So I’ve been trying to join in on #WriteMotivation for a while, but I always missed the sign-up process. What’s that? You don’t know what the hell #WriteMotivation even is? Oh-ho-ho, then pull up a chair and lemme tell you a heartwarming tale of people cheering each other on.
If you’re on Twitter, you can easily follow #WriteMotivation. Here you will find a group of writers providing encouraging words, well-wishes, and in general motivating each other to meet goals. We’re a community. One that helps each other along, whether that’s someone volunteering to be a beta reader or someone just giving you a virtual hug. It’s there if you need it. If you think this is something you might be interested in, please feel free to pop in on Twitter and jump straight in.
Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yes, so I finally made this round of sign-ups for #WriteMotivation. That means I’m officially listed on the roster over on K.T. Hanna’s blog. Each Monday I’ll be posting an update on my goals for #WriteMotivation and also visiting other participant’s blogs to leave encouraging comments.
Here are the goals I’ve laid out for myself this month:
✖ Finish revisions on YA contemporary fantasy novel Harvester. This is a big one. I want to start querying mid-August. This means I need my novel to be polished. I already have the first draft completed and since I took the time to do meticulous world-building and draw up a plot outline beforehand, I’m 99.9% confident there are no glaring plot holes to be fixed. I just need to worry about going through and tightening/fixing prose, adding in a few extra scenes to improve characterization, etc. I apparently write on the diet-coke side of things, so overall I’m looking to add an extra ten-thousand words to my novel.
✖ Revise again based on feedback from CPs. Again, another big one. I need to ship off my novel to beta readers and any critique partners willing to read the same drivel all over again, so I can in turn revise once more based on any feedback they give me. Obviously I’m hoping they won’t find any huge issues, otherwise my plans to start querying mid-August will be dashed. If it happens, it happens. Obviously I want the best material going out to agents. But these are my “optimistic” goals.
✖ Make a blog post once a week. I’m not gonna lie. I’m pretty shitty at keeping up with my blog. In fact, I totally forgot to do last week’s Medieval Monday post and I’ve yet to do today’s. It’s weird too. My entire life I’ve kept journals. I probably have about ten journals boxed up in storage right now. I guarantee every single page is filled up with stuff, front and back. I wrote on boring days, I wrote on exciting days. I wrote. Period. Typing is sooo much easier than holding a pen for hours (I get hand cramps pretty easy if I write any longer than five minutes with a pen). Yet I struggle to blog. Maybe it’s the knowledge that I can’t just vomit forth all my random thoughts onto the internet if I don’t want to be lynched by the internet people’s of the world, or maybe it’s because I’m older and less angsty. Who knows. But that’s my goal. Blog once a damned week (twice preferably if I remember Medieval Monday).
So, there you have it. That’s #WriteMotivation in a nutshell and the goals I’ve chosen for this month. Thor help me.