Saturday, September 4, 2010

WiP Saturday: Time Out

I know, I know, it's not Wednesday, but I had to share....


I'm really, really done with the first draft of the rewrite of my WiP. I corrected all the little nagging problems that stopped me from laying this baby to rest, and wrote a new climax. Now I'm laying my WiP aside for a month, letting myself forget it while I gorge on at least two novels my friends sent me to beta-read.

I reached 65,000 words when my goal was 50,000. I started the rewrite almost exactly one month ago, after attending SCBWI LA. It's been a totally exhausting, totally fun month. Now it's time to kick back, relax, and enjoy some other people's work.

(And, of course, I'm really excited for the month to be over so I can go back and see if my book is actually what I think it is ... maybe good? Maybe? Please, please, please be good.)

I'm attending our local chapter's SCBWI conference in Spokane on Sept 18.  Yippee! I'll resurrect the first chapter at that point so I can get some feedback, but other than that, the whole thing's in time out, in a dark and lonely corner, all alone. Poor WiP!

On a side note, don't forget to enter my contest! I'm giving away signed copies of FAIREST by Gail Carson Levine and IMPULSE by Ellen Hopkins. Deadline is tomorrow night.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, everyone! I'll see you on Monday to announce the contest winners.


  1. Hi!
    I popped over after reading your comment at karen's BBQ.
    Wow! You lived inHong Kong- my best friend lived there (from Ireland) for 6 years, she now lives in Brussels! I visited here there for 3 weeks, fab shopping place (20 years ago), don't know what it's like now.
    See you soon, I hope. I'll follow you now.

  2. What an accomplishment! Good for you. I'm sure you'll look back at that wip next month and think, "Wow, I wrote that? Dang, I'm good!"

  3. I just signed up for your "contest." I also said that I came over from KarenG's BBQ. Glad I did! I've met so many wonderful new bloggers and writers these past two days!!

    I'm now your follower.

  4. Amy, I love that you put your WIP in a time-out. hehe

    Congrats on cleaning it up to your satisfaction.

  5. Dropping in from the BBQ! Enjoy the conference!

  6. Hi Amy,

    I too have finished the first draft of my ms and promised not to look at again for a month. That would be mid-September for me. I can't wait to get back to it!

    Popping in from Karen's BBQ. Happy to be a follower.

  7. Awesome, awesome, Amy. I know you're still a few months away from it, but when you're ready for a reader, I'd love to help out.

  8. Hi Amy, just stopping by from KarenG's BBQ blogfest. Your site is great - totally like me. Congrats on finishing the revision. Nice to meet you! :D

  9. Yay, look at all my new friends. Old and new, you all rock. This is so much fun. Thanks to Karen G for her BBQ idea.

    Mimi, I left a note on your blog, but I am so curious as to the name of your friend who lived in Hong Kong. I wonder if I might know here. Wouldn't that be a kick?

    Julie, Thank you so much! I don't know if I'll think it's good when I go back or not. I'm hoping I will, but that's sort of wishful thinking. :) It's weird to leave your work for awhile, isn't it? When you go back, it's like an out-of-body experience reading it again.

    Ann, So great to meet you. Thanks for following my blog and now I'm following yours, too!

    Myrna, Thanks. :) Yes, we all need time outs. Even our WiPs need them. Thanks for the congratulations.

    Laura, Thanks for stopping by and for your well-wishes on the conference.

    Shellie, I know what you mean! It's hard to wait to peek at it again, isn't it? :)

    Krista, THANK YOU for your offer. I will definitely take you up on it when the time comes.

    Brenda, Hooray for the BBQ! I'm so glad you found me and that I found your blog, too.


  10. Well done on the WIP :) And Hi! I just popped over from the BBQ, nice to meet you:)

  11. Hello,

    I'm over from Karens BBQ! Congrats on finishing your WIP! I'm in the final chapters of my first draft. :)

    Lovely to meet you and what a lovely blog you have here!

  12. Awesome! So nice to finish a draft and set is aside for awhile. Congrats on all your hard work. :)

  13. Look at you go girl! And off to another conference. :) We'll both have great posts for October about all the things we learned in September.

  14. Congrats! That's huge! You're smart to take a break to get fresh eyes/perspective. Enjoy! :)

  15. Good for you!

  16. Hi there! Over from the BBQ! So great to meet you and I love your blog!

  17. It's always nice to meet a fellow writer. I look forward to your upcoming posts. Enjoy your holiday Monday!

  18. Hi there! I came from Karen's BBQ and thought I'd stop in. Your blog looks so interesting -- especially reading that you spent so much time in Asia. There are many countries in Asia that I would *love* to go to! Glad I found your blog!


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