Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Spring Writing Bootcamp 2015 Wrap Up

It's hard to believe that the Spring Writing Bootcamp is over! The last two months have gone by and left quite an impression on me in ways I didn't know possible. But first I want to give a shout-out to the YA Buccaneers for putting on this challenge and to my team members, Heidi Sinnett and AM Hughes! Be sure to keep an eye out for them in the book world.



Let's see how I did in my goals in the past two months!


Goals
1) Write 50,000 words in my current WIP, Prairie Dust.
Overall, I wrote about 16,000 words. How did I think I was ready for this book? I wrote about how this is my first contemporary so I've come across a few challenges like actually having to write a young adult within the perimeters of our world and not one I made up, realizing I was writing some scenes in the wrong weather, and dealing with how geekdom is seen over the past ten years. Is it weird that I find writing fantasy novels so much easier? 

I was also distracted by a secret project where I had to fit everything on two pages, no more or less. It was quite the challenge. When I wasn't feeling Prairie Dust, I was determined to get that finished. I'm pretty proud of it and it was a little more pressing than this book, so I'm not beating myself up too much.

We'll see how the manuscript progresses over the next few months. As you can see by my posts, I had a lot going on with different conventions and events. We're heading to North Dakota to visit family and San Diego Comic-Con is on the horizon. I'm going to work hard on dedicating more time to my work, even if it's ten minutes a day. 

Goal: Develop better habits! My health is improving and I feel like a cloud has been lifted from my head that's been there for the past year. I developed some rough habits so it's time to undo them! 

2) Write synopsis for my three completed manuscripts. Decide on next the next big revision project.
This was actually a great exercise for me to do. I haven't been able to decide on what to start next for a while and those three manuscripts have been sitting waiting for some attention. After I wrote up what ended up being more like a proposal, I sent it off to my four critique partners to help give some insight. Thank goodness for their insights! 

Goal: Listen to my gut. I apply this whole projects or even to a simple scene. I usually know what's right. Time to quit ignoring it. Though, there's nothing wrong with asking for help.

I'm now reading through the first draft of the chosen project, Mirrorspeak. It's been two years since I wrote it and it's always strange to be surprised by your own words! 

3) Rework the revision project outline. 
I'm working on my revision process and this is something that's still in progress. Right now, I'm focusing on getting the outline of what I already have and taking a look at the bigger picture. I'm actually pretty excited about this! 

Goal: Finish reading through the draft and get that outline together!

Time to get work done and start on those goals. Good job to all the Bootcampers! Keep up the awesome! 

Natasha