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Title: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 01, 2010, 08:12 AM
Okay. I couldn't stand it any longer. I need motivation and a kick in the rear to MAKE me work on my WIP -- EVERY SINGLE DAY. Too many days drift by and at the end, I realize that no matter how good my intentions were to write on my Work In Progress, nothing was accomplished. Zip. Nada. Zilch.  :paperbag 

I'm starting this thread for people like me who just need to write a little every day. (Who am I kidding? I'm starting this thread JUST for me. :lol2)
There's another thread on the board for more ambitious people working on longer books who want to write a thousand words a day or more. Not possible when you write mostly in rhymes! When you write like I do, that would be 4 or 5 books a day! So for people who write slower, like me, here's our :star2 sparkly :star2 new motivational thread!

And if you join this thread and you DON'T work on your WIP every day, you will get  :mob :voodoo :guns and possibly even  :! or :flamethrower!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 01, 2010, 08:13 AM
Okay. I'm here. I'm in. I WILL work on my WIP today. I will. :hiding
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: KDuBayGillis on July 01, 2010, 08:18 AM
Sign me up, Verla!  I'm cracking open my MG WIP file now. . .

Happy writing.  Crack that WIP!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 01, 2010, 09:15 AM
Sparkly new, total rewrite in the works. I wrote yesterday and today.   :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: annastan on July 01, 2010, 09:35 AM
I sooo need this thread. Thanks, Verla! I will work on my WIP today - I will!  :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 01, 2010, 09:57 AM
I'll clock in tomorrow.  The thoughts are, the ink isn't.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on July 01, 2010, 11:37 AM
I'm in. I started out with a bang this summer, but got side tracked. I NEED a kick in the pants to get going again!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jayca on July 01, 2010, 07:02 PM
I worked on brainstorming and outlining for my next WIP today. I'm not ready to jump back in the 1,000 word club again yet, but it feels good getting started on something else while revising my last ms and letting it cool.

Thanks for the new thread, Verla!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Stef on July 01, 2010, 08:01 PM
I did!  :oncomputer  :bangcomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: svz on July 01, 2010, 09:06 PM
Thanks for this thread, Verla.  No actual typing today, but, like Jayca, I worked on brainstorming, fleshing out the story.  Notecards for characters and scenes. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on July 01, 2010, 09:38 PM
I finished a chapter brainstormed the next.  :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: andracill on July 01, 2010, 09:54 PM
I finished a chapter today. ;)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneN on July 01, 2010, 11:36 PM
Thank you, Verla!  This is the thread for me right now!  And I can say that yes, I did work on the WIP today.  Hoping to be able to say the same tomorrow!
:)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: chasing my tail on July 02, 2010, 12:12 AM
Yes! This is a perfect thread for those of use not quite in the position to write 1000 words a day at the moment (for whatever reason).

Today, I will work on my WIP. Yup. Today, I'll do it! (As soon as I finish catching up on the Blueboards . . . ;-) )
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 02, 2010, 12:53 AM
I did it! I worked on my WWII POW story today on my new computer which I have finally gotten almost all up and running.  :oncomputer Unfortunately, this new computer doesn't have the same font I've been using on the book and I don't know how to find that old font and move it to the new computer, so I had to go back and change the entire book to a different font, which means all the pagination that I've worked so hard on is now all wrong. :gaah

But I still managed to get the tunnel escape account into the book today. That's progress! :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Deva on July 02, 2010, 02:06 AM
Yay, motivation! I'm in! I already had set myself a goal of writing 1K a day this month (or until I finish this draft). I did 1400 yesterday and I am about to start on today's chunk.

Good going, everyone who is working on a daily WIP regime!

And thank you Verla for starting the thread!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 02, 2010, 03:45 AM
Yes! This is a perfect thread for those of use not quite in the position to write 1000 words a day at the moment (for whatever reason).
I NEVER write 1000 words.  What does that say?

Today, I will work on my WIP. Yup. Today, I'll do it! (As soon as I finish catching up on the Blueboards . . . ;-) )
But will you? Cos I say that every day...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on July 02, 2010, 04:59 AM
Thank you, Verla!  :bow I really need a thread like this one. I wrote yesterday, a whopping 80 words, but at least it was something after 3 weeks of nothing. I'm totally in!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on July 02, 2010, 06:04 AM
600+ words, plus a major component of the plot fell into place, something that will be in the query letter!

eta: 750+ words, actually. I just double-checked my work log. Have to make sure things here and on the Day by Day thread match http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=24122.new#new (http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=24122.new#new), or somebody will think I'm not trustworthy. (And we all know I am so important that I have stalkers checking my every post. Excuse me, I must go find my aluminum foil helmet now.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Deva on July 02, 2010, 06:13 AM
Did 1200 words this morning, although a couple hundred of those were scavenged and reworked from an earlier cut scene.

Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mrh on July 02, 2010, 06:57 AM
I'm in (doing revisions, so some days I have mega-word count and other days, like 50), but you won't throw me out if I'm going on  :surfer :trailer :motorhome :vacation :campfire next week, right?  :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 02, 2010, 07:10 AM
day
Thanks for this thread, Verla.  No actual typing today, but, like Jayca, I worked on brainstorming, fleshing out the story.  Notecards for characters and scenes. 
Does brainstormng count?  'Cos if it does, then I write quite a bit every day, just not yet.  I need :coffee first.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ghostgirl on July 02, 2010, 08:30 AM
Woohoo!!!!  I'm ready to WIP it good!   :sing   :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 02, 2010, 12:17 PM
I'm in!

Now I need to scurry away and write something brilliant. Or just something. :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ghostgirl on July 02, 2010, 12:55 PM
Look ma!  No hands!  Seriously...I'm WIP-ing right now... :snoopy  better get back...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on July 02, 2010, 01:13 PM
I worked on my WIP today.  :goldstar The word count definitely wasn't something to write home about, but that's okay.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Vonna on July 02, 2010, 01:24 PM
This is a great thread for those days of revising when I'm more likely to cut a 1000 words than write them! I have just eliminated 217 words from the first chapter of what I hope will be the last pre-query draft of my WIP. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on July 02, 2010, 05:00 PM
Jumping in here!  Took a yellow legal pad and pen out to the backyard today to scribble while the kids played...managed to get a few sentences down before they noticed me, and usurped my tools for their own drawings.  Alas.  But it was a start!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 02, 2010, 05:29 PM
I barely made a dent, but I opened the file and added words, so it counts!  :sheep
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on July 02, 2010, 06:40 PM
I really need this thread. For the last few days I did not work on my WIP. Today I did! I'm actually able to say I finished a chapter and added a few scenes in others. Knowing I have to report tomorrow, I WILL write more tomorrow! :crossedfingers
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 03, 2010, 12:03 AM
I worked on my WWII POW book today again. :yay

Today i added the account of how the men attempted to escape using tunnels -- sticking it into the book just before the information I added yesterday, which was the details of an actual escape attempt that my father participated in.

Progress is being made.  Productivity will slow down beginning tomorrow, as I have a lot of family activities that will be taking place during the next two months. But... I intend to still work on this book as often as possible! I'm going to TRY to add at least something to the book every weekday. :crossedfingers So far, so good.  :woo
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneN on July 03, 2010, 12:13 AM
I did work a little on the WIP again today! 
Thanks again for this thread, Verla.
:)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Kelly B. on July 03, 2010, 07:17 AM
Great thread! My WIP is sitting just behind this browser and we're both caffeinated and ready to get started!
On the agenda: The last bit of rising action before the climax. Time to git'r done.

Thanks for the extra motivation!  :star2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Vonna on July 03, 2010, 08:15 AM
So far today I have whittled another 120 words from CH1, and added 106 to CH2. On to CH3!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 03, 2010, 09:42 AM
Veni, Vidi, I typed.  :guns
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on July 03, 2010, 10:09 AM
I haven't had time for a full 1,000 words in the last few days, but I have managed to write all but one day this week.  Two hours this mornin', even though I had a busy day ahead.   
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 03, 2010, 10:12 AM
I can't believe it.  I actually wrote something today.  It is amazing what shopping can do.  Sunday is a lazy, so I hope I can actually work.  It is usually quiet in the coffee shop which is good.  Keep it up!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Rachel on July 03, 2010, 11:38 AM
I've been procrastinating all morning, but now I'm making myself sit down to work!  :grrr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz on July 03, 2010, 11:48 AM

Great idea for a thread!  I'll get with it after the weekend =)

Happy 4th of July!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 03, 2010, 12:22 PM
I wrote quite a bit last night, but then I discovered my new computer supports Hulu - off to watch tv shows.  Not so good.  :snork

I am going to watch more shows, clean and write today (oh yeah and practice the part I am supposed to sing in church - not that I am a great singer. eeeee)

I need some fairy dust to get all the cleaning done.   :star2 :star2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Deva on July 03, 2010, 02:35 PM
It's great to come here and see so many folks making progress! Every little bit helps!

I added just over 1000 words to my WIP today so far, although about half of them were once again pulled from former cuts. But I'm going to get back to work on it now, at least for a little while. So maybe there will be more new wordage.

If I don't get distracted by the blueberry pie in the oven...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 03, 2010, 02:39 PM
Didn't do so good today. Does finishing a critique count?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on July 03, 2010, 05:03 PM
Did a little revising, but not as much as I should have. Also, nothing on the new chapter--- :snork
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on July 03, 2010, 05:08 PM
I worked on my WIP today. I'm still not feeling it, but slogging ahead regardless. I really miss those 1000 words a day, days.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 04, 2010, 03:31 AM
Didn't do so good today. Does finishing a critique count?
I reckon holding a pen or turning on the computer counts.  At least you are contemplating work.  If the thoughts are there, the work will follow at some stage...that's work of some sort.  I will be doing a lot of planning and leave the big stuff until tomorrow.  I'm treating John to dinner tonight.
Finishing a critique defnitely counts, I think.  They are ard work!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneN on July 04, 2010, 09:33 AM
TTV (= "Thanks to Verla") I have added actual words to the WIP every day so far in July.  Not very many words, ahem, but I am at least touching that chapter daily, TTV.
 :hearts

and, as general encouragement,  :grrr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on July 04, 2010, 04:44 PM
 :flowers  I'm so proud of me. After the family 4th of July fish fry, I actually came home and wrote 700 new words by introducing the main male love/hate interest and crossed the 10,000 word mark.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on July 04, 2010, 04:55 PM
I got as far as opening the file. Then I got distracted. :(
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 04, 2010, 05:02 PM
I got as far as opening the file. Then I got distracted.

Me, too! But it is a holiday after all.  :goldstar
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 05, 2010, 06:25 AM
Me, too! But it is a holiday after all.  :goldstar
Sadly can't use that excuse over here, unfortunately.  But I might just do it anyway.  Now, where is my pen.  I THINK I may be able to write something.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 05, 2010, 07:55 AM
Tying up my waders and checking in for duty! I zipped out four chapters and then got stuck going back into read and revise mode. We'll have none of that business today!

Happy to  :bangcomputer the next chapter out of me.  (I'm pretending that's nose-typing)

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 05, 2010, 09:51 AM
I never bother with word count, because I know some of them are going down the drain at some point. 

But I typed until I told myself I had to go to bed.  Wahoo!  Major progress made.   :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 05, 2010, 10:10 AM
You know, WORKING on your WIP can be plotting out a scene in your head, figuring out how to make your character feel more alive, visiting a local coffee shop to figure out how your character will behave when he meets his main adversary in one in your story, or deleting words to your WIP as well as adding them. That's the beauty of this thread - you don't have to necessarily ADD WORDS to be working on your WIP. You just need to be making progress on it.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SB on July 05, 2010, 02:18 PM
...[Y]ou don't have to necessarily ADD WORDS to be working on your WIP. You just need to be making progress on it.

