Monday, May 25, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE!

Are you ready for Ready. Set. WRITE!?

For the past two summers, Katy Upperman, Erin Funk, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij and I have been hosting READY. SET. WRITE! It’s always so much fun and we all seem to accomplish mucho. Clearly we’d be idiots not to host it again so we are. J. For anyone who missed out last time, Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. We set goals, write/revise/plan like crazy, and keep one another accountable.  

Here’s how it’s all going to go down.  

1) This summer we’ll continue checking in on Mondays. The start of the week feels sort of appropriate for goal-setting, like laying the groundwork for an awesome week of writing. So, every Monday from June 8th to August 31, we’ll start off the week by updating each other on what we accomplished and then setting goals for the new week.  

2) To help with said updates, we’re going to use headings in the weekly posts. Using headings should allow for a quicker and more concise rundown and will give other participants specific ways to offer encouragement.

Here are the headings: 

●How I did on last week’s goal(s) 

●My goal(s) for this week 

●A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised 

●The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc) 

●Something I love about my WIP 

Accountability and goal setting are super important, but we don’t want RSW to detract from writing, which is, of course, the whole point of this summer intensive.  To that end, WE are going to keep our updates concise—limiting our answers for each heading above to 2-3 lines, and we encourage you to do the same. Save the words for the WiPs, ya know?  

Each Monday there will be a linky signup posted on all of the host blogs. Just leave the link to your check-in post, hop around to other participants’ blogs, and spread encouragement around like sunscreen. (This is a summer writing intensive after all.  

On Monday June 8, we’re going to kick things off with a post of our first weekly goals, and we encourage you to do the same! That day, post your weekly/summer goals, sign up on the linky on one of the hosts’ blogs, and then hopefully have a super productive week. Then, each Monday after that, we’ll post updates using the headings above, link posts to the linky thing, encourage one another, and then . . . MORE WRITING.  

We’re SO EXCITED, guys! Just like last summer, we’re going to have Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015) and giveaways and SO MUCH FUN. And writing. ALL THE WRITING. And . . .  AND there are RSW 2015 buttons! WE HAVE ALL THE BUTTONS (Thank you, Jaime!) Choose one, choose them all, and use them as your RSW heading.

We hope you can join us back here on June 8 for an awesome summer of writing!


  1. Yay! I've been so excited about this starting up again. And the buttons are great ;)

  2. Yay! I need some serious motivation this summer!

  3. Excited to give this a try and really get back into the swing of things! Nervous and excited to start!


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