Ready. Set. WRITE! {week11}

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 MillerJaime MorrowErin 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

Proofread SHUTDOWN on my iPad to catch any outstanding issues, then send it to a beta reader — Done! Now I’ll try (probably unsuccessfully) to not think about this ms until I get feedback.

Formalize a revision plan for VENGEANCE ROAD — Success! I mulled over the revision letter, made myself tons of notes, and am ready to start hacking it apart—I mean, making it stronger—this week.

Finish reading LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS — Check. This was a really sweet little book. It felt like a YA and NA novel in one, just as Katy told me. Really enjoyable.


My goals for this week

  • Revise half of VENGEANCE ROAD (Yes, a hefty goal, but I really want to give this ms to betas by the end of the month so that I have time to revise one last time before turning it in to my editor on October 1st.)
  • Read DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS (I can already see myself failing on this front. The book is massive, but I’m going to at least start it.)


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

I’m going with a word this week: transition

I wrapped up SHUTDOWN and moved back into the world of VENGEANCE ROAD. My brains feeling a little mushy from all the back and forth, but I’m surviving.


The biggest challenge I faced this week

Baby things. Actually, I’ve been facing this most of the summer, but I only publicly announced that I’m expecting as of Friday. Still, it’s nice to finally admit that I’m losing tons of time to nursery projects, childbirth classes, and reading baby books. Another reason for my insane revision goals this week is because I want VR as clean as possible before the baby arrives (she’s due mid-October). I’d much rather be juggling line edits and copy edits with a newborn than full-blown revisions.


Something I love about my WIP

I don’t even know which ms to comment on this week. Oh, transition. How about this: I love that SHUTDOWN is off my plate for a little while, and I’m excited about making VENGEANCE ROAD stronger as I revise per my editor’s feedback. 🙂

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

9 Responses
  1. Katy Upperman

    Yay for baby things! I’m so glad you liked LaOPI. Australian authors FTW. Best of luck with your goals. GODS & MONSTERS was definitely a commitment, but I ended up loving it. Let me know what you think!

  2. Erin Funk

    I can’t believe how much you’ve gotten done this summer considering you’ve also been preparing for your new arrival! Congratulations on the baby and all the awesome writing progress! That’s really smart to try and get your revisions out of the way quickly, seeing as your focus will be shifting in a big way soon. Good luck working through half of VENGEANCE ROAD this week!

    1. Thanks, Erin! I’ve been a busy bee, that’s for sure. Drowning in to-do lists, but I want as much off my plate as possible. I think this is called the nesting stage, right? 😉

  3. Nursery projects? You need to post photos of the decorated room when it’s done. I have a feeling it’ll be as cute as your office.

    Good luck revising VENGEANCE ROAD this week. You’re a machine, so you’ll get it done. 🙂

  4. Alison_Miller

    YAY! Congrats on your baby news!!! I hope the pregnancy is a smooth one – I kind of enjoyed being pregnant. I mean, not enough to do it again -my kids are 15 and 10 so I’m done. But still. It was kind of neat to have a little one kicking and growing inside. 🙂 Anyway, congrats! Also, I LOVED DoGaM! It took me a bit to get through, but so worth it.

    And yay for all the progress! I hope you have another productive week!

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