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?