YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp: Week Three Check-In

Just a quick check-in today, because I'm off and running on what is going to be a very busy week! I'm in a wedding this weekend, so Justin and I will be heading out of NYC on Friday morning—which makes this a four-day week. Normally, that's a big "YAY!" Unfortunately, this week it means cramming five days' work into four. That said, I couldn't be happier to be part of this wedding. The bride is a close friend of mine from college who was in my wedding in 2011, and I can't wait to return the favor and be there for her on her big day. We're going to have a wonderful time! Oh, you wanted to know about writing and such? Right. Okay.

Last week, I had two main goals: finish my chapter outline of my YA-turned-MG, and figure out what the heck was going wrong with my YA WIP. And I made progress on both counts!

  • I sent my YA-turned-MG sample pages and completed outline to my agent! I am now anxiously awaiting her feedback. I don't know what the next step is, but I know that I am excited about this manuscript and eager to see where it can go from here.
  • I started reworking my YA with a few new ideas in mind. I tried changing from 3rd person to 1st and playing with some new narrative/voice quirks. I changed the role of a main character to add more tension to the plot. I'm about two chapters in, as of this morning, but I think I may be on the right track.

My goal for this week is simple: Keep working on the YA with this new direction in mind. I'd love to send the revised/re-envisioned first three chapters to some readers by the end of the week, before I put them in my agent's hands. That said, I've shared the changes I'm considering with a few people, and have gotten a positive/intrigued response—so that's probably a good sign!

Onward and upward, right Team Mazama? Go Bucklers!

team mazama final~Kathryn