Saturday, January 19, 2008


Hi everyone.

Instead of a daily challenge check-in, I wondered if a once a week check-in would do. Let's try it. I'll post something like this every Saturday. Each of us can respond with a word/page count or editing progress. If you are a visitor to this blog and want to take part, please feel feel to join in at any time. The challenge began as a 1,000 word a day challenge but has morphed to fit participant's individual needs. Just state your goal and reveal how you did.

If a weekly check-in doesn't work, we'll regroup and think of something else.

What do you think?


Alice Sharpe said...

I'll go first. The temptation is to say I didn't get as much done as I should have, but the truth is this was a week of refining the hero's character arc. I think I've got it now.

Page wise, I added 27 pages. In words, that's about 6750 words which meets the challenge.

I've been counting pages, and what I've started doing is giving myself a goal when I sit down. The goal may be to reach a specific page or it may be to accomplish a specific task. That's helped to keep me moving forward.

Who's next?

Paty Jager said...

I've managed 5,082 words this week. Not as many as I would have liked, but I had a lot of interruptions.

My goal everytime I sit down is to get 5 to 10 pages written.

Thanks for the update, Alice!

Paty Jager said...

Just checking the followup box.

Alice Sharpe said...

Considering the week you've had, that's fantastic. Actually, it's pretty darn good any way you look at it.

Christine Young said...

I've managed a little over seven thousand words. I don't know how many pages I've added. But since the challenge started I've written 15,822 words. My goal at work is to write 500 words and at home on the weekend to write 2,500. I'm hoping I'll mange this weekend. It is a three day week, but I'm writing finals. I've almost finished the first one but all I had to do was edit it. The next one I have to write from the start.

Alice Sharpe said...

Chris, what do you mean you're writing finals? Is that for school or on your book? You mean writing the end of a book? And when you say write from the start, does that mean you're on a deadline and have another book to write after this one?

Details, girl! Fantastic progress.

Paty Jager said...

Great job, Chris.

Lori Barber said...

I'm working on rewrites and editing. I've done 33 pages, but went through them twice, so does that count for 66 pages? Ha.

Everyone is doing great...three cheers!


Elisabeth Naughton said...

I think the Saturday challenge check-in is a great idea, Alice.

Okay, I'm editing and rewriting several sections. Making steady progress. So far I'm up through about pg 130. The majority of these revisions take place in the first half of the book, so I'm reading, making changes, going back, making more changes, etc. I wrote 2384 new words today, deleted a couple of scenes, reworked others. That added to my 2K new words earlier in the week brings me to about 4500 plus edits for the week. Much better than I thought I'd done.

Paty Jager said...

Lori and Eli, sounds like you're both doing great on the rewrites!

I think your challenge is working, Alice!

Alice Sharpe said...

I'm not sure when or how this got to be "my" challenge, but what the heck, I'll take credit when I can!

Good work, Eli and Lori. Rewriting/editing is always two steps forward, one step back. Sounds as if people are getting done about what they want to get done.

I put in another 1200 words yesterday and hope by tonight to have another 1000.

Danita Cahill said...

I agree, Alice, a challenge update on Saturdays is a great idea. Gives us a reason to check the blog on weekends too.

I am not stating daily or weekly goals. I am working several days a week on the final draft. I stayed up late last night and am now on page 294. I have about 60 pages to go. Unfortunately, those are the 60 pages that need the most attention, so it may be slow going from here on through.

Great job everyone!

Alice Sharpe said...

Danita, even though you're not making weekly goals, I hope you'll check in weekly and let us know how it's coming. Sixty pages to go, wahoo!

You'll make it (and my secret goal for you is that this book is in the condition you want it to be in when number two son comes along.)