RSW Update 10

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 MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and myself. Find the rest of the details HERE.

* How I did on last week’s goal(s).

1. Complete a revision of my contemporary-ish YA, Where Poppies Bloom.

2. Complete the first draft of my contemporary YA, The Road So Far, by the close of RSW… IN PROGRESS. I’m super close, y’all! I wrote 6,783 this week for a total of 70,383 words. (Special thanks, Sara, for cracking the whip and cheering me on during my final push! <3) Five scenes left to write!

3. Read (on average) one YA/adult novel per week… YES! I finished Mary Kubica’s debut, The Good Girl, and loved it. Definitely one to check out if you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn or Heather Gudenkauf. I also read Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, which was well worth the wait — I think it’s my favorite of her three now… So cute!

4. Read (on average) one MG novel with my daughter every two weeks… IN PROGRESS! I’m actually kind of failing on this one. We’re STILL working on Rump by Leisl Shurtliff. It’s fantastic and totally unique, but read-aloud time with my girl’s been limited lately.

5. Maintain my tan… YES! We went kayaking twice. Florida is just lovely.

* My goal(s) for this week.

So. We’re going out of town on Wednesday for a family wedding that’s all the way across the country and a pretty big deal (YAY Sammy and Kacie!). But… writing time is going to be scarce. I’m not setting a numeric word count goal, but in a perfect world, I’ll finish my first draft of The Road So Far this week. (Oh my gosh… How terrifying! And amazing! And terrifying!)

* A favorite line from my project OR a word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

I swear to God, my heart grinds to a halt.

I’m faint… Seeing spots… Barely breathing.

Holy. Shit.

There she is, hurrying out the door with this smile that’s all hers, and hauntingly mine.

* The biggest challenge I faced this week.

First: Isla and the Happily Ever After. I spent most of my free time on Thursday and Friday binge reading. So worth it, though! Second: Fear of finishing. I’m not sure why I get like this, but when I’m nearing The End of a draft, I get sort of petrified and hesitant to write those last few scenes. It’s not that I’m reluctant to finish because I SO want to finish, and it’s not that I’m dreading revisions because I LOVE revisions. It’s just… the end of my own little era, I guess. Is that weird?

* Something I love about my WiP. 

Everything. We’ve had a good week together. ❤

I can’t wait to read about how Ready. Set. Write! is going for you. Don’t forget to share the link of your latest post below!

In other news, next Monday (August 25th) marks the end of Ready. Set. Write! (Crazy how fast the summer flew by, isn’t it?!) Let’s use that day to give a general report on our overall progress and how we felt about RSW. Sound good?Here’s hoping everyone has high word counts and tons of success to report. 🙂

Also, be on the lookout for more information regarding a beta/CP match-up facilitated by your Ready. Set. Write hosts, Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and myself!


46 thoughts on “RSW Update 10

  1. sara says:

    AH! “…and hauntingly mine.” Is amazing. I have complete line envy. Don’t worry about that fear of finishing, I’ve got the WIP whip ready to go today and tomorrow 😉

  2. Rachelwrites007 says:

    Love that excerpt, Katy!!! Have a wonderful time at the wedding and I’ve never heard of GOOD GIRLS but I want to read it (I love Gillian Flynn)! Also congrats on having only 5 more scenes to write. Sometimes they’re the hardest to get down. 🙂

  3. jessleake says:

    LOVE that excerpt! Makes me want to read the whole thing ;). And I don’t think it’s weird at all to be reluctant to finish–you’ve gotten into that habit of working on it every day, and soon, that will all change. Hope you get to write “the end” this week! 🙂

  4. Rebekah says:

    I don’t know that I feel that with drafting, but with every new revision I wonder if it will become the thing it’s meant to, and then I worry I’ll have to move on. I love your excerpt, and happy family wedding. I too, spent a lot of free time reading Isla this weekend. It was the best!

  5. crystalschubert says:

    OH, Isla!! I didn’t realize that came out this week. I need it.

