Summer of All the Words

Posted Jun 10 2013, 2:59 pm in , , , , , ,

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For the past week, I’ve been participating in Summer of All the Words (#SoATW). The concept was created by a couple of writer friends of mine, Clara Kensie and Erica O’Rourke. They are both YA authors, and as I’ve said before, it’s always good to surround yourself with brilliance. If you click on their names, you’ll get the backstory of SoATW.

Basically, it’s summer time. For those of us with kids, especially if we work from home, this means that the time we’ve had all school year to write, is gone. Not only do the kids want to go out and do fun things, but they have activities that require a chauffeur. And on top of all that, did I mention that it’s summer? Hell, yeah, we want to go to the beach too.

But…(you knew there had to be a but) we still have deadlines. I have a book due at the end of October that I haven’t started yet. (Shh…don’t tell my editor) We need to get words on the page. For some people, like me, that means new words to get to THE END, for others, it’s an outline, and for still others, it’s revisions. Whatever you need to make progress on is what you do during SoATW.

We meet on Twitter from 10-11 pm CST Sunday through Thursday. (Although, I was on Friday and Saturday night as well finishing revisions) For one hour, we’re dedicated to whatever WIP we have. At the end of the hour we check back in to name our progress.

Both Clara and Erica are also offering tips to help you get through the summer of writing, so check out their blogs. If you decide you want to joins us, follow the hashtag (#SoATW) or follow Erica (@erica_orourke) and Clara (@clarakensie)

It might not seem like much, but over last week, I managed to write 6 pages of notes for my new book and complete revisions on O’Learys #3 (which included rewriting most of the last 50 pages). One hour sprints add up pretty fast.

What do you do to keep your productivity going over the summer?

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One response to “Summer of All the Words”

  1. Clara Kensie says:

    I’m so glad you’re participating in #SoATW, Shannyn! What I like best about it is knowing that, no matter how busy my day is, I will at least have that one hour to write. It also forces me to write when I would normally slack off – like last night! My neighbors come over every Sunday evening, and by the time they left last night, I was exhausted. I would have gone straight to bed, but nope–I had my commitment to #SoATW. I ended up writing over 1500 words!

    Hope to see you (and all your subscribers, hint hint) for #SoATW tonight!