Happy May! I’m back with another YAB Spring Writing Bootcamp update, and it’s a good one because some pretty awesome things happened since I last posted.
The first is I won Camp NaNoWriMo AND finished the first draft of my second manuscript!
When I first set my goals for the bootcamp in March, I planned to write as much of my contemporary YA WIP as possible, but I didn’t necessarily expect to finish the first draft. Then, I decided to join Camp NaNoWriMo in April and use it to write the last 25K words. I kept up with with my daily word count and won Camp NaNo – plus finished my draft! – on April 30th. This book is currently a little over 52K words, which will definitely increase during revisions since I have a lot to flesh out. But I’m really happy with how the story came out, and I’m excited to revise after I take a little break. I learned a lot from drafting this particular book, but I’ll save that for another post. For now, celebration!
Then, this past weekend I went to the New England SCBWI conference for the second time. It was incredibly inspiring and fun. I headed up to Massachusetts with my friend and fellow buccaneer, Kathryn Holmes, reconnected with other writer friends I’d met there last year, and made new friends. Plus, I attended some really helpful workshops, found inspiration in the keynotes, and left with even more motivation to make both of my manuscripts shine. It was the perfect way to celebrate a finished draft and pump myself up for the next few months of revisions. I can’t wait to return next year!
Speaking of revisions, let’s talk about my plan for the rest of the bootcamp. I can’t believe we’re already in the last month! My other main goal was to make a few more changes to my first manuscript, THE RIGHT EXPOSURE, before querying further. I hope to finish as much as I can this month. This week in particular, I want to break out the book map I created back in March, plus the feedback I’ve collected, and create a plan and checklist for my revision. Then I’ll dive right in. I have a few ideas swirling around my head already, so I’m excited to get started.
Go Team Mountaineers!
Check out my teammates’ progress by visiting their blogs and Twitter pages at the links below!
What’s new with you this week?