So true!  Most of my breakthrough-type progress on a project comes when I'm turning it over in my mind, nary a keyboard in sight.

(Ducking back out again, and a return to the grind with me ...)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ghostgirl on July 05, 2010, 04:44 PM
So my WIP work consisted of some thought on the golf course (with Ghost Hunk) and tonight some cool background from HBO's "No One Dies in Lily Dale".  No words on paper, but a lot going on in the head... :trenchworm
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Rachel on July 05, 2010, 05:16 PM
You know, WORKING on your WIP can be plotting out a scene in your head, figuring out how to make your character feel more alive, visiting a local coffee shop to figure out how your character will behave when he meets his main adversary in one in your story, or deleting words to your WIP as well as adding them. That's the beauty of this thread - you don't have to necessarily ADD WORDS to be working on your WIP. You just need to be making progress on it.
That's so true, Verla!

Some of my most productive writing days have been the days where I sat around staring at the walls and beating my head against a plot problem. Once I get unstuck, the actual word count can happen.  :bangcomputer

Today though... we're having a heat wave, so it's hard to make any kind of progress! All I can think about is how hot it is and how I'd rather be doing this: :beach
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on July 05, 2010, 05:49 PM
Wrote 2 hours this morning before company came.  They're gone, so I'm going to try to pick up where I left off. Though I might (yawn...) have to give up and go to bed.  :zzz
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Kelly B. on July 05, 2010, 06:11 PM
I hammered out a few pages today, and I'll probably take a hammer to them tomorrow!  :!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jenn Reese on July 05, 2010, 07:17 PM
I am working on my first-ever editorial revisions, and they are totally kicking my butt! I've spent all day trying to rewrite about 800 words. Gah!

Remind me never to write far-future science fiction again. (Er... except for the next two books in the series. :)

Jenn
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 05, 2010, 07:19 PM
Remind me never to write far-future science fiction again. (Er... except for the next two books in the series. :)

I didn't want to laugh, but I couldn't help it.  :goodluck
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 06, 2010, 05:39 AM
Rewriting the beginning of my finished ms (that's under constant and never-ending revision) yet again. Dare I hope I've nailed it this time? Not far enough into it to know yet.

Beginnings make me  :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 06, 2010, 11:30 AM
 :cloud9  Right before drifting off to sleep last night, I had a major break through in where I was going with my WIP.   :snoopy :snoopy

I love when that happens, you stop and are sort of frustrated because you aren't quite sure where you are headed and BAM, a wonderful plot transformation pops into your head.  I thank God for everyone one of those, because I have no idea where they come from...

This one is soooo good.  I love it. hehehehe


Liz
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on July 06, 2010, 11:37 AM
Started a new PB today.  Sometimes a new story comes very quickly.  This is not one of those times. :duh
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 06, 2010, 11:44 AM
I was a good little writer today--time for some b00b-tube.  :popcorn
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on July 06, 2010, 04:26 PM
I have been writing today, but it's like pulling teeth.  :banghead
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: KDuBayGillis on July 06, 2010, 04:28 PM
Worked on mine, too, but felt like I was revising more than drafting.  Sometimes revising is a form of procrastination -- albeit a good one!  Hoping to do more tonight. . . as long as my husband doesn't wave a Netflix arrival in my face.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Deva on July 06, 2010, 06:56 PM
Added a bunch of words yesterday, but fewer today as I hit one of those places where I knew the general idea of what needed to happen, but not the specifics. Felt very unproductive staring at the screen typing and deleting one sentence over and over for two hours this morning. But fortunately I finally did figure out the specifics, and hopefully drafting will go more smoothly tomorrow.

Just trying to remember that every little bit counts, and I just need to keep moving forward!

Good luck everyone else!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jayca on July 06, 2010, 08:41 PM
I'm bouncing back and forth between new WIPs and revisionland. I had a new idea strike me today, so I wrote about 250 (very rough) words.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 07, 2010, 06:49 AM
AAARRRGHHHH! and @&%$*@&%$@#!!!

 :grrr :grrr :grrr :grrr :grrr

There. Now I'm ready to be all  :flowers2
nothing to do with writing - other stuff.

Back to the regularly scheduled thread....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on July 07, 2010, 07:08 AM
My husband had the day off yesterday for the holiday, so I didn't write for three days in a row. But I wrote today :) 

That's me, back in the saddle ---> :giddyup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on July 07, 2010, 07:27 AM
 :snail  Me, today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on July 07, 2010, 10:36 AM
Wrote a lot yesterday, but today just can't seem to get into it.  :waiting  I think I'll spend the rest of the day reading someone else's hard worlk. Maybe the desire to write will hit me after the sun goes down.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on July 07, 2010, 12:21 PM
Plotting... plotting... plotting...
This time I'm trying to figure out where this story is going before I start, instead of after I mess it up.  :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Deva on July 07, 2010, 01:58 PM
Feeling grateful for a good writing day -- almost 3K words, yikes! I hope I still have a brain tomorrow. I feel like I'm starting to dip down the far side of the rollercoaster, about to zoom through to the end on this draft. Whee!

After a ton of days spent staring at the screen, writing and re-writing the same sentence, staring into space trying to fit all my plot pieces together, finally it is all *actually* coming together. I credit this thread for getting me going! Thank you Verla, and everyone else daily-WIPing!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Z-cat on July 07, 2010, 02:35 PM
2K on a brand new WIP today!

My last baby just went out into the query world yesterday, and has already tallied one good "R" and one sucky "R".
So it's time to work on something else to keep me out of the inbox every 5 minutes.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on July 07, 2010, 05:41 PM
I've been working on a revision request, so my once polished manuscript turned back into my WIP.  I just finished a huge round of revisions using her suggestions and took the word count from 30,000 to over 48,600.  Now to go through the full a million times and send it out to a few fantastic crit buddies before sending the agent my revision.

It looks like most of you are having a fantastic day so far.  Congrats on the 2k and 3k!  I hope you had a great plotting day, Ruth.  I'm sending lots of good writing vibes to those of you who are more  :snail than  :giddyup at the moment.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kimmiepoppins on July 07, 2010, 06:24 PM
Go Mindy!   :cheerleader  I'm somewhere in between  :snail and  :giddyup...maybe something like this :horse  LOL!

Kim
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 08, 2010, 05:59 AM
Why do I always feel so lazy when I see such high word counts?  The greatest I think I have ever achieved was 3200. Even 5000 seems humongous (I know that's not a word, but I like it!).
I hope to achieve some writing today. :lol2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Ann Gatti on July 08, 2010, 06:31 AM
I started working full time and I haven't found a balance between work, house duties and writing,  :grrr but I'm determined to finish at least one project this year. Yesterday I worked on one of the projects and today I'm starting the day doing the same. Hopefully I keep it going...  I have been thinking of buying a notebook to write in the odd times that I have off at work. My husband has been doing the research for me since he work in computers. I still write long hand but one of my projects have become so large that I need a place where I can store all the information. :lol2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 08, 2010, 12:09 PM
We're supposed to do housework.  I knew I forgot to do something yesterday.  :snork
I made a list of things to check off and somehow I ended up writing and writing and writing.  Did a couple of things on my list, but it was so hot I didn't even make it to the grocery store.  Me who has an extremely strong addiction to Coke (the cola type) couldn't get the energy to get up and get any.  That is sinking low.

I did do some wash, put a few things away, but mostly I sat and typed dreck. My story is progressing and I need to get it moving so I can remove all the dreck.  >BIG SIGH<

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 09, 2010, 06:02 AM
I did get a bit done yesterday as well as some research into men's fashion in the mid eighteenth century.

Still not cruisin along like I'd like to be.  :bangcomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on July 09, 2010, 10:25 AM
Very motivated today, worked a couple of hours and got a new chapter finished then went back and worked on some earlier ones.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 09, 2010, 11:11 AM
Me too, for a change.  I did some planning, then actually got off my :mooning wrote something.  Onwards and upwards.  Ahhh...feels so good!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Rachel on July 09, 2010, 12:41 PM
So far, I've opened the file and wrote the words "Chapter 16."

Hoping to make a bit more progress than that today, lol!  :snail
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Deva on July 09, 2010, 01:03 PM
So far, I've opened the file and wrote the words "Chapter 16."

I'm just starting Chapter 16 too!

After my 3K day I was indeed a bit burned out, and also had to spend time redoing the last 500 since I realized I had backed away from a harder and more emotionally wrenching outcome. But I've been moving along and I think I did a bit over 1K today. I am getting to the "just finish it NOW!" stage of drafting where I want to spend every moment writing. It's probably a good thing I have a day job, a dog and a husband to keep me from overdosing. But it is nice to see the word rack up after my several reboots of the beginning and the days of slog mid-book.

Good luck everyone else! Thank you for helping me stay inspired!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on July 10, 2010, 09:00 AM
I wrote 222 words today. I really miss my 1K days, but they'll come back, right? Right? *sigh* I am working on my wip, so that does make me happy.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 10, 2010, 09:09 AM
I have days where I write 20 pages, and days I can't write 20 words, and I never know what kind of day it's going to be until I sit in my chair. So, one sentence down, and I hope I have a few more to go... :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on July 10, 2010, 10:05 AM
I'm the same way, yesterday and today I've been able to put in some good solid hours of work. Next week?  :crossedfingers I strike while the iron is hot! Then goof off, eat, read, and vegetate in front of the TV.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 10, 2010, 10:21 AM
I am so glad chicken is not on the menu tonight or tomorrow.  I am so sick of those feathered fiends!  Still, it kept me occupied whilst I was brooding over my coffee.  Now, onto more important things like cooking dinner...and making truffles! :star2...
Oh, and researching birds
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mrh on July 10, 2010, 07:27 PM
Two good revision sessions today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Deva on July 12, 2010, 03:06 AM
This thread has been great motivation for me this month! I've actually been exceeding my expectations, and ended up completing the draft of my WIP yesterday. Whew!  And I did work on it every day this month, which I think was enormously helpful in getting my momentum going for my race to the finish.

I'm going to take a break for a week or so before I go back to it for revision, and I don't plan to work on anything in particular until then (I have reading and other stuff to catch up on) but I wanted to thank everyone who has been posting here, and Verla for starting the thread! Good luck with your own WIPs!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 12, 2010, 03:45 AM
Well, yesterday, I tried a truffle containing 15% volume beer (blame John, he bought the beer!), which killed a few brain cells, then I went in for my caffeine and killed a few more with some more.  Quite a productive Sunday afternoon for a change.  I might write some more this afternoon and come to another few strong truffles.
I am quite proud of myself, for a change.
Feel free to try a sweetie.  They are nice, honest.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on July 12, 2010, 09:21 AM
Oh, maybe a beer truffle is what I need!  My WIP is going sloooowly.  I seem to second-guess every word of it.  It's painful.... :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on July 12, 2010, 09:53 AM
Slow here too. I'm revising a bit while part two is simmering. I wish I was one of those people who can slam down a first draft in no time. I sometimes feel like it would be easier to pull my own teeth than to write another word. But when I get it right, it's quite satisfying.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 12, 2010, 10:26 AM
Looks like the truffles really mucked up my brain cells.  I didn't work at all today.  Then again,  I have two males to blame.  Moggy wouldn't leave me alone and John banned me from talking poultry (he has the day off).  And now, I am off to incerate his tonsils with an extra hot curry.  Then I am making truffles.
Maybe some writing later if I get rid of the other two.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 12, 2010, 02:19 PM
Did well today - stayed focused and the kiddos left me alone. Yay!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mrh on July 12, 2010, 05:52 PM
Two productive 90-minute sessions today. Am experimenting with tips from THE WAY WE'RE WORKING ISN'T WORKING by Tony Schwartz, and liking them so far!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on July 12, 2010, 07:52 PM
This is a great thread idea! Thanks, Verla.

