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)
I wanted to work on revisions for twelve hours, and I spent about fourteen. I also planned to put in at least four hours on querying, and thanks to #MSWL I ended up putting in over six.
●My goal(s) for this week
Since 12 hours of revisions and 4 hours of querying seems to be doing the trick, I’m going to stick with that.
●A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
I stagger to my feet, struggling to stay upright. Then I push off with my boots, thrust myself into the air as hard and far as I can. Black sky soars above me, water glistens green below, and as I plunge through the surface, several blasts shatter the night at once. The force clobbers me, swelling through the water in a powerful wall that bows my spine and smashes me farther out into the lake. Shouting swirls in my skull, murky, too elusive for me to grasp. Underwater, I twist and flail until the harsh current settles. I tear off my mask so I can breathe and break through the surface again.
●The biggest challenge I faced this week
Setting up bookshelves in our library (aka the former dining room) took a huge amount of time because: a) we still had over 30 boxes of books left to unpack, b) turns out the floors in 120-year-old houses are horribly crooked and much shimming (not to be confused with shimmying) is required to get shelves even close to level, and c) we ran out of shelf space. Between that, painting the living room (ugh), and working on homeschooling curriculum for this fall, staying up late to write was tough. I am officially fried.
●Something I love about my WIP
The romance in my WIP ties in heavily with the sci-fi plot. It’s not this extraneous thing I tossed in there to spice it up. The two go very much hand in hand. I think if a book (outside the romance genre, obviously) is going to have romance—and most of my faves do—that romance should serve an important purpose. In other words, make those kisses count! xxxxx
Which brings me to this…
Once again, guys, thanks so much for your heartening comments, especially on the lines I shared last week. I was nervous to post that particular snippet because I’d never shared part of a kissing scene online before, though I write lots of 'em. The things you said were a big boost to my confidence. I hope I can make all of you feel just as encouraged today. :)
And right on time to show my gratitude, it’s my week to give away a writer’s care package to one lucky participant. Remember to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a box full of fun goodies. You get one vote for each week of RSW participation, and the contest is open internationally.
Here’s what my parcel contains:
● “Embrace the Journey” journal with cork cover
● “Enjoy the Little Things” notepad
● Ink Joy mini pens
● 2 pack of “Write On!” mini notebooks
● Scrabble pencils that say: jot, note, write, create, compose, and inscribe
● “Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy” pencil case
● 2 packs of paperclips shaped like rabbits and crocodiles
● manicure kit
● Eos Fresh Flowers hand lotion
● Revlon Fashionista nail polish (teal)
● David’s Pom Tango tea (makes 34 oz.)
● Strawberry Fusion TicTacs
● Cadbury Jelly Popping Candy chocolate bar
● Trident Very Berry gum
Good luck and have a fantastic & productive week!