finally have a deep understanding of my characters and story, but by the time that last minute of May rolled around, I still had not cracked open my manuscript.

Fortunately, all that prep work went to good use in June, and I actually, finally, I know it's hard to believe, started rewriting.  Progress has been slow as I’ve settled into a new voice for my protagonist, and after I finished chapter one I had a crisis of confidence and had to be talked off a ledge by some truly awesome critique partners, but I’m now getting into a rhythm.  I was the speedy hare when I wrote the rough draft several years ago during NaNo, but for the rewrites I’ve turned into the slow tortoise, possibly the slowest tortoise on the planet.  However, progress of any kind puts me in a much better place than I’ve been in years.  

I have scenes that need to be added, other places that need to be completely rewritten, and some places that just need a bit of tweaking, so my pace will vary throughout the month, but I don’t want to settle for the vague goal of “progress” this time.  Therefore, I’m keeping my goal for July tangible yet realistic: edit, rewrite, or add three pages a day on my WIP.  I’ll push to do more, but I won’t feel bad if I don’t.

Best of luck to all of us this month as we work towards our goals!

Are you participating in #writemotivation this month?  Are your goals aggressive or comfortable?  Are they concrete or more general?
 
Photo credit to Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Comments

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)'s picture

YAY! Welcome back! Let's kick it! I've got some #writemotivation cookies over on my blog if you don't mind some really BAD Paint skilz! :P

Cheyenne Campbell's picture

I have to say, my goals are aggressive, based on what I've done the past few months. But you don't get things done by dreaming about them, so I'm giving it a go :) It sounds like the prep work you did in June will have you organised and ready to go this month! I tend to be the slow tortoise when putting the initial words down, but the fast hare while editing. Best of luck!!

Medeia Sharif's picture

Progress is progress. I know we want to get the story down and done, but sometimes prep work and moments of deep thought are needed. Good luck with your WIP. You can do it.

Valerie Lawson's picture

what would we do without our fantastic critique partners? thank god they talked you off the ledge. (mine have done the same for me many times.)here's to a fabulously productive july.

Alleged Author's picture

Sounds like you're making good progress. I can't believe June is over either! It always goes so fast.

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