Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Ready Set Write

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. Be sure to visit Jaime's blog to add your post to the link list!

What I'm Reading: I did decide on Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea. I plan to get it tonight and start reading! Right after making chili and going through all of today's What's Up Wednesday posts.

What I'm Writing: Guys. How is it already the final week of Ready. Set. Write!? This has been such a wonderful writing summer for me. Thank you Alison, Katy, Jaime, Erin, and Elodie for putting it on and to those of you (like Tracey) who wrote with me almost every night.

As far as goals go, my goal this summer was to write. Which I did. My goal last week was to finish part 5 and watch some Battle of Shiloh reenactments. Success! Even bigger? I made a good start of figuring out how to fix part five. But now that the writing intensive is over, I hope we'll all still keep writing together!

I'm hoping to finish this draft (including fixing part five and making some tweaks to part four) by the end of September, at which point I will send it along to my critique partners. I'd like to have a beta-ready draft by the end of October. Not sure if I'll make it, but we'll see. So for those of you who've expressed interest in reading, let me know if you want to be on that October/November list :)

I'll keep updating on Wednesdays to share my progress, and I'll be around on Twitter.

What Inspires Me Right Now: Fall is almost here, and it's my favorite season. Soon there will be all sorts of fall-themed photos on my Instagram; I guarantee it!

What Else I've Been Up To: House stuff, work stuff, life stuff. Nothing terribly exciting. I'm planning to finally install a threshold under our basement door to help with the flooding. That's about it, friends!

What's Up With You?


  1. I hope we all keep writing together too! I wish I could make more of the nightly twitter parties, but it's neat to see everyone's progress. :) And I too have an October deadline for myself. Hopefully that will happen for both of us!

    I hope you have a great week!

  2. I love fall and winter, so I'm excited about the weather changing soon. Good luck finishing your draft :)

  3. Me! Me me me! I'll beta read! Might be NaNoing in November, but I'll do my best ^_^

    I'm trying terribly hard not to think about autumn. Summer's been so lovely and took so long to get here. The thought of heading back into autumn and then winter makes me sad. SLOW DOWN TIME!!!!

    Have a great week!

  4. Yes, let's please continue to write together! I've gotten SO MUCH MORE done this summer with all of you than I ever could have alone. And I'm shooting for mid-fall for a ready-to-read draft as well, which should work out well for our trade. Yay!

    Can't wait to hear what you think of DEVIL. I'm dying to read that book!

  5. I can't wait for fall, either! And I'm with you on wanting to have a beta-ready draft soon. I was originally aiming for the end of December, but I'm getting itchy to get it done sooner. I think some evening Twitter writing sessions are in store!

  6. Good luck with your draft! I find talking to other writers is great for inspiration! :)

  7. Yes, we NEED to keep writing together! It has helped my productivity so much. I can't write during the day (that bothersome day job thing) so our nightly session have made such a difference!

  8. I'm sorta really excited for fall too! Pumpkin lattes, whatttt!? :)

  9. Congrats on surpassing your writing goals! I can't believe summer is almost over. Fall is my favorite too. Have a great weekend!

  10. Congrats for meeting (and exceeding) your writing goals for the week, Liz!

    I must say I'm looking forward to Fall, too. Summer's been a little on the warm side, so there's something about Fall colors and moderate weather that's appealing to me right now. And that whole Thanksgiving-prelude-to-Winter/Christmas is such a nice time of year.

    I hope you have a wonderful writing week!

  11. Your story sounds awesome, and I would love to beta read it if you're interested in that. Just let me know. :-) You've done so well with RSW this summer, especially considering how busy you've been. (Bought a house and moved!) As for fall, I'm a major fall fan myself. I can't wait for it to finally roll in! :-)

  12. I'm thrilled to hear your summer was a success, Liz, and that RSW was so helpful to you! You guys did such a great job of cheering each other on via Twitter! Fall is my favourite season too, and I'm already settling into autumn mode though it's still hot here. Keep plugging ahead with the research and drafting and I hope you meet your goal of having a beta-ready copy done for the end of October! :)