Summer 2014 Ready. Set. Write! Goals

What I love most about being part of the kid lit writing community is how supportive everyone is of one another. Writing can be such a solitary thing–you spend hours in front of a computer or with a notebook, working out stories in your head. Having other writers around doing the same thing–whether in person, sharing a table at a cafe, or remotely on Twitter–makes the experience so much more fun. And I’ve found that when I see other writers working hard on their stories, I work harder, too. The accountability and support is the best, especially on difficult writing days. This is why I love joining writing challenges, like YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp, Camp NaNoWriMo, and now for the second time, Ready. Set. Write!


Ready. Set. Write! is hosted by Jamie Morrow, Erin Funk, Katy Upperman, and Alison Miller. Today we’re all setting our summer goals, so here are mine:

  • Finish (at least) one round of revisions for my latest work-in-progress, and send to my CPs/beta readers.
  • Come up with a working title for this manuscript.

My summer will be filled with revisions for the contemporary YA manuscript I finished during Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m pretty excited! I love the revising phase, and I love this story. By the end of RSW (August 25), if not sooner, I hope to have a draft polished enough to send to my critique group and beta readers.

first draftThe first draft of my manuscript, printed out and ready to be revised!

For more about Ready. Set. Write! and to join in, click here.

What do you hope to accomplish this summer?

51 responses to “Summer 2014 Ready. Set. Write! Goals

  1. Oh man, working titles are the worst. My novel (now “of fragile things”) went through about 60000 during the pre-querying process. I always titled the document ‘Sadie’, as it’s the main character’s name but never came up with anything I LOVE. Heck, I even told my agent now I didn’t loooove my title so feel free to change. I hope you come up with something you <3, and good luck revising! :-)

  2. Titles are so hard, I agree. When I’m really stuck, I blindly flick through my WIP and land on a random passage or word. It can be helpful. But still, it usually takes me many, many tries to land on a good one :)

    Good luck with your revising goals this summer! Can’t wait to see how you do! I’m hoping to finish my current WIP’s first draft and then get further on one of my other WIPs. I’m trying to take full advantage of the motivation from this intensive and get down as many words as I can.

  3. Awesome goals, Ghenet! I’m kind of doing revisions on one story and drafting another, so at least part of my summer I’ll be in the same boat as you! Good luck with the revisions! :D

  4. Titles are the worst. Good luck coming up with something shiny! Awesome goals. It sounds like it will be a fun summer.

  5. I love revising too, Ghenet. Best of luck with your revision. And good luck with your title brainstorming, too. Titles are so difficult for me to come up with… I can’t wait to hear what you decide on!

  6. Awesome goals! Good luck revising! It took me forever to come up with a title for my WIP, but one day an idea just came to me as I was revising my opening. Hope you come up with something you love! :)

  7. Ah, it seems we both have to play the title game! Good luck with your goals! :)

  8. Great goals! Love the photo of the printed first draft. That must feel great! Good luck with the revising.

  9. Alison Miller

    YAY!!! So glad you’re on board with us again! And great goals! I love the revising phase too. So glad you’re so in love with your story! Go YOU!

  10. mandiebaxter

    Good luck with the title. If I don’t have one before I start forget it….I still have a finished project I don’t like the title of. It would take me all summer.And good luck with your other goals!

  11. Yay :-) If you need extra pair of eyes, you know my email :) Will be cheering you on for your goals…titles are tough to find, I agree!

  12. You can do it! I’ve been in the revision stage for months, but if you stay focused, I’m sure you can knock them out in no time. Good luck!

  13. Erin Funk

    I love the revising stage too! It’s less stressful, because you already have something to work with on the page, plus you get to see the story really becoming what you want. Good luck with revising your Camp NaNo project, Ghenet! :)

  14. Sounds like some great goals–I bet you’ll have your draft ready for critique from betas! And good luck with that title!

  15. Titles for me are hit or miss. Either they come with the idea or I can’t for the life of me think of something decent. Hopefully you don’t have that kind of trouble with yours! Good luck with that and your revision goal this week!

    • This is only my second manuscript and I think the title for my first one was a “hit” in the sense that it came pretty easily and was well-received. I hope I can say the same for this title when I come up with it!

  16. Stephanie Scott

    glad to see you’re continuing to check in with writing goals!

  17. Kitty

    I totally agree that the support of this writing community is awesome! Your goals look great, Ghenet. Full steam ahead and good luck!

  18. I love revising too :) Good luck this summer!

  19. Jessica Love

    You can do it, Ghenet! And remember…I totally owe you a beta read! Let me know if you need eyeballs on anything!

  20. Titles are hard for me. I don’t have one for my alternate history WIP and it’s driving me crazy. Good luck with revisions and coming up with a title! Have a great writing week!

  21. Yay, Ghenet! It was so nice to meet you at BEA, by the way. Good luck with all your goals!

  22. Good luck with your goals! Excited for our Twitter writing parties. :)

  23. Good luck with your goals, Ghenet! I have tentative goals right now, which are dependent on a few things.

  24. Good luck with all your goals!! I love coming up with titles. I usually have a title before I’ve written the first chapter. (not always a good sign) Anyway, if you need someone to bounce ideas off of, I volunteer as tribute. :)

    Happy Revising!!

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