Saturday, April 12, 2008

Challenge Check In


Yep, it's that time again- How did you do this week for word count, revisions, or whatever it was you set you mind to tackle?


I shipped Miner in Petticoats off to my editor on Thursday and spent all of yesterday digging into the book I plan to pitch at Nationals. I did a conflict chart, started the synopsis using Michael Hauge's Six Plot Structure and that seems to work well for me, and still working on the seven elements. I've tweaked my heroine from my original plan and the thing that has me hung up, I'm going to blog about on Monday. So stay tuned for that!


Yesterday was gorgeous on this side of the mountain and today looks just as good.

8 comments:

Alice Sharpe said...

Paty, it was beautiful on this side of the mountain, as well. So nice to see the sunshine!!!

I worked on the first chapter of the first book. Trying very hard to tune out the internal editor as I write. On chapter two now and will proceed with that before going back to the synopsis.

Sounds as though you had a productive week.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

It's supposed to be 75 here today, Paty. I'm looking foward to the sun!

I finished my wip yesterday afternoon. I was in one of those zones where you don't stop for anything - not even screaming 3 yr olds and husbands who come home and want to talk about their day. The last scene ended up being way longer than I thought, but I can always cut. So no biggie. Yesterday's word count? 4400 words.

I was curious how I did for the week - because I was so close to finishing - and my weekly total was 15,000 words. Man, if only I could do that on a weekly basis!!!

I plan to work on revisions this week so I can get this off my desk and sent to my agent ASAP. I'd love to start on those today but I've got baseball games, a trip to Mission Mill for my daughter to do research on a school project and dinner with friends all on the agenda for the day, so it probably won't happen. But tomorrow is another day!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Paty, way to go getting Miner out the door! Woohoo! And Alice, glad to hear you're moving into chapter two. I always have to write at least the first three chapters (setup) before I can focus in on the synopsis.

Flo Moyer said...

I sent my finished book off to my editor on Thursday morning, five days before deadline. Not bad, but a bit close. Took all day Thurs and part of Fri to recuperate.

Paty--excellent on getting your ms submitted! Eli, congrats on finishing your ms and 15K words! That's absolutely fantastic. Alice, I do that, too. At least 2 to 3 chapters before I try the synopsis.

I just got an idea for a new blog and will try to write it up right after taxes for you guys for whenever you might need it. (Never again, should I be fortunate enough to sell another book, will I do an April 15th deadline, LOL.)
Have a great day!
Flo

Paty Jager said...

Boy, everyone has made good progress this week! congrats on the first chapter, Alice. And 15,000 words and finishing- Awesome, Eli!
And Flo finishing before deadline. Wonderful!

I came up with a great twist for the book,(thanks to all this talk about women villains) but still contemplating a couple of other things. I like the idea of writing the first three chapters than going back to my synopsis. Thanks ladies!

Kendra said...

I cleaned out my basement, my three girl's rooms, and sent a small u-haul of stuff to my mom's garage sale.

So only 6k on my ms. Sounds like everyone else has had a very productive week!

wavybrains said...

WOW!!! Look at you ladies go!

Eli, Paty, and Flo, I'm happy dancing for you right now! Way to move those WIP's off your desks!

Eli, you need to give seminars on transitioning to published author status, because MAN! you have it down :)

I've spent the work working through the plotting issues with the REAL book 1. And, I'm happy to report I'm back to my 3 page a night goal, which looks bit paltry compared to rest of you speed demons, but that's where I'm at right now.

Oh, and I'm also finding myself ready to finish/edit a couple of prior projects. And of course, this kind of energy arrives right as crawling begins and my computer time dwindles to nil . . . .

Keep up the good writing Ladies!

Paty Jager said...

Kendra, sounds like you were busy and you still managed 6K words, that's awesome!

Wavy, after having my granddaughters here for a week, Hey if you can get 3 pages a day you are rockin'. I managed nothing while the gds were here and they are 4 and almost 2. Just too much chaos to even think!