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 4500 words, 1000 of which were freewriting about my narrator. So that 1K didn't go directly toward my manuscript total, but it's definitely going to help my story going forward. I've started going to the local library on Saturdays to write (I'm less likely to slack off there, I'm learning), and it's been great!
My goals for this week: Sticking with the 4K goal. I also want to finish the two books I'm currently reading: KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb (which I won in a YA Buccaneers giveaway) and WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist.
A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:
Maybe this was it, I thought. The moment after you reach the top of the roller coaster and finally see what you’re up against. Knowing you’ve got maybe ninety seconds to soak up the rush before everything skids to a halt so hard it shakes your bones.
Biggest challenge this week: Feeling guilty about freewriting/tinkering/brainstorming too much. I can spend AGES outlining and making lists, but I'm gunning for 60K by the end of RSW. Even though the freewriting I did this week was necessary, I need to keep my draft's wordcount going up. I've gotten in the habit of working on the draft every day and now the crippling guilt sets in on the days I do character sketches or other things I can't count toward my word count. Which is partially a good thing (I'm a VERY guilt-motivated person), but I need to realize that these outline-type things are only going to help me, even if it takes me a little longer to reach my word count goal.
Something I love about my WiP: I'm really starting to explore the deeper layers of my protagonist (what she worries about, why she's mad at people). It's going to take a lot of revision, but I'm finally understanding her on all levels.
How did your writing go this week?