Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 2

Aack! Is it already Monday? Confession: I did terribly at last week’s goals, but I will be faithful and report in the chosen Ready. Set. WRITE! format, regardless.

1. How I did on last week’s goals

Not so well. πŸ™ I did write for several days, including on my birthday when I got two hours of “uninterrupted writing time” in a coffee shop as my birthday present. However, that “writing” was a lot of screen-staring and thought-turning-over and plot wishy-washing. Not exactly ΓΌber productive, but unfortunately necessary. I’ll get there.

2. My goal(s) for this week

I’m going to keep it simple this week. My grand overarching goal is the same: finish the first draft by September. This week’s portion? Write 2,500 words. And brainstorm three versions of the ending from which to pick.

3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Decision paralysis!

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week

Finding time to write. It was a welcome challenge, however. Man Cub has as been extra clingy as he goes through a growth spurt, so he’s needed extra attention. Then it was my birthday. And THEN my brother came to visit and I only get to seem him a couple of times a year, so that took priority.

5. Something I love about my WiP

The main character, Mina, is a girl who is talented in a STEM field. This really pushes me as a writer, since I was a word nerd, not a science geek, so I have to really be careful with my research so I can portray her interests acurately, even in a sci-fi book. But I love that about her.

18 thoughts on “Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 2

  1. I have a similar word count goal for the week. I like to try and keep it (mostly) manageable. I think turning over story ideas in your head is productive in its own right. The more you figure out before putting words on the page, the better, right? Hope this week is super productive! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks! It’s getting there. And yes, the more you figure out first, the better. I used to be a total pants-er, but that just doesn’t work these days anymore. πŸ™‚ Good luck to you, as well!

  2. 2500 is a great goal! You can totally reach that. I love that your birthday wish was 2 hours at a coffee shop by yourself. That totally sounds like me. Except I go even further and ask my husband to take the kids somewhere so I can have the house to myself instead. *silence*

  3. Bravo for posting even though you felt you did poorly last week. And I love your birthday gift. I’m definitely going to ask for uninterrupted writing time this year. Hope you get over your decision paralysis.

    • Both my husband and a friend recently helped talk me through some of the decisions and I think I have a clearer path to take now, thank goodness. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Sorry to hear it was tough to fit in time to write this week. I hope this next week isn’t so busy and that you can plow ahead with your WIP. 2500 words is a great goal! And yes, you will get there! πŸ™‚

  5. Man cub? LOVE!

    Also, happy belated birthday! I love that you received two hours of writing time as a present. That sounds like my Mother’s Day gift, lol.

    Good luck this week! You can do it!

  6. I love the idea of brainstorming multiple endings so you have several to pick from. Sounds like your week went much like mine. Here’s to a better week this week for both of us! πŸ™‚

  7. Pushing yourself as I writer is the best thing we can do. I love that your character has different interests than you do and that’s what inspires you! Happy belated birthday & good luck on next week’s goals πŸ˜€

  8. I love how you’ve set these goals. And I’ve been there with the staring at the screen–but the interesting thing is that sometimes those “non-writing times” have led to major breakthroughs. Maybe your mind needed to rest and the revelation will come soon.
    Love your blog, Andrea, and especially your pictures in the header!

    • Thanks, Jenni! Yes, the “non-writing” times are necessary; thank goodness they don’t even require a computer or notepad, because I so rarely am in front of either these days. πŸ˜‰

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