I was in the thousand words a day thread, but now I am finished with the draft and into revisions. I tried fast drafting for the first time, so this first revision is just to dig the plot  out of all the extra junk I wrote. Still, it is harder to get motivated or feel I'm accomplishing anything without those wordcounts recorded in my planner. It's great to have a place to hold myself accountable, so I'm in--every day but Sunday.  Oh, and I did write to day. I wrote an hour and a half with several interruptions, so I'm not sure how much actual work got done.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Anne Marie on July 12, 2010, 08:14 PM
I am revising.  I spent most of the day fretting about it and then I revised Chapter 1. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on July 12, 2010, 08:48 PM
I'm also grateful for this thread - I'm such a slow and undisciplined writer that committing to 1,000/words a day isn't realistic (yet).  Last week I met my goal of 500 words/day, 5 days/week.

I skipped last night - totally fried from my son's first birthday party.  But OK because I'd already met my 'quota'  for the week.  Back to my 500 words tonight.

This is my first time writing a novel.  What I find frustrating was that despite giving myself psychological 'permission' to write the world's worst first draft, the words are still coming out SO SLOWLY it's just painful.  I have to give myself a pep talk each time just to crawl through.  Though I derive some measure of satisfaction from showing up to the page to meet my goal of a complete (albeit hideous) first draft by the end of this year.  Desperately hoping the momentum picks up.

OK, back to  :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 13, 2010, 05:41 PM
I wrote a lot last night.  I also am at the point were I feel I should toss everything. 

Frustration is very high.

Should probably work on another WIP, but I want to finish something. 


AAARRGGHHHHHHHHH!

May try some again tonight. :banghead
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on July 13, 2010, 05:51 PM
Hang in there Tinamarie and lizstraw!

I'm still plugging away. Write a little... revise a little... percolate a lot... Write some more.  :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on July 13, 2010, 06:48 PM
I wrote today, and I finally finished the scene that I've been bogged down in all week.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on July 13, 2010, 07:22 PM
I worked on the WIP today for the first time since July 2.

It was hard, both the sitting down and the staying down and typing. Finally I gave up and took a nap. I did much, much better after the nap.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on July 13, 2010, 08:34 PM
Skipped yesterday after working all weekend, but got up this morning and made up for it. Not a lot of words but refined some scenes and added one important one.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 13, 2010, 09:39 PM
I did a lot of note taking, but more importantly, I racked my brains over motivation and had a kick-butt breakthrough.  :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jbielicki on July 13, 2010, 09:40 PM
Great job everyone!!!  :applause

I've been working on the "after work" of a nonfiction piece (bibliography and researching to get an expert review), but today I pulled out another WIP and worked  on it. It felt good to do the writing part of writing!

Jenni
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on July 13, 2010, 10:03 PM
Sounds like everyone's been really productive!

Added 597 words to my WIP today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 14, 2010, 03:55 AM
I actually worked yesterday until the battery died on my laptop.  My other laptop has not been very helpful this morning.  He wouldn't move his curled up position on my knee.  I had to remove his limp body and place it beside me.  NOW I can get on with work, but I will probably find a reason not to.
Keep it up guys.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 14, 2010, 06:25 AM
Lizstraw, when you get to the point in your manuscript where you feel like you are just spinning your wheels and getting nowhere and what you are writing is worthless, Linda Joy Singleton calls that, "Muddling through the middle." That's when she advises writers to "give themselves permission to write crap." And you just keep writing right on through it, no matter how bad it is. Don't worry about revising it as you go, don't worry about whether it's good or bad, just write to the end of the story anyway. Often, when you go back and look at what you wrote, you will discover it wasn't as bad as you thought it was, and if it was? That's what revisions are for. You can always take the lump of clay you wrote and mold it into something perfect later on. But until you have the entire lump of clay written, it's not possible to shape it into a salable manuscript. So just remember you are currently, "Muddling through the middle" and keep the words flowing - good, bad, or indifferent.

Happy writing!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 14, 2010, 06:33 AM
My own focus has altered slightly. I've set my WWII POW story aside to work on editor-requested revisions of my Civil War Drummer Boy book (coming out in 2012). My editor sent me the first rough sketches from the illustrator and now she wants a bunch of verses cut, and others rewritten to match his illustrations. It happens with every book! The illustrator does something especially great on some of the pages, and then the text needs to be altered to fit what he wants to draw.

I grumble a bit, because it's not easy to rewrite history and keep it true and accurate AND make the story flow perfectly and smoothly with lots of kid-interest in it, AND keep it in perfect rhyme and rhythm. But the changed text inevitably makes the books much better, so I grumble a while, then buckle down and make the changes and later, when the book turns out to be amazingly good, I'm always glad I made the changes.

So today I'm rethinking and rewriting text in a book I finished writing and sold in 2001. After so many years, it's pretty hard to get back into the story! And of course, all my research books on the civil war are at my house up in the state of Washington, and I'm down in our trailer in Yuma for the next few weeks. And of course my editor needs all the changes in text yesterday! (This business is either full stop or full speed ahead. I don't believe there's anything in between. Ever!)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 14, 2010, 08:34 AM
Just emailed you, Liz. Hope you  :bangbreak  soon. :flowers2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on July 14, 2010, 09:06 AM
I decided I need a day off and out amongst, you know, adults. It's been two long stinkin-thinkin-brain-rackin months, and it's probably just what I need.

It's off to the tavern for this wily cat.  :pinacolada
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: writermom on July 14, 2010, 09:30 AM
Finished my revisions today on MG #2 and just need to get my beta readers to take a look before I pop it off to Super Agent.

I added over 8K words.  :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on July 14, 2010, 01:34 PM
200+ new words on the WIP today. Hooray for this thread!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: madlibjen on July 14, 2010, 01:46 PM
I can see I'm in great company here. It's still early on in the project for me, but I'm quickly approaching the "muddle in the middle". (Thanks for that, Verla Kay.) Had a productive day yesterday, but somehow I feel that means I should "reward" myself with no slaving away today. No? Crud. Does blog posting count? Or long, chatty emails to friends?  :typing No again? Sigh. No rest for the wicked, I guess. (Or is it weary? I've heard it both ways.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on July 14, 2010, 01:58 PM
I have worked on mine everyday this week. This is a huge deal!!!! I was feeling down on myself yesterday but I pushed on. Today I finished another chapter and I'm feeling sooo good about it!!  :yay

This is the thread for me!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: heartsandflowers on July 14, 2010, 02:18 PM
Did well yesterday  :yay, but for some reason my WIP is not speaking to me today...I think I need a little more of something today... I need to find my  :cloud9 and work from that. All today I been  :crazy with my kids home..Maybe tomorrow I will get that  :wow back and find myself doing this again  :oncomputer...Can only hope right? Until then I will be doing this today :banghead
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 14, 2010, 03:17 PM
I am muddling on, even made a research call that was pretty funny. 

I probably shouldn't have done that time waster thing where it tells you 'you write like' I write like the author of Lolita.  :faint :ahh

Not even close...  Why do I let myself even think about these things

I write like ME! :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on July 14, 2010, 06:47 PM
Does sketching pictures of your characters count as working on your WIP?   :uhuh
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Kelly B. on July 14, 2010, 09:27 PM
Does sketching pictures of your characters count as working on your WIP?   :uhuh

I vote yes. Sounds like research to me!


I worked on my WIP while the show I'm producing was having a final dress rehearsal. Nothing like trying to type quietly in the back row of a dark theatre!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 15, 2010, 03:05 AM
Does sketching pictures of your characters count as working on your WIP?   :uhuh
I vote yes, too.  At least you know them a little better now. I HAD intended to work this morning, but furry laptop parked himself on my electronic one which made work impossible.  I am glad I can touch type.  He is now staring at me and makes me feel guilty.
I think I will turn this off, cuddle Moggy and do some proper work this afternoon.
Hope you are more productive. :cat
Post Script: (sounds like Revisionland!)  I DID get away from the Mogster and cuddled a cappuccino.  Got 400 typed.  That will do for me.  Hope you are more productive.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 15, 2010, 10:45 AM
I wrote between house cleaning.

My dinning room table is completely clear of everything and even has a new table cloth on it.  :yay

Of course, now I have to pick up more debris that I spread around, but I managed a good day of writing and cleaning. :woo
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: madlibjen on July 15, 2010, 11:41 AM
You're all making me feel guilty. What's a girl to do when she's desk-bound at work, with nothing to do because the system is down (again), but the boss is creeping around? :banghead Excuses, excuses. Msw, I've taken a leaf from your book and have been working on my character sketches (discreetly). We've all agreed that that counts, right?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 15, 2010, 01:06 PM
I think any time spent working on characters, plots, research, that needs to be done for your WIP counts. 

Otherwise how could we write such  :star2 stories.

JMHO

 :dr :dr :dr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 15, 2010, 01:07 PM
Sorry, guilt not permitted unless self-induced on these boards, Madlibjen.  I am unemployed, thus I have all the time in the world and still can't manage it.
Re: character sketches etc., Mrs. Jones informed me a while back that ANYTHING is writing as long it's productive so forge ahead.  Did a little more typing before the cat crept on my laptop and I had to give up.  This has been typed on the pc which he probably take over soon enough.  Or John will boot me off.  I think he's trying to now.
More work tomorrow.
I think any time spent working on characters, plots, research, that needs to be done for your WIP counts. 

Otherwise how could we write such  :star2 stories.

JMHO

 :dr :dr :dr
  I love your rationality, Liz.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on July 15, 2010, 08:13 PM
I managed about 20 minutes of work yesterday--mostly smoothing out that scene I thought I'd finished. Then, today, I sat down for an hour and a half and finished the whole chapter. It's still going much to slowly if I intend to submit it for a critique at the conference I'm attending this fall.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on July 16, 2010, 09:21 AM
I, too, managed only about 20 minutes yesterday, for a net loss of {calculating...}  67 words. But today I've already been to the grocery and supper's already marinating and I have three delicious hours with nothing to do but...  write!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 16, 2010, 11:37 AM
I, too, managed only about 20 minutes yesterday, for a net loss of {calculating...}  67 words. But today I've already been to the grocery and supper's already marinating and I have three delicious hours with nothing to do but...  write!
You see, this is where I (not nastily) get a little irate with you guys.  We, in Long hand land, would consider that an excellent, productive piece of work.  67 words is just over half a page and on the way to producing hand cramp.  Be proud of yourself!
Personally speaking, I have been dealing with poultry all afternoon and got 300 written.
 :chickendance  He can dance all night, but I am NOT going anywhere near him.  Till tomorrow, anyway.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ghostgirl on July 16, 2010, 12:59 PM
I haven't even counted words...not many...but the WIP wheels are spinning and gaining speed.  At least the WIP thinking is...  :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on July 16, 2010, 01:42 PM
Yay!  Thanks to some tough love from trenchies over in the July trench, I just added 700 words to my first attempt at my (what is probably the world's worst) MG.  Thanks, peeps!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on July 16, 2010, 04:15 PM

sigh, no work today... I am leaving town and my computer for a week.  Maybe some brilliant thoughts will come my way.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cali on July 16, 2010, 04:40 PM
Woohoo! I finished the first draft of my paranormal romance this week while waiting to hear from an agent. So being trenched isn't a total waste! :snoopy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on July 16, 2010, 08:28 PM
A little over an hour, net gain of 148 words in the text plus some work in the character files.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Anne Marie on July 16, 2010, 08:54 PM
I'm not sure how long I worked because it was in bits and pieces all day, but I'm quite satisfied, so quantifiable measures don't matter. :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SarahE on July 17, 2010, 09:06 AM
Okay, I'm jumping in here because by week's end, I hope to join in this thread regularly.  :snoopy

I'm leaving chilly Melbourne (Australia) for ten days in warm, tropical Cairns (Northern Queensland, Australia for the uninitiated) and we've just bought a Netbook to take with us so I can write whilst on holidays. Words can't express how excited I am at this prospect since I have been snowed under with work for months and have only been able to work on my MS in fits and starts.

