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)
Send out three more queries: Nope. Didn’t get to this.
●My goal(s) for this week
I’m going to aim for another 12 hours of writing, and during that time I’m hoping to make a final decision on a particular story arc that either needs to be cut or changed. It's been giving me a major headache for a while, so we'll see how that goes. I’ll also try to send out two more queries.
●A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
At first I’m afraid of falling, but with his arm firmly about me and his hand a reassuring reminder on my hip, I soon let the hushed chatter of leaves relax me, enjoy the feel of my feet dangling in midair. In the distance, tiny cars speed along a thin strand of highway. I try my best to ignore them. They’re our only reminder of the rest of the world, and we both prefer this sense of having slipped through a crack in time and space to a place where only we exist.
●The biggest challenge I faced this week
Painting my office was harder and more time-consuming than I thought it would be. Our new (old) house has 10 foot ceilings--almost twice my height--and there’s tons of trim, weird angles and corners. It took foreeeeever, and I was tired and sore from going up and down the ladder. Not much energy left over for writing. Now we only have 8 more rooms plus the foyer, vestibule, and hallways to paint. Kill me. Kill me now.
●Something I love about my WIP
I love all my supporting characters, and I’ve tried hard to develop them as much as possible with the limited page time they get. Some of those characters have their own little story arcs that make them feel more layered and real. I wish I could write a book about each of them.
And now, let the real fun commence...
This summer, the RSW hosts are giving away writer care packages to five lucky participants. It's our way of saying thanks and hopefully giving your writing sessions a fun boost. If you'd like a chance to win this amazing parcel put together by Jaime, then be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter below. You get one entry for each week you've participated in RSW. The contest runs until 12:00 am July 12th and is open internationally. Good luck!
Here's what Jaime's care package contains:
• coiled journal with Every Summer Has A Story on it
• to-do checklist pad of paper
• heart-shaped Post-it notes
• Fineline markers (fine tip)
• pencil case with flip-flop pattern
• mini binder clips in fun colours
• two rolls of washi tape
• Revlon sparkly nail file
• Haute in the Heat Essie nail polish
• EOS sweet mint lip balm
• Maynards wine gums
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookie Crunch bar
So how did it go with your goals this week? Once again, thanks so much for your kind comments, especially about my excerpt last week. That encouragement came at just the right time. :)