Fall Writing Bootcamp Check-In


Because I’m either a) Crazy b) Off my rocker or c) Needing accountability like whoa I signed up for the YA Buccaneers Fall Writing Bootcamp. It’s not too late to join!

What’s the point of all this, you may ask? The fact of the matter is I have queries that need polishing, drafts that need wording, stories that need plotsing, and WIPs that need revisioning. This bootcamp and its associated friendly pressure encouragement is sorely needed. I know what I’m capable of when I am focused and determined. Great things, I tell you! But with so many distractions tugging at my brain and body, I’ve been feeling a bit rudderless lately. It’s past time to chart a new course.

So let’s check in!

What did you do last week to work towards your goals?

I set them? Seriously, that’s real progress. I did a read-through of a short story and realized that I am addicted to the word “just.” I also participated in a couple of writing sprints and spent a good deal of time on character Q&A to suss out voice.

Did you meet your goals?

Yes. I wanted to write every day, even if it was just a few words, and I did that.

What are your goals for the coming week?

  1. Finish a short story.
  2. Draft 3 chapters of my MS.
  3. Post my goals on Twitter.


let's do this

What’s Up Wednesday


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Y’all! I haven’t done WUW in forever! This deserves a theme song.


I just started Nova Ren Suma’s THE WALLS AROUND US. Her writing is exquisite and so lovely. I’m already falling hard for this one.


I’m trying my hand at more structured plotting with the new co-writing project. Not sure if it’s successful yet but I’m trying to stretch. How do y’all do it? Meanwhile, I’m tightening up my query and synopsis for HAPPENS FOR A REASON, and re-writing the ending to a short story I started during the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp.


I have to do something writing-related every day. Even if it’s only a few words, or a paragraph, or revising a bit of what I’ve previously written. Staying away from it too long is a dangerous habit for me. It doesn’t take much to fall into a rut where I don’t want to do anything and I’m actively looking for excuses not to.


I subbed my stuff to PitchWars and was chosen as Stephanie Scott’s alternate. Stephanie’s so amazing and I am really lucky to have the chance to work with her. I also dove into the PitMad pool (with something like 8,000+ other people) and got some agent love. All in all, life’s pretty good!


It’s Been Awhile

Hey y’all! So much has happened since I last posted. I submitted work to PitchWars, I’ve been swamped with back-to-school-type stuff for the Dayjob, and dealing with health stuff.

Oh, and Hello Kitty isn’t a cat after all.


As for my summer writing challenges, I fell down on the reporting side. I didn’t stop writing but as I tend to do when life gets wonky, I retreat into a hole and don’t reach out as much, which is crazypants because I definitely need the support and encouragement of all of the fantastic people  who have my back no matter what. 

So all in all, I’m doing okay and still plugging away. I’m looking forward to finishing revisions, adding words to a neglected WIP, starting my first co-writing project, and a writing retreat in October. 

Hope everyone’s doing well!