RSW 2015 –> Goals


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 myself. All the details are HERE.

Throughout the summer Alison, Jaime, Erin, Elodie, and I will be hosting Twitter writing parties using the hashtag #RSWrite (feel free to kick-start your own too!), giving away writerly care packages, and at the end of Ready. Set. Write!, we’ll be rewarding ourselves with what we’re calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” Also, check out our RSW members’ list on Twitter. Stay tuned for more info!


Today we’re setting goals for the summer. Here are mine…

1. Draft at least 30K words in my new WiP. (Average 500 words per weekday, hopefully, to keep this manageable.)

2. Read 12 books. (Average one book per week.)

3. Get stronger. (Practice yoga at least 3 days a week.)

4. Explore. (We’re moving to the D.C. area this month, where there will be plenty to do and see. I want to take advantage of museums, parks, pools, libraries, landmarks, etc. by seeing at least one new place each week.)

5. Cross at least two items off my Thirty Before 35 list.


And don’t forget — next week (Monday, June 15th) we’ll be posting our first update using these headings…

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.

Are you joining us for Ready. Set. Write!? If so, don’t forget to leave a link to your Goals post below. You have all week to do so. 🙂

See you next week for our first update. Happy writing!


75 thoughts on “RSW 2015 –> Goals

  1. Rebecca says:

    Good luck with your goals and I look forward to your updates (and quotes/tidbits, of course)! I’ve been thinking about doing some yoga and remember you posted a link on Twitter the other day. Will have to check it out!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Rebecca, I highly recommend Yoga With Adriene’s videos if you do decide to give yoga a shot. She’s got workouts for every level, and lots that are tailored to specific issues/moods. Very cool. 🙂

  2. Elodie says:

    Yay 🙂 I can’t wait to hear more about your WiP! And your exploration of the DC area should include Maryland like Annapolis (it is lovely) and the big B&N in Baltimore for example. Looking forward to our monthly meet-ups! Just saying 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      That would be awesome! Zoos or parks or kids’ museums could be fun. I’m sure C would be very happy to play big sister to K every once in awhile. 🙂

  3. kaitlinbartlett says:

    Good luck with your goals, Katy! I’m shooting for 500 words a day, too. It seems like a manageable number, and hopefully some days I’ll write even more. And D.C. is SO fun…my family goes to the museums every few years. The Museum of Natural History is my favorite – it’s where they keep the dinosaurs! 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear about your WiP, and happy writing!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m seeing a lot of 500 words a day goals. Seems like a manageable number, but one that’ll let us see progress, too. And yes! I’m so looking forward to taking my kiddo to the Museum of Natural History. I think she’ll love it, and I will as well! So glad you’re joining us this summer, Kaitlin!

  4. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    Love your #3 goal of getting stronger! I’ve increased my upper body yoga/pilates practice and OUCH! But it’s so great feeling strong 🙂

    Good luck with drafting and exploring! There are TONS of awesome places to check out in DC.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Yeah, the upper body stuff is hard! It’d be fun to see some definition in my arms, though. 🙂 Can’t wait to check out your goals, Jennifer!

  5. Alexa says:

    I only set writing goals, but I think I might add some fitness ones too 🙂
    I hope you’ll be posting pictures of your D.C adventures. It’s such a great city, you are going to LOVE it there.
    Good luck with your goals and thanks for hosting!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Oh, I’m sure I’ll post plenty of DC pictures. I’m sure you noticed that I’m sort of Instagram obsessed. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re joining us this summer, Alexa! Can’t wait to check out your goals!

  6. HM Shander says:

    Yoga is fantastic. My little guy and I used to do yoga together. It’s very soothing. Great goals. I think I’ll go back and edit mine, adding in some non-writing goals.

  7. Carrie-Anne says:

    Good luck with all your goals! I once again don’t have specific word count goals, but just want to be done with one ongoing rewriting project (of an entire four-book prequel series) and be closer to finishing my alternative history, which I just went back to full-time on Friday and this time am going through in order.

