Monday, May 27, 2013

What are your writing goals this summer?

Go Teen Writers is officially closed today so we can enjoy Memorial Day with our families.

Today is the last day the Go Teen Writers ebook will be on sale for $2.99. The reason Jill and I decided to run the special this weekend is because Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of summer, and summer is when a lot of you get to focus on your writing the most.

If you have writing goals for this summer, we'd love to hear what they are!




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  1. I want to get most of my macro edit done this summer (fingers crossed) :)

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  2. Hmm I wish my summer holidays had already started ;) Anyway, my goal for the summer is to finish the first draft of my current WIP. Fingers crossed I'll get that far!

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    1. I'm with you, Arlette. I have been aching to write "The End." My summer vacation hasn't started yet either. Another three weeks...*groan.*

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    2. Oh, me too, Arlette and Alyson! And I also have about another three weeks till my summer break actually starts. If I wasn't so far behind on my schoolwork, I'd probably only have another two weeks (including this one). If I wrote 1,000 words daily for 75 days, I'm thinking I'd finish it. But that's a pretty tall order!

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    3. Good luck on the last weeks of school Alyson & Hannah. I've got 5 weeks to go, but then we can go full steam on writing!

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  3. Throughout the school year, my writing sorta got cut out between school, speech, and debate, so my summer goal to to get a thousand words written each day, except weekends, that we're not doing anything. :D

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    1. Same here, speech and debate kinda rules my life. What league do you compete in?

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  4. I want to try to write at least half of my WIP. :)

    -Abby

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  5. What are your summer goals, Stephanie?
    -Luci

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    1. Thanks for asking, Luci! Currently mine are:

      1. To not totally embarrass myself during the classes I'm teaching and mentoring sessions I'm holding at a teen writer's conference in June.

      2. Get my edits done on the second Ellie Sweet book and turned into my content editor in July.

      3. Flesh out a couple book ideas I've had so I can get my agent's read on them and figure out what project to pursue next!

      How great that you're so close to finishing your WIP, Luci!

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  6. My goal is to finish my WIP (almost there) and then work on the macro and micro edits
    -Luci

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  7. My writing goals:
    ♥Do well in the writing class I'm taking.
    ♥Finish my Camp NaNo 2013 novel.
    ♥Finish the second edit of my Camp NaNo 2012 novel.
    ♥If I have time, do the second Camp NaNo 2013 session.
    We'll have see how much of that actually happens . . .

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  8. I have multiple goals.
    1) Finish all my developmental edits on my current WIP (there are a lot)
    2) Edit twice more
    3) Copyedit
    4) Proofread
    5) Start drafting the sequel

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    1. My goals are the same basically. Best of luck!

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  9. My goal is to finish the first draft of my WIP.

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  10. My goal is to finish the first draft of my WIP this summer. The 100-4-100 challenge really helped me go a long ways with it, but it would be great to finish it by the end of this summer:)

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    1. Yeah, the 100-4-100 was really good for keeping me on track with my novel, too! Even though I only wrote about 22,000 words. Good luck, Sara!

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  11. At least get into a WIP. I've scrapped so many over the years, but I really need to actually get something done!

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  12. My goal is to finish wriiting my WIP!!

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  13. To finish the first draft of my second book, and find an agent!

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  14. I want to edit my newly finished manuscript!!! :)
    -Kelly

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  15. 1. Finish my WIP
    2. Self publish a book of my poetry and short stories.
    3. Finish the WIP that my friend and I are doing together.
    4. Write some more stories.

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    1. I may be pushing this a bit since I'm still working on my second draft, but I hope I can get self published this summer too. Goodluck with your goals!

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  16. 1. Finish my No Return
    2. First draft of Stonebound
    3. Second Draft No Return

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  17. I want to query in mid-August or early September!

    ~Robyn Hoode

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    1. ^Query for an agent, that is. :)

      ~RH

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  18. These are great goals, guys! So fun to read.

