Ready. Set. Write! Update #5

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

I made good progress on my WIP but shifted my weekly goals a little. As I incorporated changes to my first 3 chapters based on CP feedback, I realized it might be helpful to write a query for this book now, so I can refer back to it when I get stuck. I struggled with it at first, but ended up with something I’m happy with. Then I decided to focus on the first 50 pages of this MS, so I put those chapters in their own folder within my Scrivener file and got to work.

My goal(s) for this week

Keep on keeping on. My overall Ready. Set. Write! goal is to have a draft ready to send to beta readers by the end of the summer, so I want to keep making progress on that front.

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

This week was all about my query and beginning.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Query writing is hard! At one point, I started doubting my book altogether because I couldn’t come up with a pitch that sounded remotely good. But I pushed through and now I’m happy with what I have, though I’m sure I’ll keep tweaking it as I get more feedback.

Something I love about my WiP

It’s different. I’ve yet to see a YA book with this premise so I hope it will stand out when it comes time to actually query!

Have a good week!

4 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Update #5

  1. Query writing is the worst, so that was a huge task to come up with a version you’re happy with! I went through the exact same thing when I wrote my query (then tore it apart several times). It’s so hard to boil down the essence of your book into a few measly paragraphs but easy to doubt your story in the process. I wanted to include all the good details so mine didn’t sound so generic to me, but obviously there wasn’t room for that. It’s great that your story has a premise you haven’t seen yet. Also tough to do when it feels like everything has been done. Keep plugging away at that draft, Ghenet, and I hope you have a productive week! :)

  2. Query writing is definitely hard. I’m the absolute worst at it too! Still, I think it’s a great exercise to get that hammered out while you’re still drafting as a means of keeping you on track. Well, and to make sure you actually have a story there, you know? I also struggle with strong beginnings in my WiPs. I can come up with a hook-y first line, but after that it does kind of unravel a bit. Just think, you’re getting all the hard stuff out of the way now! You’ll be so happy with yourself down the road. :-) Have a wonderful week, Ghenet! And good luck pushing forward toward the end!

  3. I have a love/hate relationship with queries. But I think its so smart to write them early, as early as possible. Good luck with your weekly goals!

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