Monday, June 22, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Update

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.

Now it's time for GOALS and CHECK IN!

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:
  • Complete critique group reading. Implement changes to chapter sent for review.
    • YES all complete! And critique group really helped. Plus, a member of my group just had a manuscript final in a prestigious RWA chapter contest, The Maggies! 
  • More brainstorming, outlining, planning/prep for Shiny New Project.  
    • YES! More notes and brainstorming after reading a writing craft book.
  • Sign up for Camp Nanowrimo in July. Plan a wordcount goal for July.
    • YES! Signed up. 30k planned. Anyone else doing Camp Nano and want to put together a cabin with me?
  • Query Kombat commenting (I'm a judge for this online pitch contest going on now)
    • YES! Lots of great entries in QK. Bonus: flexing my query critiquing muscles is always helpful to my own writing.
2.  My goal(s) for this week:
  • More specific planning for new project. Character worksheet filled out, more notes.
  • Finish polishing WIP and send to either reader or agent.
  • Attend RWA meeting about crafting characters. Get ideas!
  • Finish reading current book and start another.
  • Work in fitness classes 3-4 days this week (I've been slacking last 2 weeks) And back to using My Fitness Pal tracking.
3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

  • This relates to a quote about not blocking the whole sky with the palm of your hand:
    • My sky is letting what needs to break, break, and to live each day, cracks and all.
4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week:
  • Getting the right rhythm to a pivotal scene.
5.  Something I love about my WiP:

  • Some scenes really come together! Proud of that even though I have mixed feelings about this manuscript (probably too close to it; overworked).
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!


  1. Wow! You had a super productive week! That's impressive and inspiring. :-)
    I really like how specific your goals are this week. I went a lot more vague, and I'm worried that this might allow me to do the bare minimum and still meet my goals. Hmm. A few RSW people, including you, have reminded me about character worksheets, so thanks for that! Love the line from your WiP. Hope you have another productive week!

    1. I admit, I had these goals in the back of my mind this weekend. Last night did the Camp Nano sign up.

  2. Dang, you got a lot done! Your check list is all done! I love that feeling. Hope you have a great writing week.

  3. Finding the right rhythm can be so hard! Congrats on all your progress :) I have to think about Camp Nano! I didn't realize there was one in July...

  4. Congrats on completing all those goals, Stephanie! And how great is it to watch scenes come together? I had one of those moments this past week too. They're the best! :D

    Good luck with your goals for this week!

  5. Great job with the goals this week! I'd love to do Camp NaNo, but I have too many non-writing things happening in July.

  6. Wow! Congrats to your group member and congrats to you! You have been killing it with reaching your goals! I hope next week is successful for you as well!

  7. Wow, you were productive! Glad your group was so helpful and have fun with all those things for this next week.

  8. So productive! I am in awe! Also, I am always so jealous of Romance writers - RWA has all the awesome contests and things!! Must write a romance! :D

  9. Is it too late to participate in RS Write? I just joined RWA and YARWA and am discovering different writer-ly summer events.


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