December 12, 2016

The Weekly Word


With the holiday season in full force, schedules need to be flexible to accommodate things like Christmas parties, shopping, and baking.

Mmmmm...baking. Especially biscotti. And sugar cookies.

My weekend included all three activities and almost no writing. Which means my big battle scene I was going to finish is still in the works. I don't think I'm going to finish by Wednesday like I hoped. But 'tis the season for miracles as well, so maybe the fates will have mercy on me?

Progress

Other than holiday distractions, I've done fairly well on my WIP. Six chapters down, just eleven more to go. Possibly fewer than that. These past few chapters have been shorter and faster paced. Almost like this story wants to race to the end. 

I am noticing things I need to go back and fix before I send it to beta readers. The end is so close, though!

As for the healing part, I have good days and I have bad days. Lots of in-between days as well. While my shingles rash is pretty much gone, I'm still achy and sore most days. I also get worn out faster than I'd like. But that's what naps are for, right? Well...that and diet Pepsi.

Lessons Learned

  1. I love talking to sixth graders about writing. They ask fantastic questions and they have so much potential! (Thank you, Mrs. Summerhays sixth grade class. You guys were great this morning!)
  2. Biscotti is a delicious distraction. And bribe. Not that I would ever bribe anyone. Noooo...not me.
  3. Killing off characters is more fun than I originally believed. I used to be scared to torture my poor creations. I now delight in coming up with new and unique ways to make it happen. (Don't read too much into that. I'm a writer. It's what I do.)
  4. Kids enjoy waking up their parents at the worst times - while their poor mother is wrapped up like a burrito on the couch trying to take a much needed nap or at 5:08 am with loud yelling, banging on walls, and jumping on their beds. Not that I know from personal experience the past couple of days. My children are complete angels who would never do that. *yawn*

This Week's Dream Chasing

- Still keeping it realistic. I'll write as much as I can and try to finish by this Friday. Then I can start on the revision next week. I may not get it to my beta readers until after New Years, but I'll sure try. 
- I'm also going to listen to my body and try not to overdo it. Back problems, surgery, and shingles all in one year are quite enough, thank you very much. I'd really like to get back to feeling normal again!

My Challenge for You

Make a plan. Those step-by-step goals I talked about last week won't do you any good if you don't set deadlines. Deadlines should be achievable yet encourage you to stretch.

My deadline for my rewrite and subsequent revision has been Christmas. It's now New Years (unless I really get cracking!). That's just three weeks away. One week for finishing up the rewrite and two more for the revision. Ambitious, but not overly so. 

Once I've sent it out to my betas, I'll give them about 2-4 weeks to read it over and send me their feedback. 

And so on and so on. My ultimate deadline to submit is June, just in time for my birthday. Happy birthday to me!

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