Jul / 13

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 Week Five

By / Jessica Leake / 16


How I did on last week’s goals:

Mostly accomplished! I plotted and researched for my WIP, helped the kids with reading, and exercised 4 days instead of 3. The only thing I didn’t complete is to read another book, but that’s because I’m reading GONE WITH THE WIND, which I somehow have Gone_with_the_Wind_covernever read–only seen the movie a bunch of times, of course–and it’s SUPER LONG (but I’m enjoying it–as cringe-worthy as some of the language and scenes are).

My goal(s) for this week:

1. Continue working/plotting my WIP

2. Read another book

3. Help the kids with reading

4. Exercise at least 3 days

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

These are a few lines from when the MC is trying to come up with some explanation for her rescuer as to why she’s on his plantation…in the year 1862 instead of 2015.

  My house burned down and everyone is dead! No, that won’t work—what if he wants to see the house?

I’m just passing through on my way to visit family in Virginia. Right, and I just happen to be traveling alone, on foot.

I was led by a ghost into a secret tunnel and ended up in the year 1862. Sweet baby Jesus.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

The problem everyone faces, and most definitely everyone who has 3 children: finding time!

Something I love about my WiP:

I’m in the honeymoon phase with it at the moment–so everything! (This will change as soon as I start working on it heavily–and then I’ll hate it and think it’s horrible before swinging back to loving it again 😉

Comment (16)
  • Stephanie Scott / July 13, 2015, 2:51 pm  

    The time travel story sounds fun. Where is the plantation? So curious!

    • Jessica Leake / July 13, 2015, 9:49 pm  

      Thanks, Stephanie! The plantation is in the low country of SC 🙂

  • Katy Upperman / July 13, 2015, 4:24 pm  

    You’re excerpt totally made me smile. Best of luck holding on to the honeymoon phase as long as possible. It’s hard to feel motivated one that “this is the worst story ever” funk sets in. Have a great week, Jessica!

    • Jessica Leake / July 13, 2015, 9:50 pm  

      Thanks, Katy! And you’re so right about the honeymoon phase!

  • Erin Funk / July 13, 2015, 5:38 pm  

    First of all, way to go on reaching your goals! You definitely get a pass on GONE WITH THE WIND, because it’s pretty darn huge, and if you’d read the whole thing in one week, you probably wouldn’t have gotten anything else done lol. Secondly, I enjoyed your excerpt, especially that last line. Totally made me laugh. And third, a big yes on how you described your feelings about your WIP: honeymoon phase, hate it, love it again. I go through that every time too. I’m starting to realize that hating it phase is necessary though. It provides that push to improve and makes me more willing to tear things apart in revisions. Have a super week and good luck with your latest goals!

    • Jessica Leake / July 13, 2015, 9:51 pm  

      Thanks, Erin! No kidding–it is so, so long. You make such a good point about almost needing that “I hate this book” phase to make sure it gets properly edited!

  • Mandie Baxter / July 13, 2015, 8:07 pm  

    Yup….worst CP ever. Still haven’t read your pages. 🙁 BUT I WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hopefully before the book comes out.

    • Jessica Leake / July 13, 2015, 9:51 pm  

      Sure, sure 😉

  • Tonja Drecker / July 13, 2015, 9:05 pm  

    Love the voice in that excerpt! Lol! Finding time is hard with kids running around, especially in summer. But getting any words done is progress, so yay!

    • Jessica Leake / July 13, 2015, 9:52 pm  

      Thanks, Tonja! It’s definitely hard with kids running around 🙂

  • Crystal Schubert / July 13, 2015, 10:06 pm  

    LOL @ Sweet baby Jesus! Your WIP sounds like so much fun. Congrats on going so awesome last week and good luck on your goals this week!

    • Jessica Leake / July 14, 2015, 1:08 am  

      Thanks, Crystal! Always makes me smile when something I wrote actually makes someone smile or laugh :).

  • Erin Z. / July 13, 2015, 11:36 pm  

    I know the feeling of love it/hate it/love it. I go through that almost daily.

    Love your lines, especially the last one!

    I have read Gone with the Wind, and it’s a good book. Definitely try to read Scarlett, too!

    • Jessica Leake / July 14, 2015, 1:09 am  

      Oh, for sure–my writing is a love/hate relationship for me too! And thank you :). Good idea–I’ll have to get my hands on Scarlett, too.

  • Carrie / July 14, 2015, 6:39 am  

    I really enjoyed that excerpt. Sounds like a fun story! Enjoy the honeymoon phase and have a wonderful week 🙂

  • Leandra Wallace / July 15, 2015, 12:57 am  

    Lol, love the sweet baby jesus line! Ppl w/multiple children who still find time to write are my heroes- it feels hard enough w/just one! Good luck this week!