Ready. Set. WRITE! is over. L
BUT I hope it’s been as productive for you as it was for me! The hosts (Katy, Jaime, Erin, and I!) would like to thank you SO MUCH for joining us for our summer writing intensive. Today, we’re recapping our summer progress and we encourage you to do the same! But first…
How I did on last week’s goal
1) Finish fixing the beginning of my WiP. CHECK! Well, at least for now. J
2) Read through THOSE MAGIC CHANGES (TMC). Start a revision list (again J) for my R&R CHECK! And I am still ridiculously in love with this story! Yay!
Overall goals this summer
1) Finish a first draft of my MEAN BOYS story. CHECK! And I can’t wait to get back to revising it!
2) Revise/gut/reconfigure the first forty pages of my most recent story THOSE MAGIC CHANGES. CHECK! And very excited about the new beginning!
A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
Since I worked on two stories this summer, I’ll share a snippet from each.
First, from THOSE MAGIC CHANGES, a line I’ve probably read a gazillion times and, for whatever reason, on my read-through last week made me spew water all over my screen.
“Seaman made me come tonight.”
Totally unintentional. Totally keeping it.
And from my Mean Boys story—a small-ish excerpt between my boy Jesse and his girlfriend Meaghan (Mags)—a relationship I can’t wait to get back to.
The waiter brings us our check. Mags immediately breaks open her fortune cookie, stretches her little white paper out like she’s opening a scroll, and reads.
“Ride your ambition to the skies.” Her ensuing grin takes up half the restaurant, and then she lowers her voice to a very sexy drawl. “Jesse Maurice Hurd, will you be my ambition tonight?”
I can’t pay the bill fast enough.
The biggest challenge I faced this summer (finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)
My inner editor when drafting; wishy-washiness on cutting scenes when revising.
Something I love about my WIP(s)
My Mean Boys story: Overall, I love that this story is about three guys who are best friends, play soccer together, and have an insatiable love of pranking one another. And that I can totally count watching soccer as research. I mean, I’d watch regardless, but still. J
THOSE MAGIC CHANGES: Guys. I know this is going to sound completely narcissistic, but I was reading through my TMC story last week - I’ve read it at least a hundred times (seriously way more) - and it’s amazing how many things I find—little gestures, unnecessary words—that I can cut. But what’s more amazing? There’s so much about this story I love—I literally LOLed on various passages, teared up on a few others. It may not make it any further than hanging out with the dustbunnies under my bed, but it’s giving me “all the feels.” And inspires me to fix it the best I can so hopefully one day you can read it too.
The hosts want to say a HUGE thank you for your active involvement in Ready. Set. WRITE! this summer! We hope that it was extremely productive for you and that you made oodles of progress on your WiPs!
And if you are looking for new readers or are interested in beta reading for someone’s WiP, this Thursday August 28th we’ll be hosting a CP match-up! We'll share about our stories and we encourage you to do the same. Then, RSW participants can "shop around" and leave comments on the posts with stories they're most interested in reading. From there, you can decide who might be the best fit for you and contact them via their blog/Twitter/their email. Some suggestions about what to share…
· a love list, elevator pitch, or query description· an excerpt
· genre/age category
· whether it’s a stand alone or series
· where you’re at in the timeline (ie ready for a beta/CP as of the end of summer or perhaps later in the fall)
· whether you’re looking for betas or CPs (or both)
· any warnings that might be applicable (ie only offer to beta if you don’t mind swearing, sex, drug use, etc.)
I can’t wait to check out your posts! PS—don’t forget to sign up on the linky!