Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Goals

Coming in a day late here. Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE. Also check out #RSWrite on twitter.

I'm doing this again because goal setting with my writing WORKS. Did you know books don't get written by themselves? I also discovered this unsettling fact. And the harsh reality is, this genius, blooming idea I have is not going anywhere unless I type those words into a document. And given the recent announcement from Bethesda games that Fallout 4 is coming, and probably this fall, the countdown clock has begun.

Goals for the Summer:

  • SHINY NEW PROJECT! If RSW is through the end of August, I'd love to have a rough first draft completed. OR at least 35k - 55k words drafted.
  • Participate in Camp Nanowrimo for word count goals and motivation/support
  • Revisions for contracted work (waiting on these, so I'll need to make plans/deadlines once I know what the editor wants. (Squee!))
  • Summer Reading Challenge YA Buccaneers
  • Maintain my regular fitness classes each week and add in walking and biking

Goals for this Week:

  • Finish last details on The Revision That Won't Die. Send it off to either another reader or to agent. It just needs to leave my sight.
  • Brainstorm SHINY NEW PROJECT! It's a YA contemporary *likely* with 3 character points of view. I'd like to draft initial character goals and arcs, attempt to use the Save the Cat Beat Sheet (every project I try; every project I abandon it). Scribble in my cheapie story notebook to get ideas more fully formed.
  • Finish at least 1-2 of the 5+ books I have started.


  1. I hear you on The Revision That Won't Die. I've been staring at my computer for the past hour trying to figure out what to do next with the hot mess that is my revision/rewrite. #solidarity You know, I haven't actually tried the Save the Cat Beat Sheet, but I'm thinking maybe I need to finally give it a whirl. Maybe it will help me sort out this mess and the other mess I'm working on drafting. Thanks for sharing a link. Good luck with your goals this week, Stephanie! :-)

    1. Jamie Gold's site that I linked in my post has SO many resources. She has customized beet sheets that autocalculate based on your word count, and beat sheets for romance arcs. I still use them as a reference even though I hate using them--haha. Funny, Jamie herself doesn't follow them strictly either, but she still has done all the work to post them on her site.

  2. Goal setting with writing works for me too. I take things in small bites and then it all manages to come together at the end.

  3. YAYAYAYAY! You're here! :D

    I can't wait to hear about your new idea. I feel like summer is such a great time to start a fresh story. Catch up soon! <3

  4. Good luck with all your goals! You've got a lot to keep busy with over the summer.

  5. You've got this. You're so close to getting that out and ready to move to the next new project!

  6. Good luck with your goals, Stephanie! I'm doing the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge too...looks like it's going to be tons of fun. :)

    Happy writing!

  7. "Revisions for contracted work" <-- How awesome does it feel to say that?! So glad you're joining us this summer, Stephanie! Best of luck with all your goals!

  8. I am so resistant to setting goals. And I am also not getting enough done. Sigh.Yes, I do see the parallels! I think I might need to give in and give it a try.


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