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 Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and myself. Find the rest of the details HERE.
* How I did on my goal(s) overall.
Complete a revision of my contemporary-ish YA, Where Poppies Bloom.2.
Complete the first draft of my contemporary YA, The Road So Far.3.
Read (on average) one YA/adult novel per week.4.
Read (on average) one MG novel with my daughter every two weeks.5.
Maintain my tan.
I’m pretty excited about what I accomplished this summer. My two most important goals were to finish a major revision of Where Poppies Bloom and finish a first draft of my WiP, The Road So Far. I did both! I barely squeaked by on that first draft; I only just finished the other day, but I FINISHED. 🙂 As far as my reading goals, I averaged just over one YA/adult novel a week, and I averaged just under one MG book (read with my girl) every two weeks. I’m calling that success. And I maintained my tan! #Priorities
* The biggest challenge I faced this summer.
Time management for sure, but I think I did okay. I got A LOT of work done, I had tons of fun with my family, and I got some sleep, too. My DVR is full of all the shows I didn’t have time to watch, but they’ll keep.
* A favorite line from my project OR a word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
For real. But there was this, too…
“You ready for the final leg?”
She rests her head on my shoulder. “Not really. I’d road trip with you forever, Tucker Morgan”
* Something I love about my WiP.
The two writing projects I worked on this summer are related. Same characters, same world. A duology, if you will. What I love most about them is the relationship between the two main characters. They start off strangers in Poppies, and by the end of Road, they’ve forged a really special bond, which makes their stories my favorite of any I’ve written.
I can’t wait to read about how Ready. Set. Write! went for you. Don’t forget to share the link of your very last post below!
Okay, RSWers, now that you’ve spent all summer working on your story, you’re going to need some constructive feedback. You’re in luck! This Thursday, August 28th, there will be a beta/CP match-up facilitated by your Ready. Set. Write hosts, Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and myself. There’s no pressure to participate if you’re not ready for feedback, or if you’ve got trusted readers already, but if you’re interested in taking advantage, here’s now it’ll work…
This Thursday, we encourage you to share about your story in a post on your blog. You and other RSW participants will then be able to “shop around” and leave comments on the posts with stories you’re interested in reading. From there, you can decide who might be the best fit and contact them via their blog/Twitter/email. Some suggestions about what to share…
*a love list, elevator pitch, or query description
*whether it’s a stand alone or series
*where you’re at in the timeline (ie: ready for a beta/CP as of the end of summer or perhaps later in the fall)
*whether you’re looking for betas or CPs (or both)
*any warnings that might be applicable (ie only offer to beta if you don’t mind swearing, sex, drug use, etc.)
And here are some great links on CP/beta relationships, plus some tips on providing and receiving feedback:
Looking forward to hearing all about your projects!