Hiya! This is a post about my progress towards goals I am making in a summer writing initiative hosted by lovely writers Alison, Erin, Jaime, and Katy. We’re posting our goals publicly, cheering each other on, and reporting back via link party to let everyone know how we’re doing. Why not join us?
1. How I did on last week’s goals
Once again, set aside some time to write on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Even if it is just a paragraph or two.
But this week I’ll also add: do some plot brainstorming again.
Nope. 🙁 Well, not officially. The plot of my story is pretty much always in the back of my mind, but I didn’t write anything down, as I had intended.
2. My goal(s) for this week
I’m switching things up this week. This summer has been a fantastic time to work on writing and connect with other writers. From Ready. Set. WRITE! for companionship and accountability, to the Nerdy Chicks Write summer school for education in character development, and next up will be the return of WriteOnCon for a huge boost of inspiration and lots of peer feedback, which I am soooo excited about! Once September comes, I’m going to be in serious writer group withdrawal. (By the way, HOW GENEROUS is the writing community at large?! Wow.)
But, in order to be ready for WriteOnCon, I need to work on my plot, my pitch, and my first pages. So that is my focus this time around.
3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
I don’t know if I’ll end up keeping this exchange, or even this character, but I was playing around with a scene where my teenage main character is in a research lab and is getting hit on by an older lab assistant. Here is how that went down:
“You smell good,” Eyebrows said.
“I smell like formaldehyde,” she countered. “And lawsuits.”
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
Mom life. I wouldn’t change it for the world, but this week just drained me. I need a nap.
5. Something I love about my WIP
I really believe in it.
It’s always great to believe in a WIP. I hope it continues going well for you. Great exchange, by the way. I get a lot of voice from it. She sounds pretty smart, too. 🙂 The teen voice is not my strength, so I always love seeing writers do it right. 🙂
Good luck with your goals this week!
Thanks! That means a lot. I was amused by the exchange, but that doesn’t always mean other people will be. 😉
Nothing wrong with firming up those first pages and pitch! Good luck this week as you do that!
Thanks! I’m looking forward to it.
I’m glad Write On Con is coming back; it was very helpful to me a few years ago as a total newbie.
Me, too! I observed two years ago and participated last year. I was hoping to have a completed manuscript to pitch this year, but perhaps that will happen next year, instead. 🙂
I love what you said about believing in your WiP. Why continue on with it if not? The stories I’ve quit mid-draft have been the one’s I don’t believe in 100%. It’s so fulfilling to have faith in what you’re writing! I feel you on the Mom Life too. 🙂 I hope you have a great week, Andrea!