Monday, August 25, 2014

Wrapping up RSW

It's been a great summer of writing, and I couldn't have done it without all of you! Thanks to our lovely hosts Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk and to all of you who spent many a night on Twitter with me.



I didn't finish my draft (like I'd hoped) so I won't be participating in Thursday's match-up, but I did get 40,000 words and a path to the end. My goal for now? To have this beta-ready by the end of the year. We'll see if I can do it!

And even though RSW is over, I'll still be checking to see if any of you are writing while I am. I need company, especially on the nights when I'm scaring myself out of the story!

Monday, August 18, 2014

RSW Update #10

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing



1. How I did on last week’s goals
7,246 words! Not only did I meet my stretch goal--I beat it!

2. My goals for this week
5,000 words seems to be working for me. I'm starting to realize that I'm not going to finish by end of August, but that's okay. I'm on track to the end and have a map to get there. 

3. A favorite line from my story
As background, this happens after my main character and two of her friends see the ghost in my story:

“She’s gone,” I said.
We turned to look back at the graves, the ivy-covered gate.
“Jesus,” Jordan said.
“Pretty sure that was Margaret,” Bri said.
“Really helpful,” Jordan said.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
We had a family emergency that landed my brother-in-law in the hospital (prayers and positive vibes please!), which made writing for a couple days rough.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Trying to make my readers afraid to trust anyone.

Monday, August 11, 2014

RSW Update #9

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing





1. How I did on last week’s goals
5,800 words! Overshot it by 800 and am so happy. First time in a few weeks I've made my goal

2. My goals for this week
I think I'm going to stick with 5,000 words. That worked well for me. Stretch goal would be 7,000 (an average of 1,000 a day)

3. A favorite line from my story

When we got to the park, he cracked the windows, letting in the summer steam, and turned off the engine. We looked at each other in silence for a few seconds.

“I wanted to talk to you about something,” Jordan said at the same time I said, “I need to tell you something.”

“You first,” I said.

More stalling. This was a mistake. I knew it, but it didn’t stop me from making it.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
The vortex of self-doubt and loathing. But then I read a little of Writing Down the Bones and that pulled me out of it.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Romance.

Monday, August 4, 2014

RSW Update #8

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.



1. How I did on last week’s goals
Didn't meet them, but that's okay. 

2. My goals for this week
I have more time for writing this week, so I'm hoping for some good progress. I'm shooting for 5,000 words.

3. A favorite line from my story

They all three crossed their arms, right under their breasts, pushing their cleavage as far above their church-approved one pieces as possible.

I caught Jordan doing his best not to look at them but failing miserably, and I had to force myself not to laugh at him.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
My husband is working a lot this week, so I spent as much of my free time with him last week as possible, which ate into my writing time.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Tennessee summers.