Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, 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 goals were to work on revisions for at least 12 hours and devote a minimum of 4 hours to querying and/or working on a submission package. I spent around 16 hours on revisions and about 11 on querying and fleshing out my synopsis.
●My goal(s) for this week
12 hours on revisions and 4 hours on querying and/or my submission package sounds like a good plan again.
●A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
I do as he instructs, and a lake the color of turquoise spreads through my mind, fresh and cool. I’ve never seen water so brilliant before, even shadowed as it is by heavy clouds and the snow-capped mountains looming over it. Rain pelts the water, sending a million concentric rings rippling out over its surface. Pines hem the shoreline, and somewhere in the distance, a loon releases a haunting cry. I listen to the water lap against the stone-studded sand, its ebb and flow a tranquil rhythm, and as I imagine raindrops tapping my skin, I realize [boy] is kissing me again and again, pressing his lips everywhere.
●The biggest challenge I faced this week
Disciplining myself to sit down and work when I was tempted to devour An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir all at once. Such a gripping, gorgeously written book that totally goes for the gut. Loved it so, so much. It was the best kind of distraction.
●Something I love about my WIP
I love that it feels large in scope since the plot involves a global threat, but that it also feels very small because there’s a sense of intimacy between certain characters that draws the focus inward and is ultimately the heart of the story.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your supportive comments each week this summer. Without them, this writing dream of mine might have evaporated entirely. It’s been a precarious summer for me because of all the moving busyness and the frustration of not getting any closer to publishing someday, and you guys have kept me going. I’m so grateful! Hope you all feel encouraged today!
Stay tuned next week for our third giveaway, hosted by yours truly!