Sunday, August 18, 2013

Go Teen Writers Virtual Writing Retreat - Sunday Late Night - Retreat Recap

Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books for teens in lots of weird genres like, fantasy (Blood of Kings trilogy), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). Find Jill on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or on her author website.

Well? How did it go? Did you guys enjoy the writing retreat?

I loved seeing the conversations you all started and how word wars cropped up on their own and how you critiqued and read each other's stories. And I loved seeing how excited you were to spend time with other writers. Tell us what you accomplished in the comments.

I leave you with this:

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” —Ernest Hemingway

Remember that. Always be teachable. Because if you think you know everything, then you've gotten to the place where your pride is bigger than your talent. And you know what pride comes before, right? The fall. So be careful to stay humble. Help each other out. Continually read fiction and nonfiction. Continue to learn new things. And continue to write and rewrite story after story after story. You can do it!

P.S. Once all the giveaways have ended, Steph and I will contact the winners. Thanks for entering all our contests!


  1. I got a pretty good chunk written... finished a story... :)

    1. Well done, Bethany! How exciting for you :)

  2. Hey all!

    The writing retreat was AWESOME! And lots of people say you guys need to do these things more often! :)

    As for my goal: YES! I finished it! I finished 2 chapters with a total of about 4,500 words! I got a partner (yeah, Ari!) and we have been trading our new chapters. :D so much FUN!


    (and thank you even more that you're keeping the lop open! also, would a friend of mine (she's a writer too) be able to join in?)

    Thanks again for all you do, Jill and Stephanie! :)


    1. ^^^ **LOOP** ^^^ NOT 'lop' :p

    2. Great job, TW Wright! Yay for completing your goal! :D

  3. I. DID. IT. I completed my goal for the Go Teen Writers Virtual Writing Retreat! *clearing throat importantly* I would like to thank Stephanie and Jill for making this possible, my awesome characters for cooperating so well, Michael W. Smith for composing such applicable music, . . .

    Wow. Before I get carried away, I'm going to share my stats :)

    Weekend word count goal: 10,000
    Friday's word count goal: 3,000 at least
    Friday's word count: 3,030
    Words to go: 6,970
    Saturday's word count goal: 4,000 at least
    Saturday's word count: 4,014
    Words to go: 2,956
    Sunday's word count goal: 2,956 at least
    Sunday's word count: 2,966
    Total word count: 10,010!

    I made it! I worked for ten or twelve hours total, I think, but in the end. . . .

    I feel like Frodo Baggins. "It's over. . .it's done. . . ."

    1. Great job Hannah. I didn't get anywhere close to where you or TW did. Awesome job to both of you!

    2. Congrats, Hannah! i've been cheering you on the last couple days! fantastic! i only got about 1/2 way thru what you got altogether! :D u rock! :)


    3. YAY HANNAH! Congrats!! :)

    4. Congrats, Hannah! That's awesome. I'm so proud of you!

    5. Oh, thank you all so much! Your encouragement means a lot. That's one of the best things about GTW. . .you can always count on people to be awesome!

  4. I got five pages written and that's it. :P It was fun, but I think I was too busy to enjoy it. Maybe next year it'll come at a better time for me.

    1. I totally understand busyness. It haunts me. LOL

  5. Yeah, I agree with Sarah that I was too busy to get to do as much as I would've liked. :( Oh well...I wrote some at least, which is more than I would've otherwise (probably none xD)! And it really was fun, what I could participate in. Thanks so much to Mrs. Morrill and Mrs. Williamson for all the awesome events they come up with!

    1. Way to look at the positives, Amanda! And you are very welcome. :-)

  6. Well, hey, I didn't do any contests or anything, but I've worked on getting to know two of my characters and feel that's about as much accomplishment as I can get at this point.
    The posts were cool, though and so was reading about everybody's own accomplishments, good job everyone!!!


  7. I edited my whole novel again and outlined the first 1/3 of the sequel, so I'm very happy.

  8. I started the Snowflake Method for my novel and started vaguely planning my memoir. I didn't get much done, but my mom was out of town and we had a houseguest and life was very busy, so ... Anyway, thanks so much for hosting the retreat and giveaways! They were epic, and I'm glad I could participate a little. :)

  9. We've all had our times when we don't feel inspired or we don't feel like writing at all. I was in one of those moment before the retreat, and the last word war inspired me to write more!
    An update on what I got accomplished:
    Over 3,000-4,000 words for my novel.
    A new title for my old novel! (Thanks all you who helped on the yahoo page!)
    And finally, more inspiration from all the comments and discussions!


    By the way, all of who will agree with this statement:

    Ahhhh. Isn't it nice to be able to write?