December 12th, 2011

Public Shame Writing Challenge: the end!

I'm revising SUCH A RUSH, my YA romantic drama that will be published by MTV Books on July 10. I said I would revise the first half of the book over the weekend. I did not. However, I did do a lot of writing for the first half, and also a lot of writing for the second half. This revision is all about more more more. So, even though I didn't do exactly what I said I would do, I think shame and I are going to call this one a draw.

I'm going to try to write 6000 more words today. The revision is due on Friday right after lunch, at the beginning of the Simon & Schuster Christmas party, at which point my editor will begin her vacation and I will go to Golden Corral and stick my head under the chocolate fountain.

After that, I still have a proposal to write this month. Luckily, I love writing, and I find December a desolate and beautiful and romantic time in Alabama to do that. I think a lot of you are finding the holidays encroaching on your writing time, and that's fine. Just remember that writing is like inertia. What's in motion tends to stay in motion, and what's at rest tends to stay at rest. It's so hard to get started on a project. Once you get going, though, the project can start to write itself. So even if you can keep going at 250 words a day, I think you will feel a lot better on January 1 than if you stopped writing altogether.

Your turn:

1. Who you are
2. What sort of book you're writing
3. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART, because this is a writing community: cheers and well wishes for the person who posted right above you
4. How many words you said you would write on days 9, 10, and 11
5. How many words you actually wrote on days 9, 10, and 11 (NO EXCUSES--you did or you didn't)
6. How you're feeling about your Public Shame output and your NaNo output if you did that too. Don't forget to congratulate YOURSELF on what you're accomplished!