So I'll hopefully be doing some of this  :vacation and this   :surfer  and a whole lot of this   :typing. And what the hey, a few of these for good measure  :pinacolada :margarita :drink

I'll be sure to check in with my progress!

(sorry I've OD'd on the smilies - I'm just a bit excited)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 17, 2010, 12:51 PM
I too, worked quite productively today, before being showered upon by the clouds.  I had to drag my limp, drenched body around the city whilst shopping and was then kindly served a free cappuccino (that was probably because I brought the staff truffles).
Anyway, myself and my character worked productively today, so I am quite pleased with myself.  My laptop came in handy for a change.  The furry laptop also made certain I used him when I returned home.  Or maybe he used me.  It felt good either way.
SarahE, hoping you like your :margarita :pinacolada :martini but I am more a beer person, as most of have probably guessed by now.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: madlibjen on July 18, 2010, 03:03 PM
Yay! I've finally had a chance to sit down and tear into the writing. It would be the first time this week, but I'm making the most of it. Even better, the scene I'm working on is one I was dreading for some reason, but then I had one of those happy accidents where you follow a promising tangent and it pays off. Okay, enough stalling - time to get back to it.   
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 19, 2010, 05:35 AM
Was able to work a bit this weekend - surprising since we had houseguests and a company picnic. More houseguests arrive today - but you never know. I reworked my first chapter for the upteenth time. Hope my critters like it.

Have a great writing week everyone! :flower
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: bechick108 on July 19, 2010, 01:01 PM
So I'm taking Pons advice and committing to 15 minutes a day. Sure I'll probably work longer than that but as long I get my 15 minutes I'll stay guilt free. So now with a plan I can officially join the club! Worked for half an hour so far today and got 150 words in!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on July 19, 2010, 09:46 PM
I fell off the wagon last week - combination of work deadline, life-force-sucking heat, and dumb household stuff just overrode my determination to write.

Was all set to get back on track with my minimum 500 words/day on the WIP when I met with my critique group today.  The good news:  they gave me incredibly helpful feedback on my outline.  The bad news:  I have a lot more planning, re-working of the plot and subplots before I can start up writing again.  Am feeling briefly paralyzed but will try to instead get excited by the possibilities and gaze at plot-point posterboards on my wall for a while.   :duh

But I suppose receiving and processing feedback from my critique buddies (I love the term "critters" that kadje70 used!) could be considered working on my WIP, right? 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 20, 2010, 02:52 AM
Tina-Marie, I have no such excuses, unless you consider John, who was shifting around the place yesterday and Moggy who tramples on the keyboard.  Little wonder I go out to write.
Today, I will manage to get rid of them and have peace to write...in theory.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on July 20, 2010, 08:27 PM
Hey thunderelephants - hope you were able to get out today and work!  (just curious - is John a two-legged or four-legged creature?)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 21, 2010, 01:22 AM
Hey thunderelephants - hope you were able to get out today and work!  (just curious - is John a two-legged or four-legged creature?)
John is definitely a two-legged fiend friend. He can just get shifty when he has nothing to do. I did get out yesterday and do some work, although, because I write in public in a favourite coffee shop, I do get strangers asking me sometimes what I am doing since I write everyday.  They always assume I am researching and get a bit of shock when I reveal what I am really doing.
I'll be working today, hassle free, I hope.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: cindoh on July 21, 2010, 05:38 PM
I've never posted here before but must now--- did a marathon writing session because my daughter's at sleepaway camp and I don't want to waste this opportunity---
I wrote 3,000 words and.....
I FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT OF MY FIRST MG!
I am so happy!  :goldstar
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 21, 2010, 07:01 PM
Hooray, Cindoh! :congratulations on finishing your first draft.

I managed to get the first nine pages of revisions typed into the computer today (along with notes to my editor explaining what I was doing with the revision of my Civil War Drummer Boy manuscript). It sounds like a lot, but actually, it's not much, considering how short my books are. :lol But since she's on vacation for a week, I still have a few days to finish it and get it emailed to her so it will be waiting for her when she gets back from her vacation. :flowers2

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: cindoh on July 21, 2010, 07:20 PM
Yay, Verla! Nine pages of revisions sounds like a ton! Good luck to you!

And I'm sure you hear this all the time, but you inspired me when I was first starting out, at my first SCBWI conference in eastern Washington about five years ago, I think. I hadn't written a word for children yet, but was so encouraged by the warm, supportive atmosphere and all I'd learned that I promptly went home and began writing.

So, thank you both for that conference and for this amazing board where I've learned so much.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 22, 2010, 01:49 AM
Just wanted to congratulate Cindoh and Verla Kay. Yu seem to be steaming.  I got quite a bit done yesterday, plus a little revision.  Just a daft piece of information: being a long-hander can make you so lazy.  I wrote a story that took up 27 A4 pages.  Now that I am nearly finished typing it, I reckon it will only be around twelve typed pages long.  Still, I think it is nearing 3,000 words.  That's huge for me...and I am nearly finished!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 22, 2010, 07:58 PM
Awww, thanks for the kind words, Cindoh. It's really wonderful to hear that one of my talks inspired someone to write for kids!

And congrats on your progress, thunderingelephants. I need to finish the revisions for my editor... she's back from her vacation and waiting for them. Yoiks!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jayca on July 24, 2010, 08:59 PM
Congrats Cindoh, on finishing that first draft! That's a huge accomplishment, and a wonderful feeling! And Verla, it sounds like you are steaming along!
I have been making great headway in revisionland, but this morning, bright and early my new WIP was calling to me and I wrote a quick 150 words and a few more notes in the outline before heading to my little niece's 3rd b-day party. It wasn't much, but it's given me a nice jumping-off point to dive in again, as soon as possible! :-)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 25, 2010, 11:43 PM
Yay! Finished the final revisions of text for my Civil War Drummer Boy book and emailed it to my editor today so she will have it on her desk first thing Monday morning.  It's tough trying to write new verses for history that you researched and originally wrote and sold nine years ago! (2001 is when this book sold.) It's especially tough when all your research books are three states away from where you are when your editor needs the new verses written "yesterday!" Thank heavens for the internet! I was able to do the research I needed on line to make sure the new verses I wrote are historically correct....  

Now I just have to wait and see if she likes them or if I have rewrite any of them again. This always happens when an illustrator starts working on one of my books. Some of the text isn't perfectly matched to the illustration ideas... and the books are always MUCH better in the end if I rewrite some of the text to match the amazing illustrations instead of leaving them as originally written.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 26, 2010, 02:03 AM
Hey,
Well done, Verla.  I finished with my furry fiends yesterday over a cappuccino. (what a surprise). 3,710 words in that story.  It was a lot longer than I had imagined.  Now, I have to take my own furry fiend to the vet's for his vaccinations.  What fun.
Onto the next project.  I'll be "Caught in A Pickle" with that one.  That's title of the story, by the way and I know it is probably terrible, but there is a very good reason.  Dread to think how lng that one is.  77 pages, long-hand.  Anyway, I am off to sort the cat who is glaring suspiciously at me.  Not looking forward to this trip.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kadje70 on July 29, 2010, 07:30 AM
Been working in bits and tinkles. Here a little - there a little. Not much, but something.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on July 29, 2010, 02:12 PM
Okay, I took last week off because I was we were camping and visiting with family. This week has been a bit hit and miss because I have been trying to catch up the house after camping, but today I managed to get nearly three hours of work in thanks to food poisoning. I am feeling too sick to do anything but sleep or sit at the computer. :feelbad
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on July 29, 2010, 09:27 PM
WOW - food poisoning enabled you to write?  You are made of hardier stock than I am.

This has been a lost week work-wise for me.  Our house was being used for a film production, I relocated with my one-year-old to a nearby hotel.  Hoping to get my butt in gear by next week.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 30, 2010, 03:35 AM
Don't know what's got into me lately.  I finished one piece and went straight onto another.
Michelle, if I was sick, the LAST thing I would want to do is sit at the computer.  Then again, I am a longhander, I hate these things anyway.  Not strictly true, I just can't write on them.
Well done, everyone.  Hopefully I can work this afternoon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on July 30, 2010, 06:20 PM
I'm not that hardy. I have to be up because the kids are, and the computer keeps me distracted from just lying around thinking how sick I am. It's in the same room where the kids play, so I can plunk away and keep an eye on them at the same time. Of course, I can't vouch for the quality of the writing...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on July 30, 2010, 08:41 PM
Wow, how did I miss this thread all month? Does it count if the WIP is illustrating? I've been working on my dummy every day. I have two new PB mss I've been working on,too...one is taking a breather so I can come back fresh for revisions, one is all brainstormed and plotted and waiting to be written.


Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 31, 2010, 03:34 AM
Wow, how did I miss this thread all month? Does it count if the WIP is illustrating? I've been working on my dummy every day. I have two new PB mss I've been working on,too...one is taking a breather so I can come back fresh for revisions, one is all brainstormed and plotted and waiting to be written.

It's work, isn't it?  I imagine so. Looks like you are on fire.  Keep it up.
No work yet, just thinking.  I have to get my cappuccino first.
Just about to making truffles though. That's a W.I.P of sorts.


Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on July 31, 2010, 08:35 AM
thanks, Fiona!  :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 31, 2010, 10:58 AM
It is amazing what a silly little thing like forgetting your laptop modem can do.  I wrote five hundred and sixty on the compter.  Caffeine may be bad for you, but it works!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on July 31, 2010, 11:18 AM
Are you saying the internet makes you procrastinate??? You mean, it's not just me?   :chickendance

I should totally get off here and do some work. The baby is actually sleeping. With the heat here and the fact that he's teething, he's been pretty clingy. Poor guy.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brad White on July 31, 2010, 11:29 AM
Just wrote 270 words--one page.

This is not much.  BUT, it is the first attempt I've made at a new novel in a year and a half.  It may go nowhere, but it feels good.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on July 31, 2010, 12:32 PM
that's awesome, the Brad.  :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on July 31, 2010, 10:41 PM
I actually wrote an entire picture book text today...! Of course, it will need a couple of years of revisions before it's ready to submit (if it EVER is) but hey! I WROTE. (And that was in between sessions at the conference. :yay )
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 01, 2010, 03:25 AM
I actually wrote an entire picture book text today...! Of course, it will need a couple of years of revisions before it's ready to submit (if it EVER is) but hey! I WROTE. (And that was in between sessions at the conference. :yay )
Verla,
Seething envy is emitting from every pore in my body.  I used to be able to do that. Actually, my only real claim to fame was that I had a whole series of said kind of work printed in a local paper in the 90's and I lost ALL of them.  I think I have the first copy wilting away somewhere.   Anyway, congratulations.
Brad,
That's great.  I am happy when I write anything.  Bet you are too.
Artmesia,
This "internet" is just my excuse for complete laziness.  But I also need activity around me so I'll write this afternoon.  Might leave the modem at home deliberately. It worked yesterday.
Hope your baby's a bit better. Huge virtual hug going his way.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 01, 2010, 02:15 PM
I think somewhere I have a WIP... but an infected arm and now antibiotic are making me so brain sluggish I should wear a name tag at all times, even at home so I know who I am.  Antibiotics are one of the worlds greatest discoveries, but my body is very anti anitbiotic.  The list I am allergic to is equal only to the list of pain medications.  The ones I can take make me feel soooo rotten, yet they have cleared up my infection.  All I want to do is sleep and sleep and stare into space. (more than is normal for me. :moose) 

I opened up my file today does  that count? :faint
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 01, 2010, 02:24 PM
sorry about your arm, lliz, hope you feel better soon.

