It’s week 4 of Ready. Set. WRITE! already! If you’re new and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’ll be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (the fabulous Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and me!) each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
And if you missed the initial goal setting post and still want to join in, PLEASE DO! Just post your goals today, use the 5 headings if you want, and join the fun!
Here’s how last week went for me…
How I did on last week’s goal
My goals for last week were to
1) Write 5000 words. Wrote 7000 and hit the 50K mark. WHEW!
2) Highlight the rest of my first forty of THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. And start reworking the whole beginning. Highlighted the keepers, goners, on-the-fencers, and save-for-laters while watching Brazil BEAT Chile in PKs (insert HUGE smiley face). Surprisingly I was productive. My heart’s still going crazy from that game, but PHEW. Also, I had outlined how I thought I might change the beginning of TMC, but in the past week, two other versions of how I might spin the beginning have taken form. I’m going to pretend that’s a good thing and say, yay!
My goal(s) for this week
1) Write 5000 words on my Mean Boys story.
2) Write at least one of my three new beginnings for THOSE MAGIC CHANGES.
A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
Just a little background: the story I’m working on is from three guys’ POVs. You’ve heard from my boys Ashton and Jesse. So, here’s a teensy bit from Z. Warning: this is FIRST DRAFT.
When we’re five minutes out from the Penn Ridge school sign, I sling my arms around Ashton’s and Jesse’s shoulders, gently bring their heads into mine, and whisper, “This shit’s gotta stop.”
“This wasn’t a prank, Z.” Jesse tries to lean back. I tighten my grip on his shoulder.
I swallow. Hard. “No. But Ashton thought it was. Whatever’s been going on between us. I can’t do it anymore. I don’t know what happened, but I can’t go the rest of my senior year without you two. So, it stops. All of it. No more jokes. No more pranks. I just want my best friends back.”
The biggest challenge I faced this week (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)
Being sick. Although that only took me out for two days, but still. UGH.
Also, the World Cup. Great for research, but so distracting. J
Something I love about my WIP
My boys and their individual relationships with Jesse’s girl Meaghan. She brings to the table something different and necessary for each of them—and vice-versa. I “hope” I’m getting all the dynamics right, but the relationship aspect with her and the guys has been one of my favorite parts of my story.
Also, I’m sure that made NO sense at all. Hopefully you’ll get to read it one day so you can figure out what the heck I’m talking about!
I hope you all had an incredibly productive week! I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!