There's this wonderful new opportunity to help you get a leg up on your current WIP or start a new one, all while learning the balance of writing and living. Because you do know that living is one of the most important parts of becoming a multi-leveled, juggling writer.
Whether we're aware of it our not, we write what we know. Everyone's heard that, but most of us do it subconsciously. We hear about doing research for a novel. I've done research. Adding spices of what I'm unfamiliar with does add to the overall scope within my stories. But mostly, I find what sparks a story somewhere within me. Then I go looking elsewhere.
My amazing author friend (and one of my first official reviews and interviews on the Graffiti Wall), Susan Kay Quinn, gave me the heads up about A Round of Words in 80 Days. This is a challenge about setting attainable goals that will encourage and inspire us, moving us forward on our writing journey.
I missed the first of two weekly check-ins, so I'm starting today. Here are my attainable goals for the next 80 days, minus the 8ish days I've missed.
#1 ~ to completely rewrite my YA novel, adding a new plot line and axing my cast of characters. (I've started on this and basically have to feed the new info throughout.)
#2 ~ complete 3rd draft of my picture book SWITCHING DAYZZZ... (which is almost finished, anyway.)
#3 ~ simply keep my mind open to thoughts for continuing to outline GYPSY DOLLS: Carnival of Souls as well as my MG Fantasy, MOTLEY EDUCATION.
The deadline is JUNE 14TH. Susan and I have decided to track each other's progress, sharing and brainstorming together. I'm pretty excited about it. I think we can do it, and with Susan and I cheering each other on, I'm sure it will be a great success.
So stay tuned and come back to see our progress every other Tuesday. Feel free to join us in the CHALLENGE. You're writing anyway, right??
Let me ask you: how do you JUGGLE your writing life?