Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman.
How I did on last week's goals: I wrote 4,300 words, accomplishing my 4K goal.
After 40,000 chronological words, last week I finally surrendered and started writing scenes out of order. I'd been trying to avoid this (going straight to the fun scenes, which I love to do, often takes away my momentum), but the scenes I wrote are big ones near the end. For someone who's pantsing this entire draft, it sort of became necessary to have a rough idea of what I'm working toward. It's totally open to change, though, so we'll see where we actually end up at the end of the draft!
My goals for this week: 4K again. I also want to do some freewriting to get in my narrator's head a bit more, so if that means my manuscript's total comes in at under 4K, that's fine.
A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: Packing lists. My characters plan a backpacking trip, so I decided to include some of their itineraries and packing lists in my draft. So fun! And an easy way to increase my word count.
Biggest challenge this week: Impatience. As much fun as I'm having drafting, I'm ready to have a substantial manuscript to revise. I've got tons of ideas for development and some new highlighters and tons of post-its...itching to start revisions and tear into this draft!
Something I love about my WiP: I'm getting into the travel/wanderlust aspect a bit with the packing lists and fun little add-ins. Makes me want to plan a trip!
How did your week go? I'm already starting to get sad that we're entering the last month of RSW...not ready for it to end!