Ready. Set. WRITE! Sixth 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:

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. Still no progress on this. 😦
  • Work on a blurb for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. Done… however! Y’know, blurbs can take longer to write than a whole chapter sometimes. 🙂 I “finished” the blurb but I’m still not sure I’m completely happy with it. I need to let it sit for a few days or a week.
  • Work an hour a night/five nights on the overall plan for complete outline and changes for all three MOSAIC books. Yes, I worked at least an hour a day/five days on this but I still have a long ways to go.
  • Visit the blogs of at least 10 other RSWers. Done! And I continue to be inspired by all of YOU!
  • Walk at least 10k each day. Pretty close (better than last week, anyhow!)

2.  My goals for this week.

  • Continue to investigate cover design options for THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. (I mean it this time!)
  • Continue to tweak the 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: “Slow and steady!” For my re-write of the three MOSAIC books, I want to have a really good outline done before I jump in. This makes me slightly crazy because I would like to just jump in!! But, I think in the long run it will pay off. I think the reason I never finished this trilogy before was because I got to a certain point and didn’t know where I was going. I’m not going to make that mistake again! So, I need to continue to move ahead – slow and steady – with my outlining before I can get back into the writing.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write): Time! Lots of stuff going on this week, including a weekend camping trip. This coming week looks better.

5.  Something I love about my WiP: My characters spend lots of time out in the woods, hiking, searching, running for their lives, eating bad berries….

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

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6 Responses to Ready. Set. WRITE! Sixth update

  1. Writing blurbs is the most difficult, so having a draft to work with is such an important accomplishment! Great job getting that done & giving yourself something to work with as you go forward. Good luck getting cover design work done this week, and cheers to another week of good, productive work!

  2. Blurbs really can take longer than writing a book! I always outline for the same reason – I’m scared of getting stuck and not being able to move forward. Good luck this week! 🙂

  3. Alison Miller says:

    Blurbs take me forever to draft, then to revise them? Hoo boy. Good luck with yours! You can do it! Also, I am intrigued by all the things happening with your characters and the woods!

    Have a great week!

  4. Jaime Morrow says:

    Blurbs are the worst…ugh. It’s honestly my least favourite part of querying. How do you boil down your story to a couple of paragraphs and make it grab people’s attention? Obviously, it can be done, but man it’s tough work. I’m happy you managed to get through yours! Letting it sit is probably a great thing. Fresh eyes and all that. 😉 Hope this is a great week for you, Kitty!

  5. Erin Funk says:

    I love the planning phase, but sometimes it’s so tempting to just really get into the writing. I think you’re wise to take it slow and work on your outline first. It’ll make the writing so much smoother and probably speed up the drafting phase. Good luck with that and all your other goals this week!

  6. Erin Zarro says:

    Cover art and blurbs are tough. Hugs.

    I’m a pantser, so I don’t, as a rule, outline before writing a new draft. However, if I’m revising, I will outline the whole thing as it is so I can see the whole picture.

    One of my WIPs is a rewrite and I am re-outlining it. Because it was such a mess, so I can relate!

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