Ready, set, go! It’s the first week of Ink Rally the Second, and our participants are ready with their personal writing goals. (It’s not to late to join in, here’s how.) Goals are ordered by how detailed they are—so no one gets lost
Deb : debramcarthur.com
A chapter a day.
Vivian : @VLeeMahoney
Will finish revision.
Connie : @ConnieBDowell
I’m hoping to get through 150 pages of my WIP.
Sarah : @sbelliston
Have a semi-polished draft to send to CP for full read.
Helen : @BillyElm
Rewrite ch 2 & write 2 more chs of ‘The Last of the Marogs’
Ann : anningalls.com
Stretch, Ann, stretch! Will work on a story arc and try to write 1000 words of a middle grade novel this week.
Rebecca : @rlbelliston
- Finish current WIP (20k more words) and submit to Publisher.
- Query finished novel to 30 agents, with obvious goal of getting representation.
Kelly : @KellyBar
- I’d be shooting for the moon to say I’ll be done with my WIP but if I don’t set the bar high I’m afraid I’ll never get it done, and this time I have people waiting on it.
- Revise short story “Collapse” and submit to literary magazines.
Janet : @MsVerbose
- Finish revisions of PB&J and get them to my agent (stat)
- Finish revision of Eva and get it to a beta reader by the end of the month (or sooner)
- Brainstorm for next book idea
Allison : @echodrift
- Complete November photo project with @tessaelwood
- Write and publish 2-3 blog posts each week.
- Begin and make good progress on organizing photo archives.
- Clean up the office and make it more conducive to creative efforts.
- Complete photo book for my aunt.
Heather : @HTBeers
- Every day I’m in town, spend 10 minutes cleaning and organizing my writing/knitting/quiet room. Have entire thing done by December 4th!
- Have first horrible draft of contest essay finished by bedtime on Sunday, November 11.
- Run essay through critique group by November 28.
- Submit essay by December 4th.
- Type up notes from Kansas SCBWI conference.
Lisha : @lishacauthen
- Post my blogs each week = GOAL 13 posts
- Finish second draft of WIP, follow up old submissions = DEADLINE NOVEMBER 10
- Revise 3 flash fictions, 1 new flash fiction, 1 app article and submit = DEADLINE NOVEMBER 17
- Print out WIP, put together critique notes, 1 flash fiction = DEADLINE NOVEMBER 24
- Plot each character’s emotional arc, check time lapse in WIP = DEADLINE DECEMBER 1
- Third revision of first chapter of WIP = DEADLINE DECEMBER 4
Jenn : @JennBailey
- Submit first 100 pages of SP WIP to Agent by Nov. 5th
- Draft Picture Book and pass through Critique Group Nov. 14th
- Outline new WIP in Scrivner by Nov. 28th
- Clean House, Cook and get ready for Writer’s Christmas Party – Dec. 7th
- Revise end of WIP throughout challenge and have it ready for agent by Dec. 4th
- Discover my Best Writing Time for this season and get in the habit of writing Every Day.
Angela : @angelacervantes
- Throw away all the pens in my pen jar that don’t work. They just piss me off and take away space from the good pens.
- Write five more chapters for my second WIP before Chanukah starts (Dec. 8th)
- Make a list of five writers/artists’ websites that I like and write down what you like about them.
- Stop drinking and snacking while I write and thus lose 4lbs.
- Finish reading four books to meet my 2012 goal.
- Reserve all Friday afternoons for the month of Nov. and Dec. to write crappity crap.
Tessa : @tessaelwood
My goals are scattered and don’t all involve words as such, but it’s amazing how often the beat of my feet or the click of the shutter inspires them.
- Finish WIP1 revisions
- Make inroads into WIP2
- Tend the poemtrees with @rina_bell in Deciduus
- Complete November photo project with @echodrift
- Work up to half marathon milage by the week of 12/3 (and maybe run one, if I find a good race)
Pam : @PamelaKWitte
Ink and Angst Ink Rally two!
Huzzah, yeah, finally something to make me stick to my goals and some inky-angsty friends to help me keep my focus! Perfect. Wonderful. Let’s do it!
My super-busiest time of year is almost here. The moment autumn comes life seems to become more complex, stressful, busy, chaotic! Like life as a writer isn’t hard enough. But really, juggling work, family, play, more work and writing is never easy. (Unless maybe if you’re a jobless recluse with no family and no obligations and lots of wine… If you fit that category um…) Anyway, I’m glad we’re shooting for an INK RALLY NOW because it just plain helps with accountability as well as creativity during a fast-paced time of year. The support and encouragement are awesome tools. For me it’s a no-brainer. TIME TO RALLY.
Now for the 6 week goals!
I had to ponder this. Although it seems like an easy answer, “finish my WIP” it really isn’t that simple. As usual, I’ve spread myself too thin, got too many irons in the fire. So, I stared at my desk for a while, even played with the camera on my desk and some toys… Then, I went over to Ink & Angst to stoke my thought process.
One my thought process was stoked; outlining my goals became much simpler!
- Clean desk so my mind will easily unclutter. (Won’t happen. Gonna ignore it!)
- Finish YA action/adventure novel! Totally doable because I’m on page 379 of probable 400 pages. I mean how many more pages can I write/revise/rewrite/fiddle around with? (Those who know me know this novel has been an A$$ kicker from the get-go.) I want it DONE and need all the Rallying I can get!
- Write query letter for said YA novel. I hate query letters.
- Send out query letters…………… (And maybe some Christmas cards.)
- Revise MG adventure (Jet Lee Dragon Warrior) as soon as it comes back from editor and learn all about epublishing by reading everything I can find while, at the same time, trying to conquer social media so I can promote said MG Adventure. (I’m tired already)
- Work on blog posts for Ink & Angst!
Okay. Sigh. Glance around at messy desk. Turn up volume on new Carrie Underwood CD. Roll lip between teeth. Press Save!
Yeah, I did it. Six goals for six weeks, out there for everyone to see. Time to get busy! Hurray.