Ready. Set. WRITE! {week9}

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 — Success! I revised another 26k, which comes out to about 35% of the novel.

Read another YA contemp — I failed on this front, but I was reading an ARC for a potential blurbing opportunity which came with a time constraint. The YA contemp I’d started (THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE) had to be set aside, but the good news is the ARC was fantastic!


My goals for this week

  • Revise another 25% of SHUTDOWN


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

In SHUTDOWN, folks 13+ can undergo a simulation that predicts how/when they will die. Cole, my MC’s best friend, knows he’s not making it to his senior year. Here’s MC Matty, recounting a time prior to that knowledge:

We ended up this large, embarrassing quartet of a costume. Jillian had blisters from her red heels before the night was halfway over, which lead to Cole carrying her on his Tin-Man shoulders, and Travis roaring like a lion to cover up Jillian’s blister-induced tears. Of course the roaring only attracted more attention, and toting your baby sister around when you’re in middle school is not really something you wanted to broadcast. It somehow remained my favorite Halloween though, even now. Me and the guys were really carefree then, oblivious of the future. Cole had turned thirteen that December and everything started changing. Halloweens shifted to include binge drinking. I don’t think we ever dressed up again.


The biggest challenge I faced this week

Visitors. The inlaws were here Friday-Sunday, so I got exactly zero work done those days. Luckily, the first half of my week had been productive.


Something I love about my WIP

The tone/voice — so different from most of my mss, but that makes it a fun challenge.

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

3 Responses
  1. Alison_Miller

    Congrats on all the progress! And so curious to see what story you’re blurbing. 🙂 Also, SHUT DOWN’s premise and this excerpt has me so sad yet so INTRIGUED. Concept is incredible – I’m trying to decide if I would want to go through that simulation – whether at 13 OR at 44. And I can see where the themes you mentioned last week would fit this concept so completely. VERY excited for you and this story.
    Good luck with the goals this week!

  2. Erin Funk

    You really blew your revising goal out of the water this week! I love the sense of change and doom in the excerpt you shared. It’s intriguing and kind of sad at the same time. Good luck with the next 25% of your revisions!

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