RSW – Update #2

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! πŸ™‚

1.Β  How I did on last week’s goals.Β OK, so, no. I didn’t make it to 2,000 words. I did maybe 1,000, which is fine by me considering how busy I was this past week! I also did not finish THRONE OF GLASS, but I did go to yoga!

2.Β  My goal(s) for this week.Β Same as last week: 2,000 words. Yoga. Read THRONE OF GLASS.

3.Β  A favorite line from my storyΒ ORΒ one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.Β 

Burnt bridges. I’m enjoying writing some awkward scenes where my MC is forced to come face-to-face with a girl he loves but recently screwed over.

4.Β  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).Β I started taking a preventative medication for my migraines, and while it hasn’t eliminated them, it has helped somewhat. I think? Anyway, the hardest thing this past week was just that I had so much going on. Babysitting my twin nieces, plus helping my sister move, prepping for Father’s Day, beta reading a novel for a friend, critiquing a couple scenes for a different friend. Basically, writing time was in short supply. Hopefully this week will be better!

5.Β  Something I love about my WiP.Β Since I’m drafting, I’m continually discovering fun, new things to get excited about. Right now I’m getting excited about a budding story line that involves microchimerism, which has fascinated me ever since I first learned about it.

How’d your week go?Β 


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    • Crystal says:

      The MC is interning in a lab where they’re studying microchimerism. It sort of ties into other pieces of the plot, too. I’m hoping it will tie some of his emotions to something more concrete. Vague enough for you? πŸ™‚

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    I also didn’t put as much time into writing this past week as I should’ve, but to be fair, I also spent a lot of time reading about late Imperial Russian society, the palaces, and some of the real-life people in my book. Good luck with your goals for next week.

  2. Susan Crispell says:

    I love that your MC is in awkward scenes with the girl he loves but screwed over. Those are always so fun (and painful!). Congrats on getting 1,000 words! Every word counts, so I say it’s a win. πŸ™‚ Good luck this week!

  3. Jaime Morrow says:

    1K words is great, Crystal! Especially when you’ve had a busy week and are trying to combat migraines. Happy to hear the new meds are helping at least a bit. πŸ™‚ Good luck this week!

  4. Riley Edgewood says:

    Okay I just googled microchimerism and, um, I still barely understand it, ha. Sounds fascinating though! And I love scenes where we get to make our characters face their past mistakes πŸ™‚

    • Crystal says:

      Haha, I read about it in an in-flight magazine a long time ago and it stuck with me. There was this custody battle where the mom’s DNA didn’t match her kids even though she absolutely birthed them. It was because the DNA sample they got from her somehow included DNA from another source. They tried DNA from another part of her body and that finally matched. Crazy stuff!

  5. Alison Miller says:

    I am intrigued but this microchimerism. And it sounds like you were super productive with all that you had going on! 1000 words is great! Good luck with the goals this week and I wish you a week free of migraines! (Man, do I wish my wishes would come true)

  6. Tonja Drecker says:

    1k is progress, and progress is always great! Hope the medicine continues to help with those migranes. It’s impossible to get any writing done with something like that. All the best!

  7. Elodie says:

    Wow, you did have a lot going on. So I agree with everyone, 1k is definitely progress πŸ™‚ And I love the burnt bridges moments πŸ™‚
    And yay for yoga! Cheering you on!

  8. Carissa says:

    I feel ya on the finding it hard to find time to write thing. But good for you! Words are words!

    And oh my goodness – twin nieces. That’s a handful! Before having my LO I naively thought *huh it would be nice to have twins* and now I’m like: holy night I would probably die of exhaustion!

    I’m so glad you’re getting a bit of relief for your migranes. I hope things just keep getting better and better!

    (I also had to look up microchimerism — so crazy!!)

  9. Erin Funk says:

    1000 words is still great progress, especially since you had a crazy week! I hope the migraine meds do the trick and that things are a little less busy for you in the next while. Have fun writing about those burnt bridges! Love that description, btw!

  10. Eden Mabee says:

    Migraine medicine that cuts them down but doesn’t eliminate them… Been there, and it sucks. So sorry you have to deal with that. Still, 1,000 words is nothing to sneeze at. It’s progress. Keep doing it as you can. You’ll get to where you want to be.

  11. Carrie says:

    Well done getting to yoga and getting the words down πŸ™‚ Keeping my fingers crossed that the migraine meds work. Have a great week and can’t wait to hear what you think of Throne of Glass!

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