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  19. 1.) Finish my Camp NaNo novel.
    2.) Edit the first draft of my WIP.
    3.) Help my discouraged friend start writing again :(

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  20. My goal is to finish my second draft of my novel and begin writing the second book of the trilogy before summer ends.

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  21. Get through second and third draft edits of Defender, and then start the querying process. Maybe start on the sequel, Survivor...Busy summer for me!

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  22. My writing goal is to finish writing and drawing my short graphic novel. Also, to become better at creating characters. ^_^

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  23. This summer, I want to overcome my bad habit of second-guessing everything I write. I want to LOVE what I write, and just...well, just write. Instead of focusing on how much I hate my writing, and not letting myself write, just set it aside and create my book. I also want to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo this August :)

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  24. Heh. I guess now is a good time to make some. Let's see...

    1. Start and finish the second draft of "Different."
    2. Finish the first draft of "Living Rain."
    3. Work on a different time of writing--like short stories :)
    4. Try to publish something, somewhere like I learned about in a writing class I took on Thursday! (That was awesome, by the way! I learned to be looking for opportunities to get my name out there!)

    Now...*goes to write those goals down somewhere* xD

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  25. Hahaha... I'm not a goal-maker, sadly, but let's see.
    1- My writing partner thinks we can finish the book we're co-authoring by summer's end..
    2- I hope to not give up.
    3- I want to succeed in my summer songwriting blitz.
    4- I want to eat cookies... does that count?

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  26. Finish my sequel. Sitting at 60K! :)

    Fun goals, everyone (including Stephanie! Second Ellie Sweet book! Sweet (no pun intended)!)! :)

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  27. I hope to complete my 3rd draft of my novel this summer :)

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  28. Um... I've got to finish the first draft of my novel which I finished at the beginning of May (and subsequently lost), so writing about 30k more on that.
    I'm also going to try to edit that and my first NaNo, and get them ready for CPs. (Well, I only have one CP right now, but still...)


    I'm also going to write the first draft of a contemporary novel that I've started, but haven't finished due to setbacks.
    Oh, and I'm going to an incredible two-week writing camp in NYC!
    I'm going to have a busy summer. And I am so excited.

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  29. my goal is to get halfway through my current WIP. :) It's something I am really excited about.

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  30. It's not summer or the holidays here in New Zealand, sadly - there's a thunderstorm happening now and I have exams this week :(
    Anyway, my current goal is to finish the first draft of my WIP.
    I'm starting again after realising how I can make the plot stronger, so I'm currently only at ~1000 words.

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  31. My goal is... well quite frankly it's to do SOMETHING, anything at all. Between extra classes and looking for a job, I don't have time to do much writing at all :(

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  32. My main goals from here to September are to finish my current WIP (Only four more chapters!!), brainstorm/outline/plot next WIP, edit current WIP, and then write the WIP I brainstormed. Whew! I'm going to be busy. lol

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  33. I currently have three WIP's (dangerous, I know...but two of them are co-written with a friend.)
    The two that I have through 1st draft, I would like to finish the second draft. I would also like to finish the second half of the first draft of the third project (if that makes any sense). Yay for Camp NaNoWriMo in July!

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  34. I currently have three WIP's (dangerous, I know...but two of them are co-written with a friend.)
    The two that I have through 1st draft, I would like to finish the second draft. I would also like to finish the second half of the first draft of the third project (if that makes any sense). Yay for Camp NaNoWriMo in July!

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  35. My goals are to participate in Camp NaNo, use my copy of the Go Teen Writers Book as a Bible, revise my more promising drafts, develop some more story lines, and rework some SUPER old ideas! Maybe I can squeeze in an entire revision? :)

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  36. I would love to get a good chunk of my novel revised, finish another, start writing another that I've been plotting... Just write! :)

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  37. This is my last week of school, and when I'm through I'm hoping to finish my WIP and start macro edits. I have two jobs, so I don't know how much I'll get done, but it's good to have goals I guess! Good luck to everyone else!

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  38. My goal is to decide my goals. So far I have too many options. Either I'll draft a new book or fix up one of mine from the 100x100 or re-edit something or keep querying or ALL. That saying, they're my *winter* goals. ;) Hehe...I'll be typing fast to ward off frostbite. In bed. Under the quilts.

