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 in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and myself. If you’ve yet to officially join, there’s still time! Find the details HERE.
* How I did on last week’s goal(s).
1. Complete a revision of my contemporary YA, Where Poppies Bloom… IN PROGRESS. I revised five scenes.
2. Complete the first draft of my contemporary YA, The Road So Far, by the close of RSW… IN PROGRESS. I wrote about 5K new words.
3. Read (on average) one YA/adult novel per week… YES! I read Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun (glorious) and Tammara Webber’s Breakable (smexy).
4. Read (on average) one MG novel with my daughter every two weeks… YES! We finished Katherine Applegate’s The One & Only Ivan (beautiful and inspiring).
5. Maintain my tan… YES! I mowed and edged my lawn, a two hour job, and soaked up plenty of sun at the beach on Saturday.
* My goal(s) for this week.
Same as above. Specifically, I hope to revise at least six scenes in Poppies, and write at least 3K new words in Road. I’ll be spending the week in Phoenix with my parents and my daughter, though, so we’ll see how that goes.
* A favorite line from my project OR a word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
It was hard to pick just one line. I picked two — sorry! From The Road So Far…
She smiles, but her expression’s flat. “Chelsea has this whole past with you—she and Drew both do. I feel like such an outsider when I’m with the three of you.”
“You hold your own pretty well,” I tell her, which is the truth. “And besides, who cares if they have my past? My past sucks. You can have my future.”
* The biggest challenge I faced this week.
Adjusting to having my daughter home. She’s on summer break now and even though she’s super low-maintenance (ha! like she’s a plant or something ;-)), I find myself wanting to have fun with her more than I want to sit down with my WiPs. Still trying to figure out how to divide work and play.
* Something I love about my WiP.
I love Where Poppies Bloom deeply and irrationally, which is why I’ve yet to let it go. That said, it’s former version had issues, hence the revision. And I seriously love everything about The Road So Far. I can’t work on it enough!
How did RSW go for you this week?