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.