I’m working my way through Ready, Set Write! this summer 🙂
And as of this Friday, my summer is officially over. In terms of words, it’s been an incredibly productive summer. I wrote a story I love with characters I adore, and really, what more can a girl ask for?
Week 11 Update:
1. How I did on last week’s goals: Well, my goal was to find the “bigger hook” for my manuscript, which I’m not sure I did, but since all of this publishing business is subjective, it’s possible someone will think I did. 🙂 I revised exactly zero words but I spent a LOT of time thinking and plotting and letting ideas simmer. I’m content with the decision I’ve decided to go in, so that’s something.
I also worked on finding hooks for other ideas I have brewing, or for things I’ve got 1st drafts on that need revisions, and came up with several one-two line pitches for them. A few are really standing out and talking to me, so one will most likely become this year’s NaNo project.
I completed 8 recommendations letters, better than my goal of 5, so yay! I’m at 10 total.
I’ve now completed one round of the 21 day fix, which I enjoyed but did not stick with 100%, particularly this last weekend. I may have fallen off the wagon, but it won’t be hard to get back into the routine starting today and this is definitely something I can make happen while I’m back at work full time.
2. My goal(s) for this week: Same as last week – revise the manuscript and write 5 letters. I go back to work Friday (who makes employees return on a Friday?!) so it’ll be a challenge.
3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
I got nothing for ya this week in terms of new words. Here’s a pitch, though, for a story that’s already written and needs some cleaning up.
When a state championship-bound swimmer catches his coach, who happens to also be his future sister-in-law, taking advantage of a new teammate, he must decide whether telling is worth ripping his team and his family apart.
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): Always me. This was the week my brain decided to actually take a vacation. I watched a lot of bad TV, read some books, went shopping, but did not crack the WIP at all. I figure since I worked my butt off every other week since the end of June, I probably needed and deserved the break.
5. Something I love about my WiP: This is more in general, but I love that when I finish something I love, my brain presents me with another idea. I’m always terrified that I won’t be able to keep this up, that the ideas will just dry up, but so far, that hasn’t been the case. And this time around? I’ve been hit with about 5 new ideas so now the problem is just picking one.
How did YOU do?
9 thoughts on “RSW Week 11”
Letting ideas simmer is something! Score on getting 8 letters. Good luck with the 21 day fix. You can do this week! Interesting little snippet too!
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Thanks!! It’s nice to have a big chunk done before the school year begins.
Wow, that’s a great pitch! I can instantly feel the tension for your poor mc. Glad you got a break in, we all need those from time to time!
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I’m so glad to hear that, ty!
Your pitch hooked me! And I hear you on the five idea thing. It’s a nice problem to have, but still a problem. Have a great week!
Great job this week! I find the planning/brainstorming part takes me the longest, but it’s so satisfying when you finally come to a decision. Best of luck this week! 🙂
I’m a big advocate for letting ideas simmer and taking time to mull things over. Glad to hear you’re happy with the direction you’ve decided to go in. Good luck with your goals in the coming week!
Thinking time doesn’t always FEEL productive, but it’s so necessary! Good luck with your revisions and letter writing this week! 🙂