Monday, August 3, 2015

Ready, Set, Write! Update #8

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, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

1. How I did on last week’s goals

Add 5,000 words to Beauty Bound - um... close. But I did revise my synopsis and first chapter again to get it ready for #PitchWars

Review my notes from Midwest Writers Workshop and tab the areas for further review - yes, my binder is now a beautifully color-coded masterpiece

Blogpost on MWW - total failure

Get ready for back to school - done x 2

Exercise three days this week - I cleaned, I think that counts

2. My goal(s) for this week

Add 5,000 words to Beauty Bound

Perfect #PitchWars entry

Blogpost on MWW

Exercise three days this week

Finish piece for critique partner

Read a book off of my ever-growing "to-read" list

Scope out places and setting for author photos

3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote

Staring down at her, he wanted to hold her, love her, but he stopped short. He couldn't let her in, who knew what damage she could do?

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write, the siren song of SNIs)

My husband got the idea in his head that we needed to clean house. And I am very, very ready for the kids to go back to school!

5. Something I love about my WIP
I love that I found out what it was really about. The true heart of the story. And it wasn't what I had been pitching. ;)

Write your heart!


  1. Ooooh, realizing what the heart of your story is feels like such a special moment. I'm so happy you got to experience that this week! Good luck preparing your Pitch Wars entry. If you want someone to look stuff over, let me know! I'd be happy to since I'm also entering this year!! Good luckkkkk! <3

  2. Congrats on discovering your story's true heart! That's such an exciting moment, especially when it takes you by surprise. Hopefully everything falls into place with it now. Happy writing, Anna! :)

  3. Love the line you shared today, Anna, and best of luck with Pitch Wars! I've heard lots of success stories that started with that contest. Rooting for you!

  4. Ooh, I hope you blog about MWW! I'd love to see it. And neato on places for author pics. I wonder sometimes where I'd go...