Tuesday, May 27, 2014

YA Spring Writing Bootcamp--Last Update


This is the last check in for the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp!

This has been really great to keep me goal-oriented and motivated. Even when I didn't post a blog update for the week, I was still working on meeting my writing goals. Thanks to everyone who has been such a support!

To everyone who signed up, congratulate yourself on meeting ANY of your goals. Think of how many people say they want to write a book and never do. That to me is inspiring--we're working toward finishing books every day, every week. Be proud.

Goals from last week:
  • Completed writing course assignments (Margie Lawson online writing course)
  • Completed judging and critiquing all of my assigned YA-RWA Rosemary contest entries. The last 3 I read were really great with the very last one being the best I'd read for the contest. Inspiring!
  • Completed revision of opening 2-3 chapters of WIP 
  • Completed an outline of WIP to tackle my revision (this was huge! I hate outlines, but this really helped, especially with color-highlighted subplots to visually see where I need to add or remove). 
Goals for this week:
  • Ambitious, but I would love to get through the changes I tagged in my outline and send to a few readers. I have a vacation planned in a week and it will be the perfect break. That's going to be my only goal--get through the outline!
Overall Spring Bootcamp goals:
  • Complete revision of WIP (YA contemporary) -- Complete!
  • Complete 2nd draft of YA contemporary written during NaNoWriMo 2013 -- I'm close! I consider this a success b/c I have an ending, I worked out plot issues, and made a revision outline.  
  • Write synopsis and send synopsis to agent for review. --Not yet (but soon).
  • Send SUNSET SUMMER to readers. -- Goal to do this by next week. My in-person critique group has been working with me on the first half & I sent the revised first chapter which went over well.
  • Potentially work on an outline and character development for a new project. --I have rough notes for a potential new YA Contemporary which I may do Camp Nanowrimo in July to fast draft.
  • I'm going to add one here: I had a call with my agent on another project, and now I have a little more direction on to work on revisions. So I have lots ahead for me this summer! 
Thanks to everyone in the challenge. Let's keep each other motivated through the summer :)


  1. Congrats, you got a lot done! I'll be cheering you on this summer :) Enjoy your vacation!

  2. Congratulations on everything you accomplished this spring! It's been great being teammates and cheering one another on. Go Team Mountaineers! Good luck with all of your summer goals. :)

  3. Good luck on the writing! It looks like you accomplished a lot! :D

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  4. Congratulations! Those are awesome goals and equally awesome accomplishments!


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