Ready. Set. Write! Week 6


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: I got 2,000 words last week, which was short of my goal, but considering I procrastinated ALL week I’m just glad I have something to show here!
  • Start reading TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE: Finished. It’s a cute read, but I didn’t love it like a lot of other people do. I guess I kept expecting something a little more epic to happen in the romance department and felt let down when it didn’t.

My goal(s) for this week:

  • Write 2,500 words in new YA book
  • Betaread a manuscript for one of my agent-sisters. (It is so my kind of book and I can’t wait to dive into it!)

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

“Well, that’s one way to get my attention,” the boy says. His smile is quick. Lethal.

My ability to talk, along with all of my gooey-again insides, trickle out of the gaping hole he’s just carved in my chest.

What. The. Hell?

A guy who’s said exactly one sentence to me should not have this kind of effect on me. It’s beyond pathetic. Maybe it’s the season messing with my head. Though I’ve never heard of that happening before. God, I’ve got to get a grip.

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

Um, did you see that oh-so-brief mention about procrastination up above? Yeah, well, the struggle was real this week, y’all. I just didn’t want to write. So I didn’t. I thought about the book a lot, and got some really good plotting work done, but sitting down and putting words on paper? Yeah, not even remotely interested in doing that. I finally made myself start working on Saturday, but still wasn’t as dedicated as I should have been.

Something I love about my WIP:

I have a complete first chapter. Yeah, I know, that’s not much. But it’s a start. And I really, really like it.


15 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 6

  1. Hey! 2000 words is awesome! Also, I reeeeeeeeeeeally like that excerpt. If that’s any hint of what your first person looks like, I think you’re doing great. 😀

    Also, I know you know this, but you ARE at the beginning of the project. Sitting and thinking can be just as important as getting words on the page. Sometimes even MORE important.

    Finally, agent-sister eeep! I hope I have agent-sisters one dayyyyy just so I can refer to them as agent-sistersssss!!!

    • Thanks, Court! I’m really (really!) going to try and knock out some words this week. And I’m glad you like the excerpt. I’m actually enjoying the first person. Who knew. 😉

  2. I totally understand the procrastination thing. And just not feeling like writing. That was me this week as well. It happens, I guess. Though, 2000 words is still pretty great! Hopefully we feel differently about writing this week! I really enjoyed the excerpt you shared. 🙂 Oh, and to be perfectly honest, I felt exactly the same way you did about TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE. Kind of wasn’t what I was hoping for. Ah well.

    Have a great week, Susan!

  3. I feel you on the procrastination thing (there’s a reason I’m blog-hopping instead of writing right now) but it sounds like you still made good headway — way to go! Sorry you didn’t love TO ALL THE BOYS. It’s funny how subjective reading can be, because that book gave me feels in a major way. There’s just something about Jenny Han’s characters that always gets me. Have you read any of her other books? Best of luck with your 2500 words this week!

    • Thanks, Katy! My mantra lately has been every word counts so I’m trying to push through the procrastination. And yes it is crazy how subjective reading is! I enjoyed the book but didn’t fall in love like I thought I would.

  4. Ahh procrastination… it’s a sneaky, sneaky thing, isn’t it? Still, you managed 2000 words which is still brilliant, so this week you can give it a bit of a kick somewhere painful. 😉

    Love love love that excerpt! Your narrator sounds awesome just from that little snippet!

  5. I didn’t love TO ALL THE BOYS, either. I did like it enough to read PS I LOVE YOU, though, and I thought that was the better of the two. I hope you feel more motivated this week and that you kick butt on your goals! 🙂

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