Ready. Set. Write! Week 8


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 over 3,100 words this week!
  • Read my ARC of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER from RSW!’s very own Elodie Nowodazkij: Such a cute, heart-filled story that’s fun and emotional and over way too quickly!
  • Read my ARC of THE ACCIDENT SEASON: Ooh, this book is stunning. Magical and dark and a little twisty and oh, so swoony.
  • Bonus Books: I also read SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, which was absolutely heartwarming and delightful; and A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, which is so vivid it’s like watching the story unfold in a movie instead of on paper.

My goal(s) for this week:

  • Write 2,500 words in new YA book
  • Finish prep for RAI treatment and isolation next week
  • Read something if I have time

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

The words are out before I can stop them. Something about him calls to the girl deep inside me. The girl who flirts and laughs easily and daydreams about kissing boys and falls in love like it’s the beginning of everything instead of a disease that eats you up from the inside out. And I can’t figure out if it’s him specifically that I’m reacting to or just that he’s someone new, someone who wouldn’t blame me for being that girl again.

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

Books. There are just so many wonderful books out there just begging me to read them. so I did. And I regret nothing.

Something I love about my WIP:

It finally feels like this manuscript is moving forward. I hit the 11,000-word mark this weekend and it just felt so damn good. I still have a long, long way to go, but it feels achievable.


19 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 8

  1. Lots of things to say about this post, so I feel a numbered list is best.

    1) I googled RAI treatments. Sending you strength and SUPER positive vibes and lots of hugs. ❤ ❤ ❤

    2) OMG that excerpt! I love it so much. I hope I get to read this thing at some point. I'm loving all the excerpts you've shared so far, but I reeeeally love this one.

    3) High five for getting all those words this week AND for hitting the 11K mark. Something about getting those first 10K makes the book more tangible. So excited for you!!

    4) Double high five for reading all those books on top of a productive writing week! I read one book and also finished S3 of Pretty Little Liars, hehe. NO REGRETS EVERRRR! Good luck this week, Sus! ❤

  2. Alison Miller says:

    Yay for all the books! They can be a distraction from the writing, but so often a good one! And so glad you are having that achievable, good feeling for your ms. Also, I LOVE that excerpt you shared! Congrats on all the words this week and I hope this next week is just as productive!

    PS – saw your comment on my blog and I would love to have you read for me! I mean, I might actually have to finish one of the two WiPs first, but definitely. 🙂

  3. No regrets! The books you’re reading now will inspire you and help you hone your own craft later. I heartily endorse your distraction in books.

    That said… that was an awesome snippet, and it really. really needs more story with it, so you probably should set the books aside so you can finish your WIP too.

    • Yes, those books were so incredibly helpful just to put me in the right frame of mind to write. Time very well spent. And thank you for your enthusiasm for that excerpt. Putting writing first this week for sure!

  4. Rebekah says:

    “And I can’t figure out if it’s him specifically that I’m reacting to or just that he’s someone new, someone who wouldn’t blame me for being that girl again.” This made my heart clench. Love the idea and emotion behind this line.

    Also, we need to do a call! I need not text/internet updates on all the things! xoxoxo

  5. Thank you so much, so so so much for reading ASLNO! ❤ And so happy you liked it. And yay for all the words!!! Thinking about you for the RAI treatments ❤

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