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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

I’m almost halfway through Draft #2 of GRUNSDAY now, and I’m not even that worried about the pothole I mentioned last week. I think it’s much improved, and I’ll test its bumpiness when I read through the entire draft.  I’ve dropped 10k words so far, and I’m gunning for about 8k more.

I didn’t think I was going to complete a second draft this summer.  I thought my time would be better spent working on something else. But inspired by the productivity of blogger friends like Sarah Fine and Angela Brown, I’ve decided to go Full Steam Ahead.   Maybe I’ll have this draft ready for beta readers before school starts up again at the end of August and I get sucked into … da da da dum … Teacher World.

So, other than a little jaunt to Mexico next month (PYRAMIDS!!!), I expect I’ll be here for the rest of the summer:

The family room writing spot.

Or here when I need a quieter location:

Basement writing spot.

Or here, when I need inspiration (or when the kids are in the pool):

Goldfish pond writing spot

What are you working on?

23 Responses to Full Steam Ahead

  1. Sarah says:

    Whoa–I helped inspire? That’s awesome! And it sounds like you’re being so productive! Also awesome. I’ve turned over my recent WIP to betas and today am finishing a short story tied to one of my novels. I’m pretty excited about it! Have a productive day, Dianne!

  2. Oooh, so far I haven’t re-opened that doc but I’m hoping to finish the first draft before the kids go back to school. Those are some lovely writing spots!

  3. Muddling through rewrites is tough but when we’re done, it’s like standing on top of that pyramid, having climbed the many stairs and a feeling of victory! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Linda G. says:

    I’m so envious of your upcoming trip to Mexico to see the pyramids! You are going to have such fun!!!

    Right now I’m muddling through edits of Book 2. Had to set aside Book 3 for a bit while I go back and implement my editor’s very helpful suggestions.

  5. WOW!! Go you!! After my trip, I’ll have one more month before our summer is up, and I’m hoping to do a full first draft of my WIP (right now I call it a predraft). It will be quite a challenge, but I’m up for it!

    Just curious about your process – when do you have your first reader/s read your story and give feedback? Has that been done already, or do you wait until the second draft?

  6. I’m trying to finish a WIP and should complete the draft end of August. Then its off to my editor for the final read through before the editing begins.

  7. I’m trying to finish a WIP and should complete the draft end of August. Then its off to my editor for the final read through before the editing begins.

  8. Your dog looks a lot like mine!

  9. Is that a German shepherd? I have two.

    Can I come write by your pond? That looks so inspiring. I’m plotting a new WIP with a dual POV.

  10. Tonja says:

    I have so much editing to do, it’s overwhelmiing. Good luck on yours.

  11. Lydia Kang says:

    Sarah inspires me too! She has got to be one of the most productive writers in the whole universe.

    I love that inspirational writing nook of yours! So pretty.

  12. Julie Dao says:

    Oh, how I wish I had a dog for my own writing spot! ๐Ÿ™ And I wish I were going to Mexico! Have a safe and wonderful trip!! I’m gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo in August and hope that I’ll have another novel under my belt when the month is over ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Mexico sounds like fun. Are you going to Chichen Itza (or chicken pizza as the tour guides taught my kids to say)?

  14. Rachel says:

    You can do it, Dianne!!! Mexico sounds like fun. I’ve never been. But I am also traveling next month (Switzerland and maybe some other places too). Good luck!!! Kick your inspiration into high gear ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Jenny Morris says:

    Those look like great places to write. I’m going to get a writers room again soon and I’m so excited.

    Good luck on your pot hole!

  16. Gina says:

    Woohoo! Go productivity!

    And have SUCH AN AWESOME TIME at the pyramids!

  17. Kelley Lynn says:

    I agree with Jen. Great places to write!

    So glad I followed my FFF girls over here to your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice to *meet* you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. mshatch says:

    Can’t wait to read draft #2 ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I love the look of those basement and gold fish pond writing spots. I can feel crisp cold air in the basement and hear bubbling water near the pond. No wonder you’re so productive!

    Well, this summer, other than chilling, I worked on getting my previously self-pubbed book into e-book format before the school year starts. And now after a few months, I have finally found the courage to tackle an agent-suggested rewrite of another manuscript. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. DL Hammons says:

    You already know what I’m working on. A third of the way from being finished now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. vbtremper says:

    Ooh, I love your outdoor writing spot. Can I join you there? I’m plotting a new YA and I’m super excited about it.

    Good luck with your 2nd draft!
    -Vicki

  22. Southpaw says:

    I love your Goldfish pond writing spot! I need me some inspiration. I’m severely lacking any.

    I think it is wonderful you are going at it with gusto, but does it ever hurt to delete so much?

  23. You know, Southpaw — it really doesn’t!

    Occasionally I have to delete a scene I thought was cute or lines of dialogue I thought were really clever, but I know I’m making the story better by trimming the fat. I can think of one bit coming up I have to delete. It’s comic relief in a scene of rising tension. It made my CP’s laugh, but I realized this is the wrong spot for comic relief. Things are getting deadly serious and having one character play the clown rings false.