Monday, September 12, 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, September 12, 2011.

Are you on track to reach your goals?

There are 110 days left in 2011.

Weekly Calculations:
If you write 1 page per day, you can write 27500 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 2 pages per day, you can write 55000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 3 pages per day, you can write 82500 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 4 pages per day, you can write 110000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 5 pages per day, you can write 137500 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...

Ugh! I only managed about 2000 more words last week. The neighbor lady in Princeton who trains horses helped me get mine going better and I spent every morning working with my horse. Then before the company arrive(yes, I even had company in my little two room cabin)I was helping the dh with things and too tired at night to write!

This week I hope to get 5000 words or more. But I'm going to continue to ride my horse and work with him every day.So that cuts in to my morning time.I have to make my schedule for writing change a little so I can do both the things I love to do.

Hope you all had a successful writing week!

Genene Valleau said...

But you made forward progress, Paty--with both your writing and your horse. That's great!

As I was organizing my database for the second book in my series, I realized I had not pushed the heroine to do the thing she feared most: confront the villain face to face. I was letting others fight her battle. Gah! So I rewrote several scenes to include this important confrontation and growth for her. Yes, this book was supposed to be "finished." LOL! Glad it hadn't been submitted yet.

Will do another read-through these scenes and make sure I'm happy with the emotional depth, then call it a wrap. :)

And book #3 is still waiting for me...

chanceofbooks said...

Yay for some progress Paty--you can do it. Sounds like balance between horse and writing is much like that between kids and writing. I bet you are actually getting writing stuff done while you ride--thinking out plots and scenes that help you when you finally sit down.

I got my MARA entry in last week. I've edited the first four chapters of the book I finished. I wish the editing were going faster, but it's taking me about 1.5 days to get through a chapter. I need to cut at least 5,000 words, and I've already cut 1,000 so that's great. Tightening. Tightening. But, I've passed the point where I'll cut for the GH entry so that's something.

The new WIP is calling but I really need to finish one round of start to finish editing before I really get going on it.


Unknown said...

Well, I didn't get any new words written this week, but it was the first week of the kids being back at school so I've been playing catchup. I did get some pages critiqued, though, introducing some important characters, and the response was exactly what I'd been hoping for. I accomplished the very difficult task of introducing three new female characters on the same page and having them be perceived as individuals. Yay!

So there's a little more that HAS to be done, but I think I will actually get to write this week. It's been a while since I've had long enough stretches of time to write, so, oddly, I'm actually nervous. My goal for the week words. There.

Unknown said...

Don't know why it called me Unknown (Meggan McQuaid here) but it did so I'm clarifying. :)

Genene Valleau said...

Bethany, congrats on getting in your MARA entry, and on the edits you've done so far on your book! Great that it's ready for the Golden Heart!

Meggan, great that you're jumping back into writing! And good job on introducing your characters. Doing three in one page can be tough. Sounds like you did a good job of it!

Barbara Cool Lee said...

I did it! I completed the proposal of my Christmas-themed story and entered it in the Special Edition Holiday contest! Yes! I am using lots of exclamation points!

I am working on proving to myself I can write under deadline pressure and adjust my stories for different markets, and, yes, I did it!


Genene Valleau said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Barb! I think lots of exclamation points are pretty much OK for this accomplishment. :)

Paty Jager said...

Genene, you remind me of my Mother -in-law who is knitting a sweater for my daughter. She keeps saying how she had to take out this much and that much to get it to work right. I can't imagine taking four inches of knitting out over and over again because it isn't working right, the same goes for your books. You are a marvel at how you work and rework you books to make them all gel.

WTG Bethany! Keep sending things out.

Meggan, all forward motion is good! Welcome to the group one of these days I'll get to Salem for a meeting.

Barb, Woot Woot! you are on a roll and 2012 will be your year!

Sarah Raplee said...

Wow! You all made progress! I'm jealous, lol!

No writing this week, except to prepare for the Break Into Fiction Workshop in Portland this weekend. I'm trying to make the house and yard presentable, as we'll have weekend guests.