Ready. Set. Write! :: 144 Edition


Ready. Set. WRITE! is an online writing intensive to help you stay accountable with your writing goals over the summer and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on whether planning, drafting, or revising! Your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and Katy Upperman. Find the rest of the details HERE.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals
~ Good enough. I'm back in my writing groove. I have achieved 144 consecutive pages of this revision. The rest is in out-of-order bits and pieces. Some of my goals still need work, but I'm getting there.

2.  My goals for this week ~ Read/write every day; increase water, decrease carbs; Exercise x3; Lunch break!; Read to kids; CP reads.
3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised ~ Ugh, no matter how hard I try, I just can't pick one line. Another blurb:
Now, standing next to Wes at the AC/DC pinball machine, I’m struck with the same hollow feeling I had that night when he bailed on me and called me Holls. I think about Mystic’s question – what’s holding me back – and suddenly everything – Wes’s hot and cold behavior, all the times he pulled away and left me behind – suddenly it all makes sense.
“Dutch? I asked if you found anything you like – damn it!” The ball slips behind the flippers and he can’t save it. Wes pauses and turns to look at me. His eyes are so dark in the dimness of the store, almost black. “You okay? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
I shake my head and swallow the lump in my throat. “No, not a ghost. Or maybe I have, I don’t know. This is all about Dom, isn’t it?”
He tips his head, a confused look across his face. “What’s about Dom?”
“You and me. Or not you and me.”
“I’m not following you.”
“You and me. We can never be together, isn’t that right? And it has something to do with my brother.” The words roll from my mouth without hesitation or nervousness. “But I don’t understand why. Why, Wes? Wait –” I stop myself, put my hand over my mouth for a second, then say, “No, never mind. I don’t want to know.”
His mouth drops open at my words and I can’t believe I’ve said them. Oh, shit. What great shitstorm have I unleashed? So much for keeping things to myself.
4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week ~ Once again, time. That's always going to be the big one for me. Some days I'm just so exhausted by the time the kids are finally in bed, I can only work for 15 or 20 minutes before I poop out.

5.  Something I love about my WiP ~Music references - AC/DC, Poison, That Metal Show, just to name a few. \m/

AC/DC pinball kicks AXE!

How was your week? I hope to make the rounds this week to see how everyone is doing!


  1. you sound like you are doing good so far! I love the music references...some of my own favs!

  2. Glad to hear you're back into the writing groove! I really like the excerpt. Have a great week!

  3. Those are awesome music references. :)

  4. Yay for being back in the groove! Hard with little ones sometimes.
    Good luck on the healthy aspects as well as writing. I'm trying to incorporate a little bit at a time like that too.
    Great song choices! Have a great week.

  5. I loved your excerpt! Great voice. And I know what you mean about being tired when you sit down to write at night. =( Good luck on your goals this week!

  6. I laughed at AC/DC pinball machine. Those really tired days are tough. But you're trying, you're making yourself available and working through it. Even if it's for 20 minutes. Think how many people want to do what you are doing and haven't even tried the 20 minutes. I hear from people all the time who think it's this impossible thing to write a book. Difficult, but possible :)

  7. Glad to hear you're back in the writing groove. That's always a good feeling. Keep it up!

  8. I love EVERYTHING about this WiP! The excerpt, the music... Can you just have this on a shelf soon? I really want to read it. :)

    Also, yay for getting back in the groove! I am hoping that once we're back from vacation that I can join you guys in a nightly writing party! *fingers crossed*

  9. I wish I was a good at balancing time as you are, Sara! Also, I love this line: What great shitstorm have I unleashed? So much character in it!! Good luck with this week's goals :)

  10. I hear you about being exhausted post-bedtime. Sometimes I just want to stare at a wall or something and turn off my brain, haha... But I love that excerpt! And I love AC/DC! Your WIP sounds amazing. Good luck on your goals this week!

  11. Glad to hear you're back in your writing groove! I enjoyed that excerpt. Time is an issue for me as well but it sounds like you're making a ton of progress even with everything else you have going on. Have a good week!


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