Writer Recharge Challenge 2015

It’s February, which means it’s time for Writer Recharge!

Once again hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Liz Parker, Elodie Nowodazkij, and me, Writer Recharge is your chance for a four-week jump start in the middle of a cold, dreary winter. Set goals for yourself, check in once a week, and connect with other recharging writers.

This year, we’ve come up with a few categories you might want to consider when making your goals. You can choose a goal (or goals) for one or some or all:

  • WRITE/REVISE – Choose writing goals for the month.
  • READ/REREAD - Read a book that's been on your TBR forever or reread something that had a great impact on you. 
  • STRETCH - Do something outside your comfort zone, from reading a genre you typically avoid to trying a new food or rock climbing when you're afraid of heights - that kind of thing. 
  • SELF - Do something good for your mind or your body. 
  • CONNECT - Find a way to make a difference in someone’s life. Make a connection, via social media or in person. Initiate twitter writing parties, have a real-life write-in with writers in your town, or offer to critique or beta read someone’s work. 
  • FUN - Make a goal to do something super fun and exciting that you can look forward to.

How Writer Recharge works:
  • First week of February: Post your goals for the month on your blog, website, or Twitter. Use the hashtag #WriterRecharge. Link your blog post here (below).
  • Every Monday in February: Update your progress via your blog or twitter. Link your blog posts on our Monday posts.
  • Throughout the month: Use the hashtag to connect with other writers, have writing parties, and cheer one another on!
  • Friday, February 27: Post your final update via your blog or twitter.
  • Anyone who uses the hashtag or links their blog posts will be entered to win a fabulous prize package at the end of the month.

My goals - I might regret this, but I'm shooting for one goal for each category. Crazy? Maybe. Wish me luck.

I need to wrap up another revision on the manuscript formerly known as KEYS, and then I can work on a new idea I recently started. My goal is to work on this (working title IF YOU WERE HERE) every day.

Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors. I've devoured everything she's written - with one exception, THE DISTANT HOURS. I've started it twice and for one reason or another, set it aside. My reading goal for Recharge is to finally read this book.

This may sound really weird, but I'm going to get a pedicure. I HATE having my feet touched, but my tootsies are in pretty serious winter distress, so I am going to venture WAY outside of my comfort zone and get a pedi.

I am going to start walking again - outside if the weather's nice enough, but otherwise, in the basement. I'm shooting for three times a week. It's a start.

Twitter writing parties! I hope to party at least three times a week. Watch for them!

I already have a date for the premiere of The Duff. My fun goal for the month is to reread the book before February 20 when I see the movie. Hello, Wesley Rush!

We hope you’ll join us for our annual Writer Recharge Challenge – here’s to a productive, rejuvenating month!


  1. Great goals! Hmm, working on a new idea - I haven't done that for a while as I'm immersed in my series, but I look forward to it. Good luck!

  2. So glad you all are hosting Recharge again - it's such a fun break from winter and I'm looking forward to some twitter parties :)

  3. Ooooh a new idea, huh? Yay! These are great goals. I only wish I was there (or you here) to do the pedicure experiment with. xo

  4. Thanks for hosting this again! It's pretty much exactly the kick in the pants that I need right now. ;-)

  5. Sara, thanks so much for getting the ball rolling for this year's Recharge -- I totally need this! Also, pedicures are the BEST, and I suspect you'll become an addict (like me) once you have one. Enjoy, and best of luck with your goals this month.

  6. Ooh! I want to do this. Hopefully I can link up tomorrow. What a great idea!

  7. The pedicure sounds like something I should put on my list! Great goals, Sara! And thank you for inviting me to cohost again!

  8. Our pedicure goal placement differences is cracking me up. But I'll be with you in spirit! So excited to be doing Writer Recharge with you again!

  9. Thank you so much doing this again this year! :) And oh how I wish we lived closer, I'd love to go tag along to go see THE DUFF :) Cheering you on!!

  10. Such an exciting event! Looking forward to participating, sounds like it's going to be great fun :)

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  12. Those are some great goals! I'm hoping to join in some of the Twitter writing parties, too!

  13. I am so grateful for this! Good luck with your goals and if you need writing pals on twitter, let me know. :)

  14. Yay! I'm so looking forward to this. Good luck with your goals.

  15. Woohoo! Here we go again :) Thanks for hosting this for a second year! Here's to high productivity for all of us.

  16. Ooh, new ideas are always so much fun! Good luck with getting new words on the page. And good luck with the pedicure. I hope you can enjoy it despite the feet touching! Hope you have fun with all your goals, really. :)

  17. Liz inspires me every time you have one of these, and I've NEVER DONE IT. This time, I am. Pinky promise! Thanks for hosting it. I love working towards goals in good company.


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