Saturday, November 07, 2009


Current Project:The Baby's Bodyguard
Status: last chapter

Welcome updaters and Nanoers alike. Hope your past week was productive and satisfying.

You know how when you write a book you have a last chapter in mind, a last scene, say? That's how I do it, anyway. I write forward knowing where I want to end. It's like completing a gymnast move, it's the dismount. No matter how brilliantly you twist and turn in the air, it's how you hit the floor that will make or break you.

That's where I am -- only this week I realized the last two scenes I had planned for the ending weren't really going to work and that leaves me with one week to think of a better way. I also need to figure out who was responsible for each act inside the book -- there is more than one bad guy and truthfully (I can't believe I'm admitting this), I am not entirely sure who did what. I need to write it all down and make sure it fits and I need to do that before I go on. This book has been an interesting learning experience.

So, how is it going with you? I know we're all hoping our Nanoers will check in with an update but there are many of us with other kinds of goals, as well. It looks like a yukky day out there, a perfect day for writing. Have fun!


Bethany said...

I had a good week. I got my feedback from "Launching a Star" this week, and it was among the most detailed I have received yet, so I spent the week whipping my Golden Heart entry until it begged for mercy last night, and I pronounced it ready to go the printers.

As for NaNo, I used my mother's helper time this week for Golden Heart, but I still wrote about 25 pages on the WIP. I've got a first chapter, 3 POV characters, and so much enthusiasm right now. I'm writing in tiny snippets whenever I get a moment.

Deborah Wright said...

Good luck, Alice! I guess it just shows to go you that there's always the possibility of something unexpected happening when you write.

Yay, Bethany! Sounds like you had a very productive week!

As for me, I'll take this week. I didn't write as many words as I'd planned or hoped, but at 6540 words as of this morning, it's the best week I've had in a very long time. I'm learning a lot about my story and my process, and that's all to the good. I've also written at least something every day, no matter what (and since we had an unexpected RIF at work this week, that's saying something -- FYI I'm still okay).

I've also been posting daily NaNo updates on my blog and plan to continue doing those all month. So, that's an additional bit of writing I'm getting in the habit of doing, as well.

Bethany said...

Way to go Debbie!!!!


Doing the happy dance for You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You ROCK!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Leoni said...

Make any progress on figuring it out today, Alice?

Awesome job, Bethany and Debbie!!!!

I'm quite far behind already, I'm only at 3,500 words. But I did have my first derby practice (last night) so I felt inspired after having actually done what I'm writing about. And on Thursday I was in Portland all day for a work thing, and, of course, stopped at Powell's *g* and picked up a book written by a derby girl about derby. I've been reading in that to learn about some of the spats and drama that comes up, hoping for some inspiration for conflicts.

Genene Valleau said...

Alice, you will get your last scenes figured out!

Great progress, Bethany and Debbie!

And Lisa, 3500 words sounds pretty respectable. There's a reason (or several) why I don't do NaNo.

I'm still moving forward, though not as quickly as I want to, and making leap-frog progress on the different books in my series. (Thank you, Alice, for coining that phrase. :)

Had some great promo opportunities come up this past week and I've developed a new schedule to make me more productive as we move into the holiday season so I can keep moving forward with my series while also completing jobs that immediately put kibble in my doggies' bowls.

Great to see progress with you NaNo ladies and to see Alice closing in on The End of her book!

Alice Sharpe said...

Wow, Bethany, way to go!!! Look at you racing through all this writing and writing related stuff and in NOVEMBER!

The enthusiasm is fantastic!

Alice Sharpe said...

Debra, thanks for the wishes of good luck. I know what I need to do -- it's going to take some major rewriting, etc... but knowing the direction to go is 2/3 the battle.

I'm so pleased for you that you have all those words and like Bethany, enthusiasm for the WIP. What exactly is an "unexpected RIF?"

I'd love to know how to access your blog. Could you put a link here or on the loop? Thanks. Have a wonderful week.

Alice Sharpe said...

Lisa -- You're not far behind but most importantly, you're looking at the pig picture, the getting into your characters and research and thinking like a writer. You just have to write fast because we all want to read the book!

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene -- speaking as someone intimately involved with the ever constant need of doggie kibble, I can totally understand the short term jobs that are too lucrative to turn down.

You always do a wonderful job on promo. What kind of wonderful opportunities presented themselves this week, me wonders.....

Deborah Wright said...

Thanks, Alice.

A "RIF" is a "Reduction in Force," i.e. a layoff. I've lived with the term for so many years that I've forgotten most people aren't intimately familiar with it. We weren't expecting another RIF before the company was bought out, but the delay in approval by the European Union changed that.

My blog is at:

Paty Jager said...

Alice that's cool you have two prospects for the ending bad guy. Makes the reader wonder all the more. I know you'll figure it out, you always do.

I had a good week adding 8,500 words. Halfway done with the book I'm co-writing.Which has been an experience I plan to blog about tomorrow.

that's great news about the GH entry Bethany and that comments fro the other contest have helped you make it even better.

Debbie, any words are better than none and you have done admirably this week considering what has been going on around you.

Lisa, I'm excited to read this book! I've always had an interest int eh roller derby ladies. As in what makes them go out there and get all bruised up and bang other women around. You have to remember thought you haven't many words, you are doing tons of reasearch that will make those words flow when you do sit down and write.

Genene, Promo is always good!

Genene Valleau said...

LOL, Paty about this: "promo is always good..." when we talk about too much of a good thing.

So, Alice, let me count the ways: Eli's upcoming contest and guest bloggers (for which she graciously found me a spot), a booksigning at Clackamas Town Center on Nov. 21 with a group of other authors in a variety of genres and I'm also taking a basket of goodies, a member of another chapter going to Chicago area bookstores and offering to take promo items, a contest for e-book covers, goodies added to a basket for a friend's church bazaar, and access to a friend's e-Bay store to sell my books with special packaging for the holidays. I'm probably forgetting something, but you're probably sorry you asked by now. What's awesome about these opportunities is that they were all generated by author friends. How cool is that? (Which reminds me of something I need to do, so thank you for asking!)

Elisabeth Naughton said...

I have been MIA this week - I blame my crazy deadline - but I had to pop in and say...ALICE, I LOVE YOUR NEW COVER!!!!!!!!!!

Alice Sharpe said...

Thanks, Eli. I like it too!