Monday, November 5, 2012

WIP Madness Week 1 - November Check-In #wipmadness

Hi WIPMadness Peeps and Tweeps - I hope your November has gotten off to a blazing start. I know many of you are doing NANO and this will be a great opportunity to shout and scream (or tear out your hair) about how it's going.

For the rest of us, what's on tap for November? For me, I just want words on the page. I'll set a goal of 20K and see if I can get there. Still struggling with this WIP.

So here's our game this week. It's Thanksgiving month here in the US of A - and there's loads to be thankful for in our real lives, but this week, I want you to tell us 3 things your current main character is thankful for.

Actress, Molly Quinn, is who I envision for Claire. Source
For mine, Claire, she's thankful for

  • her car, because driving helps drown out the noise of life
  • Jimmy Carter, because he's her idol
  • the boy, Asa, who runs the popsicle stand and makes life seem interesting again

Now, I mentioned on Deb's blog last month there will be surprises this month. But the surprises are sort of special-order surprises, so I'll draw a name each week, and then I have to get a piece of information from you in order to MAKE your surprise. That's right, it's gonna get all crazy DIY up in here. But I think you will want this! So be sure and join in this month. And there's the teaser....:0)


54 comments:

  1. Your surprises sound fun!

    Since I'm rewriting and there's already a big chunk of words in my WIP, my goal is to get the first half rewritten. Or up until the MAJOR thing happens, however long into the book that ends up being :)

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    1. Good luck with your revising, Jennifer!

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    2. Revision is where it's at. Can't wait till I'm revising and not drafting. Good luck this month!

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  2. Enticing little teaser. ^_^ I'm getting over my anger and frustration and am moving ahead with the first revision of a novel I love. If I can do a chapter a day, I should be done by the end of the month. What is my MC thankful for? Meg's in the midst of a life and death situation but she's thankful that if she has to be lost in the woods, at least it's with an enticing guy, she's thankful for her candy stash, and medication.

    Best wishes everyone!

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    1. Intriguing thankful things, I must say! Good luck this week!

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    2. That's a great goal! We'll keep you focused on that. Candy stash, hmmmmm.

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    3. And I forgot to mention my HUGE NEWS: I got a piano yesterday. My life is whole again. ^_^

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    4. Oh boy! That's literally Huge news. ;0)

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    5. YAY! The piano was my therapy for so many years...since I've had kids, though, I rarely play because when I sat down, inevitably a kid sat down with me. I need to get back into it.

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  3. LOL on the crazy DIY-ing. What a cool idea!

    This week is all about 1700 words per day for my Nano Novel. Three things my MC is grateful for are:

    1. a soft and safe place for her sister
    2. a soft and safe place for her sister
    3. a soft and safe place for her sister

    Her little sister is everything to her.

    Good luck to everyone this week!

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    1. My story is much about a little sister to - though mine has been gone for about a year and a half.

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  4. Oh! and one picture book idea a day and reading one novel for Cybils a day. It's an ambitious week for me, but I have the time so want to take advantage of that!

    Thanks for hosting us!

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    1. Sheesh, Deb. You've taken busy to a new level. Have fun!

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  5. I'm back! I struggled making time to write over the last month, but I'm going to Nano it up this month and see where I get with my WIP. I'm doing a big Nano-no-no and editing a couple of chapters as I go, so I probably won't "win" but I like the momentum that NanoWrimo tends to give me.

    The MC in my current WIP is thankful for:
    * Letters from her mother
    * Not being forced to wear corsets
    * And her Colt .45 Peacemaker

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    1. LEIGH-ANN!!!!!! Girl, we're overdue for our champagne bar date. Maybe weekend after this one coming up? I have a 3-dayer.

      Go with the Nano!

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    2. Seriously! Next weekend sounds good. I'm flexible, so whenever you feel like coming to town. :-)

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  6. I'm not officially doing NaNo either, but am hoping to add 20-30,000 words to my WIP. My MC is thankful to be female (men in her family face a gruesome inheritance), is thankful for her garden (an escape), and is thankful that her identity is a mystery to the young man she loves. Back to writing!

