I didn't realize quite how long ago it was I wrote about trying my own solo version of Sarah Stewart's Publication Boot Camp Wiki. It's well past time for an update, and indeed, the outcome.
I didn't manage to stick to anything like the six week schedule of the wiki. There are a number of reasons for this. First, what I was aiming to do - redraft an existing manuscript - is rather different from the structure of the programme, which is really aimed at writing from scratch. Second, the last few weeks have been an incredibly busy time for me, not really the ideal time of year to try to do this sort of thing (but when is?). Third, and most important of all, I missed out on the social/peer-pressure element of the group exercise which is crucial in my opinion.
So the outcome is?
I have a manuscript which I am just about to submit. I doubt that would have happened without reading about this on Sarah's blog. Although I didn't stick to the schedule, it gave me the kick up the arse I needed to get started again. But doing this in isolation is a poor substitute for any sort of support group. That's the most important lesson I take away from this.