August 10, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 10)

Welcome to WEEK 10 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants.

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!

I took the week off, so no goals for me.

• Work on writing at least once.

(Looks piddly, but it'll be tough.)



As I mentioned, I didn't work on writing this week, so I'm going to go with The Biggest Challenge I'll Face This Week. I got a full-time job, and I start today, so finding time (and the energy) to write is going to be a HUGE challenge. I'm a daytime writer--I'm useless creativity-wise in the evenings--which is obviously going to have to change if I ever want to write again in the foreseeable future. I'm worried this means that writing will become less and less of a priority because it just doesn't fit in at present. I hope that's not the case, though. I love writing even if I'm not in love with what I'm writing these days. 

(**I should probably mention that I'll be around later to comment on RSW posts.**)


Um...I'm sort of thinking of jumping ship to another WiP, so... 0_o

Before we go any further, we need to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Tonja! 
Erin will be contacting your for your mailing info, 
and will get your care package sent out to you ASAP!

It's time for our fourth Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 giveaway! This is our way of saying thanks to all of you for taking part, for setting goals and encouraging other participants along the way. Because that's a big part of what RSW is all about!

For each week of participation, you get one entry into the giveaway. (We will be verifying this when selecting a winner.)

Here's what participants can win this week from Alison:

Contents: Be Inspired journal with inspirational quotes and writing prompts; Jane Austen air freshener(!!!); sticky notes and flags; I Like BIG BOOKS and I Cannot Lie! bookmark; poly spiral index cards; WRITE journal/composition book; Werther's Originals; Paddy Wax Ginger Peach soy wax candle; Trident Island Berry Lime gum; rainbow spiral memo pad; Sinful Colors Decadent nail polish; post cards with inspirational quotes; mini InkJoy pens.

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, August 16th @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}

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Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


  1. I hope you had a good week off, a nice breather. And congrats on the job! It will be tough for sure at first getting into a new routine but you can do it!

  2. Congratulations on the new job! That is huge and writing will be a challenge, but you will figure it out :) When you want something badly enough it WILL happen, it just might take you some time to figure out what works. Good luck this week!

  3. Your goal sounds super reasonable, especially since OMG full-time job! Congrats and best of luck with that!! (And your writing goals for the week too, of course)

  4. Congratulations on your new job!! And welcome to my world. :) It is tough fitting in the writing while working. This will be a big adjustment for you but I know you'll find a new groove. I don't know what the job is but if it doesn't fill your creative well, I just know that you'll find time for writing because you are such a creative person!! Have a great week!

  5. First of all, CONGRATS on the new job! :) I just started a full-time office job last month and have had to become an evening writer as well, so if you ever need support while trying to drag yourself to your computer at night, I'm your girl! After a long day at work I try to keep my word count manageable so I don't get's been helping so far. I hope you can find a new writing routine once you're settled in at work.

    Good luck on your first day, Jaime!

  6. Congrats on the new job! And *hugs* because I know it's a huge change and your next few weeks will probably be a whirlwind.

  7. Congrats on the new job! I'm like you- a total daytime writer. I think I'd have a really hard time working all day and then trying to find time to write at night. I may have to try it soon though since my kids will all be in school starting this fall.
    My goal last week was similar to your goal this week. But sometimes we have to just do what we can. :)
    Have a great week!

  8. Oh my! I had to blink and look again, not used to seeing my name that big. :) Thanks!
    Yay to the new job! And don't worry, I'm sure writing time will seep in again. It will take a few weeks for life to find the new balance (does it ever find that?). Just do whatever works and no worries!

  9. Congrats on the new job, Jaime! I just did the opposite--I left my FT day job and am struggling to become a daytime writer instead of a night writer. I'm rooting on you to find a way to make it work. If I can give any advice, it's that I used to set a timer from 7PM to 9PM and that was my writing time (after dinner, before bed). Knowing I only had 2 hours helped rush me to the computer and knock out as many words as I could in that time.

    Good luck--let us know how you do.

  10. Good luck with the new job! I hope you find a new writing schedule to work with your hours. It can be difficult to adjust to a new schedule, either work or school, and still get in enough writing.

  11. You know, I totally forgot to ask what day you were starting your new job. Hope your first day goes smoothly! I also hope you can find some way to balance writing with everything else you've got going on. I feel like we've both gotten so far away from that initial excitement we had about writing, and it would be awesome to find that again. Keep me posted on how things are going! :)

  12. Congratulations on your new job! It might take some time to adjust, but hopefully you'll be back in a writing routine soon. :)

  13. Adjusting to a new full-time job is TOUGH! I did that last October, and it wasn't until about the end of April that I finally felt my energy and motivation to write coming back. It was very touch and go until then. (Writing fervently for two weeks and then taking a month or more off. That kind of thing.) Some people are great at adjusting to a new schedule, but it's okay if you're not. It'll even out eventually. Maybe you become a weekend-only writer? I had to do that for a while, too, because I was so dead in the evenings. I know the point of RSW is to motivate you and hold you accountable, but I say if you need a prolonged break, go for it. It is seriously okay. Good luck at the new job. <3

  14. Congrats on the job! I feel ya on the balancing writing thing. It's really super hard. It's why I cut back on so much social media. You might need to put it on pause and ease your way back into it. I'm confident you'll figure out a balance soon. Good luck at the job and on your goal for this week.

  15. So, so excited for you regarding your job, Jaime! I'm looking forward to hearing more about it when you're ready to share. I'm confident that once you're adjusted to your new schedule, you'll figure out how to get your words down in the evenings. Hope you had a wonderful first day, lady!

  16. Yay! New job! That’s awesome, congratulations. I know you’ll adjust and then learn to write in the evenings, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself right now—it’s a big change! If you need to jump ship to a new WIP to find that spark again, I say DO IT. :)


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