    And I love your excerpt! I can totally understand your fear of finishing. I’m sort of there right now, too. For me, though, it feels like the ending is the most important part and I get intimidated because I want it to come together in the best possible way. Good luck overcoming and I hope you get enough time to finish it off! 🙂

  6. prerna pickett says:

    kayaking! Looks like a blast! I can’t wait to read Isla, everyone is raving about it! Looks like you’re doing pretty great with those goals, congrats on getting revisions done!

  7. Erin Bowman (@erin_bowman) says:

    Like you, I love revising, but I also always stall out before drafting the ending. I don’t know what it is about wrapping things up, but I’m always hesitant to dive in.

    Best of luck with your goals this week! I’m excited to get to ISLA myself!

  8. Alison Miller says:

    Love the excerpt! I can’t wait to read this whole thing! Also, I actually stall like that when I get close to finishing a draft. For me, I think it’s because I want the story to go on forever (probs why I have ridiculously high word counts) and I don’t want the story to end. Not weird. Enjoy your trip, Katy! And have a great week!

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes, I have that same feeling about wanting the story to keep going. Not sure why because it sure has caused me fits, but I do love my characters. Can’t wait for you to read it! Have a wonderful week, lady!

  9. Carrie-Anne says:

    It can feel really bittersweet and poignant to come to the close of a book, particularly if you’ve spent a lot of time with those people and in that world.

    Enjoy the wedding!

  10. Courtney Leigh says:

    I’m so intrigued by your excerpt!! Love that last line!

    And I know EXACTLY what you mean about getting to the end of a draft. Even though we know there’s revisions to do, for me it feels like I’m not ready for the end, like I haven’t said what I meant, or I’m afraid I won’t get the right words down. It is definitely terrifying like you said! Good luck though! Hopefully once you get going, the words will just flow out of you. ❤

    • katyupperman says:

      Thank you, Courtney! And yes, it’s exactly like feeling as if the words aren’t quite right, or as if the story doesn’t match my vision. But, that’s what revisions are for, right? 🙂 Have a great week!

  11. Melanie Stanford says:

    So jealous you got to read ISLA already. I can’t wait!!! I really want to do a reread of the other two first because I’ve been dying to reread them.

    Good luck finishing. You’re so close, you can do it!!!

    • katyupperman says:

      That’s the plan! Though, I have written just over 2K today, so maybe I’ll finish before? (That would be amazing!) Have an awesome week, lady, and I’ll see you tomorrow, right?

  12. Erin Funk says:

    My copy of ISLA is on order right now and it can’t get here fast enough! I’m sure that will be a huge distraction for me next week, but I’m hearing awesome things about it so I’m super excited.

    I totally get what you mean about finishing a ms. There’s something so bittersweet about getting out those last words, even if it’s a relief to be done. Love the snippet you shared, especially that last line! Good luck in the home stretch, and I hope your family has a great trip!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks so much, Erin! I hope you love ISLA. I’m sure it has flaws, but I was so completely enamored, I didn’t see them. I love when that happens. 🙂 Best of luck with this last week of RSW!

  13. leandrajwallace says:

    Love the water/kayak pic! Kayaking is so much fun and I haven’t been in a long time. I kayaked once on the Washington coast and made one of my fav memories. Have fun at the wedding & keep loving that WIP- it’s showing! =)

    • katyupperman says:

      We kayaked in WA once, several years ago. We saw Orcas out by the San Juan islands. So cool! I love seeing the dolphins around here, too. Have an awesome week, Leandra!

  14. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    Your excerpt…YOUR.EXCERPT. OMG, love it!

    Good luck finishing your draft. I feel that sad/hesitant way about finishing most anything. Not sure what it is, but I understand 🙂

  15. Ghenet Myrthil says:

    I love your excerpt. It’s been so fun reading all these pieces of your manuscripts all summer. Good luck finishing your manuscript this week – you can do it!!!

    I decided to re-read ANNA and LOLA before cracking open my copy of ISLA. It’s been so nice, like catching up with old friends. Can’t wait to read Isla’s story. 🙂

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