  8. Jaime Morrow says:

    Great goals, Katy! I probably should have included a reading goal as well as I’m woefully behind on my GR Reading Challenge. 500+ words per day is a totally manageable goal, and I think we can both handle it! Looking forward to writing and hosting with you this summer! 😀

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’ve been slacking a bit with reading over the last couple of weeks, so I figured having an official goal would be helpful. Looking forward to writing with you this summer, Jaime!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m so happy you decided to join us, Kimberly! I think you’ll be happy you did. 🙂 I’ve met some awesome writers during Ready. Set. Write! in the past, and I’ve gotten TONS of drafting and revising accomplished. Can’t wait to check out your goals!

  9. Erin Funk says:

    Best of luck getting 30k written this summer, and I really hope your move goes smoothly! Enjoy exploring your new city! I’m in the same situation, so it’s a good thing I’m doing RSW or else I’d be tempted to do and see new things everyday instead of writing. 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Ha! That’s what I was thinking too, Erin. If it weren’t for accountability, I’m pretty sure my writing would completely fall away this summer. Hope you’re getting settled in your new place!

  10. valeriefm says:

    Good luck with your goals! Once you’re settled into DC, let me know. I live in Philly, but am in Maryland quite often. 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Oh, it’d be so much fun to get together, Valerie! We’ll definitely have to make that happen. So glad you’re joining us for RSW this summer!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m so happy you’re joining us, Suzanne! I think you’ll get tons done, and you’ll definitely meet some awesome people. Can’t wait to check out your goals for the summer!

  11. Rebekah says:

    Awesome goals, Katy! I am so glad to have RSW in my life this summer. Needing to stay focused like mad. Will you tell us what 35 before 35 goal you are working on when you decide?

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I will! I’m definitely planning to start an herb garden once we’re settled in our new place, and I’d like to host a brunch, maybe for all of the writerly types who will be living nearby. 🙂 Of course, “sell a book” would be nice, too. 🙂 Looking forward to writing with you this summer, lady!

  12. cuzwewrite says:

    Thanks so much for being one of the leaders of RSW! This is an awesome way to keep us accountable and also engaged. Also, your goals are amazing! 12 books…wow! Good luck 🙂

  13. Eve says:

    Good luck with all the goals! I’m working on my own list of things to do before 30 and hope to cross some off too!

  14. alpanekbooks says:

    This summer I plan to complete my WiP, which is the second novel in my series. I am also attempting to become more tech savvy this summer, as I don’t spend as much time with social networking as I probably should, and I find I frequently miss things.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      You may miss things from time to time, but you probably avoid wasting tons of time on social media, too, which is a GOOD thing! That said, it’d definitely be fun to chat via Twitter. Best of luck completing your WiP!

      • alpanekbooks says:

        That is true, but I missed my high school’s 50th anniversary party because none of my friends remembered I only check my facebook semiannually. So I’m making an effort to be more social- at least
        virtually. 🙂

  15. Eden says:

    A nice set of goals that don’t look to overwhelm (except perhaps the tourist/scouting visit to DC… that has the potential to eat days in joyous exploration)… Good luck on them.

    I don’t know if it helps, but some long time friends moved toward that way a while back because he had a job in DC. They ended up buying a house in Aberdeen, MD because of the cost (she wanted a few acres of land) and the convenience of the commute. It may sound silly… but a longer commute (via train) actually helps, because our friend sleeps to and from work enough to get some real rest.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Oh, yeah, that’s smart! We were lucky to find a great house in Northern VA and the commute isn’t too terrible. We’re looking forward to getting to know the area. So glad you’re joining us for RSW, Eden!

