Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! I hope you had a super productive week! In case you’re new to the RSW craze, Ready. Set. WRITE! is 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’re 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 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 now it’s update time. J
How I did on last week’s goal(s):
1) Write 5000 words on one or both of my stories. CHECK! I wrote 5,342 words total—about 40% on my CM rewrite; 60% on the soccer WiP. About 500 words on the rewrite were technically from an old draft, but I revised them so I’m counting them. J
2) Read one book. CHECK! I finished EXTRAORDINARY MEANS by Robyn Schneider and it was pretty extraordinary. Like, ranking up there with my favorite reads of the year extraordinary. You all should definitely check it out.
Currently I’m reading Renee Ahdeih’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and it’s AMAZING. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble meeting my weekly reading goal.
3) Exercise five times this week. CHECK! I walked three days and Wii Fit-ted it three days.
My goal(s) for this week
1) Write 5K total on one or both my stories.
2) Read one book.
3) Exercise at least five times this week.
And thanks to the fabulous Jaime Morrow, I’m adding a STRETCH goal this week…
STRETCH GOAL: Clean up what I’ve done so far on both stories.
A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:
Sharing a little excerpt from THE STORY FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHICK MAGNET. And I’m breaking rules here because it’s a little long and a lot rough, but I’m sharing anyway. J
She sounds like she doesn’t want to talk about it.
So we talk about other things. We talk about an amusement park in Ohio where she held her first summer job. I learn that she loves horror movies. That Child’s Play is her favorite. It used to be Jaws, but, while she won’t explain why, that she will never watch that movie again. I learn her favorite course in college was Shakespeare on the Lawn, where pretty much all they did was read and analyze Shakespeare and then field trip somewhere—Raleigh, Greensboro, even as far as Virginia Beach—to watch it live.
I learn she’s twenty-two.
That stalls me for a minute. Hot Bar Reader Girl is twenty-two. Four years older than me. She’s probably graduated college, about to start a real, real job. Not some summer thing or some internship like I initially thought. She’s probably had boyfriends and sorority sisters and trips around the world.
I should probably end things here. Tell her I’m only eighteen and about to be a senior in high school. That I only have the beach house because it’s on loan from Dad.
But I don’t want to.
For the first time in weeks, I’m not the Pedophile’s Nephew. I'm not Dr. Marshall’s son. I’m not that kid with the arm. The kid going to Carolina. The kid who’ll lead Sound Side to their first State Championship.
I kind of like the idea of being twenty-two for one night.
In fact, walking here with her, discussing college and pasts and families and classes she’s taking and then, when she asks, fictional classes I’m taking, I’m feeling pretty twenty-two.
I know. I am SO BAD.
Also, you’ll probably have T Swift on the brain the rest of the day. J Not a bad thing, right? I also have “Shake it Off” on the soccer story playlist so I’m all about some T Swift these days.
The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)
Research. I’m in a stage with my soccer story where I need to research A LOT as I draft. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it can be time consuming, which I don’t always have a lot of.
Also, there are some questions/things I have to research for this story that are not exactly online. This might be the first story where I have to, like, actually email professionals and stuff and heh. #scared
Something I love about my WIP
Research. I know. I’m a walking oxymoron. Despite how time-consuming and sometimes frustrating research can be, I also love learning about new people, places, and things. The soccer WiP has a bit of a travel aspect to it. I’ve never written a story before that has required a passport and it’s been very fascinating and intriguing and definitely has my wanderlust amped to new levels.
I hope you had a wonderful writing week too! I can’t wait to bounce around and see how you’re doing! So, yanno, don’t forget to sign up on the linky!