Writer Recharge Update #1

Writer Recharge

Since joining Writer Recharge last Wednesday, I’ve been very productive! Here are my stats for the first (partial) week:

Week 1 (Wed – Sun) total: 3,408 words (made my goal!)
Total for Writer Recharge: 3,408 words
Work-in-progress total: 5,216

Even though I wrote the above words (which, full disclosure, included snippets taken from a previous version of this WIP), I ended up cutting one of the new scenes right away so only 2,006 of those words are staying. I also spent some time outlining using Dan Well’s Seven-Point Plot System. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend!

So far, this challenge has really motivated me. With other participants busy at work on their projects, plus the fact that I’m updating my blog with my stats on a weekly basis, I feel more accountable. I was also inspired this week by reading the beginning of a friend’s WIP, and by meeting up with my CT writer friends yesterday for a write-in. Plus, I love this WIP much more than what I was working on last year, which makes all the difference.

I have to write 10K more words to reach my goal this month, and I feel pretty confident that I’ll make it. This week, I want to spend a little more time outlining individual scenes through Scrivener’s index card tool, now that I have a better sense of where the story is going. I’d also like to write at least 3,500 words.

By the way, I’m hosting a word sprint on Twitter for the YA Buccaneers this week (@YABuccaneers). Details will be on the YAB blog tomorrow, but the sprint will be this Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET. You can follow along using the hashtag #YABWordSprint. Hope you’ll join in!

Happy writing, all!

For more Writer Recharge updates, check out the list on Sara’s blog.

12 responses to “Writer Recharge Update #1

  1. kiperoo

    Great progress! And oooh, I love those Scrivener index cards. I never used to plot/outline, but I can’t get enough of it now, and I love whatever tools help. Good luck with your goals this week!

  2. Thanks for the link to the Seven Point Plot System. I’m a total plotter, and I’m always looking for new ways to make it easier/clearer.

    You did great with your goals this week! #WriterRecharge has definitely motivated me as well. I don’t want to post about slacking off every Monday. :-)

    Best of luck with your goals this week, Ghenet!

  3. Stephanie Scott

    I can’t join the word sprint this week but I’ll keep future sprints in mind since those are motivating for me. I find plotting systems inspirational, but I tend to abandon them… haha. They definitely provide good guidelines though.

  4. Awesome progress!
    I’m going to check this Dan Well’s Seven-Point Plot System. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Alison Miller

    OMG – you’ve accomplished SO much! Good for you! I hope this next week is just as productive!

  6. Hello from Writer Recharge. Fun that we’ve managed to stay in touch on Twitter after we met at the SCBWI Black and White party last summer.

    I don’t know if I can pull off a word sprint because I’m a slow writer. But I can probably do a word walk. Make it a word power walk, hehe.

    • You should join our sprint! It’s not really about speed; we all just try to write or revise as much as we can in an hour – whatever that means for you. And we cheer each other on. :)

      I’m also glad we’re staying in touch!

  7. Ghenet, I love this update and that you’re getting a reboot on your writing goals. Congrats on keeping productive and motivated!

  8. I need to join in some sprints to get me to my goal. You’re doing great so far!

  9. You’re making great progress! It’s okay if you “cannibalize” from your old stuff – I did that with the new book. I’m sure we all do it! :)

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