Friday, December 30, 2011

Write your WHAT off???

You've all heard of NaNoWriMo. Well, our CNY chapter of RWA is using the month of January as WYAO (which stands for write you @$$ off). And after this insane month of December, I am more than ready to do it. We are following the same rules as NaNo, so this should be fun. I have always wanted to participate in NaNo, but never have. We've done a smaller scale version in our chapter called Happy 100's, where we have to write 100 words a day for a specified amount of time, and we've done BIAW (book in a week) where we set goals for the week and hope to make them, but I have never committed to anything for an entire month. And I only get 3 "mulligans"!!!! This girl needs to buckle down for sure!!

I have 100 pages of a project that is screaming to be complete. It needs to be complete because I basically have someone interested in it, but it has to be finished. I have the first 100 pages done and the rest of the book is plotted out. I think I'm headed for some decent productivity, and I will have to make SURE I write SOMETHING on each and every day of the week!!!

In responding to a post from a chapter mate who indicated she was preparing for our WYAO by putting together a playlist for her current wip, I said how at this stage in my story I cannot have a playlist. I need quiet to be creative. Knowing that to be this disciplined during WYAO, I will be writing under all kinds of circumstances and quiet will be far from happening. To battle this evil, I recently downloaded an album of songs from the ocean - specifically areas in Cape Cod, Mass. I love it there! and I love the ocean. And when I put on my earbuds, I am transported right there to the shore. The waves crash in, the wind blows and occasionally I hear a gull.

At first I was kidding by saying all I needed to do was get an ocean scented candle, put on my flip-flops and big fuzzy sweater while I ran the stand-up fan and played my ocean music and I'd really think I was there! Now, I'm thinking that might be just what I need to set the mood and the course of action to make this a successful month!

2011 was undoubtedly a tough year for me. With the debut of my first book in December, and my second due to come out in January, I have a third to put out after that plus at least 2 projects to finish for submission and an idea for another Holiday romance. I really need this WYAO to count. And I think to break out of my rutt, I just might have to cue in on some "atmosphere".

I will be keeping you all posted every Friday with my progress! If you'd like to join in, feel free to use my Friday blog day as a chime in point! We can keep each other going.  Kind of like a writing Flash Mob - we meet on Fridays and go writing crazy!!!

Anybody else ready to shake things up in their writing world? What kinds of projects are you undertaking for the new year? Need a little shove? Maybe it's time YOU WYAO!!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here's to a safe, healthy & profitable 2012!


Anita Clenney said...

I definitely need to WMAO! I have so much to do and so little time to get it done. I may unofficially join you.

I usually have to have quiet to really focus, but I love the idea of the ocean tape. That would transport you right there to beachside. Good luck!

Liz Lipperman said...

Although I admire anyone who is able to do this, I cannot. I am too much of an OCD editor to even think about it, and I end up frustrated because I never meet my goals. For me, I have to go at my own pace. Fortunately, at the end of my wip, I have a pretty clean manuscript and don't have to spend a lot of time on edits.

And I only have 90 more pages to go before I write THE END on book 3. For that, I say Praise Jesus and pass the margarita salt!

Cassy Pickard said...

Barbie Jo: This is just what I need. I'd love to report on Fridays. I have about 1/3 of my current wip process done and have high hopes of finishing it by the end of February. So, game on.

Lindsay said...

This sounds like an interesting challenge and something I might try. I'm not even a tenth of the way into the next book and sure could use some motivation to get it done.

Lindsay said...

Well so much for having great plans on working on the book. I got the content edits back tonight for the next Emily Dahill, CID Series book so they take priority over anything.
But I will try to get some major writing on the next book done in January

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

YAY! so glad I have some takers to the challenge! I really really REALLY need this.

Today marks Day 1. We must work on something even if it's only making 1 page progress. I will report in on Friday how my week went and how far I am.

Liz, YAY YOU for being 90 pages away from The End! That is awesome! You kicked butt pre-holiday!