Ready. Set. Write! Week 4

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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:

  • Write 1,500 words in new YA book: When I set this goal, I forgot I was going out of town this weekend, so  I only got about 500 words this week. But I got some good brainstorming done in the car, so hopefully this week I’ll really get moving on my word count!
  • Start reading I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN (both for fun and research purposes): I’m only about two chapters in, but so far, I love it.
  • (More) UNEXPECTED WORK: I spent the first few days this week brainstorming new potential titles for my book that comes out next year. My agent, editor, and I have narrowed it down to a few we love. I think it’s out of my hands for now, which means I can focus on the above two goals.

My goal(s) for this week:

  • Write 2,500 words in new YA book
  • Continue (and hopefully finish) reading I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN

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

MaggieAndRemy. That’s how people used to refer to us. One word. One inseparable unit. It had been that way my whole life.

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

Since the whole point of RSW! is to keep motivated, I’m just going to say this…I’m scared of writing in first person. I never do it. Never. But this book would work really well in first person present and first person past in the alternating timelines. So I have to do it, even if I have no clue how.

Something I love about my WIP:

I love that the characters are finally starting to reveal themselves to me. Little by little I’m getting to know them. What makes them tick, what’s happened in their live to put them in this specific place at this specific time. It’s such a fun place to be.

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10 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 4

  1. Rebekah says:

    You know ho much I love first, so I am really excited you are going to be writing in it for this project. I am SO looking forward to reading. Good luck on your goals, friend!

  2. Alison Miller says:

    I absolutely love writing in first person although I have toyed with third. You can do it though! And I think you’re really going to enjoy it! Also, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN was one of my favorite reads last year -so much I reread it (and I don’t reread too many books!). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    • Thanks, Alison! I’ve promised myself I will try first person. Fingers crossed I can make it work. 🙂 And so glad to hear I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is so good. I’ve heard that from a lot of people so I’m really excited to actually get into it this week!

  3. Stephanie Scott says:

    Writing in a different tense is so challenging at first. I think readers help a lot with that. My first foray into first was a little clunky early on, and then first person present, which I used to hate, was a new learning curve. Sounds exciting! And cool that certain stories call for a unique way of being told.

  4. The first book I ever wrote was in 3rd and I’ve found since then that the closeness of 1st and being inside the character’s head is so much nicer. I hope you love it! Boo trying to find titles, such an impossible task. Good luck this week!

    • Thanks, Christina. So nice to hear when changing POVs works out for the writer! It’s so different for me, but I’m hoping I can get a feel for it quickly. 🙂

  5. I love how characters reveal themselves over the course of time. First person is fun to write because you get a much closer voice. Good luck this week!

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