shifting gears

Sven yesterday: 1226 words + longhand synopsis (synopsis is hanging at about 1500 words)

Today, I got some light revisions for Chris’s book (Hold On Tight – book 3 in the SEAL trilogy) thumped against my door – I’ll be motoring fast on those and then all three of the SEAL books will go into copy edits at the same time. That’s both great (since they’re so closely connected) and horrid (mainly because I hate copy edits and doing 3 sets at once could easily topple me over the edge.)

But I’m relieved that my editor liked the revisions I’ve done thus far – majorly relieved.

So I’m going to try to finish the proposal and get a nice chunk of the revisions done as well. Except, of course, the weekend promises to be busy, since we’re having Verizon Fios installed tomorrow (which I’m hearing can be a 6 hour process) and I have a dinner tomorrow night.

I must make use of today and tonight.

Gotta run.

Steph T.

no surrender

Dear stupid bureaucracy-ish people I dealt with all day yesterday who sucked up all my time, energy and generally made me want to beat my head against the wall,

I know you’re lying. And trust me, I can confuse you far more easily than you can me. Just ask Larissa or my editor about my powers of confusion.

All best-

BTW, if you’re dealing with annoying, lying people, I’ve found it best, if possible, to either record them if it’s allowed in your state and / or put everything in writing (via email) and save all responses. That way, the inaccuracies (read: lies) can be recorded very easily for future reference. Oh, and when you’re on the phone, play Time Is Running Out by Papa Roach in the background (I refuse / to surrender…)

I’ve got a raging migraine – hopefully, meds and coffee will all kick in soon, since I need to get my ass in gear.

Anyone see Brothers & Sisters this past Sunday? My DVR didn’t record it for some reason and I love that show – anything major happen? Is Kevin accepting the Rob Lowe guy’s job offer?

Okay, onto Sven stuff.

I managed 1179 words on the Cam proposal. For a while, I was actually losing words and for most of the day I was at a negative number, which drives me nuts. By 9PM, I finally finished up.

I definintely wrote more, since I worked on the synopsis in bed (longhand) – and then, since kid was up at 3AM (she has officially become the child who needs neither sleep nor food) I wrote about 4 pages longhand on the story as well. So hopefully a good start for day two.

Except, of course, I’m at the point of the proposal where I’m thinking, this is the stupidest premise ever and will never hold together. Parts of it probably won’t, but I’m already so far from my original idea that I know, somehow, it will all work out.




Steph T.

Day 1

I need to come up with better blog titles.

Anyway, today’s goals for Sven include:

– writing 1K on Cam’s proposal
– Firming up the synopsis on Cam’s proposal. (note: firming up is a nice way of saying, string together the crap I’ve written in short little sentences all over the place and try to make it make any kind of sense at all. Not an easy task. But hey, it’s day 1 – if I can get this done early, I’ll be in good shape.)

Zoo’s away tonight – he left at 4AM this morning and I couldn’t go back to sleep. Ironic, since this is the first night in 3 weeks that the kid slept through the entire night.


So yes, no sleep plus husband away plus kid and dog recovering from the trauma of being left with the dogsitter while we were away for ten days equals .

Will check back in later. Had forgotten how much easier blogging is than actually writing. :LOL:

Steph T.

Sven again

It’s November and it’s time for the Sweating With Sven writing challenge! Come on over to the Sven blog, read about the sponsors and sign up today!

Writing is a tough business. We spend so much time alone, in our own heads and rooms and we created this challenge to take away some of that isolation – originally, the challenge was conceived as a way to help each other along, to challenge one another and to give one another a push when the going gets too tough to go it alone.

For this challenge, I’m working on two books – one is my Sydney Croft book 5, which I’d like to get done before early December (and I know Larissa does too!) – the other is my proposal and then, hopefully, the full book that goes along with it, for March. The challenge is over at the end of January – so I’d like to be over halfway through that book by then.

Who’s in?

Steph T.

Sunday check-in

Make sure you head over to Sven’s place if you’re participating in the challenge and let us know your progress!

You know, math has never been my thing – I just don’t think in math terms. I think in, OMG, I want to write the entire book today, terms. Which is what can really screw you up.

Sharon/Maya have talked about this before. In a way, binge writing is awesome – when the writing is actually coming along. When you’re in those periods of, well, rest, the guilt of not writing is very stressful, especially when you’re on multiple deadlines and things are due.

I know I’ve talked about this before, but I do think that even when a binge writer isn’t writing, she’s writing. Planning. It’s all going on inside her head – she’s giving her brain a chance to recharge, to form what’s going to go on paper next, whether consciously or not.

But it makes things like reporting in for the Sven check-in difficult. How much did I write this week? Well, Larissa and I are halfway or more through Seduced By The Storm revisions, and I know I rewrote / wrote many new scenes for that. That alone probably took care of my daily word count. But I also worked on Nick’s book – I have at least ten longhand pages or more to type in. Plus pages of just free thinking notes.

Long story short, I have no idea how much I wrote this week. 😆

Steph T.

here we go again…

It’s Sweating with Sven time again!

I’m dealing with revisions on one book right now and soon to be headed into CEs and Galleys on others. But at the same time I’m about to jump into a first draft – writing something new – something fresh and shiny and gloriously fun. Something I need to write within the next 45 days, more or less. So this challenge has perfect timing for me, because when it’s done, I move right into two new proposals that are due right before and right after the holidays.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking about the past few days as I was deciding what to write up for today’s post. There’s very little you can control in this business – very little. The only thing you’ve got is your writing – and really, by that, I mean the first draft. After that, it becomes a combination of you and your editor and possibly your agent working together to mold the draft into something the world will see. You have some control over that process, but by then it’s more like a collaboration of sorts. And yes, I’ve seen revisions turn a book into something awesome – I agree with people who’ve said that that’s the real writing – the real digging in deep. That’s when you mine the gold and throw out the stuff that seemed so wonderful in the first draft.

But there’s always magic in that first draft. Always.

So yes, really, when it comes down to it, all you’ve really got control over is your first draft. So you need to love it – have fun with it – don’t hold anything at all back. That’s the raw clay you’re going to use later on, when other hands get involved to help you shape it. They will have good ideas, but that kind of advice will only be helpful if you’ve got good material to begin with.

So what can hold you back from digging into that first draft – what manifests itself in so many different ways, like procrastination and excuses? It’s called Resistance, and I’ve talked about it before in reference to Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. It’s fantastic, and I’ve actually given it a reread this past weekend in order to get me past my fear of jumping back into that magical first draft.

These passages stuck with me, so I’ll share them with you and together, today, we’ll make that leap and make sure resistance doesn’t win.

Rule of Thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.

Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you’re feeling massive resistance, the good news is, it means there’s tremendous love there too. If you didn’t love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything. The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference.

The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art / project / enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.

Details on the challenge are below, along with a link to Sven’s website and the sponsors for the challenge – along with the original five, we’ve added five more to help keep us all rolling along.

New Challenge details below: