Saturday, September 26, 2009


Current Project: The Baby's Bodyguard
Status: page 100

I am living proof that a firm goal expressed out loud, one you own and feel responsible for, can stick in your head like a nettle in your hair. Yesterday, I was five pages short, but I kept thinking about writing this today and admitting I fell short of my stated goal of last week and got those last five pages. It's actually even more complicated than that because racking up pages that don't work is pointless. I was stuck. I had about 97 pages but I knew something was wrong, so I cut and rewrote and went backwards before moving forward again with a scene that upped the tension. So the new stuff is good stuff (she says hopefully) and what I mean by that is it advances the plot.

TMI? LOL, probably. So, last week I said I would get to page 100 and I did. Yea for me. Next week I will be at 140. That's my goal.

How about you. What was your goal from last week? Did you meet it? What is your goal for this week? (Writing goals are like diets. Slipping off is part of the process, getting back on track is always what matters.)


Paty Jager said...

Yay! Alice!

(Writing goals are like diets. Slipping off is part of the process, getting back on track is always what matters.) I agree with this.

I didn't make my goal.I did write, but not as much as I would have liked. We had hay down so that took away from writing time. Lucky for me I'm headed to Princeton for three days so that means writing time!

My goal for next Saturday is to add 10,000 words. I'm at 9,000 now. Finished length is 25,000 so that would be close to finished. I want it done, polished and ready to turn in by mid October so I can move back to the Sisters story.

Bethany Gabbert said...

I finished Tavy's book this week (wellllllllllllllllll. . . I might proof it one more time before I hit buy, but 98% done). I made some significant goal/motivation/conflict breakthroughs with my WIP characters. Many thanks to Paty for sending me the conflict grid--that and our exercise at our September meeting have me really honing in on conflict, and I think I'm making good progress.

This coming week is the first week of school and I seem to be fighting off some kind of bug, so think good thoughts that I make it through the classes and get my syllabus finished.

However, no excuses. I want to work on my outline and re-visit if there are October contests that I want to enter. Let me set a goal of 4 more Mary Buckham sheets and the conflict grid and anything else I can cram in.

Genene Valleau said...

Hooray, Alice! Congrats on meeting your goal and being pleased with the results!

Paty, ambitious goal for this next week. I wish you flying fingers!

Bethany, way to hang in there in spite of a number of distractions. Go, girl!

I'm working on my nine-book series and loving it! I figure I need 540 scene worksheets by the end of the year. My calculator says that's 180 sheets per month (enough for 3 books) or 45 per week. Guess that gives me a goal for the next few months. :)

I'm also getting back into promotion mode. This weekend I'm finishing up a promo basket of goodies for the Humane Society auction and sent off a certificate for a Web site design to be included in a basket for the Emerald City conference.

Now I'm off to design promo items!

Deborah Wright said...

Yay, Alice! on meeting your goal -- and everyone else on all the work you've done this week!

Let's see, last week I said my goal was to have 7 pages written by today. Hmmm...didn't quite meet that, but I do have 3 pages written. I did figure out a bunch of stuff that I needed to know -- why the artifacts are important (at first), how the dimension crossing device works (okay, how it functions -- if I knew how it worked, I'd be off exploring!), and why my protaganist doesn't actually need the device to "travel."

AND! I have three ideas for a working title! They are: 1) Interstice; 2) The Space Between; or, 3) Interstice: The Space Between. FYI: "Interstice" is the term I'm using for the boundary between dimensions. Opinions??

Deborah Wright said...

Whoops! I should have added that my goal remains the same for this week -- 250 words/day or 7 pages by Saturday. :-)

Alice Sharpe said...

Paty -- That is an ambitious goal, but I know you can do it! Can't wait for the check in next week to see how it went.

You go girl!

Alice Sharpe said...

Bethany -- May I just say I kind of miss Wavy? I loved that. Thankfully Bethany is a beautiful name so it's all good.

Congrats on the book for Tavi and esp., congrats of figuring out conflict for your characters. Sorry you aren't feeling well -- hopefully it will be a short term crud.

You have a very busy week coming up. Good luck with everything including staying true to your writing goals. I'm sending positive thoughts your way.

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene, the sheer volume of the prep work you are undertaking is absolutely dazzling. I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open. 45 work sheets a week until after Xmas? Huh????

If I wore a hat, it would be doffed for you!

Alice Sharpe said...

Debbie -- staying focused is excellent. Sounds like you're making progress (if you figure out how that machine works, btw, pop on over to my house first and I'll go exploring with you.)

As for titles -- Since the word Interstice is a created word, I don't know about it standing alone in a title (think of your title as a selling tool to an agent or an editor.) However, since I am not familiar with this market, I am probably not a good one to comment. Hopefully someone more astute will give their two cents. But for how I see it, I vote for 2 or 3.

Bethany Gabbert said...

Debbie, I vote for number 3! I definetely see series potential here, and that title really conveys that without being all, book 1 of . . .

You could also do option 2, and then use the option 3 format for all future books once readers know what the word means.

Bethany Gabbert said...


See! This is what I said! I think Wavybrains makes an AWESOME byline. I personally would buy 10 copies of a YA with that byline, but I'd probably be the only one.

You can totally call me that still. I just wanted my blog posts on here to a slightly more professional feel. But I miss Wavy too :)