Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.
●How I did on last week’s goal(s)
My goal was to tear apart three scenes that needed to be rearranged and somehow integrated better. I got that done and did some minor revisions on the next scene as well.
●My goal(s) for this week
I’m aiming to revise the next two scenes, both of which are pretty long.
●A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
I sift my fingers through the soft, dark hair sticking up over his forehead and try to keep my voice calm. “I know this sounds crazy after what you just put yourself through, but please be careful. Don’t do anything foolish…or…or heroic, or anything that might get you killed, okay?”
“Heroic?” He tries to smile, but his chin is too sore to move his mouth much. Blood stains his teeth.
“Yes, heroic. Sometimes you’re too noble for your own good.” I comb through his hair again and again. “You have a dangerous penchant for saving people and making sacrificial gestures.”
He stares up at me, eyes copper bright. “Sounds like someone else I know.”
“Guess we’re quite a pair then.”
“Yes,” he says, his fingers finding mine in the grass. “We are.”
●The biggest challenge I faced this week
Depression. There, I said it. It’s one of those unpleasant things people don’t like to talk about, but the more I hang out in the writing community, the more I realize it’s pretty much an epidemic here. So this was one of those weeks where it was a challenge even getting out of bed, and the query rejections kept firing at me, which didn’t help. I’ll confess I’m losing steam on this revision. While I still maintain I wrote this trilogy for me—because I love the story and to prove to myself that I could do it—it’s tough revising book 3 when book 1 still isn’t attracting any real interest after querying off and on for two years. I'd be lying if I said I didn't want an audience to share it with or to see it on the shelf in a bookstore someday.
●Something I love about my WIP
One of my biggest goals with this series was to make the ending kickass. I’ve known since starting book 1 how book 3 would end, and getting my characters and the plot to that point in the most exciting, gut-wrenching way possible has been my focus. Sounds obvious, but I've read too many series that went out with a fizzle instead of a bang. I poured everything into those last chapters, and I love them. So did I succeed? I’d like to think so.
Thank you for last week’s encouragement, everyone. As you can see from this post, it was much needed. I really hope this spirit of accountability and cheering one another on will continue past the end of August when RSW is done. Hang in there with your writing projects while the summer is winding down!
Moving right along…
Last week, Alison’s awesome care package was up for grabs, and I’m happy to announce that the winner is:
Congratulations, Crystal! Hope these treats provide some fuel and fun for your writing sessions!
Our final RSW care package was put together by Katy, and it’s full of lovely things. If you’d like to win this fantastic parcel, remember to enter on the Rafflecopter below—one entry for each week of participation in RSW and the contest is open internationally. Good luck!
Here’s what Katy’s parcel contains:
● “If You Obey All the Rules You Miss All the Fun” Journal
● Floral Mini Sticky Note Pad
● Lined Floral Note Pad
● Jelly Bellies
● Starry Pencil Pouch
● Honey Pear Hand Cream
● Lavender Lemonade Candle
● Peppermint Mints
● Various Washi Tapes
● Eos Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
● Writerly Quote Pencils
● Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
A little reminder: The last week of RSW (August 24-31) you’re invited to join us for our Manicures & Manuscripts event, when we’ll be treating our tired, over-typing fingers to manicures that somehow reflect our WIPs. If you’d like to take part, start thinking of ideas for how you’d like your nails to look!
Best of luck in this last giveaway and with your goals this week!