Monday, March 19, 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...
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Paty Jager said...

Hi all! I managed to get about 5000 words written on the new WIP last week. Not as impressive as I'd like but it always goes slow in the beginning. I hope to double that amount this week but we're headed to CA to a Celebration of Life for my uncle on Friday.

I had an awesome books signing at Jan's Paperbackbooks on Friday night, and Friday I received word that Bridled Heart is up for Best Western of 2011 at The Romance Reviews. If you pop over to my blog I have a button you can click on to vote for the book if you read it and liked it. (Scroll down at TRR the category is clear on the bottom)

Wishing everyone a week of flowing words and/or plotting.

that was me who deleted the last comment. I saw a typo. ;)

Christine Young said...

I'm trying to check in every week. But it looks like maybe once a month. I'm about a third of my way through edits for Rebel Heart. I'm having an awesome experience with my novella The Gift. It's on amazon and it's selling better than any of my other books. Yay!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hey, Paty, 5000 words is really good! Glad the signing at Jan's went well. And congrats once again on the nomination for Bridled Heart. Lots of good things happening for you!

Chris, you're still making forward progress with Rebel Heart and that's great. So pleased to hear of all the downloads for The Gift! Wonderful news!

I'm making good progress on edits to book #5 of my LEGACY series, as well as working on book covers for other authors, updating my Web site and blog, and keeping the promotion flowing.

This coming week should see more of the same progress on edits, covers, Web sites, blogs and promo. Woo-hoo!

Barbara Cool Lee said...

Congrats, Chris, on your success with "The Gift." It keeps popping up on my screen while I'm obsessively checking my own book *grin*. Looks like it's selling like hotcakes.

Congrats on all the progress on your WIPs, Paty and Genene. You guys are so steady in your progress.

Our plumbing went out over the weekend here, so writing took a backseat to handling the emergency. But I did get my first book up on Amazon, as I mentioned last week, and I'll be talking about how that's going in my Wednesday blog. Thanks for downloading it during its free giveaway period. That really helped.

This week I've *got* to get going on the next book, and I also need to respond to a bunch of emails--I haven't been keeping in touch at all with people. So those two things will keep me busy (and since my fingers will be crossed hoping the plumbing repair is done soon, my typing might be a bit slower!).


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Meggan McQuaid said...

Congrats on all your progress!

I'm in a slump this week. Based on the advice of ten separate readers, I've written a new chapter one for my current project.

It's not getting good feedback.

There are three characters in the first scene and I have received already two basic complaints. One, that there are still too many characters, and two, that there is not enough dialog.

I don't know how to respond.

I wrote about 3000 words last week, quite a lot for me, and it all seems to have been a somewhat futile effort.

Hope you all have a good coming week!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hey, Meggan, I think of all words as developing the story--even if I delete them later.

And maybe that story isn't ready for critique yet. Maybe it needs to quietly develop, and then you'll know exactly how to go back and write the beginning that's perfect for you.

I don't share my stories with anyone until they are almost perfect to me. That doesn't work for everyone, of course. :)

I also write in layers -- a basic rough draft, then make sure the hero and heroine's character arcs are clear and I haven't dropped any plot threads, then make sure I haven't forgotten the dog, etc., etc.

But anyone jumping into the middle of my process trying to critique would be totally dumbfounded. And it might distort my creative process. Don't know, because I don't share my work until I'm ready to. That's one area of my life I don't have a problem just saying no. :)

It's OK to protect your work. It's OK to let it sit and let your creative mind meander. It's also OK to write "crap" and fix it later. Whatever works with your writing process.

Oh yeah, and no beating yourself up. :) (((HUGS)))