Ready. Set. Write! Update 6

Writing Rambles


Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and myself. All the details are HERE.

How I did on Last Week’s Goals:

Writing — I only got about 10 new pages, but I incorporated the feedback from my consultant, so I am pretty pleased.

Reading — Finished reading Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett. I stayed up way too late one night reading because I couldn’t put it down. This book is so good — sexy and scary and leaves you wanting more. Definitely recommend. Kim is doing a pre-order giveaway through McNally Jackson that everyone should check—out:

Pre-order Blood and Salt

Workout — I was a lot busier this week than I expected. I only got in three workouts this week, but I am glad I at least got that.

My Goals This Week:

Writing— I am feeling really ambitious this week. I would like to get 35 screenplay pages written, or get to the third act of my script by the end of the week. Basically, I am in game face mode to finish.

Reading — Reading screenplays. I just read Almost Famous, and plan to read a few more this week just to keep myself in screenplay world.

Workout — I plan to exercise every day. I may not get to the gym, but at least doing my own thing at home is usually feasible.

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


I’m afraid the best we can do is set you up with a volunteer to help you search the convention.


Search? A convention of 150,000 people in costume?


To be fair, not everyone is in costume.


So you won’t help me at all.


We said you could use our copy machine to make flyers with his picture on it.

She blinks at him.


Do you need thumbtacks?

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

My son was really needing extra mom time, and I decided that was the most important thing. It meant giving up some of my normal writing time. It effected how much I accomplished. And it was totally worth it.

Something I love about my WiP:

It’s the story I want to be working on. Sometimes our ideas don’t pan out, or they turn into something else along the way, and — good or bad — we have to adjust. Even with this stories evolution, I know I am working on the story I should be working on right now. And rightness trumps everything else.

16 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Update 6

  1. Yay to Mom-son time! Even if it cuts the writing down, it’s definitely more important. 35 would be amazing! Lol! Here’s wishing you that energy the entire week!

  2. Ah, I love that new scene with the worker and Phillip. So funny. Cannot wait to see the new version of this script! Glad you and Sam got some quality time together this week.

  3. We definitely understand that feeling of working on something because you know you WANT to work on it. It’s just sometimes hard to find the “groove” of that particular novel. You’ll get there 🙂 Good luck with your goals this week!

  4. 10 pages + Mom-Sam time = a week’s worth of awesomeness

    I was listening to Sara Zarr’s “This Creative Life” podcast yesterday and she interviewed Bryan Bliss. They talked about knowing when to write and knowing when to put family first. Every day is different, but you’re an awesome mom and you know when to follow your instincts.

    Your excerpt is funny. I like “She blinks at him.” 😀 Good luck with your 35 pages this week. You can do it!!!! ❤

    1. LOL I am glad you think my excerpt is funny. Some of the characters stories are pretty dark, but they are naturally funny people, so I am really trying to hold on to the levity.

      xoxo Thank you for saying I’m an awesome mom. That’s the best compliment ever!

  5. Mommy time is the best time, IMHO. Glad you got to do that this week. Also, I am loving this Comic-Con screenplay more and more with each excerpt you share. I’m not a screenplay guru, but if you need another reader for this one, I would love to be that person!

    Hope you have a great week, lady!

    1. I read the screenplay and then watched the movie, and it was pretty much word for word from the script. But, then, Cameron Crowe was the writer and director, so he had a very clear vision obviously.

      Have a great week too!

  6. Taking time from writing to be Mommy is so much more important than getting to that next page goal. Of course, you clearly know that. Though…. there are those times when the brain just begs a few moments of getting the words out to be able to be more ‘there’ when you are being mommy…

    And your excerpt…. Been there and done that in both places (I was the assistant organizing director/convention pit bull for a few sci-fi cons in my twenties). The sad truth is they both are really doing what they feel makes the most sense in your scene.

    1. “The sad truth is they both are really doing what they feel makes the most sense in your scene” <—-Exactly what I was going for!

  7. “It’s the story I want to be working on.” I think that right there is the best thing. So much of what stresses me out when I’m writing is falling in and out of love (repeatedly) with my WiP. To really want to work on a project is awesome. I think you can totally do 35 pages this week! I have faith in you, Rebekah! Have a wonderful week! 😀

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