Dawn Montgomery

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Thunder and Roses Reaches 87k

In #amwriting, Challenges, Goals on May 15, 2013 at 5:53 am

WIP WednesdayThunder and Roses is well past the length of any book I’ve written to date. Ditter Kellen and I have been working around the clock to get this monster done, and the light is RIGHT THERE! We are three chapters away from The End and both of us will be happy to see it done.

We love the characters, the world, the bad guys you love to hate, the snark…but Ditter and I have been hanging out with these guys nonstop since December. It’s definitely time to part ways with the characters for a while. LOL!

ROW80LogocopyTime to tell you how I’ve done this past week:

Thunder and Roses is at 87k.

Raven’s Daughter hit 7.5k this week.

Silver Tongue Devils has been plotted. It reached 1k, but I won’t count it until I’m actually past the first chapter.

My favorite dialogue from this week’s unedited writing (courtesy of Jimmy Strickland, shifter you’d love to hate, and Tonya Rose, our snarky kickass heroine.):

“It’s time to end this.” [Strickland] licked his blade. “Tell me who you work for.”
“Myself. No one else.”
“Why did you break into Westmoreland’s office?”
“The lounge was out of creamer and I knew he hoarded the best shit.”
Strickland grinned and stalked closer, keeping her within sight of his one good eye. “Okay. Sure.” His free hand partially shifted to sharp claws. “I like this game.”

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Writing Goals and ROW80

In #amwriting, Challenges, Goals on May 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

The content below is on the Personal Writing Challenge page of this site. As that page will change each quarter, it’s important to keep track of past accomplishments and failures. Yep. The word “failure” was used.

Only in failure can you find out what doesn’t work, you know.

It’s not the end of the world. 🙂 So welcome to another Round of Words in 80 Days challenge! I’m a month and a half behind, so you’ll have to forgive the late intro. April was CampNaNoWriMo so I was hyperfocused on it. 🙂

In these next 45 days or so, I’ll be very busy. Word count updates will happen on Wednesdays and Sundays per the challenge rules. If you’re following along, I assume you have some interest in writing. Feel free to ask any questions.

…or leave a comment that my content in boring…if you don’t tell me, how will I know?

It’s May 2013. 2012 was a debilitating one for me as a writer, and I have a lot of time to make up for. I had a series I let fall to the wayside during my difficult transition from military to civilian life and my creativity shriveled to nothing. With two intercontinental moves in less than two years, gaining new family members (saying goodbye to a few as well), and moving to full-time writing status, I became overwhelmed.

I met Ditter Kellen and the amazing According to Ditter book group right when I thought I was making the worst decision of my life (full-time author). It took some time and effort, but I finally got back on the path. Now I’m here, with you, sharing my writing journey.

ROW80LogocopyI’ll do each challenge by quarter so the easiest way to keep track is to become a part of A Round of Words in 80 Days. They have a wonderful motivating team of writers who encourage one another throughout the quarter. Once Upon a Time I was a Sponsor. Once I get back on track, I might do so again.

So here are the goals for the rest of this ROW80 event:


Thunder and Roses (complete and submit)

Raven’s Daughter *WT (complete and submit)

Silver Tongue Devils *WT (complete and submit)


Shift the Night (Complete and Publish)

RD2 (Complete and Submit)

Hunger 2 (Complete and Submit)

*WT: Working Title, a title that may change before submission

Enthusiasm is Catching

In #amwriting, Challenges, Write Talk on May 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

WIP Wednesday While I’m working on Thunder and Roses (the book. that. won’t. end), I’ve received email and messages from some of my closest writing friends. We talk shop a lot, and quite a few of them were at the end of their ropes. They were exhausted, wore to the bone, and wondering why they were still writing.

Been there. What about you guys?

Three of them went to the Romantic Times Convention this past week. All three hoped to find that spark they were missing.

They found it and more!

All three came back with incredible enthusiasm. They were tired, sure, but the love of the written word was back. Goals were set in place, momentum shifted, and another page turns in their careers.

Their joy and excitement triggered mine, and reminded me of why I started doing this in the first place. It’s why I dive into writing events like A Round of Words in 80 days, National Novel Writing Month (as well as CampNaNoWriMo in April and July), and Book in a Week.

For a list of timed artistic challenges, please check the recently updated Wiki page

There is nothing like having a group of people as motivated as you are when you tackle any project.

When you’re stuck in a rut, whether it’s the book-that-won’t-end, a series you can’t stay motivated to continue, or starting that new book, find people who are enthusiastic about this thing called writing. Let them energize you and remind you that these moments of doubt are temporary.

Then go out and write.

Keep Writing!


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