Ready. Set. WRITE! Fifth update

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and RSW2015accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals: (SPOILER ALERT: NOT GOOD!)

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. Nope. This endeavor came to a standstill this week.
  • Finish my re-read of the partially finished manuscripts for books 2 and 3 of MOSAIC and start putting together an overall plan for complete outline and changes. This was about the only thing I did accomplish this week. I finished the re-read on both and barely got started on the planning.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers. Check! Go you amazing writer-folk, go!
  • Walk at least 10k each day. Epic fail on this.

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS.
  • Work on a blurb for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS.
  • Work an hour a night/five nights on the overall plan for complete outline and changes for all three MOSAIC books.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers.
  • Walk at least 10k each day.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: “Sludge.” This week, I feel like I’ve been walking through sludge with this re-read of books 2 and 3. Again, I still like the story and the characters. However, these are manuscripts that I worked on a few years ago and they are really bad. It’s been hard to re-read without jumping in to make changes.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): The aforementioned “sludge.”

5.  Something I love about my WiP: Aliens!! 🙂

How did your week of writing and/or revising go?

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10 Responses to Ready. Set. WRITE! Fifth update

  1. Accomplishing one goal is better than none. I think it’s awesome that you make visiting other blogs as part of your goals. “Sludge” is a great word to describe those times you just didn’t get much done. Keep it up!

  2. Revisiting old manuscripts can be daunting, especially if you have to make a lot of changes. Writing a plan of action can help, so hopefully it’ll feel less like wading through sludge when you get into it! 😛 Best of luck this week!

    • Kitty says:

      Hi Emma! Yes, this week will be all about planning so hopefully I’ll feel a little more optimistic at this time next week! Have a great week!

  3. Jaime Morrow says:

    I’ve waded through sludge a fair amount myself. It’s great that you still love this story, though. That will make the wading worth it, I expect. Sounds like you got a fair amount done on that front anyway. I know what you mean about wanting to jump in fix things instead of simply re-reading. So hard to do! Good luck with your plan for these books and with your other goals for this coming week! 😀

  4. It’s so hard to go through the sludge and not change anything, but definitely best to wait until you can make a game plan for all your changes. Good luck with your goals this week!

  5. Erin Funk says:

    It’s surprising how long rereading can take. When it’s your own story and you’re looking for all the things that need to be fixed, it’s tough to just breeze through. Totally understandable why it felt hard to make progress. I hope next week doesn’t feel like moving through sludge so much!

  6. I love the word “sludge”- I’ve definitely had some sludge writing. And I don’t think I can reread without fixing at least the little things. Too controlling I guess. 😉
    Have a great week!

  7. Oh, aliens! How fun! I like that visiting 10 blogs is one of your goals 🙂 Good luck this week!

  8. Elodie says:

    Yes for aliens 🙂 Sounds good (and not food like I just typed before). I think sometimes sludging is part of the process (is slugding a word? hmmm probably not). It’s a suckie part and it’s not a nice part so crossing my fingers it passes for you 🙂 Cheering you for your goal this week!

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