Monday, April 7, 2014

YA Spring Bootcamp Update 5

Good morning! The YA Buccaneers are hosting a motivation bootcamp from March - May for writers who need motivation and accountability.

Here are my progress updates from the past week:

Last Week's Goals:
  • Outline ending chapters for SUNSET SUMMER - Complete, and they aren't just outlined, they are written!
  • Write 2-4 new chapters - Complete (see above)
  • Plan out next draft issues, factors to add in, etc. - Started, but not a complete list
  • Complete A to Z blog posts for April - Complete

I have this tendency to start revising a draft before I have an ending, so I'm very glad I have an ending to work with. When wrapping up all the character arcs and plot points, I identified which areas need further developing. Still, writing The End was very satisfying!

This Week's Goals:
  • Create a checklist for next draft revision of SUNSET SUMMER
  • Work on first two items in revision list
  • Write a synopsis for agent on SUNSET SUMMER
  • Read a critique partner's manuscript
  • Read and score 2 submissions for YA-RWA's Rosemary Contest

This checklist approach for revision is a new one for me. I see other writers do that so I figured I'd try it. I usually just go back to chapter one and start reading through again, but I want to be more targeted with my approach. I'm excited for a new batch of contest entries, and for The Rosemary, these are all YA (where as for the Golden Heart I had non-YA romance entries to read and judge) plus we get to provide feedback, which I like doing and I learn so much.

For the rest of you in spring bootcamp, how are you doing?


  1. Congrats on typing The End on your MS!! Good luck with your revisions this week. I used the check-list approach when revising my first manuscript, and it worked really well. It's nice to start with the big picture issues and work your way down to the line-editing and polishing.

  2. You did great this week! Amazing job!!! I like the idea of a revision check list. I might have to try that for my next round..

  3. I haven't ever heard of the check list approach. That sounds like it would help make them less daunting. Plus, I love the feeling I get when I get to mark off a box. Win!

    Great job this week!

  4. Yay for writing the end! I'm also guilty of revising before I'm done :)


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