Saturday, June 07, 2008

Saturday Check -in

Finally!!! Sun today!! Yes! We have an outside wedding to attend today. I've been looking for all my umbrellas all week. LOL

Well, this week after interviewing a National Champion bareback bronc rider and discussing the story with several CP's and friends, I've shifted gears and went to work on the contemporary western. I logged 3200 words on it this week, finsihed the synopsis, and have been working on pitches and hooks.

So how did everyone else do? Lots of plotting, writing, or just brewing?


Karen Duvall said...

This week was spent on agent-requested revisions to KC. I'm halfway done. And I have a number of helpers/critiquers reading the revised portions and giving me feedback. Sheesh, it's like it never ends! Grumble, grumble, grumble...

Alice Sharpe said...

LOL, Karen, no, it doesn't end. It's off, but the problems just seem to get more involved.

This week I worked on revising plots. Dug a lot deeper into motivations, found a pathetic twist to one of the villains, figured out how to read encrypted diaries, killed off a sweet little old two-timing female con artist and turned a singer into a graphic designer with aspirations. Oh, yeah, and another heroine aged four years in four hours.

All and all, not too bad, everything got sent yesterday and now I'm back to waiting!

Congrats on the page count, Paty, and for sensing it was time to go in a new direction.

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen, I meant to say "It's odd." I see I wrote "It's off." Don't you hate when you do that? I need more than spell check, I need careless check.

Karen Duvall said...

Gee, Alice, you're about a dozen kinds of awesome, you know that? Your plot revising sounds like fun.

I've taken more out of my book than I've added, but I did stick in a new charm to up the tension in a slow scene. It's a tiny jewel encrusted frog, and it's alive. Her name is Ruby. 8^)

Genene Valleau said...

Hey, sounds like good progress, ladies!

I spent 2-3 hours a day on my nine-book series. Still scribbling down lots of notes, sometimes by hand and sometimes on the computer, whichever is handiest. I've decided the order of the brothers' stories in the series based on the overarching theme of their father's heroic legacy being questioned, destroyed and rebuilt.

I also have a spreadsheet in process that's growing larger with each plotting session as I keep track of "vital statisitcs" that need to stay consistent throughout the entire series.

I'm pleased with the progress on the brainstorming and will move into plotting the character and story arcs this coming week. I'll also work on an event timeline for the entire series. Will the stories happen end to end or overlap some or have gaps of time in between? That should come together as I plot the individual stories.

Haven't gotten to the fun part of changing old ladies into villains or giving them living jewelry! Wow, Alice and Karen, sounds like you're having great fun with your stories. Can't wait to hear more!

And, Paty, I'm amazed that you continue with the great word count, even in what you consider your "slow" weeks. Bravo! And can you share the sun? It's cold on this side of the mountains!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Well, I didn't do too bad, though I feel like I didn't do enough:

I wrote 9887 word (just checked my weekly tally), figured out some plot issues (including - I think - who my #1 villain is), rewrote my synopsis for my editor, stressed over my option book, ordered new business cards and gathered ALL my content for my new website.

Unfortunately, my "to do" list just keeps growing. My goal from here on out is 2K words per day. I'll be happy if I make 10K per week (which I was just short of this week).

Sounds like everyone is doing great!!! Keep up the good work, ladies!

Kendra said...

Sounds like everyone has been very focused this week. I'm still slogging my way through revisions of my first draft, but I'm very pleased with the results of the first 80 pages.

I need to start thinking about a synopsis. At the diabetes auction, I won a critique of a proposal by Karen Rose. The first time we touch bases should be within in the next two weeks. I probably should be prepared.

Genene Valleau said...

Great word count, Eli! Way to keep producing!

Kendra, how exciting about winning a critique. Kinda motivates those revisions, doesn't it?

Paty Jager said...

Congrats, Karen on the revisions!

Alice, Wow you manipulated a lot of week over the week! LOL

Genene, I can't wait to hear all about plotting a nine book series at the next meeting. You are so organized!

Eli, You are m y inspiration! I'm hoping once I get the synopsis finalized and the pitch to where I like it, I can start punch out the numbers you are. I WILL have the first draft of this book done by Nationals.

Kendra, congrats on the critique and, between you and me, I hate revisions. It is the one thing I don't like about writing. Unless of course I thought os something awesom to add. Then it's still a creatie process. But just going through and making things sparkle- while it is still creative in a way isn't as fulfilling to me as writing the whole thing.

The weather held out and it was a beautiful though cold in the shade wedding!