Ready. Set. Write! Week 12


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 just over 2,500 words this week. Seriously like 8 whole words over. Again, I should’ve written more, but goal achieved, so I’m feeling good.
  • Finish BLOOD AND SALT and order a cool giveaway to go on my blog to help Kim celebrate release next month: I finished BLOOD AND SALT in two days. I could not put it down. I loved, loved, loved this book. And I found a gorgeous black silk wrap bracelet to giveaway on my blog (so check back in a week or two when it launches so you can enter!).
  • Bonus Book: I also read THE WINNER’S CURSE. And wow, what an amazing YA fantasy. I’m dying to read book 2 but then I will have to wait for book 3 to release and I’m not sure my heart can handle that wait.

My goal(s) for this week:

  • Write 2,500 words in new YA book (and surpass my goal of 25,000 for the summer, even if only by a few hundred words!)
  • Read/Revise the first 5,000 words of my WIP to submit for the writer’s retreat I’m going to this fall. Beth Revis and Cristin Terrill will be reading/critiquing the pages for the workshop, so I’m super nervous and want to make sure it’s worthy of their time. This might stretch into next week since I have a few wonderful writer friends who have offered to critique for me before my submission is due the first week of Sept.

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

When I stay quiet, he continues, “So, are things weird with Isaac because he’s one of your summer conquests?” His voice is low, playful, and carries the hint of a laugh, but the tension in his jaw and the way he leans toward me just slightly say the answer is more important than he wants to admit.

I want to laugh and say something like “Do I look like the kind of girl who kisses and tells?” but my mouth refuses to comply. Instead, I press my fingers to my lips to keep the truth from slipping out.

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

Two-thirds of my words this week were in one scene. It’s getting unruly. But I like what’s happening and what the characters are saying so I just keep letting it stretch on and on. (It’s over 2,200 words and it’s still not done.) And I can’t quite wrap my head around how to tie it up and move on.

Something I love about my WIP:

I got some really excited feedback from a blogger friend who offered to read the opening for me. She had lots of positive things to say and she wants to read more, so I think I’m doing something right. I know it still needs a lot of work, but it’s nice to know it’s not total crap. 🙂


8 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week 12

  1. Great excerpt! I could really see Mr. Man trying hard to keep his cool. =) Congrats on hitting your goal this week, you’ve been a great inspiration to me this week. In a big woe-is-me share moment, I lost my job this week and wanted to use it as an excuse not to write and wallow around, and then I thought about you. If you can still write while kicking cancer’s butt, then I can write through something small like this. =) Have a great week, Susan!

    • I’m so sorry about your job. It’s such a scary place to be so I hope you find something quickly! Sending you all the good thoughts. And I am so happy you pushed through and wrote this week even though I totally would’ve supported your wallowing for a bit. ♡

  2. Oooh, how cool that you’re going on a retreat where Beth Revis and Cristin Terrill are the readers/critiquers (??) for the pages! That is amazing! Good luck with that and with the work that will lead up to said event. We’re so excited for you. Also, GOOD JOB on your goals from last week. You’re doing so awesome and we always enjoy reading your updates 🙂

    • I am so excited about the retreat. They will both read critique the pages and I’ll have a private consultation with each of them so I’m nervous but mostly just dying of excitement. Thank you both for your support and enthusiasm every week! ♡

  3. Yay for meeting goals! I’ve been wanting to start THE WINNER’S CURSE, but I hate waiting for all the books to come out so I’ll have to wait. The retreat sounds fun, I hope you get some great feedback! Good luck on your goals this week. 🙂

    • I definitely thinking waiting for all three is a good idea. I loved the first one but it’s definitely one that just ends and leaves you wanting more immediately!

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