Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Whip-It UP Wednesdays!


Well, how is the first full week of January treating you? Have you been sticking to your goals?

Hold on to your bloomers because I have actually been going with the program!! Before you shower me with tons of chocolate, please note that I'm in chocolate rehab. Yes, too much of the tasty treat is making the holidays stick a"round", if you catch my meaning! So, hand me an apple, my good reader!

I didn't accomplish much over the last month- at least anything to write home to mom about- but I did do a lot of "research." I read and listened to books on CD. Surprisingly, I managed to learn a few things. I made sure to pay attention to word choices and sentence structure. Another thing I picked up was that my character conflict was a bit on the thin-side.

Enter my newest WRITE STUFF FIND (now, you're gonna be humming New Kids On The Block all day! lol)

I picked up Jeannie Ruesch's WIP Notebook off of Let me tell you, it is a fantastic use of a gift card. I'm a quarter of the way through and have really made head-way. The book starts out with pages dedicated to recording every tidbit about your characters. Very handy, indeed.

When it came to the part asking for Internal/External conflict and Motivation, I blanked out. I mean I'd always had an idea of what my H/H's issues were but I'd never really put it to writing. So, when combined with all the reading I did over the last month, hence a better feel for GMC, something just clicked!

And maybe even changed a my plot a little. *gasp* Imagine that!

It's just simple "upgrades" to my H/H and by strengthening their roles, I'm helping to bridge a gap in some of my weaker plot points. Definitely something worth poking a stick at, I think. (well, one of the good things to point a stick at- bears, dogs, prizes on the lawn . . .not so much!)

For the rest of this week, I'm going to allow some time during my day to work through the WIP Workbook and flesh out my ideas. I must say I'm quite excited. I think taking a step back from my work and digesting some craft really helped spur me to this point. Time will only tell.

But one thing is for sure, I'm going to keep with the forward motion. I want to see that darn progress bar move, blast it all! I will be sure to keep ya'll updated on what's come of this shift. Mood for today: VERY MOTIVATED!!

What about you? Have you had any breakthroughs to share?


Kaye Manro said...

Hi Sarah! Sounds like you are off to a great start for the new year with writing! That C/M is so important for our characters. But you sound like you are getting it down. I look forward to seeing your books out there soon! Yeah!

Emma Lai said...

Sarah, I know what you mean about stepping back from your work allows some breakthroughs. I've had a few of my own lately. (It's really just remember all the things I knew before pregnancy brain robbed me of all logical thought. LOL!)

I'm in a similar place as you. Taking some time to record everything about my story world so that I can buff up the third story.

Between The Lines & More said...

Despite having the flu, I'm actually doing really well with my reading and writing so far. Glad to see that you are, also. I love the WIP Workbook. I've worked on two books using this little gem and it helped a lot.

Helen Hardt said...

No breakthroughs yet, but I signed up for an online plotting course. Yes, I'm hanging up my pants -- time to try a new approach!

Sarah Simas said...

HI Kaye!

I sure hope I'm getting it down! LOL One can only hope, right? I've been sticking to my guns so far, but then it's only been 6days!*heehee*

Ah, the preggo-brain! Yes, I'm still recovering my marbles and my "baby" is 2 1/2yrs old! Thanks for all your advice, Emma. You've helped chink away some the confusion. ;)

Thanks for swinging by, Between The Pages! I'm so glad we found each other. :)

Well, hell-o, Helen!! I sure hope you're going to give us up-dates on your new approach. LOL I just hope you got some knickers on since you're going pants off! Ha!Ha!Ha!

Jeannie Ruesch said...

Hey Sarah! I'm so glad the notebook is helping you. :) When I get to those conflict pages, I blank's the hardest to put into words, but I always find it helps tremendously.

Can't wait to see your work on the shelves (or e-shelves) someday very soon!!

Donna O'Brien said...

Hey Sarah!! Glad to see you "Very Motivated!!" A friend of mine just gave me Jeannie's WIP Workbook as a gift and I've found it extremely helpful. LOVE it! I'm still trying to digest some of the things we talked about at our brunch w/Martha back in November! LOL Trying to manage without my prologue is tough. :( Good news is, I think I've figured out some pacing issues and I'm taking a great workshop w/Allison Brennan through KOD. Now onward progress bars!!! (He he he)