RSW 2015 – Update #1

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. My only goal was to write 1,000 words, and I surpassed it! My ocular migraines have not let up, but I am trying not to let them ruin my life. So far, so good!

2.  My goal(s) for this week. I’ll aim for the stars and say 2,000 words! Haha! Now I have better glasses, so that should help some. I’d also like to read THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas, and go to yoga at least once.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

“Hindsight provides a sort of roadmap. It’s not particularly useful to backtrack across all the moments that lead to tragedy, but that doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway.Each moment collides with the next, like a twisted connect-the-dots puzzle that you can only decipher once it’s reached its horrible conclusion.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). Hopefully this won’t be a theme, but for now my migraines have been really cramping my style. I might go on a prophylactic treatment this week and see if it works, even though taking medications always makes me super anxious.

5.  Something I love about my WiP. I am loving the idea of writing a novel in two story lines, one in the present and one about a year prior. Not sure if I’ll pull it off or not yet, but it’s been a fun challenge so far!

How’d your week go? 


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  1. Jessica Leake says:

    So sorry to hear about those migraines! Writing is nearly impossible for me during one, but I can’t imagine what it’d be like if I had an ocular migraine. Love the idea of your split timelines for your WIP–hope your migraines stay away so you can work on it!

    • Crystal says:

      Thank you! I have been lucky enough to be getting mostly visual weirdness and not as much of the headache pain, so it’s been hard but if I squint through the wavy lines I can sometimes get a little bit of writing done, haha…

  2. Alison Miller says:

    UGH. Eye issues suck. I’ve kind of been there this week too. Hope yours get better. SOON. Sounds like you are killing it goal-wise! Keep it up!

  3. Jaime Morrow says:

    Good job surpassing your goal! And with the migraines still bothering you too. I’m impressed. I hope they let up this week. I like the words you shared with us, Crystal! Definitely piques my interest, particularly that last line. Have a great week! 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Haha, yes! I have seen that movie! This book is nothing like that, though, haha… but now I want to write a YA version of The Lakehouse because I really liked that movie!

  4. Erin Funk says:

    Wow, you did so well on your goal, especially since you were battling migraines! I hope the headaches won’t be an issue this week and that you meet your new goal. Also, I love that line from your WIP! Perfectly written and so true!

  5. Carrie-Anne says:

    I hope you find some relief from your migraines soon. It’s really admirable how you still managed to write in spite of your migraines. I would never have been able to write anything the few times I’ve been felled by a migraine.

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks! Haha… I don’t know if it’s admirable. You get kind of used to it after a while, and it’s not like I can spend an entire month in bed with my lights off!

  6. Raven says:

    You MUST read Throne of Glass. It is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it. I have always wanted to write a story with two storylines. Best of luck with your wip!

  7. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    A novel in two storylines sounds awesome. Have you ever read BLUE PLATE SPECIAL by Michelle D. Kwasney? It has three stories, years apart, but they’re all connected.

    I hope your new glasses and medication put an end to your migraines. Even with the headaches, you’re still kicking ass!

  8. Carrie says:

    Well done on meeting your goals! I hope your migraines get better soon and I LOVE the excerpt you posted. Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  9. Eden Mabee says:

    Migraines are the bane of my existence. Many hugs to you for suffering through them, Crystal.
    That said… it looks like you’re pulling things off well despite the pain. Good for you

  10. Alice says:

    You sound like you’re doing great, despite the migraines! Go you!! I hope they let up this week so you have an easier time of achieving your goals.

    Writing is hard enough without your body contributing to the difficulty! Good luck with your goals this week!

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