Congrats on writing a full draft, Verla!!

And thanks for the well wishes for the little one, Fiona.

I only got a little bit done yesterday, as I had unexpected guests in the morning, different unexpected guests in the afternoon and then for dinner and they stayed till 11pm! It was nice, tho. Made homemade butter chicken, YUM!!! Have to go for a bbq at my MIL's today, so I hope to get some work done tonight.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 02, 2010, 02:49 AM
sorry about your arm, lliz, hope you feel better soon.

Congrats on writing a full draft, Verla!!

And thanks for the well wishes for the little one, Fiona.

I only got a little bit done yesterday, as I had unexpected guests in the morning, different unexpected guests in the afternoon and then for dinner and they stayed till 11pm! It was nice, tho. Made homemade butter chicken, YUM!!! Have to go for a bbq at my MIL's today, so I hope to get some work done tonight.
If you found time to write in between all of that, I am giving up.  Myself and my character got into a bit of an argument yesterday so I put him away until I can bare to work with him again.  Hopefully today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 02, 2010, 09:16 PM
You got into an argument with your character? LOL I love it! That reminds me of the Chester books, by Melanie Watt, where the cat takes a red marker to the author's work!  :chesirecat

So far today got nothing but housework done, just got 4 kids off to bed, so now I think I'll try to squeeze an hour or two of my WIP in.  :paint
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 03, 2010, 03:40 AM
You got into an argument with your character? LOL I love it! That reminds me of the Chester books, by Melanie Watt, where the cat takes a red marker to the author's work!  :chesirecat
That's crazy, but I can envisage it. I was at the stage where only one thought entered my head: if that character was real and hopped out of the page, I'd  :violin him. Or something similar.

So far today got nothing but housework done, just got 4 kids off to bed, so now I think I'll try to squeeze an hour or two of my WIP in.  :paint
Anyone who can work in silence, I take my hat off to you.  I am really trying, but I can't.  Congrats on that housework too.
I have been alone in this dingy flat all morning and all I have heard are the faulty water pipes and my snoring beastie.  He makes so much noise, he put me right off.  So, I will have to leave home and go somewhere with atmosphere.  I WILL work today.  I am determined...in theory.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 03, 2010, 05:44 AM
I wrote about 400 words in an hour - not necessarily earth shattering but I'll take it. The great news is that I found my notes for the end of my book. I have been looking for them all summer and now I can move forward and maybe complete my first draft. Oh how I look forward to revisions.

And since drawing sketches of my characters counts as working on my WIP (thanks for the votes!) then I've worked on my WIP quite a lot. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 03, 2010, 06:01 AM
I put together an entire book trailer for my "Whatever Happened to the Pony Express?" book in the past two days (except for the music). Does that count?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shelliep on August 03, 2010, 07:08 AM
I've been trying to get in 1200 words a day since I have to finish it by next Tuesday. Well, I don't have to finish it. I entered a WIP into a contest that required the full manuscript if they choose it as a finalist. It became a finalist and I got one more week to finish (BTW, contests are a great motivation to work on your story). I think I can wrap things up in a few more chapters, but it's going to be really fast pace and super abbreviate. :bangcomputer  But I'm learning that it's really hard to sit down and write because you told yourself to write.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 03, 2010, 07:11 AM
I put together an entire book trailer for my "Whatever Happened to the Pony Express?" book in the past two days (except for the music). Does that count?

Folks on here said that drawing pictures of characters count, so I think book trailers have to count, too. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 03, 2010, 07:17 AM
Folks on here said that drawing pictures of characters count, so I think book trailers have to count, too. 

:yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 03, 2010, 08:48 PM
I worked for about half an hour today. My computer is being sluggish so I think I am going to call it a night. Right now, I'm exploring a slightly different direction than in the rough draft. It's fun to write.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 04, 2010, 02:24 AM
I'm giving up.  You guys are seriously making me jealous.
Okay, maybe I won't give up completely but I have the beastie boys here today so I won't get any work done unless I go out.  Even with John and Moggy around it is far too quiet.
I will probably do all of my work this afternoon, as always.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 04, 2010, 08:16 PM
I did about another hour if you factor out all the interruptions from the child that won't go to bed. I am completely rewriting whole swathes of my rough draft. Trying to decide if that's a good thing.  :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on August 05, 2010, 02:51 PM
I've been avoiding reading this thread, all guilt-ridden because I haven't worked on anything but an oped for the paper.  Wow, you guys are busy!  I finally managed to get another 300 into my first-ever novel (MG).  Funny enough, it was one day when all four kids were gone for six hours...I squandered four of them reading!  But it was worth it....I'm hoping to scratch out some more before bed.  Hard to tell if wine will help me or hurt me at this point!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 05, 2010, 03:02 PM
Dude! Reading is never time squandered. It is research, learning, and exercising your brain all at the same time.  :yup

And so cool you are tackling a novel! Good for you! I've been brainstorming/doing a bit of research for a YA novel for a while. Gonna start going hard on it when the dummy is done, and the other two mss are polished up. Thinking maybe when the kiddies are back in school in September would be a good time to go on it. I'll have more time when they are in school. Trying to divide time between illustration, writing, reading, kids and husband is a challenge. I don't even lose sleep anymore over the housework not getting done... well, not much sleep, anyway.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 06, 2010, 03:58 AM
Liz, your first comment made me laugh. "I think somewhere I have a w.i.p" sounds a little dangerous.
Artemesia, I hope you get some "me" time away from hubby, children and even characters.  It is almost the weekend.
I INTEND to do some work this afternoon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on August 06, 2010, 05:13 AM
Thanks, Cyn!  I feel better now...and it was a great book!

Maybe today.... :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 06, 2010, 09:32 AM
Artemesia, I hope you get some "me" time away from hubby, children and even characters. 

OMG, could such a thing really exist?? I can't remember the last time I had time away from kids...but hubby has 5 days off coming up, and I plan on spending some quality alone time at the library. Squeeee!

Jen, what book did you read??? Get any time in on your WIP?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on August 06, 2010, 12:58 PM
Alas, no, Cyn.  It's slow going!  Also, I decided finally clean the basement because I can't walk down there any more to get to the laundry machines!

I read Mamba Point.  Fantastic!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 06, 2010, 01:09 PM
yeah but now you have no excuse to not do the laundry! didn't think that one through.... :giggle
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 06, 2010, 03:06 PM
Can I join in?  I'm a refugee from the Thousand Words Today thread...it being summer, I feel lucky to get a hundred done.   :bangcomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 06, 2010, 04:14 PM
totally happy to have you, Marissa! Refugees welcome!  :love
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on August 06, 2010, 05:56 PM
Definitely, Marissa!  In fact, your presence is sorta heartening -- not that I'm happy you are having low numbers or anything.  But it's nice to have you here!

Cyn, yeah, there's that.  What was I thinking??
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 07, 2010, 04:12 AM
Can I join in?  I'm a refugee from the Thousand Words Today thread...it being summer, I feel lucky to get a hundred done.   :bangcomputer
Marissa,
Now I feel like I should post in that thread again.  I normally only make it to six hundred maximum.  Particularly hard when there is no sound around except for noisy water pipes and a snoring beastie beside.   :cat I go to a coffee shop to get solace.  What does that say? Should be working this afternoon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 07, 2010, 05:27 AM
Oooh! I want to join! I finally have a WIP I want to work on all the time. If only I had more time ... but working on it every day at least sounds like a good plan.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 08, 2010, 09:17 AM
I added a chapter and a half to my WIP last night.  I know I where I am headed, but can't seem to get the motivation going to finish the story.  :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 08, 2010, 10:36 AM
I added a chapter and a half to my WIP last night.  I know I where I am headed, but can't seem to get the motivation going to finish the story.  :gaah
Sounds like you are really forging ahead, Liz.  Well done.  My character is involved in a village fair and participating in contests.  I know this should go into research, but does anyone have an idea what happens at these things?
I did well until I came home to a furnace with a snoring beastie and John hogging the pc.  I don't mind that, but they are both loud!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 08, 2010, 12:34 PM
Cyn, yeah, there's that.  What was I thinking??

Maybe you were thinking that between the kids and the hubby they could handle the laundry so Mommy can write??? Works for me!

Yesterday I got about two thirds of the way through the first draft of the PB I've been needing to write.  :yay  Gonna finish today and then ignore it for a while before doing revisions. It's quite a bit different from what I've done before, which is why I think I've been putting it off. I think it's working, though!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 08, 2010, 04:37 PM
This week ALL I am doing is the wedding cake for my grandson's wedding (on Wed night). And yes, I will be posting photos soon...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on August 08, 2010, 05:37 PM
Okay so I can post here if I write but don't get to 1,000 words, right? I'll probably be here more often than the other club  :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 08, 2010, 06:07 PM
So, OK, how does this work? I don't want to sound like a goody-goody and post every day, but I am reeeaaally excited about my new project, and have worked on it every day since, um, Tuesday, I think - 3,000 total words so far! Is a once-a-week summary fine for this club?

Kip

PS Why do I never have this kind of motivation/time during nanowrimo? Very inconvenient, my timing ...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 08, 2010, 06:57 PM
Oh, another cake, Verla!! I remember the baby one you posted some time ago! I'm excited to see the wedding cake!!

kiperoo, I think this club is pretty informal. post as often or as infrequently as you wish.  :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 09, 2010, 02:30 AM
Okay so I can post here if I write but don't get to 1,000 words, right? I'll probably be here more often than the other club  :smile
Oh, another cake, Verla!! I remember the baby one you posted some time ago! I'm excited to see the wedding cake!!

kiperoo, I think this club is pretty informal. post as often or as infrequently as you wish.  :yup
You two are making me feel like such a cheat.  I post in the 1,000 words thread all the time.  I don't think I have quite managed it.  I did well yesterday, but I have to take the snoring beastie down to the vets this moring and he can sense something is happening.  Writing will happen later.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 09, 2010, 07:28 AM
NO writing for me until this wedding is over. Today is the first time I've felt like I'm "on top" of the cake. All the cakes (four double layers) are baked, filled, frosted, and in the freezer, ready to be transported to the reception site. (An hour away from us... still nervous about that!) Since they will be frozen when we start out, hopefully the layers won't slide apart or anything before we get there. I have wooden dowels in them to help hold them in place and to support all the layers.  It's going to be a big cake! It ended up with 15 cake mixes in the entire cake.  

All of the decorating of the cake will happen the morning/day of the wedding, after it is placed on the table. That way, nothing will slide off the cake. :weddingcake

Yesterday I made homemade pretzels, so I could get a tree trunk for a palm tree to put on the cake over the ceramic marriage couple cake topper they bought. They are lying in the sand. I tinted clear piping gel a beautiful blue and made a "water" top of the cake for the couple to be in so it looks like they are on an island. (They are going on a cruise to the eastern caribbean for their honeymoon and they wanted a beach-themed cake.) I also made some gum paste palm leaves yesterday that are finishing drying and they are looking pretty good. Later today I have to hot glue the leaves to the trunk and also glue the rocks and shells to the sand (brown sugar) divider that will go between the top two layers of cake. I THINK I have a hot glue gun out in our big room with the scrapbooking stuff.

I bought chocolate and blueberry rocks, and fondant sea shells to put on the cake. I tinted the sea shells pastel colors with edible glitter. They look amazing! It's going to be a fun cake!

I'd planned to spend most of today practicing making the shell borders, stars, and other decorations I'll be putting on the cake. But...

my husband's suit pants are too small for him. I knew they would be, but of course I couldn't get him to try them on until today. So... now we have to go find a new pair of pants that will go with his suit jacket (which fits perfectly) or... if we can't find pants to blend with it that look good, then he'll have to get a whole new suit. Pain in the neck!   Thank heavens I got him to try them on this morning, and he didn't wait until the day of the wedding to discover he couldn't wear them.

