Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekly Progress Check-In

Welcome!  This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter's weekly progress check-in.

Did you meet your writing goals last week?  What do you plan to accomplish this week?

(The best prize is achieving your writing goals, but as an extra incentive, we will award gift cards from Powell's bookstore to the chapter member and the non-member who check in for the most weeks in 2012.)


Deborah Wright said...

I'm still struggling to start the actual writing on my new book. I've decided to switch things up and write a "loose" synopsis first. I'm using Hope Ramsay's 7 Paragraph Synopsis as a guideline, with the knowledge that the synopsis will change along with the book as I write. We'll see how well this works next week. ;-)

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hi, Debbie! I love Hope Ramsay's synopsis guide--great stuff! I also use a shortened or modified of this basic structure: heroine/hero/moment of change/conflict-motivation--to write back cover blurbs, a one- or two-sentence "elevator" description, and other marketing blurbs. Thanks for the link. She does a great job of summarizing this. Hopefully this will help you get started.

If I am having trouble getting started, I use Nora Roberts' advice to put something on the page--even if it's bad, because you can always go back and fix it. And I usually rewrite the beginning of my books a number of times, so I figure if I get close at least I have momentum on my side. :)

I finished edits on book #4 of my LEGACY series last week and sent it off to a beta reader. Woo-hoo! Will final the cover this week, and review what's happened in the series so far to make sure book #5 is on track. Then I'll do edits to that book.

I'm also continuing work on updates to my Web site and a blog for my LEGACY series to be ready for the release of the first book on March 1. After several years of preparation, it's hard to believe but exciting that this launch is almost here!

chanceofbooks said...

I'm using the 7 paragraph synopsis guide too!

Last week I got 10k. This week I am finishing this book. Hooyah. So darn close to finishing the first draft.

You can do it Debbie. Fast & dirty, just get a draft, then you can slash and burn and rearrange all you want later. Pretend you are doing NaNoWriMo for cash :P

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Great word count, Annabeth/Bethany! You are making such awesome progress on this book.

Love your advice to Debbie! "Fast & dirty, just get a draft, then you can slash and burn and rearrange all you want later. Pretend you are doing NaNoWriMo for cash..."

This may be one to print out and post by the computer. :)

Barbara Cool Lee said...

Wow. Everybody's so productive. This is great.

Annabeth, 10K words! Woo Hoo!

Genene, I am continually amazed at your ability to do the writing, editing, promotion and EVERYTHING and get it all done. It's what I'm trying to learn myself.

And yes, Deb, I think you're on the right track in trying to get a loose synopsis going. Don't let yourself get too hung up on perfection; as Annabeth says, get the fast and dirty writing down and fix it later.

I completed editing the first of my Pajaro Bay books, "The Honeymoon Cottage." I still don't like it. It's been mangled by too many drafts/listening to too much bad advice. Now I'm trying to undo the damage and come up with something coherent. I still am not satisfied but I'm almost ready to let it go. A few more tweaks and I think I'll be done with it.

My goals this week are to start editing "In Deep Water," and also do all the blurb-writing, front matter, back matter, etc., for the The Honeymoon Cottage.

Good luck meeting this week's goals, everyone. :-)


Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

LOL, Barb! I tell you, it's all in the databases. :)

Actually, I'm not doing everything--my publisher does the formatting and distribution as well as sending to reviewers and some promotion in addition to what I'm doing.

I've hit panic mode a couple times at the thought of a book being released every two months, but there's actually a rhythm to this process. I've been more productive the last year than I've ever been, and better about saying "no thanks" to things not on my priority list. So definitely a positive learning experience!

Meggan McQuaid said...

Hello ladies! I'm checking in late Tuesday evening, but I figured that because it says Weekly Progress Check-in, not Monday Progress Check-In, it should be fine. My writing goals this week are to read all the blog posts I missed, to solve my RTF problem, and to write 20+ minutes at least twice this week.

I have good reasons for not checking in earlier (if it matters).
1) the kids were out of school and home on Monday, so I was Mommy, not Writer that day.
2) I have been using every spare moment to prepare my very first contest entry. Its done! Yayay!

I feel really good about the pages. The only problem I had was formatting, and I already sent a yahoo message about that to the group.

So, yes, I met my writing goals last week. I actually did better work on those pages than I think I've ever done on any other pages before. Whew!

Deb, thanks for the link about Synopses. There are some other contests I'm wanting to enter this spring that require that, so your link will come in very handy. I hope it does for you, too.

Genene, love the blurb formula, too, thanks! Have you ever hear the saying that goes, "Even if it's crap, just get it on the page?" I love that. Woo hoo on your edits! So exciting to get to that point! And I'm so excited for you for your new books!

Bethany, love the slash and burn idea, totally agree with that, and I'm very impressed with the 10K!

Barb, here's hoping you hit the sweet spot with The Honeymoon Cottage. The title is great. I have a partial draft of a book that is suffering from all the same problems you listed, so if you come up with a formula for a fix, I'd love to hear about it.

I am so pleased to be part of this group. I know I say it over and over, but you all are really great to have around.

So thanks! And have a great week.