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Getting back to Writing #3 // Joining #FinishUrBookFall & Writing Goals

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Hello fellow bookworms πŸ‚Β It’s a surprise update! I was actually planning to wait longer to write my next update, but I saw an amazing writing challenge that had me pondering my writing goals for the rest of the year and demanded to be mentioned in another writing blog post! However, I did want to touch upon where I’m at because I took an unintentional two-week break from pursuing lesson 5 in Susan Dennard’s revision course (writing in changes/rewriting and revising scenes). Things had been going relatively smoothly until now, but the writer’s doubt crept in and made it hard to face the hardest part of revision. I struggled with writing my beginning (I couldn’t use the first scenes of the first draft, they needed to be completely newly written) because I was afraid that it would end up being weak and messy like the first draft πŸ˜” I tried getting back to it this week (fuelled by the writing challenge I’ll mention in a minute), because I was afraid that otherwise, I might fade into the shadows again!

Me during the past two weeks

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I’m joining #FinishUrBookFallΒ πŸ‚

When I discovered that #FinishUrBookFall was a new thing on Twitter, I was beyond myself!! In case you’re not familiar with it, the Hashtag is a new writer’s challengeΒ created by author Claribel Ortega (“Ghost Squad” – coming out next year) meant to motivate all writers to finish your WIP this fall (or in my case revision). I love the idea because people tracking their progress on Twitter can be great for accountability and connecting with other writers can have such a big impact on your own motivation! I always find that I work well with challenges that involved sharing your goals and WIP on several platforms, as it can get a bit lonely as a writer. I know I definitely enjoyed putting together a new aesthetic and looking through the hashtag to find other writers doing the same πŸ’— In itself the challenge is running until December 21st (almost the end of the year) and is more relaxed when it comes to the rules. As I won’t be able to join NaNoWriMo in November (with my Bachelor thesis taking up a still-undetermined amount of time and the fact that I don’t have an outline for another project, I don’t think participating in NaNo would make sense for me), #FinishUrBookFall is the perfect alternative! It allows me to work on my project with a challenge to hold me accountable πŸ₯°

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The Rules for #FinishUrBookFall πŸ‚

Needless to say, I’m excited to participate in #FinishUrBookFall and I’m so glad that I found it on Twitter! Originally, I made a short tweet introducing my WIP IntoxicatedΒ with a brand new aesthetic (that really helped pitch it with the most fitting buzzwords) and a few bullet points, so I wanted to share that here again! I’ve talked about my project several times on the blog already and I have hope that it might one day see the light of day, but I need to edit it first!

What You Can Expect from my WIP …

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πŸ’– A chaotic Gryffindor MC

πŸ’– WITCHES!!!

πŸ’– Rivals to Lovers 😈

πŸ’– A competition between two enemy covens

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Β #FinishUrBookFall Writing GoalsΒ πŸ‚

Me thinking about my goals

Finish 1st Round of Revision for WIP Intoxicated ➽ I’m aboutΒ  2/3 finished with my revision (wow I didn’t think I was that far, but here we are) and currently in the most challenging lesson: making all the changes that I have planned.Β As I had a very messy first draft, there are some scenes I cannot edit and need to simply rewrite or rather write completely new scenes instead. It’s like a mini first draft again, because I start from scratch with about 5 scenes in the beginning of the story (the biggest part that I needed to rework) ad then several in-between.Β  I find it strange to be kind of drafting again with several scenes because it’s hard and brining up doubts again. Nevertheless, I need to rewrite scenes to better fit my story and of course edit the rest of the scenes. I have about 40 scenes in total now, so there is a lot to do. Fortunately, not every scene (please don’t count how many times I used that word in this paragraph πŸ˜‚) needs the same work, so there should be different levels of revision throughout my process. Needless to say, this is the biggest goal for #FinishUrBookFall πŸ‚

Do a shorter 2nd Round of Revision for WIP Intoxicated ➽ After I’m hopefully finished with my first round of revision (even line edits) I want to do another (but shorter) round of revision for myself, using the same course that I did before. As I’m rewriting so many parts, they’ll need some editing as they are basically like another first draft and in general, I want to double-check that the edits I made hold up. It could be the case that some things are still off, so I want to fix them and revise the story as best as I can before I turn to gathering feedback via the outside (aka beta readers and critique partners) 😱

Outline a new secret project πŸ‘€Β βž½ I don’t know if I’ll get to this point, but I’m trying to outline a new project because it’s important to not get lost in your current WIP (especially since I’m planning a sequel) and instead turn to other ideas as well! I won’t say what the other project is yet, but I hope to brainstorm a few times a week, as this is an idea I haven’t worked on a lot yet, so there is lots to be done πŸ˜„ I cannot resist so here are some buzzwords I associate with my project so far: dangerous power, soft introvert MC, a boarding school and a forbidden romance 😈

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Β Are you joining #FinishUrBookFall? What are your Writing Goals for the rest of the year?Β πŸ‚

 

13 thoughts on “Getting back to Writing #3 // Joining #FinishUrBookFall & Writing Goals

  1. Oh, wow, this sound so interesting as a method and project. Good luck with everything! I’m sure you will manage to archive something, because everytime I read one of your writing post, there’s always some great news! I believe in you.

    Well, my writing goals for the rest of the year are… finish at least part of my research. I’m gonna be realisitc and know I’ll miss one part, but I really want to close the one related to witches and the wicca

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    1. Thank you so much, Camilla! πŸ₯° It’s been a steady progress so far with some setbacks, but I’m still making progress so that’s good πŸ™‚

      Best of luck with your research!! πŸ’– I love witches so your research sounds really intriguing to me! πŸ˜„

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  2. Wow, you’ve made such progress already! 2/3 of the way through revisions is impressive πŸ˜€ Your aesthetic for this WIP looks AMAZING and I really hope I get to read this book someday. Good luck with all of these goals! Kick that doubt out the door and finish that book! πŸ™Œ

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    1. Thank you so much!!! ❀πŸ₯°πŸ’• I’m a very visual person so making aesthetics is so important to capture the feeling of the story πŸ™‚ I wish you all the best luck with your WIP as well, you can do it too! ✨

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  3. Ahh Caro you’ve made such great progress already, I’m so so so proud of you. I hope you can go on like this, wishing you all the best of luck with your revisions!! ❀ ❀

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  4. It is absolutely wonderful to hear people talk about their writing progress– I’m sorry that self-doubt has been creeping up!! It is always horrible when that happens and so hard to fight but I’m glad this #finishurbookfall can help you get back into writing– I think things like this are great at getting writers to write and go through it together, it makes the whole process less lonely and others can inspire you. I hadn’t heard of this hashtag but it sounds like a great idea.
    I absolutely love your aesthetic and buzzwords (for both projects), they make me very excited and definitely something I would want to read.
    Best of luck with your writing goals— you can do this!! ❀

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    1. Self-Doubt is always tough, but I think it happens to all writers, so I try to remind myself that I’m not alone in this and usually my own worst critic πŸ˜… #FinishUrBookFall is such a fantastic writing challenge, I discovered it on Twitter and loved the concept of it πŸ₯°
      Ahhh, thank you so much!! That means a lot to me 😭❀ Best of luck with your writing as well! πŸ™‚

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