So I signed up/decided to do a couple cool things in the coming weeks. Because I'm absolutely crap when it comes to time for writing lately, I'm jumping on board for the Third Annual Laurie Halse Anderson Write Fifteen Minutes a Day challenge. Basically, it's like a mini-NaNoWriMo. Write 15 minutes a day and check in with awesome author Laurie Halse Anderson, author of such books as Wintergirls and Speak, to commiserate with others and maybe win some prizes.
Being that I was going to start focusing on getting my current WIP done and was going to set aside 1 hour a day to writing, I figure I'll spend 45 minutes on Rising Sun and the 15 minutes for the WFMAD challenge writing a new YA contemporary that kept me up late into the night last night as the details flew around my brain. I don't figure I'll finish anything in August, but I will at least put a nice dent into it. I think I am really thrown by Rising Sun because I feel like I'm missing something, not having gone to New Orleans yet, but I just need to get over it, watch some New Orleans travel shows and movies, look at some pictures online and move on. We can't always travel to our locations. And maybe someday soon I will!!!
Another cool thing that everyone who writes YA should do is check out Write On Con, a free online YA/MG writers conference coming up August 10-12. It's a place for YA writers to meet, get critiques and chat with authors, agents and editors. There will be live chats to listen to what the experts have to say, and as they mention, the agents and editors will have access to your work/query and even work-in-progress. It sounds like an awesome opportunity to rub elbows with those in the know, even if we're stuck at home. Hope to see you all there!
And finally, for those of you more local, Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL is running a very cool YA Literature Conference September 25 regarding all things YA. I've signed up and am looking forward to see what's new out there and meet some fellow YA writers!