We'd like to invite you to join us for Writer Recharge 2014, a month-long motivational challenge similar to last summer's Ready. Set. Write! So many of us benefited from setting goals, connecting with other writers, and social media-based accountability. So, hey, let's do it again! Whether you're delighting next to the crackling fireplace of a Shiny New Idea with a warm cup of tea and a sleepy puppy at your feet or spinning out on the ice-covered roads of revisions in an attempt to avoid the snow-packed ditch, we want to write with you! What do you want to accomplish this month? Hit a daily word count? Revise a certain number of pages or chapters each week? Complete a draft by the end of the month? Let's get this party started!
Your hosts and cheerleaders: Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Liz Parker, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Sara Biren
Here's my progress on editing AMELIA (YA Contemporary):
- Have completed editing part 1 changes; mostly done on part 2, which required adding several new scenes and re-organizing others.
- Last week, I reduced the word count by 4k by cutting earlier chapter/scenes and re-organizing. Added about 2,500 words by expanding part 2.
- Next goal: Determine which scenes in part 3 stay or go; combine scenes, reduce secondary character subplot that takes away from MC's plot. Keep what is essential and what maintains story momentum. I think this coming week is going to be rough....
- After all parts have been reordered, go through entire MS to cut, tweak, etc.
I picked up more editing tips at my RWA meeting last week. Jade Lee spoke highly of a course she took though Savvy Authors, which is pay-as-you-go online writing craft courses. I have not taken any from them, but quite a few of my RWA friends have. It's a nice alternative if you aren't plugged into a writing group and if you can't swing a conference. I've used Jade's crafting advice from seeing her at RWA last year. I was impressed that she takes writing courses along with unpublished authors since she is seeking to grow and challenge herself.
Check out the twitter tag #WriterRecharge for more writing motivation this month!