Monday, June 15, 2015

Ready Set Write - Week 2

Ready Set Write is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerKaty UppermanErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Jaime Morrow.

Welp, it's week two and I have completely derailed myself. I thought I'd set a pretty easy goal of 3-5K a week, but then I had a more pressing issue pop up.

I have a big revision to do on another MS. It involves throwing out a good 15-20K words and rewriting a major piece of the story. I'm excited, because I love digging into a project and revising.'s the weekly prompts:

1. How I did on last week’s goals: well... I haven't dug into my revision yet. I don't like to jump into cutting into a manuscript without thinking it out first. But, I'm feeling really confident with the plan and am ready to jump in this week.

2. My goal(s) for this week: to start my revision and get some (any?) work done.

3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: I'll let you know next week.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week: starting. Making that first cut.

5. Something I love about my WiP: that it's something I've been working on for so long and I'm not giving up on it yet.


  1. I can totally relate to needing to think a revision out (sometimes for months) and to being hesitant to make the first cut. Revising is HARD! Best of luck with it in the coming week, Valerie!

  2. I had a slow start to RSW too. Maybe that means we'll end with all the words?! Good luck this week.

  3. Chopping up a WIP is so scary! I like to mull things over too before making any major changes. I hope the rewriting goes smoothly!

  4. I'm right there with you. I am taking a story I've rewritten three times and am on my fourth go of it and the process is... daunting. But exciting at the same time. Good luck this week! We can do it!

  5. We'll have to chat soon--I want to hear what you're revising! I've also had plans derailed like that. You have a great attitude toward it :)

  6. I think Week 1 is always good for gauging where you're at and what you want to do with your summer writing goals. That's kind of how I treated it. Best of luck with the chopping and revising, Valerie! I'm in the midst of a rewrite/revision, and A LOT is going to have to go and/or change, so I'm right there with you!

  7. Good luck revising, Valerie! I am about to start too - I mean I rewrote the first 3 chapters but now I'm really taking the plunge...And that's scary. But we can dooooo it :) Cheering you on!


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