Soooooo busy lately, and here’s why:
Basically what that means is, I’ve set a weekly goal (8,000 words) and I’m trying to discipline myself to write at least 1500 words each day I write (a lá NaNoWriMo + WW, which dictates you don’t have to write *every day* necessarily) to wrap up my work-in-progress (WIP) by the end of the month (a lá NaNoWraMo).
Whew—that was an exhausting sentence to type!!
I made—and surpassed—my goal: 8146 for Week 1. *applause*
I started at 31,457 words, and if you look at my word count meter to the right, you can see how I’m doing so far. It feels so great to be making such progress! I am so *in love* with my manuscript!!
And I really hope I stay so enamored. However, I know how these things go.
I’ve just learned so much since I wrote my first MS, and that makes me love writing this one that much more. Here’s why: Not that writing a novel is ever easy, but it’s just much *easier* to know, from the very start, you’re doing things right. Instead of trying to force something you wrote (before you knew anything about how writing a book works) to be tightly plotted—to have sound structure—to balance X, Y, and Z—it’s just so refreshing to be on the right track from the start!!
I have read people talking about this very thing, but I’m living it now—you really do “learn” on your first MS.
Anyway, I heart Sheena Easton—that’s my working title (explanation).
AMONG OTHER THINGS
I’ve also been:
- Looking into more speaking gigs
- Interviewing literary agents
- Interviewing script managers
- Moving my online writing group (yes, again—FML)
- Building a new Web site
- Planning a workshop/conference for the WB (!)
- Developing some writing courses (for me to possibly teach in H’burg!)
Things have been so crazy, I’ve actually had to schedule phone calls, just to catch up with people! (It’s actually worked really well, instead of missing people’s phone calls all the time. If I know we have a call planned, I schedule around it!)
That said, I’m about to go into my writing cave. Sheena calls.
ONE MORE THING
However, in anticipation of something *else* I just did—purchase tickets for a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, next week—I leave you with something awesome: