Jun / 16

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2014 Week Two

By / Jessica Leake / 13

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How I did on last week’s goals:

I fell a little behind on my word count, but that’s okay because I don’t think this first draft will take as many words (90k) as I thought! I’m at 75k now, and I’ll probably finish this week! Finished one book (The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater–loved it!) and started another (The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe). The only thing I haven’t kept up with is blogging, so I need to work on that this week.

Goals for this week:

  • Finish my WIP!
  • Read over it and send it off to my beta readers
  • Write a new blog post
  • Finish The Sweetest Dark

A favorite line from my WIP:

Even if you are victorious, he will fall, his heart torn from his body.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Writing even though I wasn’t feeling well, and as always, making time in my busy stay-at-home mom schedule for writing!

Something I love about my WIP:

The blend of Irish & Norse mythology and how dark it’s become.

Comment (13)
  • Karyne / June 16, 2014, 9:28 am  

    Yay for shorter wordcounts. Less to cut in the end, right? πŸ˜‰ Enjoy writing “THE END” this week!

  • Crystal Schubert / June 16, 2014, 10:44 am  

    So jealous that you’re going to finish this week! But I shall press on…

    Love the line you gave us, and the blend of mythologies sounds so intriguing! Hope I get to read it one day πŸ™‚

  • Carrie-Anne / June 16, 2014, 11:26 am  

    75K is a drop in the bucket by the standards of my historical sagas! Although it’s a little on the long side by the standards of my shorter, more lightweight historicals. It’s all about writing a story at the length which naturally unfolds for it, not trying to force a book into a specific number of words or getting upset if it ends up longer or shorter than planned.

  • Mandie Baxter / June 16, 2014, 1:29 pm  

    I knew you’d finish before me!
    Also…for some reason I started at the bottom of your post and was like HEY that’s what Jessica’s book is about. *head desk* I open a bunch of blogs at once and then read comment….oops. But YAY!

  • Alison Miller / June 16, 2014, 2:00 pm  

    Oh, wow! You’re so close! Fingers crossed you get oodles of writing time this week!

  • laboyden / June 16, 2014, 3:51 pm  

    Good luck with finishing your WIP. We believe in you. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€

  • Leandra Wallace / June 16, 2014, 8:12 pm  

    Congrats on just about being at ‘The End’. That’s fantastic! And Stiefvater- love her!

  • Erin Funk / June 16, 2014, 10:07 pm  

    Ooo, a blend of Irish and Norse mythology? That sounds wonderful! Best of luck finishing your WIP this week, and I hope you get lots of positive feedback from betas!

  • Jamie Manning / June 17, 2014, 8:07 am  

    Love that line, Jess! And that it’s getting dark–Yay!! πŸ™‚

    I’m so excited to read the finished draft!!

  • Dani Duck / June 17, 2014, 8:07 pm  

    Don’t worry if all your goals aren’t coming out like you want. You are still doing a lot of writing and getting things done. 70K words is nothing to sneeze at. Dust yourself out and look forward to a better week. πŸ™‚

  • Dani Duck / June 17, 2014, 8:17 pm  

    Dark books are so much fun. Love the line from your story. Looking forward to hearing more in the coming weeks!

  • Dani Duck / June 17, 2014, 8:21 pm  

    That is so odd… not sure why this website posted me twice. I believe the first comment was meant for another blog? Odd that it was posted here.

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