Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 1st update


Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, 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 FunkKaty Upperman and myself. (For the detailed information about RSW, including  the wonderful buttons created by the lovely Jaime, click here)

And don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter, we check and cheer each other on using #RSWrite

Hope everyone had a wonderful first week!

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

  • Finish revising A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER by Tuesday night (since on Wednesday, I have pretty amazing plans :)) –> YES!
  • Continue reading on ways to improve my writing & do writing exercises. Learning is great! –> I really love what I’m learning, but this needs to be a continuous goal 🙂
  • Spend a lot of time reading as soon as my revision is finished! (–> after all to write, one must read) –> YES!
  • And run 3 times (twice at least 5k) –> I ran Tuesday and Thursday..but today was way too humid.

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

  • Rewrite the first two chapters of my thriller in 3rd and in 1st to see which one works best
  • Possibly start revising A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and if not make the revision plan of YOU ARE MINE and revise at least 3 hours a day.
  • Business side of things: detailed business plan
  • Finish reading the book for book club on Friday
  • (and run 3 times this week)

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

“She ‘s more truthful on paper.” (–> a line from A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER)

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Roller coaster of emotions: one day, in love with my writing and the next, thinking everything is crap.

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

The fact that it’s DUAL PoV and that I get to dig into both Nick & Emilia’s heads. Sometimes, it is also something I hate (see above)

I am SO very much looking forward to reading all about your progress!

Don’t forget to add your update via the linky 🙂



25 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 1st update”

  1. Hmmm. I know nothing about this rollercoaster of emotions you speak of.

    Ha – right there with you, Elodie! And that’s okay. Most days I’m pretty in love and the crap just makes me want to be better. And sounds like you made some awesome strides this week! I am so curious about this dual POV story (especially Nick’s! I love me some boy POV) and believe it or not, I was there with the POV thing with MB. I toyed with making things 3rd person so I’m very curious as to which one you’ll settle on. Good luck! You’ve got this!

  2. Dual narrative is such a fun, frustrating challenge. I have a half-baked WIP that switches between guy/girl and one of these days I’ll get back to it 🙂

    Good luck with your goals this week and be safe running b/c it’s going to be crazy hot/humid.

  3. My current WIP is dual POV, too, and it’s a ton of fun to write! Good luck on your goals this week, and I will hope for your sake that the weather gets less gross and soupy so you can enjoy your runs. 🙂

  4. I have never attempted dual POV, but I’ve always kind of wanted to. Might have to give that a try sometime. Good job with your goals this past week, Elodie! And you’ve got a great line-up of goals for this coming week. 🙂 I’ve been messing around with past versus present in my WiP, and was toying with 3rd person POV, so I get how you’re trying out 3rd vs.1st. Hope you’re able to figure that all out! Have a great week!

  5. Switching POVs can be a pain, but if it works better for you story then you should definitely do it! And running in humidity is asking for heatstroke, or death. It’s awful! Don’t blame you for not doing it. I love dual POVs, for me it makes the story richer. Have an awesome week!

  6. Congratulations on doing so well on your goals! I write third-person omniscient, and I love being able to get close to everyone in my ensemble casts, instead of only knowing the life of one character.

  7. Dual POV is so much fun! We’ve both written in multiple POVs before and it’s awesome because if you’re having a day where you’re feeling as if you can connect with one character more than the other, you can work on that character’s chapter and come back to the other’s at a later time. Awesome job on completing your other goals this past week!

  8. Totally riding that roller coaster of emotions with you, lady! Man, writing is HARD. I’ve got so much respect for you and everyone who manages the business aspects of this industry, too. I wouldn’t even know where to start with a business plan! Best of luck with those goals in the coming week!

  9. I hear you about one day loving it and the next day feeling like your writing is crap. I think that happens to all of us. But I love the line from your WIP so- definitely not crap!
    Have a great week!

  10. Congrats on finishing your revision! Sounds like you earned that extra reading time. I’m riding right beside you on that emotional roller coaster. I say we stick our hands in the air, yell “Wheeee!” and decide to feel totally confident this week. 😉

  11. I love that line from your WiP! And, oh yes, I hate that rollercoaster of emotions. It is so frustrating to read something that you wrote the day before, when you were all full of confidence – only to think “what the heck?!” Ugh. We’ve all been there! Good luck on your goals this week!

  12. I can so relate to feeling loving my writing one moment and then hating it the next. It’s such a terrible feeling but then I remember that it can’t all be bad if I can find it in me to love it.

    And the only running I have managed to do is maybe thirty seconds on a treadmill, so two days of running is amazing to me.

    Good luck with this week!

  13. Elodie, you are killin’ it with your goals! Go you! I also LOVE that line you shared. I don’t know why I love it so much, but I do.

    Good luck with your goals this week. You’re off to such a great start! 🙂

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