Ready. Set. Write! Week 5


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 2,500 words in new YA book: Finally, FINALLY, I made my word count this week! Not much over 2,500 words but I got there at least. (Major thanks to my Super CP Rebekah for having online writing dates with me this week to keep me motivated!)
  • Continue (and hopefully finish) reading I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN (both for fun and research purposes): Finished. Oh, y’all, this book. So beautiful and moving and gorgeously written. I am so glad I finally read it. It was exactly what I needed to read to get my head in the right space to work on my WIP.

My goal(s) for this week:

  • Write 2,500 words in new YA book

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

The timer’s been wailing for who knows how long. From the wisps smoke leaking from the sides of the oven door it’s been long enough that everything inside is well past charred. Not even a scrap of hope I might be able to find some zombie-cakes, able to be brought back from the dead by scraping off the outer layer of burn.

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

Dialogue is usually what sparks everything else in my stories. But I’m not hearing these characters in my head yet. They are being super un-chatty, which  is frustrating. But I’m hoping as I write more they will loosen their lips (which is ironic since my MC is determined to keep her lips sealed–and off the Hot Neighbor Boy (HNB).)

Something I love about my WIP:

I love the voice I’m finding for this story. It’s snarky and guarded and kinda broken, but hints at so much more going on. That will be a lot of fun to explore and reveal as I go on.


9 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 5

  1. Rebekah says:

    I sent you the pages from last week, just now, and I realize you have written more (Yay!) based on the excerpt you shared here. Can’t wait to read! I mentioned our writing dates this week, too. That helped me so much. We need to make that a regular thing. xoxo

    • Yay. Thank you. I will go read soon. And yes, I got about 1,000 more words yesterday. It’s finally starting to get moving! Let me know if you have time to write this week. I know SDCC is looming so no pressure to find time until after you get back. ♡

  2. Courtney Leigh says:

    Woo woo!!! Congrats on your progress with the YA! You deserve pie! I’m also happy to hear that your search for a new title seems to be progressing as well. That seems very stressful.

    As far as un-chatty characters go, I think that’s okay at the beginning. You’re trying to find each other. Just like you say, the more you write, the more you’ll find them. Good luck with your goals this week and good luck finding your first-person voice! I’m glad you’re sticking with it because I’m so interested to see what you come up with!! ❤

  3. Alison Miller says:

    I am usually pretty good with dialogue too and my characters have been SO FRUSTRATING in this department the past few weeks, but it’s starting to get more natural and I think that’s sometimes just part of the process. I am sure it will click for you soon. Also, congrats on meeting your goals! Hope you have another wonderful week!

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