Monday, August 24, 2015

RSW Check-in: August 24, 2015

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 MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!

How I did on last week’s goals:
Read: I didn't read anything. I've almost made it through my summer reading list, but haven't been able to get P.S. I Still Love You. 
Write: Major big huge success. Draft one complete! Making progress on my revision check-list!
Move: 3 days

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: Read P.S. I Still Love You so I can check off my reading goal!
Write: Stretch goal: Finish my revisions check-list before the end of August!
Move: Exercise 4 days. 

A favorite line from my story:

“It ain’t only what you’ve seen, miss,” he said. “Two nights ago we found a girl’s body among the graves.” He could still remember the deep gash in her throat, the lifeless eyes that seemed not afraid in death but angry, ready to kill. “Wasn’t a pretty sight.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
Reading the beginning of this draft. Guys, it needs a lot of work.

Something I love about my WIP:
It just keeps surprising me.


  1. Yay to finishing the draft! Big congrats!

  2. My beginnings always need so much work! I hear you on that frustration. But you can do it! And congrats again on finishing your draft!

  3. I just finished Saint Anything, coincidentally also an ebook from my library. I think it's Sarah Dessen's best work. I really connected with it, and the irks I have with her books felt worked out within the story (passive main characters mostly). I really liked it. I also love the other books you have on hold, though Verity took me a few tries to get through.

  4. Way to go on finishing your draft, Liz! That's so awesome! Draft beginnings are always the worst. I think it takes some time to settle into the story and build up good momentum, and then the writing gets better. I'm sure it'll sparkle once you've revised a bit. Regardless, all your excerpts have been so intriguing this summer--and deliciously creepy. Good luck on your last RSW goals this week!

  5. Woo hoo on finishing your draft!!!

    Good luck this week with your check-list.

  6. Congrats on completing your draft! It's always such an awesome feeling. And you're not alone with the beginning of a draft requiring work. I think it's because we're still figuring it out in the first pages. Good luck this week!

  7. Yay, yay, yay for your finished WiP! You've accomplished so much this summer, Liz. I'm inspired! And you'll have to let me know if you like PSISLY -- I sort of want to reread it now that you've mentioned it. Enjoy this final week of RSW, lady!