Saturday, May 03, 2008

Challenge Check In

Good morning! It is a dismal, gray, and wet day on my side of the mountains. A good day to either write or read a book.

My WIP is continually congealing in my brain. Some good twists and ideas came to me. And while describing my work to a writer of poetry she said it sounded so good it made her leg tingle! LOL So far when I tell someone about the story it has been received well. I hope agents feel the same!

My word count for this week is: 3812. Not as much as I would have liked but I'm still researching and edging my way into the story. Getting a feel for the setting and characters. Not sure how much writing I'll get done the next couple of weeks with my daughter and three children 3-years-old and under running around my house, but we'll see.

How did everyone else fare this week? Good counts or researching or just plain thinking about the story.
PS: Don't forget to hop over to Brenda Novak's online auction for diabetes. There are some great things offered and it's for a great cause!


Alice Sharpe said...

Hey Paty, cute baby.

Congrats on your word count and the continuing growth of your Pinkerton story. It sounds like great fun.

I had a good week, too. On Saturday, a week ago, book two suddenly came to life. And on Thursday of this week, my dh and I took a drive and talking with him as we drove the mountain roads between my house and Sodaville, book three took a gasp of fresh air.

I called my editor yesterday and told her my proposal was on its way despite the call a week or two earlier where I told her I couldn't do it. She laughed and said I'm not the first one that's happened to. Fickle muse.

So off went 50 pages of chapters and 37 pages of synopsis. My last deadline was the last day of February, so all this took me a little over two months to put together which seems like a long time but for me is actually pretty good as it includes plotting three separate books. I'm happy with the results and happy to have the puzzles for each book more or less figured out (yeah, sure) and now comes the waiting game but that's okay, I'm ready for a little R&R.

I have to thank Eli for nightly IM hand holding, as plotting these stories was like pulling teeth at times! Or as she would say, pulling eyelashes.

wavybrains said...

I'm kind of where you and Alice are. I'm doing a lot of thinking and cogitating on my WIP and the conflict/motivation therein. As I ruminate, I've also discovered how I want to fix two previous WIP. I'm thinking I may do the unprecedented (for me) step of doing a synopsis for the WIP to see if the conflict/motivation is clear. I'd like to start working on revising the other WIP, but I'm not sure that's possible right now.

Alice Sharpe said...

Wavy -- I think creating the dreaded synopsis might be a good step for you. I sure rediscovered the way writing one reveals the weaknesses and needs. For me, it's kind of like a favorite song coming on the radio. I start singing along because I know all the words. Only -- I don't. I'm la-la-la-ing way more than I'm actually getting anything right.

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Alice, that's my latest granddaughter. Rietta.

Congrats on getting your proposal finished. I need to finish my synopsis. Maybe I'll get to that today. I have some editing to do first.

Wavy, any time you are thinking about a book that is almost as good as writing it. Anyway I've found that the more I think about it before I write it the faster the writing flows once I can sit at the computer.

And I agree with Alice- write the synopsis to see where you have flaws. That's why I need to finish the one for the book I started. I need to see if I'm missing anything.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Way to go, Alice on getting the proposal off! And I'm so happy your editor was glad to see it. (And that you aren't alone in your neurosis. LOL) Anytime you need IM hand holding, you know where to find me. ;)

Cute baby, Paty. I hope you enjoy your visit with the kids. And I'm glad to hear the story's coming along and that people are so thrilled with the idea.

Wavy, I agree with Alice. Try the synopsis and see how it goes.

Sorry I've been MIA from the blog this week. I've been in my revision cave, busily working away. The good news is I finished my para RS and am working on my revisions on my contracted books. I also put together my marketing plan for book one (EEK!). Today we're cleaning out the garage - MAJOR job - but I'm hoping to get some more revising done later this afternoon.

And while I'm thinking of it, today I'm guest blogging at The Bradford Bunch I posted the cover copy for my debut release, Stolen Fury, if you're interested in reading it. Pop over and say hi! I'm giving away a prize!! :)

Karen Duvall said...

What an adorable little cherub, Paty. I saw pics of my new grandson recently and I just want to hold him so bad! He and your granddaughter are about the same age. That cut snuggly age. Sigh.

Congrats, Alice, on getting your pages and synop to your editor. You're on fire!

Wavy, you're where I am, in cogitation mode. I probably won't write a synopsis until the first 3 chapters are written of my next book. So far, all I have is an opening line: The Big Apple was ripe for the picking, and Hell's demons hadn't tasted anything quite as sweet. Don't quiver in your boots just yet. It's going to be funny. I promise.

Eli, I left you a comment on The Bradford Bunch. Love your cover blurb! 8^)

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen you made a good point and one that I would appreciate discussion on at some point and that's the hand holding relationship between the first three chapters and the synopsis.

On Book one, they were neck and neck, a symbiotic thing. They helped write each other, back and forth. But book two went together with no chapters as did book three. Why? I don't know. Yes, book one set up the other two in a way but not really, not so much that it should have been -- well, easier seems like a silly word to use.

I just don't know. And Wavy, when I wrote straight romance I never wrote a synopsis. never. Not for 19 books. It's just as the books got more complicated that I needed a hand -- that and the selling tool aspect of a synopsis.

Eli, I loved your cover blurb too and forgot to mention it. Wild!

And Karen --- oooohhhh!!!!!

Karen Duvall said...

Woo hoo, I wrote a wicked first 1100 words on my new WIP yesterday. Yay, me! This is the stage where I'm still exploring my subject and plot, so I make frequent searches on Internet for various things as I think of them. I need to research New York City taxi drivers. And the NYC subway. Ha! Quite challenge, but I'm learning a lot. 8^)

Kendra said...

I'm late. I've done nothing. I did read Lisa Kleypas' Sugar Daddy (better than I expected) in one sitting at the pool yesterday. The kids went home early :) with the grandparents so I was finally off-duty and simply relaxed. Things have been simmering in the back of my brain. But I don't have a free day until Friday.

Lisa Pulliam said...

Cute baby!!! Awww!!!

Kendra, I'm glad to hear you say it's better than expected. I have that one on my shelf and haven't picked it up yet. I think it was one of the nationals freebies? Maybe I'll give it a go...

Pool??!!?? That sounds nice!!