May 25, 2015

Get Ready For Ready. Set. WRITE!

It’s that time of year again! Time for Ready. Set. WRITE! So, what is Ready. Set. WRITE! thing exactly? Well, it’s a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerKaty UppermanErin Funk, Elodie Nowodazkij, and yours truly. And before I forget, make sure to grab a button from the bottom of this post! (Under the RSW tab above as well.)

The plan is to kick everything off with an initial goal setting post on June 8th and going forward, our RSW check-in posts will be on MONDAYS. The start of the week feels appropriate for goal-setting, don’t you think? Like laying the groundwork for an awesome week of writing. To streamline our weekly check-in posts, we will be using the headings below again, which allows for a quick and concise rundown and will give other participants specific ways to offer up encouragement. 

Here are the headings we’re using:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals
2.  My goal(s) for this week
3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)
5.  Something I love about my WiP

**NB: As mentioned, Week #1 will only be goal setting.**

Something we had noticed in past years, was that we spent a lot of time blogging about writing, instead of actually writing. Accountability and goal setting are both important, but we don’t want RSW to detract from writing which is, of course, the whole point of this summer intensive. So with respect to our weekly check-in posts: THE BRIEFER THE BETTERWith this in mind, we'll be limiting our responses to 2-3 lines and encourage you to do the same. If we all try to be concise, we can visit other blogs quickly and spend the bulk of our time writing. (Save the words for the WiPs! :D)

Each Monday there will be a signup posted on the host blogs. Just leave the link to your check-in post, hop around to other participants’ blogs, and spread encouragement around like sunscreen. (This is  a summer writing intensive, after all. )

Stay tuned for further info about giveaways and be sure to watch Twitter for #RSW2015 writing parties. Ready. Set. WRITE! will kick off on Monday, June 8th with our goals followed by updates every Monday 'til August 31st. In the meantime, decide what you want to write/revise. Set goals! Write a little. Or a lot. Spread the word! And be prepared to Ready. Set. WRITE! 

Choose a Ready. Set. WRITE! button:
(They can all be resized to your preference.)


  1. YAY YAY YAY! Can't wait to participate again this year.

    1. So happy you're joining us again, Leslie Ann! :D

  2. Yay I can't wait! The buttons are gorgeous Jaime, you are clever.

    1. Thanks, Alexa! I'm glad you've decided to join us again! It's going to be a great summer. :D

  3. I'm in! This helped me so much last year! Thanks for hosting it again!

  4. I may participate in this. I already am planning to participate in Junowrimo.

  5. So excited! Hopefully this will help me get back into the groove of things! Thanks so much!

  6. Can't wait for this to get going! I've got a fresh idea that is just dying to get started. Thanks for hosting again!

  7. I'm so late to the party, but better late than never. Hooray!!!


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