Monday, August 10, 2015

RSW Check-in: August 9, 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: Finished Darkness Brutal (review here), still need to post my review for Saint Anything
Write: 6,802 words (almost 2k more than I'd hoped!) Thank GOD for peer pressure.
Move: Four days of cardio+strength!

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: I haven't decided what I'm in the mood for this week. So first goal is to pick a new book!
Write: 4,750 words added to my WIP
Move: Exercise 4 days. 

A favorite line from my story:
He flexed his fingers, strong and sturdy but already changing. The shadow’s claws showed through where the man’s fingernails had once been, the whites of his eyes completely swallowed by the darkness. Even his once-blond hair had turned black.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
I'm in the middle of writing the climax, and I always take FOREVER to write those scenes. 

Something I love about my WIP:
Third person omniscient. 


  1. Wow, you rocked your word count goal this week! Way to go, Liz! As usual, I love your excerpt. Everything you've shared this summer has been so dark and haunting with fabulous description. Good luck writing the climax! I always take forever writing those scenes too. Getting everything to fall perfectly into place takes time, and it's fun to savor the end result of all that you've been working toward. :)

  2. Every week you post something that just makes me want to read your story THAT MUCH MORE. And yay for all the words! Isn't peer pressure the best?!

    Good luck with that climax, Liz. You can do it! And have a great week!

  3. Ooh, 3rd person omniscient -- LOVE. I feel like we don't see that enough in YA. Also, your excerpt is creepy as usual. Such an awesome description. Congrats on your awesome word count, and best of luck with your words in the coming week. Can't wait to see what you decide to read!

  4. Peer pressure used for good purposes! Score! Good work on last week. You can totally rock this week as well!

  5. Awesome on the word count! And the POV - I don't see a lot of books that do this (esp YA) and I love how it makes me feel completely immersed in the story.

    Good luck this week with your goals!

  6. Yay for all the words! And creepy excerpt... *shiver* Good luck this week!