Sunday, February 18, 2007

Checking In

Well, we're changing our Sunday forum up a bit, using it as a means of accountability. How has our writing week gone, what our goals are for the upcoming week, etc.

Interestingly enough, I went to my North Texas Romance Writer's (NTRWA) meeting yesterday, where Karen Leabo, aka Kara Lennox, spoke about goal setting. While I may have goals floating around in my head, I've never taken the time to write them down.

Putting our goals in writing is essential to achieving those goals, allowing you to break each big goal into smaller goals and the steps needed to achieve those micro-goals.

So how was my writing week? Hmm, okay I suppose. I finished another chapter of my WIP and started the next, though by the end of the week, after meeting with my crit group, I decided to overhaul the end of the chapter I finished. I guess that's why they call it a work in progress. The problem is, while I had a child-free weekend, I couldn't get into the writing mode. Grrrr. Very frustrating.

That said, my goal for this week is to redo the end of that chapter and rework the beginning of the next chapter based on that outcome. Of course there are lots of appointments on the calendar this week, and the kids are off school tomorrow. . .

Guess you'll find out next week how I did. Let's see what kind of week my blog sisters are up to.



  1. Mindy,
    I know what you mean about the writing mode. This has been a tough month for me, especially this week.

    My goal for this week is to put fanny in seat and write! LOL!

    Seriously, I am working on completing the outline for my Revision WIP to melt the flow of the first draft with the needed changes for this second draft. I'm hoping the outline will see me through to the end. Also, this outline will allow me to secure the synopsis I need to send in with my submission to the contest I'm entering.

    So my goal, summarized is to finish the outline/synopsis.

    And put fanny in seat and write, write, write!!!!!

  2. Mindy,
    Thanks for starting our checking in Sunday off.

    My goal this week is to write something. Anything. Actually, I"m revising two projects.
    So, I"m going to state my goal as rewriting Mercy For Matthew Kane. I'm at chapter 4 right now. I"ll check in next Sunday and let you all know how far I've gotten.

  3. I received my revision letter on Friday! So that's the main thing on my agenda right now. I'm going to make a copy of the letter and start checking items off. I think I'll start with the detailed things first (like taking out words that are too near curse words, etc.)and then moving to the broader things such as increasing my hero's internal conflict. Those will be more time consuming.

    One goal I already checked off this past Thursday was to finish judging the Golden Heart entries. So that felt good. (And several of them were sooo good!)


  4. I thought I would chime in. I took a break from writing this week. In doing so, I've been seeking God's direction with my writing and making a number of requests to the Almighty. I submitted another historical to the Genesis contest. (There is some work in getting manuscripts prepared for all the format requirements.) I got my WIP prologue and first chapter back from my critique partner. Now that I have confirmation, I'm going to take out the prologue, revise the first chapter and work on chapter two.


  5. Hi all,
    I had a really rough week. I tried to write, but it didn't happen. I wrote a little in my blog and this blog, but not much else. So...this week, I am working on my second book's outline, characters, and finishing up some of my online classes.
    I'm also setting financial goals to allow me to attend RWA and ACFW. Little by little plans happen.
    My overall goal is to have book 2 done by RWA in July. My next goal is to have book 3 well started by ACFW in Sep.
    In order to do this, I am getting better organized, lol.
    PS Biggest roadblock to book 2 is that I cannot decide something crucial about the villain.

  6. Oops, I forgot to say that I'm starting a project to help others with prayers and devotionals that I might sell from my site and will sell at the conferences if all works out. That means working on it a little every day too. (I think I'm worn out now.)