Monday, February 06, 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.)


Paty Jager said...

HI all! Spent last week in Texas, visiting and picking up my new car. All i did was critique last week.

This week is catch up and I'm participating in a book event with Genene this Saturday at Moonstruck Chocolate in Lake Oswego! Should be fun!

Meggan McQuaid said...

I did write, but only to polish. Today I am struggling with self-doubt, and right now I'm down ten points.

I will come out of this soon, and then I will write again, and I will be convinced its good enough, and then something will happen to make me doubt myself, and then it will start all over again. In the up time some writing will get done.

Today I read quotes by two separate authors that said write if you feel you have to, but if its not completely necessary, do something else. I'm considering how to answer the question inherent in that statement. Bah.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hey, Paty! Welcome back! I'm looking forward to the booksigning at Moonstruck Chocolate. Books and chocolate--how can you go wrong?

I'm spending a bit of time preparing for that booksigning. It's been awhile since I did one, so my materials need updating and organizing.

I did review the drafts of books #5 and #6 in my LEGACY series and have been brainstorming and organizing the upcoming events of the overall series in my mind. Feeling the need for some secluded and extended writing time. That's probably not going to happen until after the launch of PICTURE PERFECT LEGACY on March 1, since I have a lot of work to do on the LEGACY blog and Web pages before the launch. But I'll be working on all of these projects this coming week as well as promotion.

Ah, Meggan, I've faced those self doubts many times. Years ago, I read how one author makes a date with her Muse. She tells the Muse, "I'll be at the keyboard at 3pm this afternoon (or whatever time you want to write). Be there." Guess what? Her Muse shows up. I liked that and found it worked for me too. If my Muses don't show up, I start without them. They usually arrive at some point. :)

Just keep moving forward--one word, one sentence, one paragraph at a time!

Barbara Cool Lee said...

Nice car, Paty (it's the one in your newsletter, right?). Good luck to you and Genene at your book event (chocolate, yum!).

Meggan, don't let that negative voice get you down. I've read your work and you're a good writer. You have stories to tell, and your voice and style are special, unique to you. Don't stop writing because you worry about what others may think. As my mother says to me (over and over and over ), "just write your own book"--don't worry about how others will react to it until after you get it the way *you* want it. Sometimes we worry so much about success or validation that we forget that the writing itself has to come from our own heart and our own perspective to have any value. You don't want to be anyone else; be yourself and tell *your* stories. Doubting yourself just stifles your voice; it doesn't do the world any good at all. (This is said by someone who has dealt with this constantly and has great trouble believing in myself even when I know in my gut I'm right.)

I didn't get too much new writing done myself this week. I was caught up in non-writing tasks, and then spent time on the technical and formatting side of my text for "The Honeymoon Cottage." I'm going to finish that up this week, and then start on the revision of "In Deep Water." I put an excerpt of IDW at the end of Honeymoon as a teaser, and I fell in love with IDW all over again. I just love that story, and the updates I've been brainstorming for the plot have me really excited. I'm anxious to get back to writing.

Good luck on meeting your goals this week, everyone! :-)

Paty Jager said...

Meggan, everyone has self-doubts. Keep writing and don't let the doubt gremlin get you down.

Genene, Wow you are cooking on the Legacy series! Yeah, I have some things to get ready for this Saturday too.

Hi Barb. Yes, it's the car in my newsletter. Thanks! Chocolate and romance are a great combination.
Let me know when "The Honeymoon Cottage" goes live.

chanceofbooks said...

Yay Paty and Genene for your signing!

Meggan--tell those doubt crows to go away. The best way pass them is just to write. I find the best way past them is to write fast & dirty--when I let my inner editor out too soon all the doubts come back.

I am so darn close to finishing this book. So close. Hoping to update with "I am done" v soon.

Meggan McQuaid said...

Thanks for the "ups" everyone. I'm working my way through it.