Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Go Teen Writers' Schedule of Events

by Stephanie Morrill

For those participating in the 100 for 100 writing challenge, today is your LAST day! Isn't that so exciting? When you're done writing for the day, make sure you log your words on the spreadsheet so I can get everything tallied. (If you don't have the link for the spreadsheet, please email me.)

If you started the 100 for 100 challenge, but didn't make it to the end ... no sweat. Neither did I, actually. I fell apart during the last couple weeks. But I know along the way, there were days when the only reason I bothered with writing was the 100 for 100 challenge, so there was still some success involved. I hope the same is true for you as well.

If you missed out on the last 100 for 100 challenge, or if you want another go at it, we will begin another one on February 1st. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about with all this 100 for 100 nonsense, here's a link to the writing challenge 200+ of us took in September.)

Other events that may interest you this year are:

January 2nd: The first writing contest of the year opens up for those 21 and under.
February 1st: As I just mentioned, the second 100 for 100 Challenge kicks off.
March 1st: Go Teen Writers: How to turn your first draft into a published book will be released. Jill Williamson and I had a blast co-authoring this. This book is our answer to that very big question we often get asked - "How do I get published?"
Also in March: We will have a very fun contest involving pictures of your writing spaces. More details on that to come.
June 17th: Jill and I are both teaching at the One Year Adventure Novel workshop here in Kansas City. Well, Jill will be teaching. I have no official responsibilities yet, so I might fake like a student and sit in the classes. It'll be epic, as Mr. S says.

And that's as far out as we've planned. Sounds like a pretty fun next six months, though, right?

Tomorrow, the young, lovely, and talented Rachel Coker will be here. Friday I'll be announcing prizes from the 100 for 100 challenge, and then we'll be off for the week of Christmas.

We recently talked about writing goals in the last Go Teen Writers newsletter. Does anyone have any writing goals for 2013 they want to share?

43 comments:

  1. WHOOOOO!! So exciting! Everything sounds awesome. Especially that book...and the writing contest...and...okay, everything sounds awesome. :D

    Writing goals...let's see. I want to finish my book next year. I want to try some type of writing I don't usually do. And I just want to practice, practice, practice!

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    1. Great goals, Amanda! I'm loving the enthusiasm :)

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  2. Sounds awesome!!! The 100 for 100 really pushed me. My mom even noticed how I am more at ease in my writing because I know that I will get words on the page. I used to get really stressed out about finding time to write, and I don't anymore: )

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    1. Oh, that's wonderful, Alyson! I also get stressed if I'm not getting chances to write and found the 100 for 100 helped me with that too.

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  3. Looks like an exciting year for GTW! I seriously want an autographed copy of the book when it comes out. Maybe GTW members can order special copies? ;) Just kidding (kinda), but I'm really looking forward to this schedule of events!

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    1. Anna, if you want one, I'm sure Jill and I will find a way to get you an autographed copy :)

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  4. I'm so excited for the 100/100 challenge in Feb! I missed the first one because I thought I was doing NaNo...which didn't end up happening, so I was pretty disappointed. :P

    Officially jealous that you get to be at OYAN (again!) and I (still) haven't made it to a workshop...I'm sure Mr. S is right -- epicness unlimited. *wistful sigh* :P

    Congrats on the book!

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    1. I'm going into my fifth year of OYAN and I still haven't made the workshop, so at least you have company. I'm sighing wistfully too.

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    2. We will miss both of you :(

      Olivia, I'm glad you're going to join us for the next 100 for 100!

      Leah, fifth year of doing OYAN?! That's awesome!

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  5. Will your Go Teen Writers book be available as a hard copy or only as an e-book? I'd love to be able to buy it when it comes out!
    Thanks and the schedule looks wonderful. :)
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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    1. Great question, Sarah. Yes, we're doing paperback copies as well as ebook because both of us prefer physical copies of writing craft books.

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    2. From Amo Libros:
      Ebook too? Hurray!! I prefer paperback, but they've been giving me rashes lately, and so I'm stuck e-stuff...Now I can get it for my birthday!!!

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  6. I can not even tell you what a blessing the 100 for 100 was for me. Without it, my manuscript would have been completely untouched for those last three-1/2 months. But because I was challenged to write a simple 100 words a day, it went farther than I would have ever thought! :) There were a couple weeks that I struggled with, BUT I was so glad I kept going.

    Goals for 2013...finish the third draft of Seaspear, and complete a 50,000 word novel in January for "JaNo" :)

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    1. That is exactly why I loved 100 4 100! Without it, I probably would have written close to nothing in my WIP. :)

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    2. Oh, Ellyn and Abby, yay! I'm so glad to hear that! It's remarkable how it adds up, isn't it?

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  7. From September-Now, I've written a little over a third of my book. I definitely want to finish it this year. :)

    Piper♥

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    1. Congrats Piper! I hope that you finish it up this year!

