Monday, February 16, 2015

Writer Recharge 2015

Okay, so I'm super late to the party. But Writer Recharge is just what I need to kick myself into gear. Maybe just getting some goals down and out in public will help me to power through! Hosted by Sara BirenKaty UppermanAlison MillerLiz Parker, and Elodie Nowodazkij, Writer Recharge is a four-week jump start in the middle of a cold, dreary winter. Set goals for yourself, check in once a week, and connect with other recharging writers. Check out Sara's website to join in!

I've spent the last week plotting and outlining for an R&R. In the next two weeks, I plan to revise the first six chapters of my manuscript and write at least 10,000 new words on the full revision.

I've just started All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, which I expect to finish in a few days. As usual, I'm much more drawn to the male MC, Finch, in the dual narrative.  I usually buy books in bulk, and my stack has dwindled to nothing. So of course I am open to suggestions for what to read next!   

I want to strike up more conversations with strangers. I am so hopelessly introverted when it comes to those types of interactions. I want to ask at least one person per week what she is reading, how her day is going, or something like that. 

I need to get all the sugar out of my house. Between Christmas, kids' birthdays, and Valentine's Day, the candy and cookies just keep sneaking in to my kitchen. I know we'll all feel so much better if we can get back to healthier eating habits.

My local critique group has been in an awesome groove; we ended January with a workshop that helped us grow personally and as a group. We keep growing in numbers, too, and I need to get all my critiques done this week before our February meeting! I also have this weird tendency to never share a first draft of anything. With the revision I have in the works, though, I want to get over myself and get the feedback I need as soon as possible.

The hubs and I haven't been out on a date in a while. I'm hoping I can get one set up before March gets here!

Thanks for hosting this, ladies! I can't wait to catch up with all of you!


  1. Awesome about the R&R! Hope that this week is especially productive for revisions and adding new words. I hear you on getting sugar out of the house. I have a cupboard in the kitchen that has way too many odds and ends from Christmas in it. I like chocolate, but not enough to eat it every day until it's gone. Have a great week, Laurie. And I'm glad you decided to join in!

  2. Yay for your R&R!!! Crossing my fingers for you :) That critique group sounds awesome. so happy you decided to join in :)

  3. What a neat stretch goal! I'm an introvert by nature too so that would be so hard for me. Go you! Also, yay for the R&R! Fingers crossed for you!

  4. Welcome to the party! We're thrilled to have you :) 10,000 words in two weeks is an AWESOME goal! Good luck, I'm rooting for you! And I love the rest of your goals. The stretch one is great (like Alison said), and I like the fun goal, too :)

  5. Good luck with your R&R!

    I'm the same way with first drafts - I usually don't share until at least the 2nd or 3rd time through.

  6. This is fantastic, Laurie. Love to read about your productivity. It's encouraging. I also like this kind of challenge. With my writing group in CA we used to launch a retreat in the middle of the winter. Winter there is not so bad, but it's still winter, and we all felt so much better after. As first draft, I know that it's a hard choice. I like to check the beginning to check other writers' pulse. But it is true that it's hard to show a rough draft when we do know exactly where we are going.

  7. Good luck with the R&R! Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Sounds like you've got a great critique group, so I'm sure you'll get some good feedback on the new words you want to add.