Tuesday, March 11, 2014

YA Spring Bootcamp Update 1

This post is to share my writing progress updates for the YA Buccaneers' Spring Writing Bootcamp:
  • What did you do last week to work towards your goals?
    • My goal was to get the structure reorganized on my YA contemporary novel AMELIA according to the guidelines my agent and I discussed. 

      After struggling through this revision for a month, on Saturday I finally saw the light! The pacing and structure is much closer to what we are working toward. I also set a goal to write a synopsis with the changes to send to my agent while I clean up the draft for consistency issues and tweaks. I sent it to her Sunday night!
  • How do you feel about your progress?
    • I feel great! This revision was tough. Last time I worked on character development, removing a subplot, and developing new scenes. This time I had to cut the last half of the novel in half while expanding the middle. It was a bit complicated, but one of those things that just had to get messy before it got better.
  • Any changes you'll be making this week?
    • I'll be juggling two projects. A trusted reader is going through AMELIA for consistency and overall impressions. I may send to someone else, though I'm anxious to get the draft back to my agent. I also need to get a new excerpt to my critique group on my other project, my Nano 2013 novel, a YA contemporary SUNSET SUMMER. 
  • What are you excited to work on this week?
    • Last month the critique group suggested I cut or restructure the chapter I sent, so it's not just a matter of pulling out a chapter and handing it over. I want to work on a beat sheet outline now to get the plot more structured, do some general brainstorming about the story. I also need to just get a chapter ready for them, so I will have to prioritize.
      • Get reader fixes in AMELIA
      • Read through AMELIA targeted on specifics (character dev, story flow, inconsistencies)
      • Prep SUNSET SUMMER chapter for critique group
      • Outline a beat sheet for SUNSET SUMMER overall plot* (save for last, time dependent)
Hope to hear from you on your writing goals this week!


  1. Congrats on your progress so far! That's awesome that you figured out how to tackle your revision. What a great feeling! Good luck with all of your goals for this week.

  2. Yay for seeing the light! Don't you love those moments??

  3. That's so exciting! I love that moment when everything starts to come together. I hit that magic moment just a couple weeks ago, and suddenly it was like I could breathe again. Breathing is good, right? ;)

  4. Yay for finally seeing the light on a your MS. Those moments always make me feel so writerly and remind me why I do this.

  5. Aren't those moments of epiphany great? I liken that to being stuck in a room, you move a book on a shelf, and then the shelf opens into another room. Good luck with juggling two projects.