Ready. Set. Write! Update #9

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 had another productive week! I finally made it through revising my first 50 pages. Once I got the first 3 chapters to a state I was happy with, it took much less time to fix the rest. I’m glad I took the time to focus on the beginning, since I’m now feeling more confident about the book as a whole.

My goal(s) for this week

Keep making progress! There are still a few more changes I want to make to the first 50 pages – mainly strengthen some of the characters – so I’d like to accomplish that this week, and then start working on the next chunk of pages.

A favorite line from my story

Here’s a short section:

Tilly reached out and put a hand on my shoulder. “Hey, how’s your mom doing?”

“She’s good,” I said. It felt like a lie, since it didn’t seem like she was good. Not when she was acting so out of character. But she was healthy and thriving, and I knew that’s what Tilly wanted to hear. It’s what everyone wanted to hear when they asked about my mother. Nobody really wanted to hear sordid details about her recovery. No, they just wanted a quick reassurance that she was doing better. That the terrible things that happen to people can have a positive outcome. If I’d say anything else, try to open up about what it was really like, I could see the discomfort that would follow. Faces darting away from mine, no longer able to make eye-contact.

People don’t like hearing the truth about bad things, I’d discovered. I missed being able to live blissfully unaware of them.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Time. I got a lot done, but always wish I had time to do more.

Something I love about my WIP

The emotions. I had a conversation with a writing friend this weekend about how in contemporary YA, emotions are so important. I never get tired of writing about them.

Have a good week!

6 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Update #9

  1. Oh WOW I LOVE YOUR EXCERPT! Definitely full of emotions! :-) You got me hooked, when is this ready for beta readers? :-) Cheering you on for this week too!

  2. The emotions of contemp YA are my favorite part of the genre too. The span of highs and lows and happys and sads are why I write it. :-) Love your excerpt, Ghenet. You’re totally nailing the emotions, and the characters are so intriguing. Have a great week, lady!

  3. That excerpt is awesome and the ending line is just WOW. And yes – in contemp, emotions are SO important. Sounds like you are getting it RIGHT! And yay for being confident and satisfied with the first 50. Always my trickiest part too.

    Good luck this week with your goals!

  4. Those first few chapters are always the toughest to get in shape. I’m glad it’s been smooth sailing since you fixed those! What your mc thinks in that excerpt is so true and her emotions really come through well. Hope you make some more great progress this week!

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