#Writer Recharge: Plug me in.



From the lovely organizers:

January is in the books and you’ve had to deal with:
a) polar vortices
b) ice storms
c) mountains of snow
d) gray skies and general malaise
e) all of the above

We thought our writer friends might be in need of a little boost. A jump start, if you will.

A recharge.

We’d like to invite you to join us for Writer Recharge 2014, a month-long motivational challenge similar to last summer’s Ready. Set. Write! So many of us benefited from setting goals, connecting with other writers, and social media-based accountability. So, hey, let’s do it again! Whether you’re delighting next to the crackling fireplace of a Shiny New Idea with a warm cup of tea and a sleepy puppy at your feet or spinning out on the ice-covered roads of revisions in an attempt to avoid the snow-packed ditch, we want to write with you! What do you want to accomplish this month? Hit a daily word count? Revise a certain number of pages or chapters each week? Complete a draft by the end of the month? Let’s get this party started!

Writer Recharge 2014

Your hosts and cheerleaders: Katy UppermanAlison MillerLiz ParkerElodie Nowodazkij, and Sara Biren

The timeline:

  • First week of February: Post your goals for the month on your blog, website, or Twitter. Use the hashtag #WriterRecharge. Link your blog post on Sara’s blog.
  • Every Monday in February: Update your progress via your blog or twitter. Link your blog posts on myMonday posts.
  • Throughout the month: Use the hashtag to connect with other writers, have writing parties, and cheer one another on!
  • February 28: Post your final update via your blog or twitter.
  • Anyone who uses the hashtag or links their blog posts will be entered to win one of five query or 3-chapter critiques.

My goals:

*I’ll be in Northern California for the week of February 9 – 15 participating in a YA Novel Workshop and Retreat with Nova Ren Suma. These two writer-centric events beautifully coincide.

  • Finish my YA Fantasy WiP. I’ve been steadily building this world and story since August 2013. I need to finish the draft.
  • Finish the TV pilot I began work on in January.
  • Stop starting new ideas until the other ones are finished.
  • Title the YA Fantasy WiP because I’m tired of calling it (awkwardly) Banyan Book.

25 thoughts on “#Writer Recharge: Plug me in.

    1. YES!!! Jess, do it! I did Ready.Set.Write over the summer and it was a HUGE motivator. The accountability helps a ton, too!

  1. This is awesome! Do you have any specific goals for when you’re in CA? Omg, I can’t believe it’s so close. ❤ ❤

    1. OMG me too Court, I am a little freaked. But very excited!

      I want to get to the final act of my WiP. I feel like if I can get there, it’s all downhill (in a good way)!


    1. Thanks Anya! You too! I just liked your FB page so we can keep in touch for writing sprints! I’m not on instagram, so that will be a good way!

  2. That workshop DOES sound amazing! I hope you learn lots, accomplish mucho, and have tons of fun! Also, this: “•Stop starting new ideas until the other ones are finished.” LOL – I have to seriously restrain myself from starting SNIs until I finish something. It’s hard!

    So glad you’re joining us!

  3. I myself daydream a lot about new ideas when I’m knee deep in a project, so I guess I’m not the only one!

    Good luck with your projects. I’d be curious to know which resources you used for your world building.

    1. I think it can be hard not to want to start a new idea when you are getting to the hard part of the current one. Daydreaming is ok! It can only help!

      So, we’ll have to talk some time about that, but I talked at length with some people who knew more about the setting my fantasy world is based on than I do. I read books and articles and found language tools. There no one hard and fast way to world build. I think it’s different for every project.

    1. Um, you said tattooed in the back of your hand and i imagine Umbridge’s pen of torture from The Order of the Phoenix.

      I will not start new ideas — in blood!

      Thanks Tracey!

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