Monday, February 24, 2014


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 from the past week:
  1. Still working through my AMELIA (YA Contemporary) Part 2 changes--I'm getting there but I need to expand some scenes or add one more. I need to print out this section or pull it into Word (from Scrivener) in a different font and read it through to see where I'm missing something. 
  2. Goals: Add a little bit of backstory w/in 2 different scenes.
  3. Read through middle section to see what is missing, develop new scene or expand exisiting.
  4. I.D. which chapters in part 3 can be reduced or eliminated.
  5. Lastly, I need to finish reading and judging my remaining 3 Golden Heart entries
I spent some time reading a crafting book this weekend by author Lori Wilde on creating a high concept story idea. It's a short book based on workshops she does. It's similar to what I've read other places but it focuses on brainstorming 15 ideas for a bunch of different aspects of characters. Since I'm so far along editing my current story, it more reinforced what I'm already doing. But I have notes with specifics on my characters that I'm going to more intentionally work in.

Hope everyone else was successful this week!


  1. It's nice when you read craft books that essentially tell you you're doing the right thing. I've had that experience, though less frequently than I would prefer. :)

    You have some good goals for this week, Stephanie, and I wish you every success completing them. I'm looking forward to your "victory" post next week. :)

  2. I love your comment about pulling your ms from Scrivener into Word for a different look--I just did the same with my ms, and it really does make it feel different! And how great that you're really getting into the guts of the story with your revision. Sounds like your hard work is going to pay off!

  3. I always forget about changing fonts as a trick to re-read. Sometimes I change to full-screen reading in Word, so it looks like a book, and I'm ridiculously pleased by that :)

    Happy reading/writing/revising this week!

  4. I love to read writing craft books. I always learn something. I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Good luck with this week!

  5. Sounds like you're making great progress. Go you! And I must pick up this craft book. I have pages of brainstorming scribble on some of my characters. Very helpful!

    Have a wonderful week!

  6. I definitely got the whole needing to look at it in another font thing. I do that, too. You can do it in Scrivener as well if you don't want to pull it over to word. Hope your last recharge week is super productive!


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