Ready. Set. Write! Update #3

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

  • Finish revising chapter 2 and revise chapter 3.
  • Send chapters 1-3 to my CPs for some initial feedback.
  • Keep revising chapters!

I completed everything! I sent off my first 3 chapters to my CPs because I’m itching for feedback, and I’m in the middle of revising chapter 4. This will be the first time anyone’s read from this manuscript, so I hope my CPs like it!

My goal(s) for this week

Revise at least 3 more chapters and finish the memoir I started reading as research for this manuscript.

One word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

I’m making progress, bird by bird! I printed out my manuscript before starting this revision, so I’ve been revising each chapter by hand first. Then I transfer the changes to my Scrivener document, where I read it through and make more changes before moving onto the next chapter. This system has been working well for me so far.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Figuring out how to authentically portray a brain injury survivor (my main character’s mother). I’ve done a lot of research and talked to a psychologist friend, so I hope I can pull this off!

Something I love about my WiP

I’m enjoying exploring the relationship between my main character and her mother. Lots of feels, guys. Lots of feels.

Have a good week!

46 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Update #3

  1. Congrats on completing all of last week’s goals! Your WIP sounds really interesting; I don’t think I’ve ever read anything with a TBI survivor. I hope you get good feedback from your CPs! :)

  2. You did awesome this week, Ghenet! I hope your CPs love your first three chapters! Your story sounds fascinating. And I’m all about books with “feels”, so that’s appealing for sure. Good luck this week! :D

  3. Congrats on your progress! I love that your manuscript explores brain injuries. It sounds like a great story, and I can’t wait to read it someday.

  4. Congrats on hitting all your goals! Here’s wishing you lots of luck on the brain injury; I’m sure you’ll get it right. Sounds like an interesting story. I can imagine you’re enjoying it.

  5. Wow, you are rocking your goals! And I love that you are working on something like this. My mom had a TBI; she got into a car accident when she was a teenager. She was in a coma and had to relearn how to walk. She’s independent now, and she’s always been able to work and drive and do all that normal stuff for as long as I remember, but she still suffers a lot of lasting effects that run a little deeper than that. Memory loss, repeating herself over and over, and her mindset is sort of stuck around the age of her injury so she still can act a lot like a teenager sometimes. If you ever need another perspective on living with a parent with a TBI, I’d be happy to help :)

  6. I love a good exploration of mother daughter relationships — and it sounds like you’re definitely going to have an authentic feel to what’s going on in their lives, given all your research. Sounds like a complex, dynamic story. Congrats on hitting your goals!

  7. Congrats on hitting your goals last week, Ghenet. Your book sounds even more fabulous as you talk about it here- especially the research! Good luck with your goals

  8. Hope you get some helpful feedback SOON ;) I do my revisions like you–revise a hard copy then put changes in Scrivener. I really love Scrivener. If I ever get the compile down, it will be perfect. Good luck on your goals this week.

  9. I’ve always wanted to try Scrivener, but since collaborating I’ve fallen in love with google docs. It seems like such a silly place to write a book, but it works for me, It sounds like you’re doing a great job with your goals. Good luck this week!

  10. What a great week you had! And I love that you keep referencing Bird by Bird. That is SO my motto too!

  11. Way to rock those goals! The mother-daughter relationship aspect of your WiP sounds interesting. Good luck with all your goals this week, Ghenet!

  12. I’ve found that revising by hand helps a lot too with those tricky scenes, and I’ve wondered if I should just be approaching my entire ms that way. Great revision strategy, Ghenet! I bet that will be very efficient all said and done. I love that you’re doing so much research for your WIP. I’m always impressed when it’s obvious that authors have done their research. Nice work on meeting those goals, and I hope everything goes well with this next batch!

    • I really like editing by hand so this process works well for me. When I get to later revisions, I’ll probably switch over to revising exclusively on the computer, but for now, it’s nice to mark up the physical page. :)

  13. I always love any references to Bird by Bird! My character is blind, so like you, I did research and talked to a couple people about it, but I’m still worried if it will come across authentically!

  14. Bird by bird is the best way! :0) I clicked the link for the memoir and it sounds fascinating. I’m so interested to hear about your WIP! Glad to hear you’re rocking this out!

  15. I like lots of feels! =) Fav books are books that can make me cry. Though why I do that to myself I don’t know… ;) Good luck this week!

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