Monday, July 6, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Check-in July 6

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:
  • Start Camp NaNoWrimo! Get 5-8k written 
    • YES! 11k words! Planning paid off. I wrote every day except the 4th and got a lot done on Friday and Sunday.
  • Submit entry (completed WIP) to RWA chapter contest; deadline June 30
    • YES! And I sent same manuscript to my agent to read.
  • Host the first #YARWAChat on twitter, Tuesday 6/30 9 pm EST
    • YES! We had between 15-20 participants. Not too bad for the first chat and on rather short notice. I'm looking forward to another one and will be scouting other hosted chats for topic ideas.
  • Attend 3 classes at gym and/or 1-2 days of walking, biking, fitness video. Use My Fitness Pal for tracking during the week.
    • YES! 3 classes, and I needed 2 days of rest after last Monday's Boot Camp class which really took me down. Yikes. I used MFP during the week most days... :)
  • BONUS: finished reading two books
2.  My goal(s) for this week:
  • Camp NaNoWriMo: Add 5-8k words. I have some after work stuff and weekend plans , so I may need to do adjusting. Slight chance I could be gone all day Saturday.
  • Send out chapter sample for critique group next week, read & critique work
  • Turn in workshop proposal for RWA Spring Fling (Chicago area May 2016)
  • Read for fun 1/2 hr to 1 hour a day (either lunch or before bed)
  • Gym 3 days, other exercise 2-3 days
3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

  • Calamity!
4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week:
  • Not getting stuck on details in drafting new novel. Sometimes I need to look up info right away to keep writing, and other times I can highlight with a note to check on it later. 
5.  Something I love about my WiP:
  • I'm having fun writing my characters! I really hope their different personalities come off the page. This is 3 character Point of View and I'm trying to make each of them distinct.

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. Calamity is not a word you hear much anymore, but I love it! And I'm intrigued. :-) I can so relate to getting stuck on details when drafting. Sometimes there are things you need to look up ASAP, but the tricky thing is holding off on those things that aren't as pressing. All too often I allow myself to fall down research rabbit holes unnecessarily. From the sounds of it, you did an awesome job with your goals this week, so obviously you didn't get sidetracked by research. Hope this is another productive week!

    1. I'm too nice to my characters, so I'm trying to maintain an air of zany chaos = calamity.

  2. Sounds like you're doing a fantastic job with your goals! :) I often make a note to fix details after finishing a draft, so I don't get caught up in researching and stop making progress.

  3. Wow, you aced your goals this week! It's crazy that you managed to write 11k with everything else on your list. Please send some of that writing mojo my way. A three POV story sounds like quite the challenge, but I'm sure you'll do it justice, especially since you're conscious of making each voice distinct. Good luck with your latest goals!

    1. To be honest, I craft goals I intend on completing. I could just as easily say I want to work out every day and write 1k every day, but that's not how I work. I'd rather do an overall wordcount goal and plan out stuff I know I need to do but want some accountability on.

  4. Hot dawg! Nice work on your goals! I don't usually use "hot dawg" as an exclamation but for some reason "calamity" makes me think of the Wild West. Maybe because of Calamity Jane? Idk. But I love it.

    I can't even believe how much you accomplished in a week. Best of luck carrying that momentum forward into this week!!

    1. Hot Dawg! needs to come back in fashion. Also, "And How!"

  5. Calamity- fun! Way to go on your goals this week!
    3 POVs sounds tricky, I've never tried more than two. Good luck!

  6. Wow, you killed it last week. Congrats on hitting those goals.

    I know what you mean about getting bogged down with details. I naturally do that while drafting, and have to constantly tell myself that certain facts can come during revisions. No need to slow my momentum every single time I feel the need to research minor details.

    Good luck hitting this week's goals!

  7. Wow, you blew that word count out of the water!! Way to go. I love your description of "Calamity!" That sounds like fun. :) Good luck with this weeks goals - keep up that momentum!

  8. Glad to hear that you had a good turn out for the first Twitter chat. Good luck on your goals this week!

  9. I am always in awe of your goal setting. In fact, it's helping me strive to be better at it!

    You rocked those goals this week! Great job, Stephanie!

  10. You did so well on your goals last week! Hope this week is as good for you.

    Really hope someone shouts Calamity in the book :)

  11. That's awesome, Stephanie! Congrats on your progress :D


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