Saturday, April 10, 2010


As you can see by the graphic, I didn't quite make my stated goal of 10,000 words this week. C'est la vie.

If that sounds like I'm shrugging things off—I'm not. In truth, the word count doesn't completely reflect the actual progress I made this week. It was another one of those "thinking" weeks, where I spent a lot of time mulling things over while doing other (non-writing) things. I worked out some initial motivations and backstory, most of which I wrote down in my notebook, but some of which is still just in my head. I've decided not to go too far with backstory, motivation, and plot at this point. I'd like to get to know these characters as the story unfolds (i.e. while I write it) in order to keep things fresh. Slowly, but surely, I'm learning what my "process" is—and detailed plotting it ain't!

My goal for the coming week? Well, this week I'm trying something different. I'm not setting a word count. Instead, my goal is to write something every day. I need to get back into the writing habit, you see.

How'd you do this week? Any news you'd like to share?


Alice Sharpe said...

Debbie -- On the plus side, I heard from my editor who was passing the project along to the senior editor. On the minus side, I haven't heard back so am busily building worse case scenarios in my head. Last night I woke up and lay there worrying they wouldn't sell and then worrying they would. Ack!

Glad to hear you're investigating your process. It's a little different for everyone, it seems. Good luck meeting your goal of writing every day.

Kendra said...

Good luck, Debbie. A lot of people swear by the writing every day. I've tried and accepted that three days a week is my minimum.

Alice, I've got my fingers crossed for you.

This week I need to get two proposals to my agent. (love saying that) They're almost comeplete. And write the text for my website.

Paty Jager said...

Debbie, sometimes it isn't words that count but the way the story and characters are coming together.

Alice, you crack me up with your worrying.

Kendra, I bet that is a great feeling talking about sending things to your agent.

I spent the day giving a workshop on putting together a book proposal. I always have a good time when I'm with other writers. there were 15 people taking the workshop and thankfully they all said they learned something and enjoyed it.

I worked on edits for Bridled Heart all week. Still not done. UGH! I will have the new project started by next Saturday or I will go nuts! LOL I have most of my research done all except for finding out what it is like at the Guatemala City Airport. Anyone here been there???

Genene Valleau said...

Hi, all! Another slow writing week as I'm focusing on finishing my taxes. :)

However, I did sneak in some progress on the St. Patrick's 2011 novella. Talked to my son about engines and such so the time machine can now escape Earth's gravity to go back in time. Figuring that out fleshed out several more scenes. Horace will definitely be a busy inventor!

Debbie, I think it's great how you are so open to discovering the best writing process for you!

Alice, hope you hear about your proposal soon. Limbo is one of my least favorite places to be. :)

Kendra, so wonderful to hear of the good things happening in your writing career!

Paty, sounds like you're doing some great workshops! And, sorry, I haven't been to Guatemala City.

Hope everyone has a productive week!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

I'm not keeping track of my weekly word count, just trying to hit at least 2k per day. This week I surpassed 10K even with a few days of not working so I'm feeling pretty good. Hit the 60K word mark today and started stressing at how much is left to get through in this book in 40K words. All I can say is thank goodness I can cut. Because I have a feeling I will be.

This week my goal is to get through all the relationship romancy stuff and dive into the betrayal/action stuff that will lead up to the climax.

I have one question...are love scenes hard for anyone else? They're just like pulling teeth for me. They seem to get harder with each book (no pun intended).

Alice Sharpe said...

Eli -- Yes, love scenes are hard for me. I know I need to be IN them for them to work, but sometimes I'm just not and then it feels weird.

You're good at this, though, far better than I, and I know you'll do a good job, either now or later when you polish. I have no fear.

Paty Jager said...

Eli- I enjoy writing love scenes, but find with each book I have to dig deeper to make them different.

Piper Lee said...

Eli~ Just wanted to help you with your love scene. You might want to do something like this...

"Yeah, baby. Right there. Yeah. Oh. Baby. Baby. Yeah," he said.

Well, hope that was helpful. Just email me if you need more suggestions. As you can see, I'm pretty good at this stuff. *shit-eatin grin*

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Alice, nice to know I'm in good company. I always try to put myself in the scene as well (ever since you talked about that being key--and you're right), but sometimes it just doesn't work.

Paty, glad to know it comes easy for someone!

Piper - ROFLMAO. Yeah. I'll use that. Uh huh. You just solved my problem! LOL

Paty Jager said...

You know sometimes it's hard to write a love scene because the hero and heroine aren't ready for it. In other words you've decided this is where it should be but they haven't grown in the story to that point. Make sense?? I had to delete one I was writing in a book because I was forcing the moment when they weren't ready for it.

Piper Lee said...

Eli~ Glad to be of help. As you know, I'm quite experienced in this sort of thing. How do you think I ended up with five children? Experience baby, experience. I know all the right moves. ;)

Katie said...

*is pretending she didn't see what her mom wrote* Just keep your eyes on the ground and continue walking.

Just kidding mom. I'm not REALLY embarrassed by you. I do a thorough enough job of it all on my own. LOL ^_^

Hooray for progress, everyone! Even I did good this past week. I'm working at getting back into a writing routine. I've been... well, neglectful lately. But I've been better! XD So yay for all of us!