Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Writing Bootcamp Update

It's time for my first Spring Writing Bootcamp Update!
My goals for March are:
  • finish breaking Slumber in scenes and chapters 
  • rework one or more scenes daily 
  • write 3 blog posts for A-Z a week
  • walk every day, weather allowing
  • spend part of the kid's nap time reading a book on writing
I have been working on my goals for 4 days now and I'm pleased to say that I have made some decent progress!  I've also decided that I'm never writing a novel in one huge document ever again.  My main goal for this bootcamp is to turn the rough draft of my first novel into something solid and ready to be critiqued.  The past four days have been spent breaking the story into scenes and chapters.  For some reason I didn't do that when I wrote it.  I just wrote and wrote and didn't think about how hard it would be later.  (I may have done that for my first two novels...) It is now nice and neat with each scene in its own Scrivner folder. Yay!!!  Now I can spend the rest of the week actually working on revisions.
  I was sick all the past week but I did get in two walks today.  I feel like I can tackle anything!  I started reading Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell.  I think it was a good choice. I need all the help I can get. I love this story but it needs some serious work.  Speaking of which... Good bye!  I have a book to work on!


  1. You go Sarah. Glad the boot camp is helping.

  2. I guess we Writer Recharge alum have graduated onto the Spring Writing Bootcamp! Good luck with your goals. I'm sorry you were sick last week, and I hope you will stay well from hereon.

  3. Good job on getting your work into chapters and scenes! It sounds like the boot camp is just what you wanted for this stage.

  4. I love Scrivener. Now that you've broken your book into chapters and scenes, I'm sure it'll be a lot easier to revise. Congrats on your progress so far!

    I also love that you included walking in your goals. I want to start being more active as well this spring. :)

  5. I use yWriter5, which is like Scrivner. I sometimes write in one big, long Word file and then import it (depending on what I'm working on) once I get toward editing.

    Good job tackling those goals. Best of luck writing!

  6. I thought Bell's book was so informative. Great book to get you into the spirit of revisions. Hooray for your progress!