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#80khotfoot – Week 8

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Bad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

Be sure to check out our recent roster of guest bloggers. Our Bad Girlz For A Day have come on board with some great blog posts! Check ’em out. 😀

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#80khotfoot – Week 7

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Bad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

While you’re kicking your goal’s ass, make sure you’re also taking care of yourself. Drink lots of water, exercise, and stay healthy. Your book needs you alive!!

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#80khotfoot – Week 6

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Bad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

Six weeks down and six more to go! This is usually the point where I start to throw things and, if I’m writing a Romance, this song by Lady Gaga takes on new meaning…

…It’s a Lady Gaga video, so ya know, it’s loud and contains awesome dancing…

…Yes, I know the dance…

…Enjoy! ^_^

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#80khotfoot – Week 5

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Bad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

Ermagerd, u guise! Dees hurls motch dah lahyout!

*grins* So, it’s been five weeks since we started rough drafting new books. How’s it going? TELL ALL!

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#80khotfoot – Week 4

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Bad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

How many times have you heard someone groan over the goal they set and didn’t meet? How often have you been the one doing it? Honesty is one thing, but nothing good can come of celebrating failure. This week be sure to celebrate only your accomplishments and successes!

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#80khotfoot – Week 3

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Bad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

Ooooooooh, look at the pretty shoes! Oooooooh… Aaaaaahhhhh…

Now no more horsing around. How many words did you write this week?

Remember — if you need help pushing through the exhaustion and frustration of your rough draft — jump on the #80khotfoot hashtag and let other writers know. We’re all going through it!

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Work That Body!

Last Monday I dove into writing Book 3 of my Fianna trilogy. I came up gasping for air, flapping my arms and legs, trying not to drown in the Booooooooring as hell beginning of my book.

Seriously. I was like “Sahnoooooooooze FEST, McGovy!”

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I am better than the schwill I was spilling. And while I’m all about keeping the rough draft rough, I knew I had to start this Hotfooting on the right foot. I looked at the 1,000 words I’d written, dozed off, woke back up, and tried jumping forward. Nope, still sucked.

Sickened, I closed the document and went to work out. I was pissed at myself, which is kinda good since I go kickboxing at 9Round (Shout out to 9Rounders! Whoop whoop! I love it). Anyway, I get there, all mad at Maddox and his stoic a$$ POV and frustrated with myself for not coming out of the corner swinging like Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto

I do three minutes on the jump rope. I really hate jumping rope unless it’s Double Dutch and that’s only because DD makes me chuckle at my skills being shamed by eight year old girls. I do three minutes of burpees. (Burpees: Exercise code for torture). Then, it started to hit me around burpee number 13: EMichels whole black and white vs. color blog post.

I move on to the focus bag. What is wrong with my scene? I thought it was the beginning.woman boxing

I abso look like this while working out, btw. Yep, yep I do. 😉

Heavy bag is next. Kicking and kneeing the crud out of it, the endorphins start to fire. “No, McGovy.”(Yeah I talk to myself a lot. And, what?) “You began before the beginning. Not too far before, but still too far for what you want.”

Then, practicing hand to hand with the trainer, thinking my character Cian would be so proud, flooded with the feel good hormones that a great workout provides, it hits me. I have to open with the Druid and his Fianna in their element! Toss the reader into the fray! Get craaaazy!

With Maddox, since he’s book three, I need to start the story not just in color, but in Hi-Def and surround sound. Bury the reader in the sensations and chaos of that opening scene with a tight yet free handed camera. It’s supposed to be mayhem at first. I have to trust the reader and go with it. After the swell of the storm, I can back up the camera angle, steady it a bit, and get a wider shot with a little B&W info.

I hit the speed bag with renewed energy and hope. I can write this story! The scene starts to play out in my mind and I’m making that hard earned “pah-donk, pah-donk, pah-donk” sound on the bag without even paying attention. My mind is miles away, in the opening of an orchard, where four men are invoking magic and some crazy shiz is going down.

Bliss! Pure bliss is the only way to describe the feeling when that elusive scene finally reaches a writer. I finished up my work out, rushed home, texted EMichels with an “I’ve got it!” text, and proceeded to handwrite the entire scene in just over an hour.

