Ready. Set. WRITE! {2014}

 It’s that time of year again! Time for Ready. Set. WRITE!

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 in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and myself.

Ready. Set. Write! will kick off with an initial goal-setting post on June 9th. This time around, our RSW check-in posts will be on MONDAYS. The start of the week feels sort of appropriate for goal-setting, don’t you think? To change things up a bit, we’ve decided on a format for our weekly check-in posts. Using headings should allow for a quicker and more concise rundown and will give other participants specific ways to offer encouragement.

Here are the headings we’re using:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

**As mentioned, Week #1 will only be goal setting.**

Something we noticed last year during RSW was that we spent a lot of time blogging  about writing, instead of actually writing. Accountability and goal setting are super important, but we don’t want RSW to detract from writing, which is, of course, the whole point of this summer intensive. All of that to say, with respect to our weekly check-in posts, THE BRIEFER THE BETTER. Your hosts will be limiting their answers for each heading to 2-3 lines at most, and we encourage participants to do the same. (Save the words for the WiPs!)

Each Monday there will be a linky sign-up on all of the host blogs. Leave the link to your check-in post, hop around to other participants’ blogs, and spread encouragement like sunscreen. (This is a summer writing intensive after all. ☼)

Here are the RSW 2014 buttons, courtesy of Jaime, who’s amazing. Click the link below the collage for your choice of button (Polaroid or non-Polaroid style).

Click HERE for the RSW 2014 buttons!

Stay tuned for info on giveaways and be sure to watch Twitter for spontaneous #RSW writing parties. Ready. Set. WRITE! will kick off on Monday, June 9th with our first goals post followed by updates every Monday thereafter until August 25th. In the meantime, decide what you want to write/revise. Set goals. Write a little. Or a lot. Spread the word! And be prepared to Ready. Set. WRITE!

Leave questions in the comments and tell me…
Are you planning to participate in Ready. Set. WRITE!?


106 thoughts on “Ready. Set. WRITE! {2014}

  1. Alison Miller says:

    You guys have all these super short posts and mine is SO LONG. Obviously I can’t keep things concise. *sigh*

    Anyway, YAY! So glad we’re doing this again! I’m looking forward to ALL THE WRITING!

  2. Miss Alexandrina says:

    It’s not summer yet in England! xD So, RSW is going on until August? That’s awesome. I might not religiously post, especially since I don’t technically finish uni ’til 5th July, but I’d like to pop in and out. I hope to be doing CampNaNo in July, after I’ve finished the short story I’m currently writing, so hopefully that’ll fit along nicely with RSW.

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! It’s been summer in FL for about three months. 😉 Join us as much as possible… I’m excited to hear more about your writing project for the summer!

  3. kaitlinbartlett says:

    Hooray for RSW! I’ll definitely be joining in again this year. And how adorable are those buttons? They look like they’re straight out of a Sarah Dessen book cover! 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I know! Jaime did such a fantastic job with them! Love that there are so many options. 🙂 Looking forward to writing with you this summer, Kaitlin!

  4. crystalschubert says:

    I’m definitely gonna try participating in this! Goals are always helpful for me, so I’m excited to see how much I can accomplish and how much everyone else gets done as well 🙂

  5. Krispy says:

    YAY! So glad you ladies are doing this again. I have been doing terribly on the writing (and reading!) front so far this year, and RSW was so fun to do last year. Looking forward to starting!

  6. Erin Bowman (@erin_bowman) says:

    I might join you ladies this year! My “first” draft of VENGEANCE ROAD is due to my editor in early July, and June is my revising month! Quick question–I’m traveling through the 10th. Can I join you guys a few days late?

    • katyupperman says:

      Definitely! It’s all very casual. Tailor it to make it work for you. 🙂 And I think you should definitely join us. There’s something about knowing you’ve got to report on your productivity every week… 🙂

  7. Erin Funk says:

    Can’t wait to jump in with RSW again this year! I’m going to have to narrow down my goals because there are too many things I want to get done! 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I know! I’m going to have to nail down exactly what I want to accomplish during the next few months. Looking forward to another summer of writing with you, Erin!

  8. Jessica Love says:

    WOOP! I love following along with your progress! I may hop in unofficially now and then. I need some accountability.

  9. Rachelwrites007 says:

    I am definitely participating. Agent revisions are due in the beginning of July so I gotta get cracking. Do I post today or next week? Vacation has muddled my brain 😛

  10. Dana Elmendorf (@DanaElmendorf) says:

    I’ve never written a novel in the summer because the kids are home. This year I told myself I was and this will be awesome accountability. I’m going to sit down and make a plan today so I can be successful. I can’t wait to start.

    • katyupperman says:

      Yay! I’m so happy you’re going to participate, Dana. I was amazed by how much I accomplished last summer, even with my girl home. Accountability FTW. 🙂

  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’d love to participate, though it can be a struggle for me to rein in my wordiness. A post that’s all of 300 words is short by my standards! This summer I’ll probably be focusing on more editing, polishing, and revising, though hopefully I’ll still find time for my WIP. I’m still hoping I’m less than 100,000 words away from the finish line.

    I won one of the grand prize critiques last year, though I never got my critique after I sent in the first 10 pages to the specified e-mail address. Maybe it just got sent to the wrong folder or there was an error in sending?

    • katyupperman says:

      Carrie-Anne, that was most likely my email address, and I don’t recall receiving your pages. Perhaps they got shuffled into my spam folder? I’m so sorry! I know it’s a little late, but if you want to resend feel free. 🙂 And you should join us whenever possible this summer!

  12. sara says:

    Katy! What an awesome idea 🙂 I’m a little late to the party, but… I MAY just have to join anyway! Started a new WIP over the weekend at a retreat and it’s the (almost) first time I’ve really written since I was preggo. Miss you, friend! xoxo

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes, join us, Sara! I’d love to hear about what you’re working on this summer! The accountability factor of RSW helped me SO much last summer, and it’s such fun to cheer my writing buddies on. I miss you too! ❤

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