Monday, August 11, 2014

Ready. Set. Write! #10

Welcome to Ready. Set. WRITE! A summer writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, planning, and keeping each other accountable.

We will share goals on Mondays. You can sign up at any of the host blogs (JaimeAlisonKatyErin). Don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants!

I missed last week's check in due to my Pitch Wars bio going up. See Brenda Drake's blog for more details. Or, check out the twitter tag #askmentor today at 2 pm and 6 pm EST for a Q &A on all things Pitch Wars.

Last week's goals:

Revising my priority manuscript. My agent has been patient, which I appreciate. I've read 2 crafting books and have gone through the whole MS on changes, now weeding stuff out (this is the book that was supposed to be done already!).

I received feedback from a paid charity critique from an NYT mega YA author. Let me tell you, this author does not pull punches. And I'm grateful. I've met her a few times and I know her "voice" but it still made me cringe to see some of the feedback. And yet--she's right. What doesn't kill your manuscript, must make it stronger, right?

The good news from these challenging few weeks, is this very manuscript is a finalist for RWA's Unpublished Maggie award! (Yes Mom, there is writing award named after you ;) ) The Maggies are chapter contest award and are considered one of the big ones, like a path to the Golden Heart, which is RWA's national level award. I got a phone call notification from Georgia and everything. Pretty cool!

This week's goals:

Keep plugging away at my edits. Come up with something for my critique group next week. Pitch Wars prep.

A favorite line from my story:

RE: worrying about her upcoming summer fashion internship: 
I’d already had nightmares about dropped stitches and dropped crotch pants, which I would never for the life of me understand.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Making this current draft work. Questioning everything. But progress!

Something I like about my WIP:

I will LOVE it when it's finished.

How is your writing this week? 


  1. Oh, the hard, truthful critiques are the worst/best. They are so needed, but also so very painful at times. Good luck with your revisions. Sounds like you know what you need to do. And congrats on being a finalist for the Maggie Awards. That is amazing! *throws confetti!*

  2. Good luck with your goals for this week, and on being a finalist!

  3. Wow, great for you for enduring those critiques.
    Good luck this week. :)

  4. I share the same sentiment about my WiP: I will LOVE it when it's done! In other news, your blog looks fantastic. Love your profile photo and your little bio. So stylish and cool! Have a great week, Stephanie!

  5. I LOVE the line from your ms! And congrats on being a finalist! I hope you have another wonderful week!

  6. Congratulations on being a finalist! That's incredible news! Good luck with your goals this week. :)

  7. I agree with Katy... your blog and profile pic look amazing! Big congrats on being a Maggie Award finalist! And AWESOME line from the MS. You've had a great week, it seems. Good luck with edits and pitch wars prep!

  8. The really rough critiques are always the most helpful for me, once I can get past the ego bruising, haha... And congrats on being a finalist! How exciting. I wish you tons of luck :)

  9. Congrats on being a finalist, that's so great! And dropped crotch pants...are those the one that make guys look like they're wearing baggy diapers? ;) Best wishes to you this week!

  10. Congrats on being a finalist!! That's really cool. Also cool that you're able to get some feedback from such a big author. Good luck with your revisions this week!

  11. Yay! Congrats on being a finalist. That is epic. It's so hard to keep focused and working in the face of amazing news, isn't it?


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