In the last couple of episodes of A Writer’s Journey: From Blank Page to Published, Terrance Zepke and I talked about Nine Ways to Write a Book. We discussed various methods for organizing your ideas before you begin writing.
Well, in this episode, IT’S GO TIME!
Let’s say you have a great idea for your book — maybe you’ve started outlining, or maybe you’re planning to pants it, but either way, you just need to get the first draft written before you worry about anything else. How can you make sure that happens?
Earlier this summer, I had an idea for a novel. I used index cards to come up with scene ideas, and then I intended to get started writing. I had been at it about a week — towards the end of June — when I saw the invitation for the #JulyWritingChallenge on Twitter.
Founded by Kristy Acevedo in hopes of using an online writing challenge to spur her on to finishing her young adult sci-fi novel over the summer, the #JulyWritingChallenge ended up turning into something much more, with a core group of members all cheering each other on as we all posted our daily word counts. Those of us who benefited from the motivation the July challenge provided became worried as the month neared its end. We wanted the challenge to keep going, so it turned out that I was nominated to lead July, and then #JulyWritingChallenge participant and published romance novelist, Samantha Garman, agreed to take September.
We now have volunteer leaders who will carry the challenge all the way through next summer. To learn more about the challenge, go here, but in the meantime, listen to this podcast where you can hear me, Kristy and Samantha talk about finishing our projects through the writing challenges, as well as other tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way.
About our guests for Episode 3
Founder of the monthly Twitter writing challenge, and leader of #JulyWritingChallenge (July 2014). Scheduled to lead #JanWritingChallenge (January 2015)
With over a decade of classroom experience as a high school English teacher, Kristy Acevedo most enjoys sharing and discussing the written word with teenagers. She has her M.A.T. in English and graduated summa cum laude as both an undergraduate and graduate at Mount Holyoke College and Bridgewater State University. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), she actively participates in a local writing critique group. Currently, she is editing her YA sci-fi manuscript, CONSIDER, Book One of a two-book series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.
Follow her on Twitter at @kristyace.
Scheduled to lead #SeptWritingChallenge (September 2014)
Samantha Garman has a B.A. in Playwriting from the College of Charleston. Her playwriting professor lovingly nicknamed her “a female Woody Allen” due to her witty, snappy dialogue. After college, she moved to New York and has lived in almost every borough before settling in Brooklyn with her husband. She has written two historical romances and one contemporary romance. In the fall, she plans to release her fourth book entitled Dandelion Dreams. You can learn more about her books on her website. She loves golden retrievers, plaid shirts and single malt scotch. She can’t wait for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series to air on Starz. Her favorite books include (but are not limited to) The River Why, The Catcher in the Rye, the Darkfever series, and The Clan of the Cavebear series. Ask her anything, even weird stuff. She likes that.