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 Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. All the details are HERE. Also check out #RSWrite on twitter. Now it's time for GOALS and CHECK IN!
1. How I did on last week’s goals:
More specific planning for new project. Character worksheet filled out, more notes.
YES! I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo starting July 1, so in lieu of diving in, I spent time doing prep work. I wrote first person journal type brainstorming in each of the main character's point of view. SUPER helpful.
Finish polishing WIP and send to either reader or agent.
YES! I sent 2 chapters to a reader and waiting on that. We chatted via email and I made some changes. Soon to the agent :)
Attend RWA meeting about crafting characters. Get ideas!
YES! This was such a fun class taught by an instructor from Story Studio Chicago. One cool exercise we did was to describe 5 characteristics of a person we know, then we assigned a physical attribute to that quality. So an impatient woman might wear sloppy clothes. This was really fun and gave me ideas for my new story.
I also met up at coffee shops twice this week with writers from my chapter. Yes, we spent time talking, but story questions and plot problems found resolution!
Finish reading current book and start another.
YES! Finished P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, and now onto Tiny, Pretty, Things all about an elite ballet academy and backstabbing. Very Black Swan.
Work in fitness classes 3-4 days this week (I've been slacking last 2 weeks) And back to using My Fitness Pal tracking.
I did 2 classes at the gym and 1 night I met with a group of women to walk a 3 mile circuit on a wonderful park path by me. That was great because I got to catch up, some I haven't seen in a few years! I also tracked fitness/calories for all of the weekdays, but I usually end up trailing off on weekends.
2. My goal(s) for this week:
Start Camp NaNoWrimo! Very pumped to get this new story going. My code name title is YA Road Trip Story. My wordcount goal for July is 30k. This week I'd like to get 5-8k written (factoring in Friday day off from work, no planned meetings this week, and I already have notes that may add to my wordcount).
Submit entry (completed WIP) to RWA chapter contest; deadline June 30
Host the first #YARWAChat on twitter, Tuesday 6/30 9 pm EST. All of you reading are invited to jump in! Our first topic is romance in YA since we are a chapter from Romance Writers of America.
Attend 3 classes at gym and/or 1-2 days of walking, biking, fitness video. Use My Fitness Pal for tracking during the week.
3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:
A factor in my mostly-finished WIP I discovered is somewhat inaccurate after chatting with a reader/ subject matter expert. Finding a variety of readers is so important!
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week:
Not starting my new project! I resisted diving into the story to get more planning down.
5. Something I love about my WiP:
The one I'm finishing is heartfelt and has a lot of potential. Even better it's basically done. ;)
Please share what you've been writing, reading, or plan to do for the next week. Don't forget to check the other blogs linked above and provide support!
I'm Stephanie Scott and I write Young Adult fiction about teens who put their passions first. My debut ALTERATIONS releases 12/6/16 by Bloomsbury Spark. I enjoy dance fitness, cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I'm represented by Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Lit. Find me on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA