I know. It’s already December 9th and this is my first post. I think everyone gets a free pass in December. The month is so hectic even it doesn’t know if it’s coming or going.
Now my fantastic excuse is out of the way – my month has been very hectic. Not that it’s surprising. But what with the Christmas Tree, a precariously standing by herself little one, edits and a whopping new plotbunny that won’t leave me the hell alone – I think I’m slowly losing my mind.
So far, my little goal list isn’t looking too rosy
- Edit L – I have started this. Not sure if I’ll finish it December at this rate, but it’ll be ready early January.
- Finish Christmas shopping – soooo close to finishing this
Organize Baby’s Christmas– DONE
- Get Jan 2014 WM sign up done – Doing this this week.
- CP stuff – always an in progress
Brainstorm AI’s new formChanging this to brainstorming D. Because D snuck up and hit me in the back of the head.
- Set up at least 3 process posts in advance – yeeeeeaaaahhhh about that
- BABEH! – well always
So it’s not looking too terrible.
I think I’m looking forward to 2014. Maybe I can find a better rhythm then. 2013 has been all sorts of disorganized for me. I’m almost dreading taking a look at my new years resolutions from January because I don’t think I got even half of them done haha.
This plotbunny that’s trying to eat my brain alive isn’t exactly new, but the twist it’s taken is. And it won’t let me go. I’m researching it, and thinking about it constantly. I love it, and yet, I keep wondering if it’s going to work in the setting I’m planning to write it… Still not so sure about that. All needs to be plausible you see Oh well, we’ll see how I go once I start outlining BWAH HAH HAH!
Let’s not talk about the cold. I’m not a cold person and this weather is putting me in a decidedly I-miss-my-sunny-home-town-Christmas mood.
Hope you’re all having a fantastic December so far and that it only gets better.
November is pretty much over.
I mean, let’s face it, we have a few days left. NaNo is almost done and gone. Remember, writing at all is a great thing. Don’t judge yourself by racing to finish a word count.
Overall, it’s been a productive month for me. Let’s take a quick look at my goals for the month
2. CP Stuffs
I finished NaNoWriMo on the 6th of November. Finished the rest of the draft on the 8th. I’m very happy with this.
However, NaNo has spawned a few of realizations/things for me:
1) When I say not to judge yourself by racing to finish a word count, I mean it. Just because I draft very fast, doesn’t mean I go for lack of quality. The way I write, fits NaNo IF my current plotting actually falls into the month. If not? I don’t care. I won’t try to force something just for the sake of hitting 50k and getting a badge.
2) I’ll be doing a blog series starting in 2014 on my writing process and how I go about plotting, outlining, detailing everything in order to write fast drafts. I know everyone has different methods etc, but I figure if maybe something in what I do can help someone out there – it’s worth it.
3) I have some feedback already on my draft and will be diving into edits come December. I’m actually really looking forward to this. Hoping to have it polished by 2014, but we’ll see how that goes.
I’m not sure whether people were a little worn out with NaNo, but we’re not having a #Writemotivation sign up for December. Instead, I’ll kickstart it again for January, and we can all dive into a new year of cheering each other on and kicking ass together.
I definitely managed quite a bit of CP work. For three of them in fact. So, I’m feeling very accomplished there.
And in the midst of all this, we had baby’s first birthday and party. So, all in all, November was a very productive month for me. Hoping December will be the same.
Now, we’re going into the Christmas month. We’re in the process of sorting out all the gifts for family, and it’s a big family. Then there’s the little things for Baby (let’s face it, she’s one, she’ll play with the boxes and wrapping paper).
Add to that, I fully plan to edit L.
So December is shaping up to be pretty busy for me. I will be doing my own #Writemotivation list. I need to make lists or I slip. Anyone who wants to join me is very welcome to drop a list in the comments.
MY DECEMBER 2013 GOALS
- Edit L
- Finish Christmas shopping
- Organize Baby’s Christmas
- Get Jan 2014 WM sign up done
- CP stuff
- Brainstorm AI’s new form
- Set up at least 3 process posts in advance
So there we go. That’s me for December.
How was your November? What are you doing for Christmas? Are you looking forward to 2014?
It’s a good thing that I finished #NaNoWriMo when I did because I have not had time to look at the file since completing it.
So then there was the birthday party. It was a huge success and a lot of fun. Kami looked adorable in her little Minnie Mouse dress. Although she didn’t sleep well the night before and refused to nap – I think she had a good time
Even though she didn’t seem to like her cake. That’s okay, we polished it off. More people turned up than I thought were going to be there, so that was nice too
As for the writing front? I’m brainstorming a new twist on an old idea that I didn’t originally execute very well. I think it’ll plan out, but it’ll probably take a few months before I’m ready to dive into it. I mean FOD took around nine months of stewing in my brain to work, so did L… I can’t imagine AI being ready to write for a while
Sometimes I love my process, sometimes I hate it.
This all boils down to my being extremely exhausted. And I’m talking bone-weary and tired. Constantly. I’ll bounce back soon, but right now, all I want to do is sleep. Okay – snuggle my baby and sleep
How is your #NaNo going? Is November treating you the way you were hoping?
It’s my baby girl’s birthday today.
Her First Birthday.
I can’t believe that it’s been one year since we were getting ready to go into the hospital and have our beautiful baby girl.
She’s enriched our lives in every possible way. As much as we’ve had to adjust some priorities, it’s been worth it.
I mean, seriously, look at her.
I can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a lovely child. As many stories as I create in my life, I think she will truly be the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s her Party on Saturday, so I’ll have a photo update next week.
And… Happy Birthday Kambria Rose. We love you so much and hope you have a wonderful day.
And then there’s the #WriteMotivation update!
2. CP Stuffs – well yeah
3. BABEH! – in the process of
Awwww yeah – Hi there NaNo. I have owned you L is complete. I’ll edit in December. Yay and stuff
How is everyone else’s November going?
So, I’m amazed that I’m getting up any post this week, what with attacking #NaNoWriMo like a rabid something or other.
I’m doing well, so far. Should have it finished with plenty of time to spare so I can plan baby’s birthday party and relax for a chunk of the month.
First things first, though. I have to tell you. I was really hoping to use #NaNoWriMo as a distraction tool, and I can tell you that it doesn’t work that way. Because I’m writing, I’m thinking about other writing and thinking about other writing is really counterproductive. So I’m still just as on edge as I was before #NaNoWriMo with the added stress of actually taking part in #NaNoWriMo.
Think on that for a while.
Now – my goals this month weren’t overly reaching. In hindsight, I probably should have added to begin edits and then I’d have been really challenging myself, but with the birthday etc, I’m not sure it would have been a fair challenge. So I’ll leave edits for December
How is everyone else going with #NaNoWriMo if you’re doing it? What are the pros and cons you find in participating? If you’re not participating, then I am so happy I know a sane person or two
I will be catching up on everyone’s posts by the end of the week and try to cheer people along on the hashtag all the time.
Have a great rest of the week, everyone!
So we took a little break in October. It did the world of good for me. Now we’re back with vengeance in November for NANOWRIMO!!!
Everyone’s name should link to their website, and their twitter handle to their twitter handle. This month, we have 14 participants! It’s great to have everyone on board. Some of our regulars needed to take a hiatus, but will be back soon. Get ready to cheer each other on! Remember – WE CAN DO THIS! GO NANO!
This was the initial sign up page if you’d like to nab the badge! Please remember to give credit for the image.
If there are any suggestions anyone has for making #writemotivation work better for them/us/writing, just let me know and I’ll try to incorporate them. I really have to thank everyone who helps cheer each other on month after month. Putting my goals out there to hold myself accountable is invaluable – I hope this works for other people too.
Please note: even if you aren’t signed up for #writemotivation on the list, feel free to take part in the hashtag and cheer and be cheered. Beware of flaming zombie dinosaur NINJA cookies He might flail, but his accuracy will surprise you!
For a refresher -
- Make a list of realistic goals for the month – and achieve them.
- Make a Blog Post every week (Just post on any day if you can’t manage Mondays ). This is to help us keep tabs on our own progress, and for others to cheer us on if it’s a difficult week. Please link to the post in the #writemotivation hashtag
- Visit your #writemotivation team mates blogs, and participate in the #writemotivation hashtag to cheer people on
|Name||November 2013 Goals (NaNoWriMo included)|
|K.T. Hanna||@KTHanna||1. NANOWRIMO
2. CP Stuffs
|M. Andrew Patterson||@M_A_Patterson||1) Write my brains out for NaNo and attempt to get 1.6K per day on my Romeo and Juliet in Hell story.
2) Blog every week (fell off the wagon last month)
3) Do my weekly vlog for Between the Lines
4) Cheer on my #writemotivation tweeps and throw zombie gingerbread people at them
5) Try not to die before November 30th
|Patricia Lynne||@plynne_writes||1)Weekly blog obligations, mainly Friday Quick Fic and Story Dam weekend pick posts.Read books on my TBR pile.
2)Look at beta notes and work on Out of Secrets. Also, try to figure out cover ideas.
3)Add wordage to Shiny New Idea (that one day will hopefully have a title) preferably every day.
4)Knit skull scarves for holiday Craft shows.
|Rebecca Enzor||@RebeccaEnzor||1. Win NaNoWriMo with Speak the Ocean.
2. Try to finish StO completely.
3. Post Faye and Tarrin every Friday.
4. Run 2x per week, even in Michigan.
|Jenny Mendez||@JKMendez23||1. Hit 50,000 words!
2. Write at least once everyday, even if its just a few words
3. Turn off my inner-editor!
4. HAVE FUN!
|Heather Jacobs||@stateofego||(1) Work on 2013 NaNo story.
(2) Await for first round of edits from publisher. Start working on them if they arrive.
(3) Complete the weekly #WriteMotivation blog posts.
(4) Complete at least one blog post not related to #WriteMotivation or #NaNoWriMo
|Michelle||@MichellePierce||1. Write at least 50,000 words in November.
2. Stay sane throughout the entire month.
|Cheyenne Campbell||@chylu||1. Do Nano. Write 50k as a basis for new fantasy/sci-fi.
2. Work on getting back into a daily routine after the Move That Took All Month.
3. Spend majority of online social time encouraging others.
|Rebekah Loper||@RebekahLoper||1. 50k words on ‘Stars for the Dead’.
2. Major progress on ‘Catalyst’ revisions.
3. Exercise 3x per week.
|Heather Cashman||@HeatherCashman||1) Win Nano
2) Blog every week
3) Read 4 books
|Valerie Lawson||@litbeing||1. Survive, nay, WIN NaNoWriMo. (I will finish a first draft this year. I WILL!)
2. Attend at least three NaNo Write-Ins and take some dares.
3. Before Nano starts and maybe even into the first week, prep some posts for the month.
4.Try to look up every once in awhile and acknowledge family’s presence.
|Leigh Caroline||@Leigh_Caroline||1. NANOWRIMO.
2. Don’t go insane waiting. FOCUS ON THE WRITING. The rest will sort itself out when it does.
|Jamie Dement (LadyJai)||@I_am_LadyJai||1) BE POSITIVE! My biggest struggle lately. Seems those positives are getting smaller and hard to find. I am always here for you guys if ever you need to vent. I need to learn to reach out. (Any suggestions for helping me stop thinking I’m burdening people, yet I never think you’re burdening me?)
2) Work on new shiny WIP for NANO. Even if I never count words, and I don’t make the 50,000, if I make progress, that counts.
3) Cheer on everyone else!
4) Read a book.
|Trisha Leaver||@TLeaver|| 1) Stay positive and realize that it is the process of writing not the word count that is important.
2) Write 2,000 words a day.
3) Refrain for editing said words while writing. Write now, edit later.
4) Be a source of encouragement and support for my fellow NaNo challengers.
5) Attend at least two local Nano gatherings.
If you have any questions just let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to get them answered.
Also – if you haven’t yet joined our G+ group. Dooo eeeet.
Otherwise! Have a fantastic November. I know you can all kick NaNoWriMo’s butt! This month is going to be fantastic! Remember to pop on over and say hi to your fellow goal pursuers on their blogs!
Let’s do this!
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be taking part in National Novel Writing Month this year. That’s right, for the whole month of November, you write. Right? Well – it’s not that we don’t usually write, but the goal in NaNo is to complete 50 thousand words inside of thirty days.
How do you go about it?
Me – I outline. Like I always outline. So really, I don’t do anything differently. But it’s still fun to be about to embark on my newest novel venture with hundreds of thousands of other people. Who said writing had to be solitary ?
Of course, I’ll be cheering on my #Writemotivation buddies. If you’d like to sign up for November you can do that over here. I don’t think the goals will really be a surprise, but hey! It’s all about challenging yourself, right?
This will be my first full NaNo with a book to write. Feel free to add me as a buddy, I’ll add back. Normally I just miss out and try to force the book – but this year, this year I timed it somewhat perfectly (it sounds better than saying I was lucky it clicked when it did haha).
Happy Halloween to everyone! This will be my first real celebration of it. Can’t wait to dress up baby girl and give out candy
Here is to a fantastic November and good luck to everyone!
November (NaNo) #Writemotivation Goal Check Sign Up
Signing up for a #Writemotivation Goal Check list means you’re putting your monthly goals out there for the world to see. The idea is to hold yourself accountable to the goals you put out there. It’s not a win or lose situation, just a matter of motivating yourself (and others), to complete the things on your list.
The aim is not to compete with each other – but to compete against yourself (and that pesky inner-critic and procrastination demon that tries to defeat us when we least want them to).
An amazing sense of accomplishment will be your reward! Of course, we’re also one big cheer squad. And don’t forget Mr Dino, his cookies, the zombies and the cheerleaders – sometimes combinations of all of those. It’s about helping each other through the solitary life of writing, because we all stumble every now and again.
Though these goal-checks technically have rules – don’t worry – they’re completely doable.
- Make a list of realistic goals for the month – and achieve them.
- Make a Blog Post every week (The day is optional – I post on Monday’s because I like starting the week that way. Please just post on one day per week with your progress). This helps us keep tabs on our own progress, and allows others to cheer us on if it’s a difficult week. Please link to the post in the #writemotivation hashtag/and or the G+ group
- Visit your #writemotivation team mates blogs, and participate in the #writemotivation hashtag and G+ group to cheer people on
- Please fill in the form here:
Once this done you’re ‘registered’
Remember – your #writemotivation cheering mates would probably appreciate it if you followed their blog, but if Twitter is more your thing just don’t forget to check the # and the G+ group to see everyone’s posts!
Sign up and let’s keep #writemotivation going. November will try to bring us down because HELLO NANOWRIMO, but it will not prevail! Not only will people cheer each other on, but we do have zombie, dino, cheerleading cookies… or something, right?
Here’s to a fantastic November 2013! Let’s all kick NaNo butt!
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Please link back to this post if you’re blogging about it. Sign ups will close at midnight CST on October 31st and I’ll post the participants list and their goals up on November 1st (at some stage during the course of the day).
Any questions, please ask below. Here’s to a fantastic month of goal achieving!
I’ve been a bit absent over the last six weeks. So much going on, so little time. And always remember, there’s that cute bundle of gorgeous that constantly takes any of the spare time I manage to wrangle.
Though – look at her – how could you say no to that?
Anyway. So there’s that.
Now to writing.
Bree Ogden is awesome. Just want to shout out that anyone not following her should do so. Why? See previous. She is awesome.
Edits on FOD have been completed and now I have a dilemma for NaNoWriMo because I’m not sure if I can refine the plethora of ideas I have into anything compact enough for a book right now. But I’m definitely going to try.
There’s this one idea Yeah, you get the picture.
With NaNoWriMo coming up soon, I’m getting my #writemotivation back in full swing. How is everyone else going? Are you preparing for NaNo? How has October been for you?
Anyhu – here’s to a productive rest of October and one hell of a November for everyone.
We’ve switched the day we post our stories at OurWriteMind. Now it’s Free Fiction Friday Go ahead and check them out!
September started out on a pretty good note, but on September 7th I woke up to the most dreaded email I’ve ever had. In fact, when I opened it I had to read it twice and it still didn’t completely register – I sort of went like this
My agent had made a tough choice and decided to change career directions. This left me agentless. With a manuscript pretty much ready to go on submission as it had been for five weeks. I was devastated. Absolutely. Okay. I panicked. I pretty much spent the whole day in this state:
My lovely CP Heather C. came over right away and helped console me. And of course Leigh Caroline – what would I do without you. Together we dived into Query revisions and agent list compiling.
Then I re-read the email. And a light went on. She would see if any of her agent friends might be interested in FOD. Who wouldn’t take her up on that? So… within two days I had several full manuscript referrals. One person wanted an exclusive, but I wasn’t comfortable with that, and yet she still wanted the full anyway.
So, I carefully compiled my little scrivener file and query letters. I sent out the fulls and a couple of queries for good measure. Then I received an another full request (also courtesy of my former agent – she was amazing in helping me find a new home). After sending them all out by the 10th of September, I sat back and curled into a little ball and waited. Sort of like this:
In the wee hours of the morning on September 18th, the awesome lady who requested an exclusive submission that I wouldn’t grant, sent me an Offer of Representation. Bree Ogden offered to be my agent. And she’d only had the full for eight days. I sort of looked at it and went: which is sort of funny because I managed to wake my husband up who was asleep. But that’s what he’s there for, right?
Of course, then I panicked again. I had to email all of the people who had my fulls and let them know I had an offer. Which I did.
I was more polite than that, but you get the idea. On the Friday I got another declaration of interest in the book. And so I sat and waited. And then I had the call with Bree on Monday 23rd.
Bree had been ill, so we’d had to wait a little to talk. I was sooooo nervous. But the call was fantastic and she loves FOD. In fact, I swear she sees more in that book than I realized I wrote! After the call I was all:
But I still had days to wait. So I researched even more, and double checked agencies. Then I got several bow outs.
Side Note: Bow outs are so nice! Really people only had my full for just over two weeks before I needed their decision. But I got a lot of encouragement, and well wishes and hopes to see FOD on PM soon. Made me feel marginally talented and stuff.
By the end of the given waiting period I was so excited to send Bree the signed contract! She’s passionate about FOD and absolutely perfect for me! I couldn’t be a happier author (well I could, but we’ll get there together )
I am now officially agented by Bree Ogden of the D4EO Literary Agency!
I couldn’t have held my sanity together without my CPs Leigh Caroline, Becca Weston, Heather Cashman and Jamie Dement. And definitely wouldn’t have made it to here without the support of my writing buddies: Brenda Drake, Erica Chapman, Heather Gilbert, Andrew Patterson, Sarah Henning for her query help and thanks to my new agent sister Brianna Shrum for answering so many questions too!
Now – let’s all have cupcakes!