It’s the last March check-in for the YA Buccaneers Spring Bootcamp! Yay! WE MADE IT.
Last week, I was fist pumping all day because you know, the whole I finished magicballoonbook business was pretty frakkin’ awesome, I’m not going to lie. I rode on that high for a few days, cleaned up a few things, and then sent it to my critique partners midweek. I did make my goal of putting together its query and synopsis, so at least that’s ready!
So far, I’ve had 3 people read the whole thing straight through, and I’ve gotten great feedback (they loved it, fix this, that ending damn you Katie). So I’m hopeful that the remaining readers will also like it and have feedback to make magicballoonbook the best book it can be going into the world. Yay, magicballoonbook!
I usually flounder for a few weeks after I finish a book. It’s hard for me to leave a world and immediately jump into another one. So I wasn’t particularly surprised that instead of jumping into FIVE OF HEARTS, my theoretical next WIP, I lingered, brainstormed a possible companion novel to magicballoonbook, researched it, and outlined half of it. It’d take place in Sarajevo five years after the end of magicballoonbook and would not be YA, so I’m not even sure if there’s a marketable future for it, but it’s definitely story-shaped and I do love the characters.
But we’re coming into CampWriMo (NaNoWriMo’s flexible writing goal writeathon in April and July) and April goals and I don’t think it’s necessarily healthy to stay in the same world endlessly, so I’m changing and setting my April Goals for Spring Bootcamp.
1. Outline the Sarajevobook and then put it away. Don’t look at it. Let it sit. It’s a complicated, emotionally exhaustive book and I’m only halfway through the outline. It’s okay to let it sit!
2. Outline Five Of Hearts completely and write approximately 20,000 words on it this month.
3. Continue to work slowly but steadily on The Killing Mists revisions (my NaNoWriMo 2013 manuscript) and bringing them to Super Scary Writing Group (my in person writing group where I’m the only YA reader and writer and sometimes I want to bash my head against a wall defending this category.)
4. Depending on Magicballoonbook feedback, begin to query that.
Outlining is a LONG process for me. My outlines are very very detailed and very very long. My outline for my NaNoWriMo took me a month and was 12 pages long. I put in notes about setting, about what kind of emotional impact I need something to have, about why a scene needs to be there (in Sarajevobook, it’s important that I give big picture of the conflict and why it matters to my Main Character who has had a lifelong struggle with identity and the idea of home and a nation, but also zoom in on the daily struggle of people who lived in Sarajevo during the siege. It’s a tenuous balance).
My overall word count goal for FIVE OF HEARTS is 55,000 words in first draft, so 20,000 words plus what I already have for it would put me at the halfway mark. I’d be SUPER delighted if I met all these goals.
I hope you all did well in March! This bootcamp has been a GREAT accountability help for me. I hope it has for you too!