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It’s February, which means it’s time for Writer Recharge!

Once again hosted by Alison Miller, Liz Parker, Elodie Nowodazkij Sara Biren, and myself, Writer Recharge is your chance for a four-week jump start in the middle of a cold, dreary winter. Set goals for yourself, check in once a week, and connect with other recharging writers.

How Writer Recharge Works

  • First week of February: Post your goals for the month on your blog, website, or Twitter. Use the hashtag #WriterRecharge. Link your blog post on Sara’s blog.
  • Every Monday in February: Update your progress via your blog or twitter. Link your blog posts on our Monday posts.
  • Throughout the month: Use the hashtag to connect with other writers, have writing parties, and cheer one another on!
  • Friday, February 27: Post your final update via your blog or twitter.
  • Anyone who uses the hashtag or links their blog posts will be entered to win a fabulous prize package at the end of the month.

This year, we’ve come up with a few categories you might want to consider when making your goals. You can choose a goal (or goals) for one or some or all:

  • WRITE/REVISE – Choose writing goals for the month.
  • READ/REREAD – Read a book that’s been on your TBR forever or reread something that had a great impact on you.
  • STRETCH – Do something outside your comfort zone, from reading a genre you typically avoid to trying a new food or rock climbing when you’re afraid of heights – that kind of thing.
  • SELF – Do something good for your mind or your body.
  • CONNECT – Find a way to make a difference in someone’s life. Make a connection, via social media or in person. Initiate twitter writing parties, have a real-life write-in with writers in your town, or offer to critique or beta read someone’s work.
  • FUN – Make a goal to do something super fun and exciting that you can look forward to.

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My #WriterRecharge Goals

  • WRITE/REVISE – By the end of February, I want to be completely done drafting my WiP, Stars Like Dust, and I’d like to have started addressing the revision to-do list I’ve made for it.
  • READ/REREAD – I’d like to read at least four books this month, at least one non-contemporary, and at least one a non-YA.
  • STRETCH – One of my Thirty Before 35 goals is to write something that’s not contemporary YA, so I hope to start brainstorming what that something might be. I have some vague ideas, but writing anything outside the realm of Real Life is a big stretch for me, which means this possible project is going to require a lot of musing.
  • SELF – I’d like to pick up yoga again. I’ve been slacking over the last several months, and I hope to practice at least twice a week.
  • CONNECT – Ooh, this one’s easy! I’m headed to West Virginia for a weekend-long writing retreat this Thursday. I’ve never done one before, and some of my favorite writing buddies are coming along, including my Writer Recharge co-host Elodie!
  • FUN – My daughter and I are going to start a quilt this month. Even if we only make it to the store to choose fabrics… it’s happening. Baby steps. 🙂

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s Writer Recharge! 
Head over to Sara’s blog to link your Goals post. 


29 thoughts on “Writer Recharge

  1. Rebekah says:

    Katy! I love that you are going to begin a not contemporary YA project. Even if yod decide it’s not for you, I think writing (and reading) outside your comfort zone is always an eye opener. My WiP is sort of that for me. Also, I love that you are making a quilt with your daughter. What a great memory to share!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Totally agree, Rebekah! I’m hoping to try magical realism — not a huge departure, but a definite challenge. I’m excited to start brainstorming! And I’m really looking forward to our quilting project. It’s been years since I last made one. 🙂

  2. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    Love your stretch and fun goals. I’ve got a non-contemporary YA hanging out somewhere and one of these days I’ll pick it up again 🙂

    Enjoy your writing retreat – WV is a great place to relax and get some writing done!

  3. Jaime Morrow says:

    Quilting is so much fun! I hope you and your girlie love it. 🙂 Good luck finishing up your draft and moving into revisions this month. I’m hoping to make some serious progress on the drafting front myself. Thanks again for co-hosting this, Katy! It’s exactly what I need right now.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Glad to have another drafter joining #WriterRecharge. Drafting is so tough for me (I’d much rather revise!) so I need all of the motivation/commiseration I can get. Best of luck with all your goals, Jaime!

  4. Alison Miller says:

    The quilt sounds like an awesome bonding thing for you and C! Can’t wait to see pictures! And yes! Hope you finish that WiP soon!

  5. Liz Parker (@LizParkerWrites) says:

    So first–I love the working title for your WIP. What a beautiful image 🙂 Of course, you know how I feel about stars. What non-contemporary are you thinking? Choose Vivian Apple! Then we can be reading a book together 🙂 As far as your stretch goal goes–if you need a brainstorming buddy, count me in. I write fantasy and apparently horror, so I’m your girl for outside contemporary.

    Also–I’m so jealous about this writing retreat. If you guys do another, count me in!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      VIVIAN APPLE looks so good! I’ll definitely be reading it soon. I bought THE KISS OF DECEPTION after reading about it in tons of 2014 Superlative posts, so I *think* I’m going to read that one next. Have you read it? People seem to love it! Oh, and you are so going to regret that offer when you receive a rambling email from me about my half-baked non-contemp ideas in a few weeks. 🙂 Thank you! And yes, yes, yes to a future retreat!

  6. Alexa says:

    So excited to be taking part again! Love your goals, good luck with the quilt, my MIL made me one out of my son’s baby clothes which is gorgeous, but I kind of want to make my own, maybe with his toddler clothes 🙂 Let us know how it goes.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m so glad you’re joining us again, Alexa, and I hope you get TONS done. I’ve made a few quilts before, but it’s been years and I’m excited to do something that’s creative but not writing-related. Plus, it’ll be fun to do with my kiddo! Can’t wait to see all you accomplish this month, lady!

  7. Anne Tedeton says:

    I feel your pain on writing outside of your comfort zone. I can’t get away from speculative stuff! Good luck on your goals 🙂

  8. Stephanie A. Allen says:

    Well, if you end up deciding to write any sort of fantasy, I volunteer as tribute if you need anyone to read or bounce ideas off of 😉

    I loved all of your pictures on Instagram from your retreat! And I hope you and C have fun with your quilt.

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