RSW Week 8

RSW Week 8


I’m working my way through Ready, Set Write! this summer 🙂  How are we starting week 8 already?!?! 

Week 7 Update:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:  So last week was all about busting my butt and writing as many words as I could.  In 3 days, I wrote just over 10,000 words, which is a recent record for me.  I’ve been doing dribs and drabs for months, so it felt good to really bang some words out and to know that I CAN produce if I push myself.  I was fully exhausted, but I did it.  I really wanted to have the draft done but I’m 2 or 3 scenes short of the end.  Not to worry, I will get it done this week for sure.

Last week was also successful because I got to meet my amazing agent in person for the first time at RWA, where I did not attend the conference but had a good time checking out the hotel and hanging out in New York for the second time this month. She was, as expected, super lovely and I was reminded of how lucky I am to have her on my side.  We decided that my book that’s been out on sub for almost a year is going to get shelved for the moment, I’ll continue with current WIP and hopefully ready that for sub in the near future, and I’ll play around with writing women’s fiction.  I’ve got 2 ideas that need some marinating and she likes both of them, thankfully.  Perhaps this year’s NaNo project if I can work out what I want to write.  While the idea of switching age groups is a little scary, it certainly opens up a new range of experiences I can tap into.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:  Finish the WIP.  However many words that takes.  Less than 5K, I think.  Also, today I start the 21 Day Fix, so another goal is to stick with the plan.  I like that there’s so much community built in to the program so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to follow through.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

There is nothing that prepares you for losing the person you love the most in the world.  The person who loves you the most.  Sure, the proverbial “they” always talk about having a hole in your heart but losing Pop just confirms that that idea is complete bullshit.  It’s not a hole.  It’s like someone fired a Revolutionary War style cannon into my heart and ripped it clean out of my body.  A gaping cavern where my heart used to be and the rest of my important life-sustaining parts ready to jump rather than go down with a sinking ship.  The appropriate term would be gutted.  I am gutted that Pop is gone and I will never see him again.


4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):  Not much.  I was determined to beat the distractions and I did.  Now to keep up the momentum…..

5.  Something I love about my WiP:   As is probably obvious from the excerpt, I killed a character this week.  And the minute I wrote the words where he died, I started crying.  I’m hoping that emotional attachment is felt by the reader as well.

How did YOU do?


13 thoughts on “RSW Week 8

  1. Congrats on getting in so many words! That is amazing. Good luck with 21DFX. My husband and I did the extreme version back in March and I think the regular one is much more manageable! Sorry about your MS on sub getting shelved for a bit. Fingers crossed this new MS will be the one. Good luck finishing it this week.


  2. Wow, you ROCKED last week! 10K is crazy awesome. And sorry about your novel getting shelved, but hopefully the next sub will get snapped up right away. Good luck finishing your WIP this week! 🙂


  3. Way to go on 10k!!! That’s awesome!
    I’ve cried over my characters too- I’m sure your readers will feel at least close to the same emotions you did when you killed him off.
    Have a great week!


  4. I’m already feeling the emotional attachment just from that excerpt. And yay for meeting your agent in person! Isn’t NYC awesome?! Good luck with finishing the WiP! Hope you have a great week!


  5. Love, love, love the excerpt. And I really enjoy those moments when writing where the emotion just hits you and you start crying. Happened to me yesterday, too, while writing about a character who returns home after being away for a long time.

    Sorry to hear about the shelved novel, but it sounds like you’re putting a lot of heart and work into this next WIP, and that will surely pay off. Good luck this week!


  6. Wow! What a productive week you’ve had! I can’t even imagine getting down 10K words in three days. The exhaustion makes sense. Love the excerpt you shared, too. Have a great week! 🙂


  7. I have never, ever written 10k in three days, so I’m totally impressed that you did! Glad to hear I’m not the only one who cries when she kills off characters lol. The sense of loss in your excerpt really comes through, so I think the tears were called for. Good luck pursuing this new direction for your writing and with your goals this week!


  8. Loved your excerpt (as sad as it was) because the imagery was so poignant. Yay for meeting your agent in person! Hope this week is just as productive and awesome for you 🙂


  9. Yay for an EPIC word count! How cool to get to hang out with your agent and it sounds like you had a really productive meeting. Very impressed that you are tackling a new age group! I am trying something similar right now and it is a lot of fun. Have another awesome week!


  10. Whew, 10K is awesome, especially in three days! Go you! And hanging out in NY w/your agent sounds so glam, lol! I’ll have my fingers crossed for you that this new ms will be the one. Good luck this week!


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