Monday, December 03, 2007

Challenge Check-In

No, I'm not stealing Lisa's post day, I'm sure she'll come up with something pithy shortly. In the meantime though, since Alice is in last-chapter mode and slowing to wrap it all up, I thought I'd post her usual weekend check-in and see how you all made out this week.

I totaled up my week - 7K words - which is pretty good considering I only wrote 3.5 days. I write in fits and starts - 2500 words one day, nothing the next depending on my schedule - I suppose so long as it all evens out, that's all the matters, huh? I still wish I could force myself to write every day though. Such is life, I suppose, when things like the Civil War game interfere (OMG...did you see the Beavs kick butt?????) *grin*

So I checked my running total...for the 100 day challenge I'm at 86,880 words. Eleven days left and I have 13,120 words to go to meet my goal. I think it's going to come right down to the wire. Alice and I were talking about deadlines last night, specifically how even with editor deadlines the author has a say in when they think they can get the work done. I suppose since this was MY self-imposed deadline, I should really bust my but and see if I can make it.

How's the challenge going for you? Make any progress this weekend?


Alice Sharpe said...

Eli -- Wow, you have done wonderful. And I think it's an excellent idea to feel a certain obligation to meet your goal as though it was a serious goal because deadlines have to be met and besides, it is serious.

I think challenges, etc... are great motivators. But I have to admit that one of the reasons I like writing is that I can choose my work days. I work project to project. Lots of jobs are like this. As long as I DO meet my deadlines, it's up to me HOW I meet them.

The trick, I guess, is getting to the place in all aspects of your life, that you wouldn't think of NOT meeting a deadline. And getting a proposal ready or editing is part of the business of writing and they both also come with their own deadlines, and many of those deadlines are arbitrary and self imposed. You have to be able to do that or you can't write enough books to quit your day job!

Look how quickly I equated goal=deadline! Wonder where my head is at. I think this all works back to the importance of respecting goals, now and in the future. I am officially rambling. I need to get out of the house. Ack.

Speaking of deadlines....

Danita Cahill said...

I stayed up until after 1 AM editing, so that's gotta count for something, right?

I also made a bunch of notes for Red Moon, the book I'm planning to soon tear apart and revamp, also rewrote the beginning of it -- third person past instead of first person present. It may get switched back to first person, we'll see.

Have fun with your shopping and your mom, Alice.

Karen Duvall said...

I didn't write much over the weekend. I'm judging a couple of books for the EPPIE awards and didn't get the pdfs until last Thursday. Scored are due on Wednesday. I'm not a fast reader, so this has been a challenge for me. Plus, one of the books was exceptionally bad so got it read as quickly as possible. The other one I'm enjoying. 8^)

I'm at 52,000 words thereabouts, so I have at least another 40,000 to go. I lost momentum after the holidays, and work has picked up, but I'm still committed. I'm hoping to spend this afternoon writing, but I don't know if that will happen or not. I'm waiting on a callback from a new client so my afternoon could be screwed up.

I agree with Alice about choosing my workdays, and work times. My job is all about deadlines, and I have a hard time with the ambiguos ones. I hate it when I have an assignment with an open due date. I end up putting it off in favor of projects that have a definite due date. It's a matter of priorities.

There's a good article in the December RWR about writing to meet deadlines, self-imposed and otherwise. It was very good. Really put things in perspective. Read it if you get a chance.

Alice Sharpe said...

Danita, editing and taking notes and changing tenses definitely counts as writing! Hello?

Your changes sound exciting.

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen -- Thanks for the heads up on th RWA article. Sometimes I foget to crack that magazine at all!

Holidays are killers.

Lori Barber said...

I'm peeking out from under my rock.

All of you are doing a great job with your writing goals and I'm hear to tell you they are a great encouragement to all of us who read about your successes.

I decided to commit to the NaNoWriMo and took on the fast pace challenge. I did it. Wrote 50,000 words and finished last Wednesday. This personal goal made my head hurt and I think I have blisters on every finger. I learned this pace was too intense for me, but I know I can manage well at half the speed.

It's amazing how much you can write if you park yourself in a chair, slapped your fingers onto the key board and write, write, write. No looking back, no editing, just forward movement.

Congrats to you all for your writing accomplishments. You are an inspiration to me.


Alice Sharpe said...

Lori -- I am impressed! Sorry about the blisters, but you're right, it's amazing how much you can get done when you make yourself do it. I've been trying a new thing with the current WIP, not going back into the book much, just going forward. I have mixed feelings about how it works for me.

50,000 words in a month, is that what this means? Truly impressive. Tell me, are you happy with what you wrote, was it all on the same book, how much do you have to go until you finish?

Lori Barber said...

Alice, I also have mixed feeling about not going back when I write, but in this instance I knew I would never finish my goal if I kept going back. Believe me temptation itched my fingers almost daily. I made the little monster wait outside, but it didn't keep him from banging on the door when I'd pause to reflect for a moment.

Yes, I tapped out 50,000 words in 27 days on my itty bitty fingers.

I am happy with what I wrote. It's a work of nonfiction about woman's purpose and for me. Working title: Chambers of My Heart. I think it needs another 10,000 words, and possibly more when I go back through this first draft.


slacker said...

Good job everyone! I was busy today with a part time job I do off and on and today was on! LOL

No words for me today or over the weekend. I'm failing terribly at this! I wrote 9953 words last week. And the time up to that was 23413 so my total is 33366. I'm about a 1/3 of the way to my goal. Pretty pathetic. But I hope to kick butt the rest of this week.

Paty Jager said...

PS: I'm slacker!

Alice Sharpe said...

LOL, Paty, you had me wondering!

Lisa Pulliam said...

Thanks for covering for me Eli! I totally spaced the blog. Sorry everyone! I think I had food poisoning yesterday. I had some of my dad's leftover turkey noodles. Never just eat things you find in your parents fridge, I say!

No writing for me. I won't be able to meet the challenge. Bah. Dang it. Maybe I can get close if I do a lot of writing this weekend. My last final is tomorrow, so I'll have a month of uniterrupted writing time.

Genene said...

Eli, you've done great!

Alice, you are awesome at deadlines!

Danita, fantastic job with the editing and notes for revamping Red Moon.

Karen, thanks for the heads-up about the deadline article in the RWR. I haven't read through it yet.

Lori, MAJOR KUDOS on completing NaNoWriMo, especially with a totally new venture!

Paty, you're not really a slacker, you're doing great!

Lisa, how nice to have some writing time ahead of you. And I hope you're feeling better.

(Hope I didn't miss anyone!)

I just got confirmation today from my publisher that my first release, SONGS OF THE HEART, will be released in April 2008 rather than May. This works out great, as the story starts in April, so this release date gives me some great promotional opportunities. It also means the book is going out to reviewers in the next day or two. (GULP.) However, I should be so busy working on promotion that I won't be worrying about the reviews!

Are we going to toast the writing accomplishments for all of you at the Christmas party? That will give us something else to celebrate!