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  39. Get my WIP all ready to go to a conference this summer!

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  40. My goals are to macro edit my WIP and send it out for Beta readers. This is kind of hard, because I've never done it before! I hardly know where to start! I also plan to rewrite a book that I've gotten halfway through twice, and then I always bomb out, so I'm hoping to get a bit further through it. :) I'm also, regretably, only halfway through term, here in the Icy Land of Australia.

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  41. My goal is to finish the editing process and clear up a few terms with my publisher. Yes, I already have a publisher and I only have 20 or so pages left of my WIP!:)

    Layla.

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    1. Penguin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) Thanks for asking:)

      Layla.

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    2. Oh, wow, you lucky thing!! What's your book about and how did you get your publisher?
      Sorry, I'm sounding really nosy, but I'm just interested :) Feel free not to answer if you don't want to :)

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    3. Oh no, it's okay:) I'm glad you're interested:) While, the pitch for my book is: Maybe you've felt the pain of being betrayed by someone close to you, someone you love- but I'm sure you've never felt what I've felt; being betrayed by yourself. It is called Nimueh: Throne of Magic. (Maybe, that's one of the terms we have to clear up;))
      How I got my publisher is a very interesting story. Basically, in the back of an old book I saw one of the fifty cents for a book thing, and though all hope was lost, I sent Penguin a letter, telling them about it and asking for the book. I got a personal letter back from the head of penguin, telling me how ecstatic he was to find me. He sent me the book I had asked for, plus two more books he said he enjoyed when he was my age. We started writing letters and e-mails to each other and next thing I know, I've landed him as my publisher.

      Feel free to ask any more questions:)

      Layla.

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  42. My main goals are to have The Ankulen ready for release by September and get My Kingdom for a Quest written. I'd also like to finish the book I worked on for 100 for 100, but at the moment, I don't see that happening ...

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  43. I have year-long writing goals that I made at the beginning of this year. I've revised them a bit since then, as some were a little unrelistic. :-)

    1) Get my writing blog up and running
    2) Finish edits on one of my books
    3) Self-publish that same book
    4) Finish writing one of my WIP
    5) Start edits on a couple of my novels
    6) Finish writing the first draft of another novel
    7) Participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time this November. :)

    -Patience

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  44. Ms Morrill--Is "The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet" able to be downloaded on kindle for pc? I'm having trouble downloading...

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    1. Yes, it should be. Strange. Can you tell me more about what's happening? (Feel free to email me privately too - Stephanie(at)StephanieMorrill.com)

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  45. I'm pretty new to writing, so I decided to start with fanfiction. I've had this idea for a few years now, and since I don't have any 'original fiction' ideas that are fleshed out enough to write yet, I decided to go with it. I'm going to be rewriting a series, with a simple twist at the beginning that will change what's going to happen quite a bit. The detailed outline of the first book is almost finished, and I'm hoping to write a first draft for that one this summer, as well as detailed outlines for the rest of the series.

    I know there are quite a few people who seem to think writing fanfiction isn't really writing, but I don't really agree with that. Writing is writing after all, even if the characters might have been thought up by somebody else. Also, since someone like Cassandra Clare started out with fanfiction, I figured I would just follow my muse for the moment.

    -Nerine

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    1. Honestly, if you're pretty new to writing, fanfiction is a good way to 'dip your toes in' per se. In my experience, it helps you later on in the areas of character development (because you have to change the characters beyond what the author originally wrote them) and dialouge. One thing it doesn't help with, though, is world building and also description. Because your readers already know what the MC looks like, you don't have to explain, but it's good practice.

      Good luck!

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  46. I'm going to post here even though it's been a long while since anyone commented here.

    School's going to be out in two weeks where I live and I'm hoping to take advantage of that! I'm hoping to write two and a half out of the four novellas I plan to write using word wars and word sprints as I've found them super helpful. Each novella will hopefully be 25,000 words.... I think I can do that by the time June comes!

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