So I guess we're going shopping today. Oh, joy. I'd rather be home practicing those shell borders!  Oh, well. At least I have one more day to practice before I have to put the cake together on Wednesday.  I'm taking photos at each step of the way, and will put them together in an on-line album when the cake is done so you can all see what I've been doing. The biggest problem was when I went to put the first of the two 16" square bottom layers of the cake into the oven. The pan I'd bought was 2" too big and the oven door wouldn't close!  So... I had to bake it in three 1/2 sheet pans and cut one of the cakes into thirds and use two of them with the other cakes to make it the right size. It worked. I got a photo of the cake... not fitting in the oven! Good thing I started this project days in advance of the wedding!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 09, 2010, 07:46 AM
I have worked on WIP and wrote over a 1,000 words in hours and a half... so I get to post again on the 1,000 word thread. It's a great day!!!!

****** Wow, I really need to proof before posting. What a mess! Oh well, I was so excited I didn't even notice.

What I meant was: I have worked on my WIP and wrote over a 1,000 words in an hour and a half.

That's much better.  :duh
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 09, 2010, 09:56 AM
I have worked on WIP and wrote over a 1,000 words in hours and a half... so I get to post again on the 1,000 word thread. It's a great day!!!!
I really do get envious when  I read posts like this.

Verla,
It sounds like you are having an eventful time and taking on quite a lot.  I hope it goes well and I love the cake.
I have just realised that I have been living with John fourteen years tomorrow, so writing is on the back-burner then too.  We usually do something rather unusual at such times...like go for a drink.  Me hating beer and all...
I might get around to writing this week.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: C. Lee on August 09, 2010, 10:06 AM
I will do it. I will do it. I will do it. I promise myself. Yes. Here I go. Right now. That WIP is getting words and scenes are happening and characters are going to get real. Yep. That's just about to start . . . that writing.  :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 09, 2010, 10:52 AM
Verla, that sounds amazing!! I can't wait to see pics!! I decorate cakes too, but so far just my kids' birthdays. I haven't taken on anything as ambitious as a wedding cake. Your decorations sound awesome!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 09, 2010, 11:01 AM
Oh, and I've been WIPping yesterday and today, too.  :whip

Still not finished the first draft, but I'm on the ending. For me that's the hardest part.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on August 09, 2010, 11:24 AM
NO writing for me until this wedding is over. Today is the first time I've felt like I'm "on top" of the cake. All the cakes (four double layers) are baked, filled, frosted, and in the freezer, ready to be transported to the reception site. (An hour away from us... still nervous about that!) Since they will be frozen when we start out, hopefully the layers won't slide apart or anything before we get there. I have wooden dowels in them to help hold them in place and to support all the layers.  It's going to be a big cake! It ended up with 15 cake mixes in the entire cake.  

All of the decorating of the cake will happen the morning/day of the wedding, after it is placed on the table. That way, nothing will slide off the cake. :weddingcake

Yesterday I made homemade pretzels, so I could get a tree trunk for a palm tree to put on the cake over the ceramic marriage couple cake topper they bought. They are lying in the sand. I tinted clear piping gel a beautiful blue and made a "water" top of the cake for the couple to be in so it looks like they are on an island. (They are going on a cruise to the eastern caribbean for their honeymoon and they wanted a beach-themed cake.) I also made some gum paste palm leaves yesterday that are finishing drying and they are looking pretty good. Later today I have to hot glue the leaves to the trunk and also glue the rocks and shells to the sand (brown sugar) divider that will go between the top two layers of cake. I THINK I have a hot glue gun out in our big room with the scrapbooking stuff.

I bought chocolate and blueberry rocks, and fondant sea shells to put on the cake. I tinted the sea shells pastel colors with edible glitter. They look amazing! It's going to be a fun cake!

I'd planned to spend most of today practicing making the shell borders, stars, and other decorations I'll be putting on the cake. But...

my husband's suit pants are too small for him. I knew they would be, but of course I couldn't get him to try them on until today. So... now we have to go find a new pair of pants that will go with his suit jacket (which fits perfectly) or... if we can't find pants to blend with it that look good, then he'll have to get a whole new suit. Pain in the neck!   Thank heavens I got him to try them on this morning, and he didn't wait until the day of the wedding to discover he couldn't wear them.

So I guess we're going shopping today. Oh, joy. I'd rather be home practicing those shell borders!  Oh, well. At least I have one more day to practice before I have to put the cake together on Wednesday.  I'm taking photos at each step of the way, and will put them together in an on-line album when the cake is done so you can all see what I've been doing. The biggest problem was when I went to put the first of the two 16" square bottom layers of the cake into the oven. The pan I'd bought was 2" too big and the oven door wouldn't close!  So... I had to bake it in three 1/2 sheet pans and cut one of the cakes into thirds and use two of them with the other cakes to make it the right size. It worked. I got a photo of the cake... not fitting in the oven! Good thing I started this project days in advance of the wedding!
Verla, I can't wait to see the cake pictures!  I am tired for you, just reading all that you had have to do!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 09, 2010, 07:41 PM
I worked on my WIP today. I cut and I add, and the thing never really gets any smaller. I think I will need to finish smoothing out the plot and then devote one rewrite to simply tightening things up.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 10, 2010, 06:09 AM

Thunderingelephants - Don't be envious. I fell very short of that mark today.  :faint
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 10, 2010, 06:56 PM
Ooooooh! I have been averaging between 300 and 800 words most days, but I got 1132 today!!!! I am NOT posting in the 1,000 words club, because this is definitely not an everyday occurrence, but  :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 10, 2010, 06:59 PM
awesome kiperoo!!  :onfire You're on fire!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 11, 2010, 03:47 AM
I suppose using :whip on  :cat is animal cruelty, isn't it?  I have been really trying to write, but the cat is trying me more.
Kiperoo, well done on writing.  And don't feel guilty about posting in "I Wrote A Thousand Words Today Club".  I have NEVER achieved that and I post there all of the time.  It is my ambition to do it.  Not quite the same.
After I leave my beastie boy at home this afternoon, I should get some real writing done.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 11, 2010, 02:02 PM
Ooooooh! I have been averaging between 300 and 800 words most days, but I got 1132 today!!!! I am NOT posting in the 1,000 words club, because this is definitely not an everyday occurrence, but  :yay

Go kiperoo!!

I'm at seven hundred words so far today...maybe I will be able to post in 1K words too.  :)  It feels like a tourniquet's been taken off and the words are finally flowing--my characters are starting to talk (this is a new book)!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 11, 2010, 02:25 PM
 :yay Marissa!!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Mike Jung on August 11, 2010, 02:44 PM
642 words during my lunch hour!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura Manivong on August 11, 2010, 02:46 PM
Not only did I work on my WIP today, I finished said WIP and shipped it off to my critique partners. I finished (meaning draft and loose revision) this book in about two years, which is so super fine with me, considering the first took 4 times as long!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 11, 2010, 03:18 PM
 Laura,

:whitebunny  :broccoli   :drinking

 :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 11, 2010, 06:58 PM
I revised my WIP today, added a few words and cut a bunch more. I even wrote a query for it....even though I don't plan on subbing it just yet. It needs simmer time.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 11, 2010, 09:18 PM
I made a change that made it necessary to go back and change some of the pages I'd already revised. I ended up going over the whole section and tightening things up. Just as I reached the part I had been plannning on working on, the kids came downstairs and demanded breakfast. On  a side note, why do all my best ideas come when I am busy with the kids and unable to write?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 12, 2010, 01:52 AM
I made a change that made it necessary to go back and change some of the pages I'd already revised. I ended up going over the whole section and tightening things up. Just as I reached the part I had been plannning on working on, the kids came downstairs and demanded breakfast. On  a side note, why do all my best ideas come when I am busy with the kids and unable to write?
Those ideas ALWAYS come when you can't manage to jot them on something.  They say writers should take a pen and paper everywhere they go, just in case an idea comes to them.  What happens when you don't the chance to stand and jot?
Something fell on my character's head yesterday and I don't know how serious it is.  It took 200 words to make it happen.  Not much.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 12, 2010, 05:37 AM
I worked on my WIP today. I took a word out. I put it back. Then I took it out again. But it's early yet, I may put it back in this afternoon. :snork
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Amy S on August 12, 2010, 06:46 AM
One of my current WIPs is a contracted WFH 400 word science book. I know i will finish, i have a deadline. But I have written the 400 words at least 12 times. -- I'm looking for validation on this thread since when we write short, we might write 1,000 words a day, but erase most of them. So I wrote 100 words that I will keep today. Maybe I'll get back and write some more this afternoon. :crossedfingers

(I really shouldn't complain too much. This is what I want to do. But it is frustrating while in the middle of it  :bangcomputer)

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 12, 2010, 08:43 AM
I worked on my WIP today. I took a word out. I put it back. Then I took it out again. But it's early yet, I may put it back in this afternoon. :snork

LOL!!!!

I split one chapter into two and managed to work in my MC's sudden realization as to what is really taking place in the grand scheme of things. I knew it had to happen soon, I just wasn't sure where it needed to go. But the perfect moment presented itself... and I recognized it.  I do enjoy these moments. I wish I were rolling along better, though. I seem to be hitting a bunch of speed bumps today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 12, 2010, 12:12 PM
Went back to my w.i.p and my character resolved his problem.  He's quite happy with himself and so am I. :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Mike Jung on August 12, 2010, 12:25 PM
I only wrote a couple of hundred words in my WIP right now, but I feel pretty good about it because that's the 8th day in a row I've worked on it. After 4 years of working on my first manuscript it feels very satisfying to be consistently productive on a new WIP like this. I'd almost forgotten what it's like.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 12, 2010, 04:12 PM
I worked on my WIP today. I took a word out. I put it back. Then I took it out again. But it's early yet, I may put it back in this afternoon. :snork

Ha, ha, ha! A writer who writes the way I do! I love it! :yay Now what I need to know today is... does writing six zillion words on here and Facebook about my missing photographs from the wedding count towards my WIP even though they have nothing whatsoever to do with it? <looks around at everyone and DARES anyone to say, "Sorry, but no, those don't count."> :skull :whip :guns
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 12, 2010, 08:14 PM
 :bow :bow Of course they count, ma'am.   :hiding

I don't know Macs, but might it be worth talking to a Mac specialist about try to recover those files?  Worth a small shot anyway?

Only about 300 today, but hey, that's a page I didn't have written yesterday.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura Manivong on August 12, 2010, 08:23 PM
Haha, Lyon!

Well I, after proudly announcing yesterday that I was done with WIP and had shipped it to CPs, discovered handwritten notes on the first 23 chapters of the ms that I had failed to update in the word file. So, I've been sitting at the kitchen table for the past 6 hours, since the minute I got home from work, and have entered every last one of them. Now my butt hurts, but I am done. Again. I call on the funky chicken to celebrate...

 :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on August 12, 2010, 10:39 PM
Have finally gotten back on this thread to report that I at last figured out how to reconfigure my plot and subplots (via a rambling, 10-pg single spaced document plot summary that took me a couple of weeks to develop).  So I'm done with the re-plotting phase and I have to get my head (and butt) back into the ACTUALLY WRITING THE DANG THING phase.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 12, 2010, 11:47 PM
I found all the missing files, pictures, etc. Hooray! :yay They are all posted now on my website, so if you are interested, you can see the entire cake being created... from start to finish.
:weddingcake http://www.verlakay.com/page9/page22/page22.html
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 13, 2010, 04:07 AM

Only about 300 today, but hey, that's a page I didn't have written yesterday.
Why do I always feel like a cheat when I read posts like these (no offence)?  I could write that and feel proud of myself.
Well, it is Friday and I haven't written as well as I could have done this week, but I am blaming the fact that John is on holidays.  Unfortunately, he was forced into taking them by his boss, who is making him redundant at the start of September.  I think a WHIP may be more appropriate there.
200 after waking early this morning, until noisy neighbours started up.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 13, 2010, 08:11 PM
So nice to read everyone's progress! Wow, finished and re-finished, Laura - chicken dance indeed!

And holy cow, Verla, what a cake! Worth thousands of words, looks like (yum!).

I'm still going, some days better than others, esp. since I'm on a road trip with my twin toddlers (eep!), but still going is the key, right?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on August 13, 2010, 08:26 PM
Kiperoo--twin toddlers on a road trip *faints at the very thought!* My singleton toddler has run off with half my brain cells, I don't know how you do it.

400 words tonight! I've got some details and research to work out, but I think this one is a keeper.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 14, 2010, 06:13 AM
I'm taking the weekend off. I wrote some where between 5,000 and 6,000 words last week -the most I've ever written in a week. It's been so awesome! I hope I can repeat it next week.... please.... please.... please
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 14, 2010, 06:45 PM
I'm still going, some days better than others, esp. since I'm on a road trip with my twin toddlers (eep!), but still going is the key, right?
Heh.  My twins are 16 now.  It gets easier.  :)
300 yesterday and 550 today.  Progress!

Why do I always feel like a cheat when I read posts like these (no offence)?  I could write that and feel proud of myself.
Well, it is Friday and I haven't written as well as I could have done this week, but I am blaming the fact that John is on holidays.  Unfortunately, he was forced into taking them by his boss, who is making him redundant at the start of September. 
Big difference in scale, Fiona--you write PBs and I write YA...300 words for a PB is a HUGE deal!
So sorry to hear about John...I know things are tough over there.  :hug
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Mike Jung on August 14, 2010, 06:58 PM
I'm feeling pretty successful these days just be putting in some time on the WIP every day, regardless of word count. That said, I did produce 600 words today. The result was an increased role for the vampire character, which is a bit confounding, but since my new WIP is largely built on monster-movie characters I think it fits within the overall scheme of things. My vampire is not broody, overly melodramatic, covered with sparkles, interested in protecting any other characters, or about to get someone pregnant...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 14, 2010, 06:59 PM
Considering you're writing an MG boy book, Mike, I'm glad to hear that.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Mike Jung on August 14, 2010, 07:05 PM
I'm glad you're glad Marissa! :) She does have braces, though.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 14, 2010, 07:20 PM
My vampire is not broody, overly melodramatic, covered with sparkles, interested in protecting any other characters, or about to get someone pregnant...

are you sure it's a vampire, then?  :eh2

Today I revised my one PB ms that was breathing, I sent the other one I just finished a day or two ago off to a generous BBer for critiquing :thankyou and tomorrow I get back to work on my dummy  :paint. do we have a juggling smiley???
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 14, 2010, 07:37 PM
Yep, Artemesia.  Just type in the code for it - a colon : then the word juggle touching the colon and there it is! :juggle  Just make sure there's a space before the colon and after the last word in the code so the image will appear and not the code (like this:juggle).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 14, 2010, 07:50 PM
Verla, you keep telling me this, lol (honestly, I'm not trying to bug you!!) but I get scared that I'd try a smiley without knowing the code (or knowing if one even exists) and then it wouldn't work, and I'd feel silly and be laughed off the boards etc....  :feelbad I'm getting help, honest. Daily injections of cake should do the trick.  :cupcake
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 15, 2010, 05:10 AM
Big difference in scale, Fiona--you write PBs and I write YA...300 words for a PB is a HUGE deal!
So sorry to hear about John...I know things are tough over there.  :hug
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Marissa,
The trouble is, these I don't know what I write anymore.  It used to be PBs but these days, the word count is slightly larger, so is the plotline so I am pretty certain it would be more of an early reader.  I don't think I have written anything much over 3500.  My current one is 4200 and I haven't finished it yet.  It lurked, unfinished in my longhand folder, wilting away until I decided to air it.
Of course, then there is revision but I can't afford the ticket there.  That will have to wait.

Marissa,
Thanks for your thoughts.  John was kind of expecting it so he wasn't completely shocked.  What's crazy is that he was given a week off because he hadn't taken them this summer and then he's being laid off permanently three weeks from yesterday.  The only thing we're apprehensive about is getting under each other's feet.  This place is tiny and eerily quiet which is why I go out to write.
Did well today: 450.

Artemesia,
I am making brownies later and I think there is still custard tart in the fridge.  :chocolate I'll probably be making truffles too during the week. Indulge yourself...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 15, 2010, 09:21 AM
Oh, there's a very simple fix for that, Artemesia. Put in the code you think "might" be the right one. Click on the Preview button at the bottom of the Post box. Then scroll up to the top of the screen to see what your message will look like when it's posted. If the code shows up or a wrong smiley instead of the correct smiley, you haven't got the right code or the spacing is incorrect on it. You can then change it (and preview again) or delete it before you post your final message.  :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 15, 2010, 09:28 AM
thanks Verla!!! I will try that!  :thankyou
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 15, 2010, 01:05 PM
Verla, you manage the Blue board, you write, you bake amazing cakes and you can even ride a bike.  :bow :bow

(You do not want to know what the last layer cake I made looked like - let's just say we ate it off the cake plate with spoons :dr)

I ripped My WIP top pieces, I took out more words than I typed.  :lmao
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 15, 2010, 03:23 PM

I ripped My WIP to pieces, I took out more words than I typed.  :lmao


Sometimes that's the best kind of progress, though, lizstraw!  :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 15, 2010, 04:26 PM
I know, I just dislike having to do all that rethinking.  :p
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 15, 2010, 05:00 PM
 :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance :chickendance

I cut my almost 900 word PB to just over 700 words today. It's 721 to be exact. The sub guides say the PB has to be 700 or under. Not sure what else I can cut and have the thing make sense.  :bricks
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 15, 2010, 05:18 PM
Is it possible this story might be better suited to a publisher that accepts longer PBs?

I truly believe that if you are losing readability by cutting your ms down too much, that it's not worth cutting those words. And yours does not seem excessive. A lot of places still accept PBs up to 1000 words.

I hope you find a happy solution.  :flowers2


ETA: I have 3 pbs I'm working on right now, one is 610 words, one is 631, and one is exactly 1000. The one with the big word count I hope to still be able to cut a bit, but I don't see it getting under 900, maybe not even under 950. For the type of story, I need that many words to tell it properly. I hope whoever I end up subbing it to will agree.  :crossedfingers
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 15, 2010, 10:26 PM
I once had to cut an author's note for one of my books from the originally submitted 1250 words... down to 63. Now THAT was a real lesson in cutting! Then my editor graciously allowed me to bring it back up to 125 for the final version. I was so thrilled when I was able to put back some of the fun stuff in that author's note.  

It CAN be done, but it can also take the "heart" right out of some stories. You have to decide if it's worth it or not to cut it that much for that particular market.

One thing I learned was the only way you can sometimes cut a story enough is to take out entire scenes. Sometimes they are some of your favorite scenes! But if a scene doesn't actually move the story forward, no matter how delightful it is, it should be cut from the final story. But don't throw it away. SAVE it. You can often build a new story (that might even be a better one) from that scene.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 15, 2010, 11:54 PM
Verla, you'll be so proud of me! I used your trick in another thread and was able to type the code for a Halloween smiley!! see? :blackcat

And I re-revised my PB today. One critiquer thought the ending was too long, so I cut it down. Then another said the cut down version was too short, and they thought the longer was more satisfying...so I merged them and came up with what I hope is a happy medium.  :bangcomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 16, 2010, 05:19 AM
Hooray, Artemesia! And yes, I AM proud of you! See how smart you are?  :goldstar :mouse :goldstar
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 16, 2010, 08:42 AM
I wrote a good bit today, but more importantly I solved a sticky point in my WIP and may have come up with an alternative ending because of it. A conclusion I'm starting to like a whole lot more than the one I have planned. Not only that, I wrote one paragraph that I absolutely love, and the closing sentence made my back tingle. I just looked at it and said, "Whooooaaaaaa..." This has never happened before.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 16, 2010, 08:55 AM
Sweet, msw!! Sounds like a productive day!!

I'm still fighting with my ending, but once I start dummying this one, I always find more things to cut. So, this one might have to wait till I've finished the dummy for the first one. Why aren't there more hours in the day? or maybe less kids in my house?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 16, 2010, 08:57 AM
Hooray, Artemesia! And yes, I AM proud of you! See how smart you are?  :goldstar :mouse :goldstar

thanks Verla!!!  :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 16, 2010, 09:41 AM
I had quite an expansive time in my coffee haunt today, so I took the opportunity and intended to write and revise.  Of course, I did what I always do and logged on here and elsewhere instead. 
However, I did manage to banish my modem to the depth of my pocket and a got a poor 200 written.  Now I am at home and John is clacking away at the pc keyboard, the cat is beside me.   
You would think I would be able to concentrate, considering I usually write in a busy coffee shop, but no, the pair of them are too much of a distraction. I can ignore strangers but not these two.
On the positive side, for once I love my character.  He is completely mad and a bit of a rogue.  That's never happened with me before and it feels weird.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 16, 2010, 10:46 AM
With some awesome suggestions from my cg, this morning I was able to cut my ms monster down to 963!!  :goldstar
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 16, 2010, 11:01 AM
Cutting nearly 40 words from a PB is a big deal.  That takes a bit of work. Well done!  
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 16, 2010, 01:30 PM
Cutting nearly 40 words from a PB is a big deal.  That takes a bit of work. Well done!  

Totally! I owe it to my crit group! They are awesome.  :bow
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 16, 2010, 06:15 PM
I think we need to add a giant pair of scissor to the emoticons.  I am still chopping away.  wait, this guy might work. :grrr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 16, 2010, 06:20 PM
 :woo I am awesome. I cut my PB text down to 706 words. Next week I begin on the pencil thumbnails for the dummy.  :snoopy

And CP says the story is more satisfying and has more personality now, to boot!

Thanks Verla, for putting up a thread for us short manuscript writers. :goldstar
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 16, 2010, 06:39 PM
that's awesome, Lyon! And I know for me when I start to dummy, I always see other things that I can cut out of the text because the art makes it redundant...so you may still find a way to come in under 700!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 16, 2010, 06:42 PM
that's awesome, Lyon! And I know for me when I start to dummy, I always see other things that I can cut out of the text because the art makes it redundant...so you may still find a way to come in under 700!
:neck at only six words shy, I have no doubt it will happen. Thanks!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 16, 2010, 06:45 PM
The thing about cutting is it isn't just striking out words. (At least not for me.) It's more like finding ways to say the same thing with fewer words. No wonder I am tired after cutting over 100 words from my PB text. I think I'll sleep well tonight.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 16, 2010, 07:30 PM
Yup. I had serious brain drain the other night after revising. And for PBs you are absolutely right, it's how to say more with less.  :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 16, 2010, 07:51 PM
I spent Saturday fleshing out a new idea. I love it when a new idea comes. :love
I worked on my WIP today. I managed to merge three chapters into two, and the result is much stronger. The rough draft rambles a lot, so in this first revision I am simply working on pulling out the plot and getting rid of the rest.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 17, 2010, 09:20 AM
Okay, I'm trying to post a little earlier, so I don't tempt myself to stay up all night playing on the computer. I did work on my WIP today. I deleted some words and added some words and ended up with roughly the same word count  and in the same chapter as when I started. It's so much easier to track progress when I'm drafting than when I'm revising.

