Ready. Set. Write! Week 2


Week 1 of Ready. Set. WRITE!  is behind us already. (For details on Ready. Set. Write!, hosted by Alison MillerKaty UppermanErin Funk, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Jaime Morrow, read this.)

How I did on last week’s goals:

  • Define magic and world of new YA book idea: Got a good start on this and will keep adding to it as I figure out this new world.
  • Plot out new YA book: This got back-burnered due to receiving edits from Awesome Editor a week earlier than expected. This week though, it’s on!
  • Finish reading ARC of SIX OF CROWS: Finished. And, damn, this book is amazing!
  • UNEXPECTED WORK: I knocked out all edits from my editor and brainstormed potential new titles.

My goal(s) for this week:

  • Plot out new YA book
  • Write 1,500 words in new YA book

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

The kiss was long and sweet. A promise of everything yet to come.

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

I seriously struggled with trying to give two characters a HEA when I purposely left their love story open ended. But Awesome Editor wanted them to get their happy ending, so I had to find a way to make it work. Once I got past trying to make it a BIG moment and just let the characters be themselves, it finally clicked. (See my favorite line above!)

Something I love about my WIP:

I love that in the past year, I have ripped this novel apart, pieced it back together then reworked it a few more times, and all of that effort paid off in a contract with a kick-ass agent and dream editor/publisher. Plus it involves magical pie.


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

  1. Alison Miller says:

    I love that you had such an HEA to your publishing journey! And really not an HEA because really, this is just such an awesome new beginning for you! Yay! Hope this week is full of all kinds of productivity and writing. Good luck!

  2. Courtney Leigh says:

    Hell yes, Susan! I can’t believe you got through your edits in a week! That’s amazing! The line you shared is perfect, too.

    Good luck with this week’s goals. Shoot me an email or tweet if you need to bounce any ideas! ❤

    • Thanks, Court! The edits were pretty minimal, which was very exciting. Mostly just polishing things up and clarifying a few confusing places. I added a page to the end, which I really like (and luckily so did my editor!) so it’s all going well. 🙂

  3. A productive week! So good to hear. Though… I have to say, I’m not sure I like the idea of making a HEA ending a requirement for a story. Open ended seems to offer so many more possibilities…

    • Thanks, Eden. Yeah, I wasn’t sure about the HEA at first either, which is why it was so damn hard. But the way I worked it, things are still open-ended, but the characters have a final hopeful moment that ends the whole thing on a happy note. I wouldn’t have done it one my own, but I like where it is now. 🙂

  4. Wow, all edits in a week. You deserve a nap.

    It sounds like you worked hard for your happily ever after with this book. It must feel good to see how far it’s come. Yay!

    (Also, I am incredibly jealous you read SIX OF CROWS. So happy to hear it’s as good as I’ve imagined in my mind.)

    Good luck hitting this week’s goals!

    • Thanks, Tracey! It does feel so good to have a deal and to be working toward building a career in writing. So exciting! And SIX OF CROWS is amazing. I wish everyone could read it early. 🙂

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