Monday, July 04, 2011

Weekly Progress Check-In

This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA's weekly check-in.  Every Monday we encourage members and visitors to let us know how their writing is going.

Today is Monday, July 4, 2011.  (Happy Independence Day!)

Are you on track to reach your goals?

There are 180 days left in 2011.

Weekly Calculations:
If you write 1 page per day, you can write 45000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 2 pages per day, you can write 90000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 3 pages per day, you can write 135000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 4 pages per day, you can write 180000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 5 pages per day, you can write 225000 more words by the end of the year.

So how are you doing?  If you have gotten off track, this is the week you can regain your momentum.  Tell us how you're doing, and set a fresh goal for the upcoming week.  A page a day is a book in a year.  You can do it!

PRIZES:  The best prize is reaching your personal goal and finishing your book.  But if you need an extra little incentive, remember:  any chapter member who reaches her personal goal by the end of the year receives a prize at the year-end party.  Non-members can win, too.  Non-members who show up for at least 20 weekly check-ins will have their names entered in a drawing for a gift card from Powells, the world's largest independent bookstore.


Christine Young said...

So...I don't usually check in because I have nothing to check in about :(, Today however, I can happily say I have written 1,607 words. I plan on finishing 5 scenes this week. I am now starting on the second scene of my April Fools Day Anthology.

chanceofbooks said...

Yay Chris!

I got 4,943 words for the week + 3 blog entries. My goal was 7,000 words, but I'll take the almost 5K as it's still progress. I've written EVERY SINGLE DAY for 2 months straight now (May & June)! Holy Heck! I'm really doing it again :) Even though some days it was less than 100 words, I still kept that WIP going. I also found a new possible critique partner this past week, which is another big, huge scary step for me.

My goal this week is 5,000 words + 3 blog entries + feedback on chapters for my CP.

Genene Valleau said...

Woo-hoo, Chris! I am sooo happy you have time to write again!

Bethany, you are doing awesome! Congrats on the blog entries, on the word count, and on writing every day--that's great!

I just finished edits from my publisher for the first book of my LEGACY series. Will final the cover and send them both to the publisher today or tomorrow. Wow! After working on this series for soooo long, I feel like it's finally real. :)

My goal for this week is to finish the cover and edits for the second book of the series.

Hope everyone has a productive week!

Paty Jager said...

Yay Chris! And happy retirement!!

Way to go Bethany. Writing every day is the key to success, I think. Congrats!

Way to keep moving forward on your series, Genene!

I just returned from 6 days in Princeton raking hay and hauling out of the field over a 100 tons of hay. Quite impressive stacks!
While there, I critiqued a novella for a CP, reread a couple of sections for someone else I was critiquing, read the Maggie entries I was judging, and reworked the ending of Improper Pinkerton so I can put it up on Kindle.

The only moving forward I've done on the next project is getting all the research materials lined up.

This will be a short week, and I'll mostly be finishing up all sorts of projects like setting up a survey where people can vote on the my top picks for my taglines.

Have a great week everyone!

chanceofbooks said...

Wooohoooo!!!! I can't wait for Improper Pinkerton. I've LOVED that story idea since you first started talking about it. Be sure and put it up at B&N as well as Kindle. With the Nook sales exploding, you want to be at as many different venues as possible (but I'm sure you already know that!). I've recently been buying more ebooks at Fictionwise and All Romance E-books because they have sales which the big retailers don't.

Thanks so much for your support Ladies, it really means everything to me! Especially since I'm now at that point where I kind of hate the whole thing . . . but I know I just have to keep pressing through. Having you ladies to share with makes everything better!

Alice Sharpe said...

Hey guys, I just wanted to add my congrats to retirements, amazing word counts, projects coming along and writing every day even though the project inevitably loses a little of it's glossy, shiny new pizazz. You're incredible, Bethany! When I had kids your children's ages, I was lucky to take a shower...

I check in every week just to stay up to date with you all-- miss you guys.

I'm working, too, finished my series at the start of June and started on another. And did you notice summer finally hit with a bang?

Genene Valleau said...

Paty, hooray! So glad IMPROPER PINKERTON is going to be available. As Bethany said, love this concept!

Alice, soooo good to have you comment! Congratulations on finishing one series and the start of another. Sounds like you're busy as ever. Love the sunshine, but about 75 degrees would be better. :) Miss seeing you too!

Paty Jager said...

Bethany, The story is basically the same except I'm making it a stand alone rather than a series.

Yay, Alice! Good to hear from you and know you're still in the trenches.

chanceofbooks said...

Paty--Series are HUGE sellers on ebooks right now. That's part of how Amanda Hocking did so well. Do you think you could make it stand alone with a door cracked so you could return to it?

And ALICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I miss you Alice! I'm doing the Book in Three months challenge over at and your fellow intrigue author Patrica Rosemoor is talking to us this week, and I keep thinking of you. So excited that you will have a new series out--will tell Mom as she'll be thrilled.

And I think I'm finally making it work with the kids because my mom is around to help, preschool has started for O, and I finally just realized that there is NEVER going to be a perfect time to write. NEVER. There will always be something and blocks of uninterrupted time are a pipe dream. So I decided to approach like I have knitting for all these years--if I get 50 words, that's 50 words I didn't have yet. If I get 1,000 words out of the day in little spurts, that's awesome. Forward motion.