Ready. Set. Write! Week 3


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.

Two weeks down, many more to go…

1. How I did on last week’s goals

I hit my goal of 7,000 words (going slightly over at 7,200). Included in that word count I had hoped to finish both chapters 6 and 7, but 6 took on a life of its own and is much longer than expected. So 6 is complete and 2/3 of chapter 7 is done. And I also read RUIN AND RISING, which was a goal too, so I’m happy with my weekly progress!


2. My goal(s) for this week

  • Write 5,000 words by Sunday night
  • Finish chapter 7 and part of 8
  • Conduct “research” at The Hot Chocolatier
  • Enjoy spending time with my family this weekend


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

She beat her mom to work and was grateful for the quiet. There was something magical about the shop in the early morning, when the scents of the candies had been shut up together for the night, blending together and creating a perfume so sweet and engulfing it was hard to imagine anything more perfect.


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

I struggled with my outline this week. Some of the scenes I had planned really added nothing new to the story, so I had to decide to cut them and rearrange things so the storyline kept momentum. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than it was. Hopefully dropping those duller scenes will keep me moving forward too.


5. Something I love about my WIP

I’m loving the bits of magic that are forcing my characters out of their comfort zones. It’s fun to see how they each react to the magic and to each other.

16 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 3

  1. Stephanie Scott says:

    Ah, dropping duller scenes–that’s exactly what I’ve been doing! I also like your research destination. Maybe I should plan one of those excursions… 🙂

    • My book is set in a hot chocolate cafe so I figured it’s only right for me to go get something to drink and some candies, even if they’re not magical like the ones in my book. 🙂

  2. Wow! You did so well this week! And can I just say that I’m so envious that your research involves visiting a place called The Hot Chocolatier?! Sounds delicious. 🙂 I love the little excerpt you shared, too. Good luck this week, Susan! 😀

  3. Alison Miller says:

    I absolutely have to draft duller scenes (or at least that’s how things seem to go) to move forward. Those scenes usually hit the cutting room floor or get incorporated elsewhere, but I need them to figure things out, in many cases.
    Also, LOVE the excerpt! And yay for so much progress! And research at the Hot Chocolatier sounds all kinds of yummy. Have fun!

    • That makes a lot of sense, Alison! I definitely do that for some of them too, some I know right off aren’t right based on where the story has taken me. And I’m so happy you like the excerpt! Thank you.

  4. Erin Funk says:

    Conducting research at the Hot Chocolatier? That sounds like a goal and a reward all in one! You definitely deserve it after cranking out over 7000 words this. Nicely done! Cutting scenes to keep up the momentum is so tough, but it sounds like you’re happier with the pacing of your WIP now, so that’s good. Love the lines you shared and how you created such a magical atmosphere with only a handful of words. Good luck with your goals this week!

  5. There are definitely worse things than research at The Hot Chocolatier! Love the little excerpt you shared… Totally dropped me right into your story’s setting. Best of luck with your goals this week!

  6. Congrats on getting so much done last week! Your mention of a hot chocolatier, combined with your lines, makes me think of that movie Chocolat. One of my favorites! Good luck writing this week and know that I’m jealous of your chocolate-related research 🙂

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