WIPMarathon Check-In #2 … and PITCH WARS!

Not only am I a day late with this post, I’m also behind on reading others’ posts. Hoping to catch up today!

Winter's day at Dyrham Park
Winter’s day at Dyrham Park

Last Check-in Wordcount: I don’t even know how to answer this. I can say I finished the MS polish I was working on and I’ve set it aside and am walking away! So there’s that 🙂

Current WC + CC (or SC): Nada. Today I’m going to attempt to get through 2 craft books I’ve been wanting to read, and then on to starting to draft the WIP (finally) tomorrow.

WIP Issues this week: I think first chapters are my personal hurdle. Queries I’m getting the hang of, after so much excellent feedback and helpful clinics, bootcamps, tutorials, and classes online. The WIP I was polishing? I decided to rewrite the first 250 and see if I could start off with more of a bang, and spread the worldbuilding and character info further on, so to get to the protag’s immediate problem, well, immediately.

I think I’ve done this, but of course, it being a whole TWO DAYS LATER, I feel the need to go over it again and see what I can make even shinier. 😛

What I learnt this week in writing: I was prompted to revisit my first chapter by these two links, from agent Suzie Townsend at New Leaf, and Chuck Sambuchino. Great advice.

What distracted me this week while writing: Pitch Wars, Pitch Wars, Pitch Wars. I was chosen to be part of #TeamNinja as first alternate with A BREATH OF SILVER by urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and New Adult author  Tina Moss! WOOHOO! 🙂 I’m armed with throwing stars! 😀

Last 200 words: I’m going to skip this bit this week only (and I hate to do that! I love reading everyone else’s!) because I was polishing this past week, and I’m not sure it’s exactly right so I don’t want to put it out there yet. But next week… watch this space 🙂

Looking forward to catching up on my #WIP Marathon buddies’ websites. Oh yeah, and Christmas is happening soon, too! 10 days away. And you know what that means, fellow sun-worshippers. There are only SIX DAYS LEFT before the days start getting longer again. The gloomy England winter is upon us, but the more sunlight I see, the less likely I am to feel like this all day long.

Have a great week!

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5 thoughts on “WIPMarathon Check-In #2 … and PITCH WARS!

  1. Congratulations on being chosen for Pitch Wars! I don’t blame you for being distracted! I’m sure it’ll be fantastic. First chapters can be very tricky – it’s knowing the right place to start (I read somewhere that the best place is starting just as something changes, an event that triggers the main plot and isn’t action for the sake of action. That’s what I try to do, anyway!). I usually have to do major surgery on my opening chapters when I’m revising.

    I can’t wait for the sun to come back! Lol.

    1. I’m glad I’m not alone in having to spend serious energy in reconstructing the first chapter. I’m really hoping to avoid that with my new WIP by being more organised from the start. My first chapter began too early in the story some months back, and I brought it forward to moments before things kick off. But it seems way too easy to overwrite, overthink, and try to cram all kinds of pretty language in the first 250-500 words to get attention, and I find this difficult to fight off. I’m getting there, though 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I agree with Emma…and you! I think I’ve rewritten my first pages/chapter about twenty-something times now. Or more.
    But like Emma, for my last rewrite, I decided to start right where something changes (not the inciting incident).

    Good luck with your drafting this week!

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