Ready. Set. Write! :: Color-Coded Spreadsheet 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 Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman. Find the rest of the details HERE.
How I did on last week's goals:
I did it! Yes, it was at the very last possible minute, but I accomplished a major reconstruction/restructuring. I chronologized what was once a huge, out-of-order, random mess. And cut a lot of words in the process.
This monumental task required a color-coded spreadsheet - so not my style:
Someday, I'm going to write a straight-up novel IN ORDER with one narrator and one time-frame. I wonder what that would be like.
My goals for this week:
Fill in the blue spots on the spreadsheet, which are basically empty chapters of present-day action. This will be a matter of fleshing out chapters and spreading them out. I'm giving myself two weeks to complete this.
Other goals this week are to attempt to exercise again (I broke a toe last weekend) and to read two more books for the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge.
A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:
I turn back to Wes. “Salted Nut Roll?” I ask. This is the quintessential winter survival kit power fuel back home. If you get stranded in a blizzard, the Salted Nut Roll will save your life. Peanuts, sweet creamy nougat, and just enough salt. Salty and sweet, just like you, my dad used to say to me. Plus, they were made in St. Paul. “You’re a true Minnesotan, Wes.”
The biggest challenge I faced this week:
My biggest challenge was the manuscript itself. Putting this thing in order was gruesome.
Something I love about my WiP:
That it is now in order, plot holes and empty chapters and all. <3
I am so grateful for Ready. Set. Write! once again this year. The twitter writing parties have been so helpful and I thank everyone who has left a comment and encouraged me here. I want you to know that I have been reading many, many of your updates over the last few weeks - a lot of times, though, I read them in my email or on the fly and I don't have a lot of time to make comments. But just know I'm reading them and cheering you on!
Have a great week and good luck with your goals!