Monday, August 15, 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, August 15, 2011.

Are you on track to reach your goals?

There are 138 days left in 2011.

Weekly Calculations:
If you write 1 page per day, you can write 34500 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 2 pages per day, you can write 69000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 3 pages per day, you can write 103500 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 4 pages per day, you can write 138000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 5 pages per day, you can write 172500 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.


Paty Jager said...

Would someone please stop the merry go round I'm on and let me get off?

My goal for this week was to start the last Halsey book...That was before I received two e-mails about blogs I agreed to do and I realized I hadn't sent out PR for a signing I have next month and I have two of my group blogs coming up. Not to mention the book I'm editing/formatting for long story short. That's what I'll be doing this week and when I get it done, I will be starting on Hank's story.

A short story I sent to Wild Rose Press for their Love Letters series will be available January 4th.

Last week I judged at two county fairs and only have one to judge at this week.

I'm living vicariously through those of you who are working on your WIPs I will get there, I'm hoping this week. But it will be determined by how well my brain works writing up the requested blog posts.

Sarah Raplee said...

LOL Paty! It takes a while to tie up all the loose ends you forgot after having visitors for a month, doesn't it?

Congratulations on your short story sale!

I actually worked on my proposals last week for a few hours. I'm going through saved files from an online synopsis class Lisa Gardner gave that I had saved but never read. Eureka! I'm finally 'getting' what a synopsis is all about and how to write one. You can't see me, but I'm doing the dance of joy over here - this has been a sticking point for me and the main reason I haven't sent out requested material yet. So I'm pumped!

Deborah Wright said...

I feel like I've finally stepped out of the fog and can concentrate on writing. I don't know what was wrong with me for the last month, but I'm back! My goal is to get at least the first chapter re-written this week. If I can do that, I'll be in good shape to meet my goal for the month.

Good luck everyone! :-)

chanceofbooks said...

Yay for progress!

Paty--you've written some great blogs on characterization in the past years on here--could you recycle some of those materials to make the requested blogs quicker? :)

Sarah--I'd love to find a good class on synopsis writing! That's going to be key for me when I finish this book.

Debbie--Welcome back! Hope you have a great week!

I got 7255 words this week. Wow. No other projects cooking. Have just decided that blog is going to have to wait for this to finish THEN I will take a week and try to get a month of blog posts done and scheduled. I passed 70K on this book which was the original target word count. Now gotta wrap it up, get 'er done. On track to finish in the next two weeks. I want 5,000 words this week which should get me very close.

I made my characters BLEED this week and I'm so proud of that. I really went after that black moment. Had a huge Epiphany-- hero's black moment comes when he acts the most heroic and it still isn't enough.

Paty Jager said...

Sarah, you do know my pain! I had a little chat with Diana yesterday at the library. And I met your mom. Synopsis are a booger but once you get the hang of it, you can't remember why you hated them so much.

Deb, yay getting back in the groove!

Bethany! Wow and congrats on the word count!! Also the ripping emotion out of your characters and making them bleed. Can't wait to read this book! I did recycle a previous post from this blog for the one I had to turn in, but it wasn't on characters.

Genene Valleau said...

Aw shucks, Paty. Dragging my feet to help stop the merry-go-round--or at least slow down time.

Sarah, so cool you had an aha moment about synopses. I agree with Paty--once it clicks, it's not so bad.

Deb, hooray for clarity! Glad you're back on track.

Bethany, superb on the word count! Gah! Bleeding characters--that was a tough one for me. Still tend to hold back in that area. :)

I finished the second book of my series on Sunday as well as the cover. So I was happy dancing for awhile! Now I need to dig into edits on the third book. It would be great to have those done by the end of the month, but this week is shaping up to be a busy one and August is flying by. However, I don't want to get realistic too soon. :) And the cover is drafted, so that won't take long to finish. Just gonna keep moving forward.

Happy writing to all!

Sarah Raplee said...

Hooray for all of us! We so rock!!!