      ~Abby

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  8. Another 100 by 100??? Thank you so much for doing another! I will definitely want to join in on that!!! I think that my main goal would be do finish a rough draft. And to learn more :) Looking forward to all of that fun stuff ahead! Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

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    1. I'm so glad you'll be joining us again, Sierra!

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  9. Hm... by the end of 2013 want to finish the first draft of my WIP and finish TWO rounds of editing it. Ulp.

    I can't wait for the January writing contest, and 100x100 has been WONDERFUL. I'll participate again in Febuary for sure. Thanks for GTW!

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    1. I'm glad you've found 100 for 100 to be such a great experience!

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  10. Yay! Another 100 for 100! This last 100 for 100 really pushed me to find time to sit down and write.

    I cannot wait to get the Go Teen Writer's book!! Will it be available as an e-book?

    Hmmm... Goals for 2013... Well, I really want to at least finish the first draft of my WIP and do the first few rounds of editing it. If I finish it, It'll be my first completed manuscript!

    I can't wait for all of the 2013 events!

    ~Abby

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    1. And writing that first full manuscript is a HUGE first step, Abby!

      Yes, it will be available as an ebook on a variety of devices. We're excited!

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  11. My 2013 writing goals aren't written down or set in stone or really "resolutions." They're just an awareness in the back of my mind that I want to finish the book I started for NaNo this past year and write at least one full draft for one book in a four-part series I've been working on for what feels like forever.

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  12. I finished 100-4-100! It taught me a lot about sticking with it. I have almost a whole first draft and had I not done 100-4-100 I would've tossed the idea back in Decemeber. Really the draft is worse than the NY Jets ;) but I got it done. I tend to set lots of lofty goals that never happen so I'm trying to be realistic. Rewriting my WIPs would be great. I also want to keep learning amd get a schedule going. I dream being a professional writer I want a solid foundation to ge there.

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    1. That is very possibly the first football joke that has ever been told on Go Teen Writers. And the real question is, if it was worse than the NY Jets, was it worse than the KC Chiefs too? :)

      I'm SOO proud of you for finishing and sticking with your draft. That's a really hard thing to do.

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  13. My goals...I think I want to get up enough courage to at least send a query letter out. Even if it's rejected, I still want to start trying! And next year GTW looks like it'll be busy! Woot! :D I'm looking forward to the prompt writing contest. Didn't finish the 100 for 100, but I did complete my second book! XD

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    1. That's an excellent goal, Cait, and congratulations on completing your second book!

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  14. I finished the 100 for 100! I loved the challenge, it made me write on days when I didn't feel like it - and when I'd reach 100 words, I'd find myself coming up with new ideas and writing more!

    My goals for 2013 are:
    -Start (and finish) editing the first draft of my novel.
    -Complete the first draft of my next story.
    -And if all goes according to plan, I want to do a full NaNoWriMo.

    (Also, can't wait for the GTW book! Definitely buying it)

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    1. Wow, Kate, these are awesome goals! I think it'll be a great year for you.

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  15. I will definitely join 100 4 100 in February, as I missed it this year. My main goal is to finish my second WIP and do something with my first (queries are out). I'll buy the GTW book for sure-this blog is so helpful!

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    1. Queries are out?! Awesome, Katie! Keep us posted :)

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  16. I kind of have an eventful year planned. I'm planning on finishing the first draft of my first book. I've been working on it for about a year (it's safe to say I didn't know what I was getting into when I came up with the idea I just *had* to write). I also really want to go through and edit it. And there's the matter of my unfinished NaNo novel...and finishing editing it by June. Hopefully I can tackle all that :)

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    1. I certainly understand not knowing what you're doing but HAVING to write anyway :)

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  17. Hmm . . . I'm going to try to edit my novel until I feel it's completed and get more advice from my beta readers. I'm also going to try to stop daydreaming about publishing when I don't have my second draft finished yet, and get at least one piece of fiction published in TeenInk magazine. I'm also going to try to place in the top 20 for GTW contests at least once. Crazy as it may seem, I'm also prepping to do the Year of Writing Continuously, where I'm aiming for 1k per day. I just realized how many big lofty goals I have.

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  18. So exciting!! I've been writing like crazy!! The 100 for 100 REALLY helped me! On those days when I felt I couldn't write any longer... the 100 for 100 pushed me. Thanks so much Stephanie!
    I think my goal for this year is to finish writing my first draft! I've never finished writing a first draft before so I'm really going to try this year!
    Oh and do you need us to send out stories in for the 100 for 100?

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it challenged you, same as it did me. And finishing a first draft is a big step and an excellent goal!

      No, I don't need your stories. Just your word count on the spreadsheet, please!

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    2. Ok!
      Thanks again Stephanie! =D

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  19. This all sounds so exciting! Maybe I'll get past week one in the Challenge this time. =)

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