Wednesday, March 6, 2013

RTW: Writing Quarterly Check-In

Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:
Where am I on my reading and writing goals?

My biggest goal this year is to do another revision of KIN and to get it ready for submission. I wish I would have shared this book with people a lot sooner, but happy with the notes given to me recently. I'm focusing a lot of my attention on fine-tuning an outline before proceeding. Happy that I was able to complete that yesterday. My next step is to write a new synopsis to see how things flow before I proceed onto hacking the away.

See, the most helpful piece of advice I was given was get the conflict to happen sooner. So I've focused on making that happen without sacrificing too much of the story I have already set in place. It was difficult since there are things I wanted to keep in place for a reason, but the advice made complete sense. This revision is about letting go of things and seeing things a bit more clearly. As I set the new events in place, I know it is for the best. (I'm hoping I feel the same way when I finally get the story together.) And it's a huge lesson that I hope to use when I step into revising future books and a lot sooner in revision than this one.

I'm behind on writing short stories, but I plan to catch up. My goal is to write one a month. I'm going to use some time when I need a break from revision to focus on that goal again.

I've read 18 book already this year. A few Buffy comic books, my usual YA fare, and research for a novel I wrote last year. It's a good mix and it keeps me sane when I need a break from my own worlds.

Happy writing and reading! Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Way to go on your reading! I know how tough it is to cut scenes from a story; I trick myself into thinking it's OK by saving all the scraps in another file so I can always add them back later. I've probably only done that once, but at least the scenes are saved in a sense.

    1. I trick myself in exactly the same way. :)

  2. Thanks! It is nice to have the time to do so, but revising needs to happen! Definitely nothing wrong with saving. I do keep every version that I play with just in case and I've never reverted back. It's nice seeing the progression if I decide to take a peek later on.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Sounds like you're doing really well. 18 books read is pretty good too.

  4. 18 books? Nice one!! I keep meaning to write more short stories. Congrats on your achievements so far. Sounds like its been a great year so far!


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