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    1. Sharon! So glad you're joining us. Don't forget to use #wipmadness hashtag on Twitter, cause we're all over there, too.

      Intriguing story based on your MC's thankfulness.

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    2. I've used the #wipmadness hashtag now and then but didn't realize until now that there's an official gathering place for the group. Am I missing any other #wipmadness activities or togetherness?

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    3. We check in at a different blog each month, on Mondays. Typically Twitter is the best way to figure out where, though I'll post at the end of this month who's hosting in December.

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  7. I'm doing NaNo--as I have done for the past three years--and yes, it's crazy pull your hair out. But, I love having a complete rough draft that I can then spend the next year revising. Good luck with your WIP, it sounds like it's giving you trouble. I'm sure the story will be awesome in the end!

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    1. Thanks Julie - and great good luck with NANO!

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  8. Oh, how I love this, JRO! I finished my WIP and it is in my agent's hot little Sandy-flooded hands. So now I am diving into the main character of my new book. This time she really comes first, over the plot, so your challenge is perfect! Let's see...

    -She is thankful no one has discovered the fox den in the field behind her house.
    -she is thankful for her computer and the online chat sites that let her be who she is.
    - she is thankful for rules...all kind of rules.

    I have more...I think I will put them in my WIP journal. Thanks for that starter. It was perfect!

    NaNoWriMo is really just a backdrop this time around. I decided not to go in for the word count, but to use it as an excuse for regular write-ins. (I can neglect the family for only so long...)

    Have fun, Wipsters!

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    1. Oooh, glad it spurred creativity! How exciting to start a new project.

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  9. Hi Jaye! I try really hard to use the tag #wipmadness so you can find me but sometimes I forget- sorry about that. My November goal is to hit 60k in my WIP (a rewrite for a R+R for an agent) - I am at 31k right now. :)

    My MC is thankful for:
    - her boyfriend
    - her boyfriend
    - oh and her boyfriend

    (It's kind an obsessive relationship, think The Pact by Jodi Picoult for teens meets Heathers lol

    ..not that I advocate this kind of rel. in real life, no sir!!)

    I'm using Nano as my push to get through and finish this WIP. I really want to send it off by February to the agent as it will be a YEAR revise & resubmit at that point (and January is a dead month in publishing anyway).

    @rachelwrites007 on twitter :)

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    1. They always say, take as long as you need - good for you for doing that. Your book sounds a little, er, scary. ;0) Pyscho girls freak me out!

      Good luck with the words this month.

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    2. Thanks Jaye and no worries it ain't a psycho girl it's a psycho boyfriend ;) Who dies. On page 1. Ha. :)

      Good luck with YOUR wordage too! Is this for Book 2 of your deal? congrats on that again btw. Can't wait to read Amber's story!!!

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    3. Fortunately (or unfortunately for my psyche) I'm not contracted for a specific 2nd book - so, yes, my goal is that this will hopefully be book 2, but we shall see.

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  10. For me, this month is about getting critiques back and editing! I hope you find a good rhythm for your writing and getting words down onto the page!

    Let's see...Henny is thankful for her sense of curiosity because even though it gets her into trouble, it also helps her get out of trouble. For Franklin because he makes death less lonely. And for her mother :)

    I really had to think about those! What a great question :)

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    1. Good luck with editing and have fun with your crits!

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  11. All the best to you and your WIP, Jaye!

    And what a fun idea. My current MC is thankful for her family, her best friend Cooper, and her small town.

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  12. Ooh, special-order surprises sound awesome! You rock!

    I'm NaNo'ing, so my goal is, of course, 50000 words this month. ahahahaha...no, really. ;)

    I don't know my MC well yet (that's what my first drafts are for!), but I'm pretty sure she's thankful for the strange boy she just met, starry nights, and AA meetings.

    Happy wipmadnessing, everyone!

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    1. Good luck with Nano ....ahahahahaha! I have not ever been tempted by that particular form of madness.

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  13. I'm doing Nanwrimo, too. A little behind, but mostly on track so far. I'm writing Otherselves book two: Glass and Gold, a YA fantasy. It's so nice to get back to drafting, I've been stuck in rewrite land forever.

    My main character Dorotea is grateful for:
    1/ the magic torc and bracelets her father left her
    2/ that she hasn't yet been discovered breaking the taboo of waking a gargoyle
    3/ that she can swim, cuz the underwater tunnel is filling up fast!

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    1. Oh, I'm definitely curious about what happens when you wake a gargoyle!

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  14. The teaser sounds awesome. Love that DIY!

    I've been buried in revisions the past few months, so am relieved to report that I turned in my rewrite late last night. My goals for November are mostly non-writing related, such as do something about my disaster of a home. But it would be nice to finally finish the MG WIP that keeps getting put aside.

    In the book I just turned in, my mc is thankful for: her big, wonderful brain, her adorable little brother, and the loyalty of her best friend.

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    1. Congratulations Jeanne! That must be a load off your mind. I understand about the house growing out of control. Embarrassing to say but my advance is being spent like this: "I can't wait to get the x fixed, the y fixed, the z fixed!"

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  15. I swear I checked in earlier, but my comment seems to be nowhere to be found. Anyway, I'm nano-ing. Up to 17k. Pretty much brain-dead, so the missing comment is most certainly because I left it on my own blog or something...

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    1. LOL! But holy NANO! 17k in 5 days! You are amazing!

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  16. Gaaaaah, how did I mess the check-in yesterday??? I thought to look after #5amWitersClub this morning, where I was so happy to see your eyes in you WIP, JRo! Awesome.

    I'm not NaNoing but I'm spending the month on a high-level micro revisions which includes my bookmap and lots of thinking and brainstorming for the directions I need to take next month when I begin revising for real.

    I've been thinking a lot about my MC, so this is an appropriate question. My 17-year-old MC Lilja is thankful for:

    --her best friend Finnur
    --her flying machines (scoot-racer, Haukur, skyship, and shuttles)
    --her love interest Gunnar

    I am so excited about these prizes of which you speak. I hope we'll all get to see photos even if we don't win!

    Have a great week!
    Kip

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    1. But you are here! And that counts for prizes, it truly does!

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  17. Ooh, love that your character loves Jimmy Carter!

    My own MC loves:

    -Audrey Hepburn
    -vintage clothing
    -her Grams' stories
    -her crush, Ethan

    Right now I'm on chapter 4 of my sequel to CROSSED OUT. I'm writing it for #Nanowrimo. Last Saturday's root canal is still lingering with me but hope it'll get better soon so I can really hit this story. At my Skype visit last Monday, the girls begged for a sequel. How can I NOT write it?

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    1. It's funny how Audrey is really making a resurgence among teens. She shows up in a lot of artwork in my classroom.

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    2. Serious? I remember when I first started writing my story, editors told me that no teen knew who Audry was. And then Blair of GOSSIP GIRL and others started mentioning her. And of course the one Harper Collins pb that came out last year on her life(which I have!).

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  18. Hey Jaye!! Sorry for the late check-in. Mondays are tough at my house! I'm aiming 15-20K this month too. Sounds like I'm in good company.

    My MC is grateful for 1) the mailman, 2) the baseball ticket in her pocket, and 3) her sewing job.

    Research about 80% complete, I think, and now blank screens stand ready. Excited!

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  19. It's revision month for me, and I'm loving digging into this WIP. The plan is to make this thing shiny and remove some of the bigger plot holes :) Lee, my MC, probably doesn't like me very much, but eh, that's ok :) Best of luck with your goals!

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    1. Yes, revisions are nice. *whimpers as she drafts*

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  20. Let's see. My MC is grateful for his job, Big and Tall men's clothing shops that aren't located in malls and the new office temp who does filing at First Metro.

    I'm doing Nanowrimo, but I'll check out #wipmadness. Thanks.

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2012/11/hitting-brick-wall-in-national-novel.html

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