RTW: A Winding Road (And congrats, YA Highway!)

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the ladies at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question for participants to respond to on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

Today’s Topic: YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday has reached the 100th mile marker. How has YOUR writing journey gone so far?

One-hundred Road Trip Wednesdays?! Huge congratulations to YA Highway and its contributors on their longevity and all their success. Thank you so much, Highway-ers, for bringing your genius to the YA community, for doling out wisdom and expertise, for sharing insightful, informative, diverse, and entertaining posts, and for inviting aspiring authors like me to participate your fantastic Road Trip Wednesdays. I’ve met tons of incredible people since I first joined in over a year ago, and I’m so thankful for this outlet, and for this chance to belong to such a friendly and supportive community. Here’s to another hundred Road Trips!

Um… my writing journey? It’s going. 🙂 I’ve met some goals, for sure, and I’ve set some new ones. I’ve grown in many areas, and I’ve identified others I’d like to improve upon. I’ve signed with a brilliant agent. I’ve made some amazing friends. I’ve read some inspired books. I’ve written some beautiful words. I hope my writing journey continues in its forward motion (no reverse, please!), and I hope it continues to give me a sense of self and accomplishment no matter where my final destination may be.

How’s YOUR writing journey going?


42 thoughts on “RTW: A Winding Road (And congrats, YA Highway!)

  1. Amie Kaufman says:

    No reversing for you, young lady! I can’t wait to see the next step in your journey, because I’m sooooooooooo itchy to read your books!

    I’m delighted with how mine’s going–fantastic agent, I’m excited about my stories. Now for that next step, fingers crossed!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Amie! I think feeling excited about what you’re writing is the highlight of this crazy journey. There’s nothing like the high of watching your story come together!

  2. Ian Hiatt says:

    Only one reason I’ve found you back up on this road: To help a fellow traveler. I’ve seen folks do it time and time again. 🙂

    Can’t wait to pick up one of your books, Katy! Glad we came across each other on our trip.

  3. LindaMcLaren (@writerescape) says:

    One thing I’ve read consistently, and also posted on my blog, is the fact that we have all met some wonderful people along the way. The community we share is quite remarkable, and YA Highway sits high on the list for sure. Best of luck with everything Katy! : )

  4. Colin says:

    Right now, to me signing with an agent is a next major milestone, so I can only imagine how cool that is for you! And how affirming, to know an industry professional loves your work so much she is willing to go publisher-to-publisher trying to spread her enthusiasm for you and your writing. I wish you all the best, Katy!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks so much, Colin! Signing with my agent has definitely been one of the extreme highs of my writing journey so far. I really do feel lucky to have her on my side. Good luck to you in reaching your next milestone. Here’s to good news in the very near future!

  5. Alison Miller says:

    One of the best parts of my writing journey has been meeting people like you (I know – cue “awww”). You are inspiring – in your blogs, in your support. I hope you have much continued success! (And soon – I can’t wait to read your stories!)

    • katyupperman says:

      Same to you, Alison! I feel so lucky to have made such supportive, inspiring friends throughout my writing journey. Here’s to lots of good news in your very near future, and I can’t wait to (continue!) reading YOUR work! 🙂

  6. Rebecca B says:

    Congrats on your journey, Katy! I foresee the rest of the journey and the final destination as being lovely for you. 🙂

  7. Tracey Neithercott says:

    Judging from the snippets of your story you’ve revealed here, I’m pretty confident you’ll only be moving forward. You’re a great writer and I have no doubts you’ll be hitting another milestone soon!

  8. Christa says:

    I think your journey is going quite well and I am very proud of all that you’ve accomplished. Also, how do I follow your crazy WordPress blog so it shows up in my Google Reader?

    • katyupperman says:

      I have no idea! WordPress’s inability to cooperate with Google Friend Connect is my ONE gripe with its service. I know there’s a way, but I’ve spent hours and have yet to figure it out. Sorry about the inconvenience!

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Christa, and likewise on every point!

  9. Mrs. S says:

    As someone just getting into the reading/writing/blogging community, after doing all three in isolation for a long time with varying degrees of success, I can definitely say that the friendliness of the community is pretty amazing. I’m always so excited to see new people coming over to my blog and commenting–it makes me feel like, hey, if I can do this blogging thing, then maybe I can finish that novel! All these people are out there doing it and writing about it–it makes it a little less scary and a lot more fun. Thanks for sharing your story!

    • katyupperman says:

      Knowing you’re not alone definitely makes the whole process a lot less intimidating. I’ve often thought, Hey, look at her! She’s making it happen. Why can’t I? I find the success of others a great motivator, especially when those who’ve “made it” (finished a manuscript, got an agent, sold a book, made the NYT Best Seller list, whatever…) giveback and remain humble and friendly and supportive. Love that!

  10. Jessica Love says:

    YAY KATY! You’re one step ahead of me on this journey, so I love that I have someone like you to look at and say, “Yup, that next step is possible.”

    “It’s going” is my standard answer for people who ask me how my writing is going. I don’t really know what else to say. Haha

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! I always say, “It’s going,” when people ask about my writing too. It’s not like the really want all the dirty details anyway. And that next step is SO possible, Jess. You’re almost there, with your newly revised manuscript. I can’t wait to cheer for you when you’ve got big news to share. 🙂

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