Ready. Set. WRITE! {week10}

RSW badgeWhat’s Ready. Set. WRITE!, you ask? It’s a summer-long writing intensive that encourages goal setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for writers to cheer each other on at any point in the process—be it planning, drafting, revising, and/or polishing. The event is hosted by Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman.

I’ll be checking in weekly to share my progress, and if you’re contemplating joining the fun, there’s still time! Full event details HERE.


How I did on last week’s goals

Revise another 25% of SHUTDOWN — Check! I actually managed to get through the rest of the novel, so this revision is officially complete!

Finish reading THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE — Done and done! This was a sweet (and fun) YA contemp. I especially loved all the music/DJ details, and the fact that the romantic subplot was just that—a subplot, not the main focus of the novel.


My goals for this week

  • Proofread SHUTDOWN on my iPad to catch any outstanding issues, then send it to a beta reader
  • Formalize a revision plan for VENGEANCE ROAD (My edit letter arrived last week, so I’ll be diving back into this world)
  • Read another YA contemporary (I’m thinking… LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS)


A favorite line from my project OR a word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Here’s an excerpt from SHUTDOWN, in Matty’s POV:

But she was already stepping away from me, just like she had that day at the pond, suggesting that we head back into town and see if there was anything good to eat. If I were Cole, I’d just grab her and kiss her and get it over with. I’d be confident and unstoppable. That’s what I’d done with Bridget. But Lola wasn’t Bridget and I wasn’t Cole. This was different and I wanted it to be different, but even that realization didn’t make me feel any better about the fact that I sucked at this.

You’d think kissing the girl you’re going to be with for the rest of your life would be easy.

And it’s not.


The biggest challenge I faced this week

As I mentioned earlier, my revision letter for VENGEANCE ROAD arrived and it was hard to not jump straight into it. I read through my letter and the fully marked up ms, despite the fact that I was so close to finishing my SHUTDOWN revision. Thankfully, after taking in all my editor’s feedback and realizing it was completely doable, I was able to dive back into SHUTDOWN and wrap things up.


Something I love about my WIP

It’s nearly time to hand it off to a beta-reader. Who doesn’t love hitting a huge milestone?

That’s all I’ve got til next check-in. How was your week of writing/revising?

18 Responses
  1. Leslie Ann

    Can proofreading with an iPad easier than on a computer. I like paper, but it gets tiring after a while, because I physically see how much I have left. Good luck with that edit letter. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I definitely find proofing on my iPad easier. It sort of tricks my brain into thinking it’s a finished book (like an e-version) and I’m able to catch more typos. I highlight them and take notes as I read, then enter everything back into my ms later.

  2. Alexandrina Brant

    “If I were Cole, I’d just grab her and kiss her and get it over with.” I love the voice in that extract! It sounds very interesting.

    Great stuff! It seems your challenge looks like it was just choosing between which draft to work on. Always difficult, of course, but I’d love that to be my only problem! 😛

  3. Elodie

    Ok. I need SHUTDOWN out like now. This excerpt…oh wow! (and I love the name Matty..maybe because of Awkward…anyways, I´m rambling)
    Good luck with your goals, this week!

  4. Jessica Leake

    Great voice in your excerpt! The last couple lines, especially, sucked me right in :). Congrats on being just about ready to send it off to betas! Hope this week is just as productive for you 🙂

  5. Katy Upperman

    Ooh, LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS is fantastic. It’s very different from most of the contemp YA I’ve read; it’s almost YA and NA rolled into one. Can’t wait to hear what you think! Also, yay for finishing your SHUTDOWN revision! LOVE the excerpt — makes me *extra* excited to read more!

  6. Stephsco

    I always want to dive right into edits too! Balancing projects is tough. Exciting that are are so optimistic on the editing changes!

    1. The balancing act is totally a challenge. I try to focus on one ms until I hit a major milestone, if possible. It’s just too hard to shift gears at the drop of a hat and get into new characters’ POVs.

  7. Erin Funk

    Wow! You burned right through this revision! Nicely done! I love how your character’s insecurities really come through in that excerpt. It makes me want to know more about the relationships in the book for sure. Good luck with the proofreading (hope that’s not too tedious!) and putting together a revision plan for VENGEANCE ROAD!

  8. Krispy

    Great job, Erin! I missed a couple of your RSW updates, and when I come back, you’ve finished a manuscript revision?! Kudos! How do you do it? 🙂

    Oh, I like the immediate sense of tension in your excerpt. I am also intrigued by the multiple names. Great ending lines too. Good luck with your VR revision plan this week!

    P.S. Thanks for your comment love. (And I loved Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary!)

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