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 Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Katy 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
1. How I did on last week’s goals.
- Write 20000 words. Yes, I’m shooting high but I need to finish drafting this book in the next three weeks. And the beauty of having written A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER? I already know my characters very very well. –> I wrote about 9500 words, so nope BUT I did end up doing a few other things: received the copy edits of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER, finished those and then I worked on formatting ASLNO for e-ARCs and on the paperback cover of ASLNO. e-ARCs should be ready today for members of my FB group :), and I started working on the paperback version of ONE DREAM ONLY in German.
Spend at least an hour each day doing business things.–> DONE! Publish a blog post on Tuesday about self-publishing (my experience with Freebooksy and some of the ads I have planned for release week)–> DONE (I focused mainly on my experience with Freebooksy) Enjoy my cover reveal day on Thursday–> I did. Not in the way I first had planned but I still did 🙂 Thanks again so much for the cover love! Run 3 times this week and do strength training at least twice. –> Worked out 3 times and ran twice
2. My goal(s) for this week.
- Write 10000 words in ASB (back in Scrivener)
- Finalize the ASLNO e-Arcs and send them out first to FB group and then set it up on Netgalley.
- Finalize the paperback version of ASLNO
- Work out 3 times and run 2 times
- Work on the detailed timeline to release date
- Write post on self-publishing
3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Nick bends down, his face so close to mine and I want to close my eyes, I want to feel his lips on mine again, his arms around me. “You’re Emilia Moretti. You’re the best Mario Bros player. You’re kind and you’re strong. You’re stubborn and you’re talented. You’re funny and you think you’re awkward. You’re sexy and you’re amazing.” His lips touch that spot right under my ear and I shiver at the contact. “Show them who you are.” He repeats and this time, I nod.
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).
Reminding myself it’s a first draft. And taking notes for things I’m wondering I should change without going back and changing them. Yet.
5. Something I love about my WiP.
One character who made me cry. (sounds weird, but it was really an emotional scene…)
Are you participating in RSW?
Don’t forget to link to your update below!
Part of #RSWrite include giveaways (open internationally)
Big congrats to Susan Crispell, lucky winner of last week’s Ready. Set. Write! prize package! Susan, you can contact Jaime via DM on Twitter to give her your address 🙂
and this week, I’m giving away a few things that I hope will help fuel your creativity 🙂
Giveaway open internationally, to RSW participants only.
To enter, click the link below!
I am SO very much looking forward to reading all about your progress!
21 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 5th update!”
9500 words in a week is awesome, if you ask me. I know you were shooting higher, but you got tons of other things done as well. I say it was a successful week for sure! I *adore* your excerpt this week — love the romance and the steaminess! Also, Emilia is on my short list of possibly names if I ever have another child. 🙂 Have a wonderful week, lady! See you Thursday!
Hey that is still progress! Congrats on that and whoohoo on the cover reveal! Sounds like awesome things are happening. Good luck this week!
Congrats on your super productive week! Fun fact, the MC of the contemp I’m working on writing and revising next is named Em 😉
Definitely sounds like a successful week to me! I know you didn’t make your target, but almost 10,000 is a phenomenal amount! I’m also glad that your rather awesome target of enjoying your cover reveal went well, even if not quite according to plan–congratulations. 🙂 Good luck with this week’s goals!
Your progress each week amazes me. Congrats on getting so much accomplished! And congrats on the cover reveal. ASLNO sounds so, so good. I can’t wait to read it. 🙂
How sweet that your own character made you cry. Amazing job this last week. And in German. Wow.
Amazing progress this week! And a gorgeous new cover–congrats :). Hope this week is just as productive!
9500 words is pretty darn impressive! I hope you’re able to tackle that 10,000 you’re aiming for this week! It sounds like you’ve got a lot of writing/publishing-related stuff on your plate, so you’re doing really well checking off those goals. Have a great week, Elodie!
Going from a final draft to a brand-new first draft is always so hard. It’s almost like you have to re-gear your brain for it. Good luck, Elodie! You are making amazing progress this summer!
Sounds like you’re making fantastic progress! I know how time-consuming non-writing business stuff can be, and you’re doing great!
I make an “editing list” as I’m drafting, too. It stops me constantly going back and editing as I go!
Love the idea of making notes on potential future changes. I feel like a lot of my first draft time is going back to fix things or change things when I decide on a new direction. Stealing your process! 😉 Good luck on all your goals this week.
Even if you didn’t hit 20k, I think it’s great that you’re aiming high. Just think how many more words you probably got down because you set such a huge goal. You’ve been getting so much done this summer and I’m envious of your progress! I love that your book will be available in German. I assume you’re doing the translation yourself? Good luck with your goals again this week, Elodie!
Mario Bros mention FTW!!! Love it.
You are a machine this summer! Attacking those goals. So awesome!
And ah……ASLNO will be here so soon!!!!
That cover is really beautiful. Good luck this week, Elodie!
The cover is gorgeous, Elodie! You really made awesome progress this week! And I love that excerpt. Have a wonderful week!
You did a fantastic job on your goals last week. And I love the cover. And the snippet too is awesome. Okay, I’ll stop gushing now.
9500 words is no small thing, especially with all the other stuff you did as well! Love the excerpt too, and the cover! It’s gorgeous.
My characters have made me cry before too! 🙂
Congrats on all those words!!!! The cover is beeeyoooteeeful and I loved the excerpt. You are kicking butt on those goals, lady. Good luck for this week!!!
Well done on getting so much finished!
I also run a bloghop where we set goals, but we update on progress at the end of every month. But I find the accountability has a huge impact on how much I get done. I always want at least SOMETHING to write about, so I finish more stuff. 😉
Congrats! Your week was super successful! And the cover is gorgeous!
I didn’t get to tell you last week, but your cover is gorgeous! Also, I adore your excerpt, especially, “You’re the best Mario Bros player.” Push through these last few days of the week!!!