Team YA and #ROW80

Team Angel

Much of our lives involves a this-or-that decision. With each yes to one thing, we say no to another. I was thinking about this as I recently tweeted with What-to-Watch TV Master Tiffany A. White about where am in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series (season 5 of Buffy, season 2 of Angel. Please do not tell me what happens!) I’m sure the ending I would like to see isn’t going to happen, but I am still holding out for Team Angel.

That’s how we talk about it these days, right? The Twilight fights of Team Edward vs. Team Jacob, this American Idol contestant or that one, this presidential candidate or that one (Bayard/Lamb 2012, by the way), and so on. However, my decision for the coming week is which of two novel ideas I should leap into and write. I have two plots and sets of characters that have been tugging at me like a protective vampire and a bullish werewolf. Which one to choose?

As a matter of fact, I had already written a chapter for each novel idea. Having let them air out for a while, I sat down on Friday to take a fresh look. The young adult novel is much further along in story structure. I know where this novel needs to go — what the protagonist’s goal and obstacles are, how to incorporate the characters’ quirks, what the conflict of the scenes should entail, and how the climax will unfold. The other plot idea is mushier — more promising in some ways, but less solid. As much as I like it and want to get crackin’, that plot needs more time to simmer. So I’m going for Team YA. With that decision made, here’s a look at my ROW80 progress for the week.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Individual writers set their own goals for an 80-day round. Here are my ROW80 goals for Round 1 of 2012:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. Edits done and in reader’s hands.
  • Write 2,500 words per week on work in progress. Most importantly, I MUST decide which work in progress to tackle. I have two novels plotted and can’t choose which one to focus on. Both stories are tugging at my hem and begging for attention. I have decided to write the young adult novel; its working title is Sharing Hunter.
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. Finito.
  • Comment on at least 10 blogs per week. Done. Commented on 14 blog posts. This does not include any ROW80 updates or replies to commenters on my own blog.
  • Read one writing craft book. Still reading another nonfiction book before I jump into On Writing by Stephen King.
  • Read five fiction books. 3 down, 2 to go.
  • Exercise three times per week. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad?

Be sure to check out my fellow ROW80ers and wish them well HERE.

How are you doing with your goals? Have you had to make any this-or-that decisions lately?

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23 thoughts on “Team YA and #ROW80

  1. Sounds like Team YA is the way to go – congrats on making the choice, and on all your other accomplishments! Mine look similar – I completed a round of edits, and now just need to type in the changes and send them to the beta readers. Likewise, I got 4 out of 5 exercise sessions in. Good luck this week, and have fun with the new book (both the one you’ll be reading and the one you’re writing)!

    1. Thanks, Jennette. Yes, I’ve been tracking your goals some and saw your round of edits. Good for you! I think your 4 exercise sessions trumps my 2, though. LOL. Best wishes for a great week!

  2. Sounds like you’re doing great! I am a YA binge reader, so I would root for that anyway.

    Happy writing this week!

  3. Congrats on the decision, and what a great week! Love that you managed to incorporate reading, writing, and exercising into your week. I need to learn from you;)

  4. Ahhhmazing week Julie – wow! You are kicking butt. Congrats on choosing an idea. Very exciting. You are a balancing queen – here’s to keeping up the fantasticness this coming week!

  5. oh, i was firmly on team angel. FIRMLY!
    great week in writing for you! keep up the momentum chica! and best of luck on this new YA manuscript. i write middle grade, so i’m looking forward to hearing more about it.

    1. Hey Gina, I understand that the actor who played Angel is now on Bones. That show will be on a list for me to see in the future! 🙂 (He reminds me of my husband in a lot of ways.)

      I need to check out your stuff, Gina. I love middle grade. I wrote one draft of a middle-grade novel, but it’s gathering dust until I’m ready to edit it. I’m nervous about whether it’s any good. We’ll see. Have a wonderful week!

  6. We’ll quietly tip-toe away from the Buffy talk (I was never really one to choose teams… okay, I’m a liar, I am a Spike fangirl–but I was such a fan of Spike & Angel one-uping each other and getting on each others’ nerves.)…

    I know exactly what it feels like to have multiple projects tugging on one’s hem. Glad that you were able to choose between the two of them. The worst thing I can think to happen to a writer is to be constantly torn between projects, without ever fully committing to one.

    My most recent this-or-that decision was a small one. I have two competing projects right now–get started on a graphic novel script, or finish the manuscript for my current book. Clearly, that’s an easy decision to make. Always finish the work that’s almost done! But once I get that manuscript published, I will have so many options for what project I tackle next. I’ll be there, my writer’s hem positively covered with little hands.

    Good luck for the coming week!

    1. A few weeks ago, I was starting to write one and edit one too. My husband gently reminded me how important it is to focus, so I set aside the new projects and finished up the edits. Good choice!

      I love the image of “my writer’s hem positively covered with little hands.” How very true! Best wishes, Tracy.

  7. Wow Julie Glover, you’ve done amazingly well this week. I’m new to the ROW and I’m wondering around the hashtag introducing myself to you all. You have great goals Julie and seem to be Rocking the ROW! Nice to meet you! 🙂

  8. You’re doing great!
    I’m happy you decided which idea to follow through and 2 out 3 ain’t bad!
    Currently, I’m struggling against 5 or 6 ideas (with plot lines and characters and everything else figured out) so I know how you feel. I hope to decide which idea to write down soon lol
    Have a nice week!

    1. Struggling with 5-6 ideas (w/plot lines, etc.) is a good problem to have! I have several ideas too, but these two were the ones most ready to go. I don’t have them all nearly as fleshed out as you do. Good luck making a decision on which path to pursue. Thanks for the back-pat, Juliana!

  9. My Monsters novel meant shelving my City trilogy. I tried running with both, but I was having so much fun with my monsters and had received a good response from my work shop group that I had to let go of my trilogy.

    I didn’t have a full plot for Monsters, and Hadley (the first of my trilogy) had a completed first draft I could work off and improve. Logic suggests I should have stayed with Hadley, but I took a chance and it’s working and evolving. The rewrite to repair continuity might throw me back into Hadley, but for now, I’ve never been so productive.

    Good luck deciding!

    1. Thanks, Audrey! It sounds like you made a good decision with the Monsters novel if that one was tugging hardest. I really could have gone either way for myself, so I went for the “logical” choice of the better plotted route. Though I admit that when I re-read my first chapter, I felt a twitch of excitement to find out what happens next! So I think I’ll really get into it. Best wishes with the WIP!

  10. Great progress, Julie! It looks like you have things under control.

    Writing two novels at a time is hard but many authors can pull it off. I think you need to ask yourself which characters you want to hang out with now and just go with your gut.

    Good luck this week 🙂

    1. LOL. Isn’t that a writer’s dream? To “have things under control.” 🙂

      I’m excited to hang out with the YA characters. Re-reading my first chapter made me realize that I already really like them (flawed as they are!), so I’m ready for us to journey together. Thanks!

  11. Um, yeah. You’ve put me to shame. So far this week I get a big fat fail. I didn’t even check in on Sunday and put off adding my name to the linky last Wednesday (till it was too late). I love how organized your thoughts are, very inspiring–def. going to keep tabs on you so I’m motivated not to be quite so lazy.
    Good luck, gal!

    1. Oh believe me, I’ve had big fat fail weeks myself. My first two rounds of ROW80, for example (didn’t even finish 1st round!). I’m getting better and better at this, I think. Thanks so much! Best wishes to you, Lindy, for a better week!

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