Ready. Set. Write! Update #1

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing challenge hosted by Jamie MorrowErin FunkKaty Upperman, and Alison Miller. For more info, click here! Each week, we give short updates on our goal progress.


How I did on last week’s goals

Pretty well! I started the revision process by reading through the entire manuscript and taking notes on big-picture changes I’d like to make. Like I did with my first book, I plan to revise in layers using James Scott Bell’s book Revision and Self-Editing and the revision pyramid created by my friend (and old MFA-buddy) Gabriela. You can read more about that here.

Since character is the first step, I started some necessary research so I can flesh out my main character’s mother, who plays a big part in the story.


My goal(s) for this week

Finish researching and fleshing out MC’s mother’s characterization throughout the book.

A favorite line from my story

I really like the romantic storyline in this manuscript, so here’s a favorite passage:

I realized there was magic in hearing my name come out of his mouth, knowing that he had feelings for me, that it wasn’t just another name to him. Considering our current circumstances, I didn’t want to feel that magic, but there it was.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Finding time to revise. It’s always a struggle since I work full-time and have lots to juggle, but I managed to work on my manuscript almost every day this week.

Something I love about my WiP

The aforementioned research is really interesting! I love that this book gives me the opportunity to dig into a topic that fascinates me.

Have a good week!

27 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Update #1

  1. I’ve always thought about buying Bell’s revision book, and now that I’m starting my revision I’m wishing I already bought it and read it. I might just have to adjust my goals to fit in reading that book! Have fun with your research!

  2. Oh that is such a great passage, Ghenet! I can’t wait to hear more about this ms. From what you’ve told me, it sounds awesome. Good luck with the characterization and revision. :-)

  3. I ADORE the excerpt you shared. It’s no secret that romance is my favorite aspect of a story, and yours feels so genuine, even in that short passage. Can’t wait to hear more about this project! Also, thanks for sharing that revision pyramid. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before and it makes perfect sense. Marking it for future use! Best of luck with your goals in the next week, Ghenet!

    • Aww, thanks Katy! Your comment totally made me smile. :)

      I’m glad you like the idea of the revision pyramid! It’s helpful when revising from scratch, since it gives you some structure.

      Have a good week!

  4. I’m digging this pyramid. Thanks for sharing. I’ve read another of Bell’s books and took a ton of notes. keep up the good work!

  5. I really like the lines you shared! I’m going to check out that link to the revising in layers thing. I think I could really use some help there! Hope you have a super productive week, Ghenet! :D

  6. I am LOVING this pyramid! Character is HUGE for me and I love to spend time really developing them. So, yay! Good luck with your goals this week!

  7. That pyramid is a very interesting approach to revising! I’ve never seen that before. The lines you shared are really lovely too! Hope it’s a bit easier to find time for revisions this week!

  8. I like the line you posted from your story. I’m not big into mushy stories and am glad you found a way to write romantic feelings without it being mushy. From just that little blurb it sounds like something I’d like to read!

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