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:
Fail. FAIL. I knew it was going to be a tough week, but I wanted to get a few hours of writing in, squeezing them in somewhere between the camping, the travelling, the visitors, and the kids competing at county fair.
Bunny hop fail (if only writing fails were so cute)
I didn't get any actual writing in but I did stew over my story in my head, though, especially the weak points that still linger in its opening chapter (see the Biggest Challenge part below).
My other goal is read-one-book-a-week and last week was Like No Other, by Una LaMarche, which just released. Billed for fans of Eleanor and Park and the Westside Story. It was quite a bit tamer than either of those, but still wonderful and it satisfied my #WeNeedDiverseBooks craving. Highly recommend!
* My goals this week: Aiming for 6 hours of writing this week. Another busy week with travel, but I have three "normal days" where if I can't spend 2 hours writing at some point during the day, then I can be officially branded the lamest writer ever.
* The biggest challenge I faced this week:
I had an agent pass on my first chapter but she took the time to give me compliments on what she liked, and what didn't work for her: she didn't quite connect with my characters.
So, I went back to reading some really good opening chapters and studying the characters. Came up with three things the characters all had:
1) they are actively DOING something (something interesting. Whining and self-pitying does not count) 2) they express strong opinions, out loud or at the very least, in their thoughts
3) they have a unique view of the world and their circumstances.
* A favorite line from my project OR a word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Changing my main character from passive to active:
original version - Camria's friends surprise her by floating a bunch of candles in the pool as a memorial to her sister
new version: It's Cam's idea to float a bunch of candles in the pool instead