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Monday, June 22, 2009

SRS Whip of the Week #4

How can that be? How can we be in our final week of Summer Revision Smackdown 2009? (Well, stayed tunes for breaking details.)

It's been great to see that, although it seemed to be a quiet week around the smackdown, many of you were hard at work and making progress. Just what we like to hear. Jolie and I also noticed how eager you all are to meet your original goals and your plans for an all out run to the finish line to make it happen. We can already hear the crack of the whip in the air as you all gear up for the final stretch...a sprint to the finish line (just imagine the sweet victory as you break through the licorice tape, hands in the air, triumphant)!

Keep it up!

Now to Whip of the Week. Let's start with our Honorable Mentions:

Lisa L. Owens, who cracked the code to meeting her original goal and is diving into a total rewrite. Right on, Lisa!

Alison, who has been doing well with her revision goals despite vacation, work, and a new arrival in 4 weeks--yes, a baby. Amazing, Alison!

Shari Green has not only been meeting her revision goals but had a "lovely little plot epiphany" as a result of banging her head against her keyboard. Thanks for the revision tip, Shari (even though we may have red foreheads)!

Instead of drum roll, how about a big, rolling wherplash to announce this week's Whip which goes to...

Here's what llt said about week 3:

This week has probably been my best. After receiving a very helpful critique at a SCBWI Conference last Saturday, I sat down with my plans all sketched out. I listened to the editor and began my WIP with my female MC and not the male MC. Then I revised the first 50 pages, moving and removing, putting back in some mystery and revving up the conflict.

With my second WIP I took some advice from this blog and got out a stack of index cards and outlined each chapter. It felt so good to be organized and to see everything sketched out in front of me. I went in and revised forty-five pages with the help of my new card system.

This smackdown has really helped me keep my focus on organizing, revising and writing in general. Paired with the conference, I feel my creativity mojo has been enhanced and I'm determined to finish both works by the end of August.So I thank you ladies for the good swift shove I needed to remain on track:)

You are so very welcome, llt!

The fact that this little venture of ours has been helpful (we so appreciate your appreciation) has our writerly hearts soaring over the smackdown rainbow! And so many of you have asked, Can you keep the Smackdown going? And we're taking your request seriously. Stayed tuned for future info about Summer Revison Smackdown!

Candy Buzz Question to Smackdowners: What are your goals for the final week?


  1. Thanks for the honorable mention! :D

    My goals for the final week -- keep up my 3 hrs/day plan, but also a new goal: finish this pass of revisions, which means writing a couple new chapters and filling in a missing scene or two.

  2. Thank you for the Whip! I am honored:)

    For this week I just want to continue revising and nurturing my work.

    llt (Laurie T)

  3. Great job Laurie T, can't tell you how many ways I spelled llt, LLT, IIT, iit, etc before you wrote Laurie T. Good work, now sprinkle some of that magical writing dust on the rest of us and I'll be back to my personal smackdown.

    My goals for the week... Kick ass. Mine. Or my story's. I'm shooting for all three chapters I've been gunning for. Rough and crappy, but down on paper. Or computer screen. On Scrivener. In bytes. Or complicated mixtures of dashes and dots in a binary, story-stew miracle. Or on a stone tablet. Basically, anywhere else but in my head.

    Today started out great. Even went to a new coffee shop with oversized comfy leather chairs and GOOD vanilla lattes (in canada what?). Was even more pleased to discover they had a shelf of booze. Not a big drinker but a shot of Baileys in my latte shut my inner bossy butch perfectionist right up. Time lines, new scene concepts, rough prose, all flowed like cool milk after chocolate cake. Back at my computer now and will go back to work as soon as I end this ridiculous rant.

    May the smack be with you all.

  4. "May the smack be with you" may just have to be my new catchphrase!
    that had me LOL!

  5. Thanks Lee. Here's an admission for you. I had to look up namaste in my handy online dictionary. You'd think professing to be a writer my vocabulary would be more... hefty, but I seem to use said dictionary a lot.

    Guess I'll just have to work with what I've got. And set myself up there.

    Namaste to you too.