Ready. Set. Write! Week 10


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.

1. How I did on last week’s goals

Um, yeah, so I wanted to write 3,500 words. What I did was write 1,800ish and then delete about 3,000. Not quite what I planned. But it was needed. I was stuck and didn’t know how to move forward, so I went back to the plot on the back half of the MS and reworked the crap out of it. Productive week, just not how I thought it’d go. I did finish betareading one MS for a friend though.

2. My goal(s) for this week

  • Write 3,500 words on WIP
  • Start betareading another MS
  • Get inspired by rockers at the AFI, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park concert this week!

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

The line went quiet for a moment, neither one willing to admit how much this sucked.

Finally, Noah said,“You could come with me. I’ve got to work late both nights, but we’d still have some time to ourselves. And we could always have a lazy morning in bed on Sunday.”

Penelope smiled into the dark. “Very tempting.”

“Don’t say ‘but.’”

“What would Ella think if we went off together for a weekend? She’s already convinced you belong with us, and that would just add fuel to her fire.”

“You don’t have to tell her—scratch that, forget I said it. I swear I’m not the kind of guy who suggests you lie to your kid.” His breath sighed through the phone. “Why don’t you both come over on Monday? We’ll do dinner, let Ella and Fish play.”

“I’m not having sex with you in your brother’s house while the girls play down the hall.”

His low chuckle twisted her stomach into instant knots. “Not what I meant, but I love that your mind went there.”

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

Stupid plots that refuse to fall in stupid line. Seriously though, I like a lot of the elements of my planned plot, but I realized that a lot of what I’ve figured out over the past month or so about my characters wasn’t reflected in what I had planned. So I got majorly stuck. I’ve added their personalities into the plot and rearranged things and dropped other things completely and I feel better. (I think.)

5. Something I love about my WIP

I’m kinda loving that it’s not exactly the book I thought I’d tell. It’s constantly surprising me and even though this week was frustrating as hell, it means that I have characters that I really love and want to do right by them, even when it wasn’t what I thought they needed.


10 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 10

  1. Ooh, I love what you wrote in the last section, about this being not exactly what you thought it would be. Sometimes it’s hard to admit that to ourselves, and I think it’s great that you not only figured it out but also started working to make this the story it needs to be!

    Omg I love your excerpt. Cheeky Noah! Good luck with 3500 this week! And if you end up reworking stuff instead, good luck with that, too!

    • Thanks, Court. I told Mark I wanted to give up for the day yesterday, so he took me for ice cream and then I came home ready to work on this thing. It’s the little things. 😉

  2. Rebekah says:

    SUS! I love what you said about it not exactly being the book you thought you would write. I think this is incredible for you personally as a writer, but also will make for a very interesting story. Plus, email me, because I want to know all the things about the changes. AND I love the excerpt. (Teehee, all I’m gonna say. You know why.)

    • Yeah, I’m really trying to branch out and push myself. It is hard but also seriously gratifying when a scene works. I will email you about the changes, but mostly more Noah and magic. 🙂 also, so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. ♡

  3. Alison Miller says:

    Love the excerpt! Especially those last couple lines. 🙂 And it sounds like you had a productive week despite not achieving the planned word count. It actually sounds like you have a great handle on things so go you! Good luck this week!

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