Ready. Set. Write! Week 2


Ready. Set. WRITE! is an online writing intensive to help stay accountable with your writing goals over the summer and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on whether planning, drafting, or revising! Your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and Katy Upperman. Find the rest of the details HERE.

One week down, many more to go…

1. How I did on last week’s goals

I managed two out of my three goals, hitting 7,142 words (goal 7,000) and completing chapters 4 and 5. Finding time to read however, was not as easy to do, so I’m only 32% done with The Quick. And since it is over 500 pages, it might not have been the best choice to try to read in a week when most of the time I’m focussed on writing.


2. My goal(s) for this week

  • Write 7,000 words by Sunday night
  • Finish chapters 6 and 7
  • Read Ruin and Rising, because the Darkling, that’s why.


3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

“So what happens when one of those people decides to ignore her future? Does the guy not have a say in it? Or does he need to use the magic too to make it work?”

“If someone chose to ignore it, she would have her reasons and he should respect that,” she said.

Noah scooted an inch closer. His fingers toyed with the tips of hers and he looked up at her from under thick lashes. “What if he’s not a respectful kind of guy?” The playfulness edged back into his voice, curving the corners of his mouth up.

“Then maybe she’s right to keep her distance.”

“Maybe he’s gonna have to change her mind,” he said.


4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Writing scenes in order. I usually just write whatever scene interests me most, no matter where it is in the outline. But since I need the first 100 pages to turn into my editor next month, I have to make myself write those pages first before I can start jumping around and write like I normally do. (It makes for very long, slow writing days.)


5. Something I love about my WIP

I love that I’m able to take a story that wasn’t working before and turn it into something new that *so far* really excites me and makes me think I can make it work.


23 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 2

  1. I’m so impressed that you can normally write out of order like that. I did that with my first manuscript, but then it was a mess trying to tie all those scenes together, and then I felt like I only had “boring” stuff left to write (which is a sad commentary on the actual book since there should never be boring parts). Have a great writing week!

    • Thanks! I completely understand about only having boring scenes left. Writing out of order works for me because it makes me realize if I’ve been putting off a scene for too long, maybe it doesn’t belong in the story after all. 🙂 I hope you have a great writing week too!

  2. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    I normally write in order, but I’m trying the random scene thing for the first time right now. For the NA I’m working on I’ve had some of these scenes in my head forever, so I decided to just write the ones I have and fill in later. 🙂
    Good luck with this week’s goals! And good job on last week’s! 🙂

    • Sounds like you’re having fun with this new MS, Rachel! I’m so excited to hear more about it. Good luck with writing out of order. It’s always so much fun to finally get a scene out of your head onto the page. 🙂

  3. Rebekah says:

    First, I love your little sample and I can’t wait to read this book. Second, writing in order is how I do it when drafting, I don’t know how not to, but I know you hate that. I’ll send you some of my mojo. I love what you said about your story too, that it wasn’t working but you’ve been able to turn it into something that excites you. LOVE THAT! You can get your 7000 words and we can both read Ruin and Rising. I forgot about that. Dammit. (The Darkling and Nikolai)

    • Yay, so glad you like the sample! It makes me smile like a lunatic. That whole scene really. It was so much fun to write.

      Yes, please send some writing-in-order mojo. I’m doing it, it’s just so damn hard. But it definitely makes for less rework b/c I have to think so much more about it up front.

      And yeah, the Darkling and Nikolai. They are the most important things this week. 😉

  4. Alison Miller says:

    WOW! 7000 words is awesome! Also, I’m so glad I didn’t make reading a goal last week. I was very writing focused too. 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful writing week!

    • Thanks, Alison! You were smart not to make reading a goal. It’s so hard to write a lot and read read a lot too. I want to do it, but I can’t seem to make it work. Oh, well. 😉

    • I cannot wait for this book, Emma. Everything will go on hold so I can read it.

      And I’m excited about reworking this MS. It’s much better now that I have a new plan for it. 🙂

  5. Cute scene! Definite swoons in that book, I can tell 🙂
    Congrats on being crazy productive! I think it’s awesome that you can write out of order like that. I always have to write linearly, even when it leads to some writers blockage.

  6. Dang, Sus! 7000 words! I am always so impressed with your word counts. Congrats on sticking it out and meeting your goal, even though the writing was tough.
    Also, as others have said, I’ve tried writing out of order, and for me, it’s tough because I get more acquainted with my characters as I go along, so it’s hard for me to figure out how they’d act at the middle or the end of the story. I’m sorry you can’t write out of order now, but maybe you’ll learn something new about your characters that you couldn’t have known by writing out of order! Good luck with this week’s goals! ❤

    • Thanks, Court! I an on a mission, so I must write all the time. 😉 I am definitely learning new things about these characters by writing the beginning first (all the beginning set up and magical elements are new to the characters, so hopefully when I get to the back half of the book that is the majority of my rewrite from an older WIP it will go smoother!

  7. Stephanie Scott says:

    I’m actually thinking of trying to write out of order for my next project. Or at least not get held back if I can’t bridge chapters together in the first draft. Inspiring that others can do this easily!

  8. I write out of order too, so I know just how challenging it is to try and write chronologically. I suppose the upside is that you don’t have to worry as much about continuity issues, right? Good job meeting (and surpassing!) your goal this week! Here’s to another productive week! 😀

  9. I’m a write out of order kind of writer. I’ve always done that. It’s something that has always worked for me. Congrats on meeting your writing goals! Have a great writing week!

  10. Erin Funk says:

    I need to order a copy of RUIN & RISING already. It’s been so busy I keep forgetting! Nice job on meeting two of last week’s goals! A 500 page book was definitely a tall order for one week, so I can totally understand why that one was tough to meet. I hope the next 7000 words flows just as well this week!

  11. It’s too bad you don’t have time to jump around in your manuscript. I don’t like writing in order either. Hopefully you can hammer them out quickly and have more fun with the rest of your draft!

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