Day 18, and We’re Back to the Weekend!

Posted Jan 27 2012, 11:50 pm

Sheeeeeeesh! I’ve had such a week!

I won’t go into all the gory details of my work life, but I’ve barely had a spare moment to grab food, much less get writing done.

Thankfully, I’m hosting a sprint early Saturday morning, so I’ve GOT to be there.

I hope you’ll all get some sprinting done this weekend!

How’s everything going?





11 responses to “Day 18, and We’re Back to the Weekend!”

  1. Happy, Happy Sprinting Day to you Elisa, you’ve earned it! It’s a teaching day for me Saturday, but I used my free day Thursday so I’m hoping to get some sprinting in later in the day.


    I passed the 50K mark today. Huge for me because that puts me within 10k of done.


    I spent the day in agony trying to get the words out. Something is wrong with my plot. I’m a pantser but this usually works for me.


    I’ve just realized I’ve made a huge tactical error about oh 7 chapters ago by not having heroine react true to who SHE is. Instead, her and hero keep having the same darn argument and spending far too much time avoiding each other. I was trying to avoid a cliche, but I’ve just realized certain cliches exist for a reason b/c pacing demands it.

    And I just can’t force a black moment on a situation that’s not true and where the pacing just kinda sucks.

    So as much as it KILLS me to do so. KILLS. I hate going backwards. I advocate fast and dirty drafting to anyone who will listen. “Just plow ahead.” I’m going to have suck it up, pull up my big girl panties and listen to my gut that this isn’t working, that this may not fit my target line, but I have to be true to these characters and rewrite and rearrange some. And OMG it is gonna suck for a few days in Annabeth land. Will just try to sprint it out & trust it.

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      HOORAH on the 50K mark!!! That’s AWESOME no matter what!!

      But ouch on the “shoot, I went wrong seven chapters ago” realization–though better now than after you’d gotten to the end. (And better than if the error was in chapter 1.)

      That’s what happened with my WIP. Finished it, realized the heroine wasn’t reacting authentically and they got stuck in stupid conflict….then have had to tear the whole darn novel apart twice. I’m on the third major reworking–hopefully third time’s the charm!!

      HOWEVER, to keep your forward progress going, can you make yourself some quick notes about what needs to change and then WRITE FORWARD AS IF you’d done it right the first time? Getting to “The End” is super empowering…and you don’t want to get bogged down in revisions too early.

  2. Heidi Luchterhand says:

    I keep reminding myself that sleep is overrated.

  3. Kristina Mathews says:

    I am a little behind, but I know I will catch up this week.
    I did get my point for the day by attending my local RWA chapter meeting.

    Now to rearrange my love scenes.

  4. Totally understand ur POV but “gurus” have such a rep for being money hungry here on YT & most ppl think all of us “gurus” are making $ off YT-simply not true. Just wanted it to be known that not everyone makes $ on here.Not about that for me. Ultimately ppl that want my tips will buy it–I tell ppl off if I get disrespected-that’s me. I can’t be sorry for that. Thk u for ur kind words. I wasn’t trying to be mean to you, its easy to come off that way online even if its not my intention.

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