My point? Other than don’t lose hope when a scene plays hide and seek with you? Exercise helped me overcome my writing hurdle. When you’re banging your head against the keyboard, GET UP! Go away and move your body. Walk, run, box, dance – whatever it is you like. Just move it! Work up an exercise-y glow and get the endorphins flowing. Work out your body and I bet you’ll work out your mind and the kinks in your story. kickbox

I totally look like this too. *nods* Bah-HA!

Write on,

McGovy

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#80khotfoot – Week 2

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Bad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

Sooooooooooooo…. How’s it going? Is the beginning the easiest part for you or do you take awhile to pick up speed as you get used to a new manuscript?

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Real Life Inspirations and Writerly Creations

For my blog post today I knew I wanted to blog about my current rough draft, but wasn’t sure what to focus on. Then I thought about the inspiration for this story and how real life has a way of finding its way into fiction. Previously it’s been little meta details that have popped up in my writing, but in this book there are definitely big inspirations.

The star of the story is seventeen year old Salamandra Torres (at the moment I imagine her as Shay Mitchell), home from boarding school for the summer. Home is Misty Mills, a small town in the mountains of North Carolina.

I’ve honestly never been much of a nature person. I like water that runs through a filter before I drink it, air that has been conditioned to the ideal temperature, and about a hundred miles between me and the nearest bear. My first experience in the mountains as an adult was not ideal due to the location, in which I learned that my claustrophobia will override my fear of heights if being on a four story balcony will make me feel less suffocated.

When I was Darcy-napped by The M Shelf to, like, the perfect mountain house in all of creation, I was skeptical. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a pretty skeptical person in general. Enjoying the hell out of being in the mountains had to be a fluke. But then months later I ended up finishing my first Victoria Saint book while hiding away from the world in the mountains. I think the sheer high of typing ‘The End’ on my baby, the weight being lifted from my shoulders, allowed me to truly enjoy what was around me and I fell in love with it.

But as I spent two long years in a small town in Alabama, Sal’s motivation to go through anything to go back to boarding school comes straight from the heart.

If I ever become ridiculously famous, I wonder if I’ll get a plague and a mention in an edition of this book. Hm. Anyway, I spent two years in the home of Harper Lee and (briefly) Truman Capote. I took my driving test there… which is literally if you can make it around the courthouse in one piece. The nearest decent shopping was two hours away. We had Dial-Up internet. And the only thing to do was either raise cattle for 4-H or watch cotton grow. I decided to suffer with Dial-Up instead.

It wasn’t the town’s fault that my duration in it sucked. Looking back I know I could have made more of the experience. Monroeville does make the most of its literary heritage and their annual play of To Kill A Mockingbird (inside the courthouse) is brilliant.

But as a teenager I wanted to escape, and so does Sal, which provides some major motivation.

Now for the idea that got this whole story rolling!

When The M Shelf ladies told me there was a Starbucks in a funeral home… MAN. The creative gears in my head went into overtime. What a freaking awesome idea! I’m an advocate of coffee being served, well, everywhere. And it became my ‘setting within a setting.’ Wake the Dead Coffee Shop and Blessed Rest Funeral Home, owned by Sal’s parents, and definitely not making her stint in Misty Mills any easier.

So, tell me about your newest work in progress, your almost completed baby, or your #80khotfoot project! But for the #80khotfoot peeps, I have an extra challenge. Go to your blogs (if you have one, if not just comment) and write your own post about elements that inspired your story and post the link in the comments below.

C’mon, I want to know and you know you want me to know! *grin* There might even be a prize involved. I haven’t decided yet. *rubs hands together with glee*

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#80kHotFoot – Ready… Set… GO!

running-in-heels-ready-set-goBad Girlz’ Book Race
March 15-June 7th
We’re racing to 80K!
#80khotfoot

Friends don’t let other friends rough draft alone! Save the #80khotfoot hashtag and check back every Friday for the weekly post about the challenge.

running-in-heels-wk1The challenge is called #80khotfoot, but not everyone’s rough draft will end at the same word count. 80,000 words is a good average length for many genres, especially as a target amount for a rough draft. Some writers rough draft short and add more in revisions, while others are the opposite. The rough draft goes on forever and has to be edited down into a beautiful polished product.

What’s your rough draft style?

P. S. Writers beginning a new rough draft with a target of 60k in 12 weeks (or sooner) are welcome in the challenge. Love to our Harlequin and YA friends! 😀

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