  16. Alison Miller says:

    I love the variety in your goals! And I especially love the 30K in the new WiP. Just means I’m closer to reading another Katy story. 🙂 Good luck this week!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Thanks so much, Adrianne! There’s not much culture where we are now — though there is a beautiful beach! — and we’re excited to show our daughter all there is to see in the DC area. 🙂

      • Katy Upperman says:

        Ha — yeah, we’ve had a hashtag change. #RSWrite is it for real. 🙂 For my Thirty Before 35, I’m planning to start an herb garden once we’re settled in our new place, and I’d like to host a brunch, maybe for all of the writerly types who will be living nearby. Of course, “sell a book” would be nice, too. 🙂 So looking forward to writing with you this summer, lady!

  17. Courtney Leigh says:

    You’ve got some great goals! I especially like your “explore” goal. I’ve been taking that word to heart this month. Thanks for hosting again this year, and good luck! 😀

  18. Tracey Neithercott (@T_Neithercott) says:

    I love you guys for hosting this every year. I failed on the blogging today, but I’m totally in on this. I’ll have so much revising to do this summer, so this is perfect timing. Next time you’re night writing, ping me! I miss our writing sessions.

    (And I know which 30 before 35 goal I’d like you to cross of your list this summer: #2.)

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Yay! I’m so happy you’re joining us, Trace. More progress for the spreadsheet. 🙂 If you want to do a goals post, you’ve got all week to add your link to the list. No rush! And yeah, I would be the happiest person EVER if I could cross #2 of my Thirty Before 35 list. Crossing my fingers!

  19. Stephanie A. Allen says:

    My favorite thing I did in D.C. was the Library of Congress. I’m not sure how into that C will be, though, since it’s mostly a lot of really, really old books. The Smithsonians might be good, for her, though! They have Harry Potter’s Quidditch robes at the U.S. History one! And all of the First Lady dresses, which was my favorite exhibit. Good luck moving!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      My husband dragged me through the American wars section of the US History Smithsonian when we were in DC house-hunting last month, and we ended up running out of time and I missed the First Lady dresses, which was the only exhibit I really wanted to see! *grumbles* We’ll definitely be heading back with C, though, so it’s all good. 🙂

  20. Alice says:

    Ah! I love that you did non-writing goals, and my favorite of those is exploring DC! Looking forward to hearing what you discover (especially since I might be visiting out there soon, eee!).

    Good luck, of course, with your writing goals too. Excited that you’re working on a new WIP! And thanks for hosting RSW again!

    (And thanks for the encouragement! I’ve got to buckle down this summer!!)

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Alice, if you visit DC, we must meet up! I’ll keep you posted on my favorite spots. 🙂 So happy you’re RSWing with us again this summer. Best of luck with your draft!

  21. Carissa Taylor (@CarissaATaylor) says:

    Thanks so much for hosting! I just heard about RSW and am so excited to join this summer! I love your goals and am now so intrigued about your WIP… are you going to reveal category/genre etc, or is it in “top secret” mode?

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m so glad you’re joining us this summer, Carissa! I don’t talk too much about my WiPs — not because they’re top secret, but because I usually feel like I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. 🙂 The one I’m going to work on this summer is a YA contemporary-with-a-twist. I’m excited about it! Can’t wait to hear more about what you’re working on!

  22. karyne norton says:

    I always love that you have personal goals mixed in with your writing goals. It’s so balanced! I’m surprised to see you’re moving to DC! Are you going to miss your warm beach weather?

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I am going to miss my warm beach weather SO MUCH! This DC move is all about my husband’s job. Definitely not my first choice, though the writing community there seems great. Silver lining. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re joining us for another summer of RSW, Karyne. Can’t wait to check out your goals!

  23. Kitty says:

    Your goals look awesome, Katy. I especially like the “get stronger” one – I should add that to mine! And the “explore” one looks like fun! Good luck with your move and good luck with your goals this week!

  24. Laura C says:

    I love the variety you have with your goals, little bit of everything. Good luck with writing your draft and all that yoga 😛 I love the idea of having ‘Explore’ be a goal, I definitely need to do more of that.

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