If you’re wondering what Ready. Set. WRITE! is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, planning, and keeping each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays, keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines per heading) so we can spend more time on writing and less time on blogging. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Erin Funk, and Jaime Morrow. If you’d like more information or to participate in Ready. Set. WRITE click here.
Monday, June 30-Week 4
1. How I did on last week’s goals– I waited, mostly patiently, for Marisa Corvisiero, the agent critiquing my submission package, and the betas reading A Voice Among the Thorns.
As for people watching, I learned something, but it wasn’t what I thought I’d learn. I’ve read about other writers people watching and listening and I’ve always imagined sitting on a bench at the mall with my peppermint mocha and a notebook, unobtrusively watching people and jotting things in a notebook.
But it wasn’t the romaticized vision I’d had in my head. First of all, I wasn’t sure what to write. Nobody was near me long enough to hear a conversation or get facial expressions without me coming across as a stalker. This is the kind of thing I noticed: Younger people tend to hang out in groups of three, some people lean sideways when they walk and look as if they’re about to topple over. So I decided to hang out at Panera during lunch, thinking there’d be some great fodder there. I ended up reading. My husband astutely pointed out that I do my people watching already when I get my hair cut, or go to the grocery store, etc. So I think my formal people stalking days are over.
2. My goal(s) for this week- Marisa’s critique is due by Tuesday, as are the manuscripts and feedback from the betas. My goal for the week is to read them and synthesize everything and decide what I think will work to improve A Voice Among the Thorns. I’m also hoping not to cry 😉
3. A one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised- The first paragraph of my query. Seventeen-year-old Jersey Alexa (Jax) Mason is allergic to drama. Unfortunately, it seems to have moved in with her for the summer. Amanda Rosenbaum’s reappearance provides a welcome distraction. Jax doesn’t get that the real drama is just beginning.
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)-Deciding how to incorporate all the feedback I get this week. And trying to remember to wear a thick skin!
5. Something I love about my WiP–It’s almost ready to submit to agents.
Thanks everyone for your encouragement. Good luck to you on your goals!