WIP it good!

Hi friends! I’ve been pretty scarce around these parts lately. I leave for vacation in just over three weeks, and I’m on a mad dash to get the first draft of my WIP finished before then. And since I’m so deeply embroiled in WIPdom these days, I figure I’d take a page from the books of AliciaPam and Quita and give you a little snapshot of what I’m working on. So here we go!

Title: Oh. Crap. FAIL already. I’m keeping the title a secret for the time being. But as noted on my “Writings” page, its initials are still I.W.A.P. So it could be I Want a Pony! Or Inca Wars: A Précis! Or even Italians Wear Argyle Pants! (Hint: It’s none of those).

Genre: It’s a YA thriller involving secrets, lies and time travel.

Pages: 198 at present.

Chapters: No idea. Numbering chapters is one of the last things I do. Learned that the hard way. Four Stones has something like fifty chapters, and I manually had to change them about eight times with each revision I did. That sucked. So now I leave them blank until the very end.

Word Count: 56,190 and counting. I’m guessing (hoping?) this first draft will clock in at the 75,000-80,000 mark. So I’m close(ish)!

Draft Time: I started a draft in January or so, but that turned out to be a false start. I started again in June, and that was a better start, but I decided to change the entire plot around the 30,000 mark. So I started again on … hang on, let me check when I first opened the document … August 21, and I’ve been working my tail off on it. Fortunately, I was able to cull a little bit from the earlier drafts, so that helped.

Origin: It all started when I heard a song on the radio and could not get it out of my head …

Beverage and Music of Choice: This WIP was brought to you by the magic of peppermint tea and the music of Thievery Corporation.

Random Facts:

  • For fun, I entered YA Highway’s first lines contest a couple weeks back. I actually wound up coming in second. Here’s my first line: “Five minutes ago my name was Amanda.”
  • That first line might have to change. I love it as an opener, but I just don’t know if it’s going to work.
  • The last line I wrote was: “My mom kept me out.”
  • That last line has GOTTA go. It’s pretty awful.
  • Here’s a text conversation I recently had with my sister. She’s a doctor who up until a year ago worked in the ER:

Me: So let’s say I was brought into the hospital with profuse bleeding and needed blood but then passed out. Should I wake up in a room upstairs or in triage?

Sister: You should wake up in a trauma or critical care ER room with nurses putting in two IVs and pumping you full of fluid and blood.

Me: Cool. Thanks!

Sister: This is for a book, right? Please tell me this is for a book.

  • This is the fastest paced, most high stakes novel I’ve attempted. It’s also the most complicated plot I’ve ever come up with. It seriously gives me headaches sometimes. *glances around at beta readers* I’m gonna need A LOT of help filling all of these plot holes. Be warned.
  • The story takes place in Boston, mostly because I needed a city I was intimately familiar with. Although I did include one scene that takes place in a location in Boston that I never once stepped foot in. I’m grateful for Google maps.

And that’s it! Who else wants to play the WIP game? It’s super fun!

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12 Responses

  1. I Want A Pony sounds like a picture book about a spoiled little girl learning a lesson about people having less than you. Her dad probably wears argyle pants and a flat cap. Also I think this is set in England. The little girl is starting to seem very Violet Beauregarde, but she’s not that bad (really!). Ahem.

    Peppermint tea is a neat change to hearing writers surviving on coffee. Loving the description, from the YA thriller involving secrets, lies and time travel to the fast paced, high stakes, complicated plot part. Your betas won’t have it all bad!

    • Meredith says:

      Hahahahaha! LOVE. IT.

      And I definitely drink coffee too. I need it in the morning! But I’m largely an afternoon writer, and if I have caffeine after about 10 a.m., I tend not to sleep at night. I’m so old and boring. 😐

  2. Holly says:

    Oooh sounds like loads of fun!

  3. You’ve totally got me hooked!! I want to read that. Like NOW.

  4. Personally, I would love to read a story entitled “Italians Wear Argyle Pants.” The main setting would have to be a bocce court, I think.

    I love how everyone is sharing these snapshots now. They make me smile.

  5. Jen Daiker says:

    I love how you shared this with us! In fact I think I might have to steal the idea. It’s fabulous. I’m currently sitting with three ideas, none in WIP form, as of yet, but should be there soon! This is a great way to calculate what you’ve got going! You also make it humorous, which I adore!

    Great blog! I do hope to see more from you!

  6. Shel Delisle says:

    That’s awesome! You are flying through this draft! Can’t wait to hear and/or read more of it! And, even more exclamation points for no apparent reason!!!! 😀

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