Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman. Find the rest of the details HERE.
* How I did on last week's goals:
1. This is my second week, my goal last week was to finish working in some ideas for richer characterization to the book I'm currently querying (YA SF: Star Tripped) and write two chapters on my WIP (MG fantasy: Refuge). I progressed well with goal #1 but failed with goal #2, because I got really consumed with edits to Startripped. I started reading Writing 21st Cenury Fiction by Donald Maass and it was just what I needed to strengthen and deepen not just my characters but many other things too.
2. Reading goals: well, I got off track with 21st Century Fiction and didn't get The Fire Wish finished, but at least I stuck to my goal of ONLY one book a week instead of splurging on more when I should be writing!
* My goals this week: I'm going to set an hourly goal this week, because I've never done that before. (It's usually word count goals or specific edits). Shooting for 7 hours this week. Hoping to finish adding the final touches of symbolism and micro tension to Startripped.
* A favorite line from my project (this is from Star Tripped) I might the only person on the planet that doesn't love the stars. Looking up into a starry night sky just makes me dizzy, and the thought of being up there, in all that dark space in between, frightens me. Go ahead, psychoanalyze me, tell me it's just because of the way I was born and what I had to go through after. Whatever the reason, I like to have my feet on the ground and my eyes on my own world.
* The biggest challenge I faced this week.
4th of July festivities! So much fun but leaves so little time to sit down and write. My daughters had a horse show over the weekend - all four of them got to compete, even the two littlest ones. I'm still exhausted from it, but loved their creative addition: painting stars and stripes on their horses' haunches for the show (wish I'd remembered to get a picture).
* Something I love about my WiP.
Discovering that there's some good, even heroic qualities about my antagonist. A quote from Writing 21st Century Fiction:
What will make your antagonists memorable isn’t the
evil that they do, but the good.