Oh, Verla, awesome cake.  :applause
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 17, 2010, 10:15 AM
This little thread has helped me so much. I have no idea why it matters to me that I get to post on here when I write, but it makes a difference. Thanks, Verla!

It was a difficult day of writing, but I did move forward.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 17, 2010, 11:27 AM
:love msw. Now if I could just get this thread to make ME work on MY WIP....  Seems like there's always something else more important. (Like trying to find all the paperwork for 2009 taxes before the extension deadline hits us and getting our big house ready to sell -- it's being listed at 3pm today! EEK!)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 17, 2010, 11:59 AM
I agree, msw. This is my new favorite thread.  :love

You sure are one busy lady, Verla. I think you need this smiley ---> :juggle more than I do.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on August 17, 2010, 02:24 PM
Just checking in...managed to start new PB AGAIN after the first version got lost when borrowed laptop died last week.  Less than 200 words, but as Cyn pointed out, it's near impossible to get anything done with all the kids in the house!  I also wasted much of the morning helping my technology-deficient MIL creat a blog on wordpress -- she lives 5 hours from here, so it was all via email.

Anyway.  I wrote.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 17, 2010, 03:08 PM
You see, this is where I have a ridiculous problem.  In the 1990's I wrote stories about a series of stories who not anthropomorphic, but fruit and my cousins as well as any other child loved them, which is why I dumped them.  I got it into my mind that if children liked them, publishers would not go near them.  They were ALL under 700 words and I have never been able to achieve that since.  Besides, I was always terrified they would be too much like someone else's work.
It makes me want to BLARGH!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 17, 2010, 05:18 PM
I snipped away at the first thirty pages of my WIP again.   :ninja2

I am refusing to look at my word count I do not want to know what it was or how much I cut.  All I know is it is beginning to sound a lot better.  Read a lot better.  Oh heck, you know what I mean.  Do I know what I mean? :crazy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 17, 2010, 05:27 PM
Only a few lines today, but at least there's forward momentum.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on August 17, 2010, 05:34 PM
Forward momentum is ALWAYS good!  Especially over summer vacation.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 17, 2010, 05:35 PM
I didn't work on my WIP today.  :faint

I critiqued a PB for a crit partner, tho. That should count as work. (for you too, Jen!!)

I guess I should say I didn't work on my WIP today...yet. I still have time!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 18, 2010, 01:57 AM
I didn't work yesterday either, because I was entertaining my father who was giving me his annual visit from Spain.  We went to a wildlife reserve but the usual torrent of questions he asked about why I am not published made me want to  :guns him.  He is an English teacher, he should know better.
Today I am visiting my mother who has just returned from spreading my grandmother's ashes so I won't be writing today either.

Oh, and the cat is drinking my coffee again. 
I might get around to scribbling a few lines on the bus out to my mum's house.
I know all of this should be in another thread, but it is all sort of related to my w.i.p. Perhaps you can forgive me and I might work tonight under dim light.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 18, 2010, 06:56 AM
I know this thread is about *gasp* words, but as an author/illustrator I switch between the two creative focuses. So while no words were written yesterday  I did rough out a pencil sketch and send it to an editor for approval. Does that count?

Waiting to hear back from crit partner on PB text before moving into dummy stage. I think I can take out a few more sentences by drawing what they say in the illustration. ;)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 18, 2010, 09:16 AM
hehe Lyon, I asked the same question and was told it counts!!  :paint So I'm there with you. I have a dummy I'm working hard to finish, and two other mss that I'll be starting to dummy soon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 18, 2010, 09:32 AM
I did a little more smoothing and the story is really starting to take shape. Tomorrow I plunge ahead into a new chapter. I am so glad to have this thread to report my progress. It just gives me that extra push to make progress.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 18, 2010, 09:44 AM
awesome, Michelle!  :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on August 18, 2010, 10:50 AM
Hey Everyone,

I'm joining the club :partytime even if I just write a sentence or two I will be happy.  I have way too many excuses, some are legit, others are selfish (my DVR is both my enemy and my friend).  This place is great!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 18, 2010, 10:59 AM
Welcome, Michelle J.! Every sentence counts...even the ones you edit out. :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 18, 2010, 11:18 AM
I have a dummy I'm working hard to finish, and two other mss that I'll be starting to dummy soon.

I know what this means, but it struck me so funny.  All I could think of was I am the dummy in my mss.  :dr :dr :dr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 18, 2010, 11:22 AM
I know what this means, but it struck me so funny.  All I could think of was I am the dummy in my mss.  :dr :dr :dr

OMG ME TOO!!  :giggle
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on August 18, 2010, 12:00 PM
Welcome, Michelle J.! Every sentence counts...even the ones you edit out. :yup

I'm so glad to hear that, because I delete a lot!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 18, 2010, 04:26 PM
 :love :hearts :sing :woo :snoopy :grouphug2

We all deserve a big hand, chocolate and your favorite beverage of choice.

I am happy I just sent in the final art for the spot art I was working on. *starts handing out warm brownies*
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 18, 2010, 04:47 PM
Five hundred and four words so far today.  Now if I can only retrain myself not to keep checking email, etc. a dozen or more times a day, I might get more like 2500 done.   :feelbad
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 18, 2010, 05:55 PM
Oh, I am so there for warm brownies!!!  can we put whipped cream and caramel sauce on top?  :chesirecat

Go Marissa!! and um...ditto about the email, etc... :embarrassed2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on August 18, 2010, 07:09 PM
Surprisingly I was able to pump out 600 plus words today (a total fluke).  Normally I'm in the same email boat as Marissa and Artemesia.  And don't get me wrong I LOVE this forum but checking the new posts can be a but addictive as well.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on August 18, 2010, 08:08 PM
Yes, I often struggle to get out 500 words at a time.  But yesterday I did over 800!  But I'm taking forever to finish the dang chapter I'm in (I'm doing the slash-and-burn first draft, so it's not like I'm even fine-tuning AT ALL.  Still just figuring out how the heck to get from A to B to C in each of my scenes.

I put the cart before the horse and treated myself to chocolate already, having not yet written today.  Will now try to be motivated by guilt!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on August 18, 2010, 09:35 PM
OK - got about 805 words done tonight, finished that chapter.

Hope everyone's having a great writing night!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 19, 2010, 06:31 AM
I got a severe dose of insecurity on Tuesday before I turned off the laptop and met my Dad.  I looked at my w.i.p and thought have I really written that carp?  Haven't started yet today, but maybe I will be a little more positive. :fury
Apologies for moaning, I have severe insecurity issues currently.  Unsupprotive family members don't help.

Artemesia,
Thanks for your support.  Always appreciated.  I took my work in with me to my coffee haunt and did some serious work which I was pleased with.  I'm now at home & Moggy is beside me, looking severely jealous of my laptop.  Actually, I have just had to bribe him off my lap with a treat.  That should keep him busy for a while.

Looks like everyone is forging ahead. Well done.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: MaryWitzl on August 19, 2010, 06:51 AM
I'm a new member of this club!  I've waited to post here; I told myself that I'd do this once I'd managed a solid week of working on revising my current WIP. I hope I'll be able to do this regularly over the next month... :crossedfingers
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 19, 2010, 08:53 AM
Hey Mary! Nice to see you here!!

Fiona, sorry about the off day.  :hug

Awesome Tinamarie and Michele J!  :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 19, 2010, 09:26 AM
Atemesia -  warm brownies with caramel sauce are the best, but I'll probably pass on the whip cream.
 
I can relate to the feelings of insecurity. Even as I work on my WIP, I ask myself if anyone other than me will want to read it. Part of this is the pacing. The story is slow to develop. I keep wondering how it will fare in today's fast-paced world.

That said, I finished the chapter I wanted to work on today, and it does exactly what it needs to. I rearranged a few scenes and they fell so neatly into place, you'd think I had planned it that way all along. I love it when that happens.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 19, 2010, 09:36 AM
I like my brownies with coffe ice cream.  :)

Hey Mary, good to see you here!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on August 19, 2010, 12:18 PM
The kids are back in school which means I finally have time to write again. Oh, it feels so good to have that time be mine again. Today I got to work for 3 hours uninterrupted! I've been working on this story for a year now and the end is in sight. I can feel it in my bones. I will finish it this fall! Yay!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 19, 2010, 04:01 PM
I revised the ms for the dummy I'm working on. I hadn't read it in entirety in a while since I've been doing the artwork, and I opened it yesterday and decided it needed an ax taken to it.  :grrr I think it's pretty tight now.

awesome, amykated! I'm eagerly awaiting the first day of school, which in Canada isn't until Sept 7th or 8th...gonna throw a party when they go back!!  :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on August 19, 2010, 04:55 PM
I worked on mine today, on the deck with my laptop. I could barely see the screen which I found to be great because I got so many words down! Of course most are misspelled but it was a productive process.  :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 20, 2010, 02:34 AM
Shanny,
You sound quite productive. Furry laptop is annoying me again but in between peeling him off the keyboard and trying to type, I think I have achieved a miserly fifty words.
That will change later.  Plus, I think the end is near. :chickendance


I've finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheerleader
As you can probably gather, I am rather happy about it.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 20, 2010, 09:02 AM
Hi other new people to this club! I've been posting here a couple of weeks, and it's definitely helping me stay on track. I only had one day so far when I couldn't get any writing in (but to be fair it was after a 6-hour drive and a family barbecue). Anyway, nice to meet you all, and good writing vibes!

Thunderingelephants, your dad is from Spain?? Awesome! My husband is from Spain, and I love-love-love it there!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 20, 2010, 10:34 AM
 :yay Thunderingelephants! It feels so good to finish something.  :chesirecat :chesirecat :chesirecat

I spent two hours picking through scenes in my rough draft deciding what to keep and what to discard. The work is slow :snail , but I keep telling myself that in revising it's quality that counts--not quantity.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on August 20, 2010, 11:09 AM
Congrats thunderingelephants!!  You must be sooo excited!  I can't wait to post when I'm finished!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 20, 2010, 11:14 AM
Thanks guys, I suppose I'll have to book a long stay in Revisionland.
Kiperoo,
My dad's actually Irish, like me. His wife is Basque (don't EVER call her Spanish!) and Dad's lived in San Sebastian for around 25 years.  He is an English teacher but had to learn Basque to teach some of his older and younger students.
I probably got my love of the English language and expressive nature from him, but not the intellect, which according to many is totally different to intelligence.
Hmmm...maybe that's a topic for discussion.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 20, 2010, 11:32 AM
Yay on finishing, thunderingelephants!

I just got an email from my editor today asking for yet MORE changes to my Civil War Drummer Boy manuscript. (The one I sold to her in 2001.) So while I didn't write on my WWII POW story today, I did make the requested verse changes in the drummer boy book and send those to her. So I worked on something besides cleaning and sorting through stuff in our house. (We have it up for sale. http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=651734 )
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 20, 2010, 12:21 PM
I found soooo many mistakes! :bangcomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 20, 2010, 03:10 PM
I didn't do any actual writing today, but I've been working on the outline, and completing a bit of research for the YA I'm developing. So, I have 4 WIPs I'm currently working on.  :crazy

I think I need to clone myself... :chicken :chicken
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on August 20, 2010, 04:32 PM
Well, I wrote the first 180 words of IF WISHES WERE PONIES today! :)

Probably won't get to do much more writing on it again till next week, but at least I broke the ice! ;)

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 20, 2010, 04:52 PM
Rue, I really like the title you went with!! (saw your title help thread the other day) Congrats on the start!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on August 20, 2010, 07:26 PM
Thanks, Artemesia! :)

I didn't used to worry about titles too much, but I've found that having a really good title to start with helps me find my focus. I hope (if/when I find a publisher for it) I won't have to change it, but if I do, I'll be okay with that too.

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 21, 2010, 03:15 AM
I didn't do any actual writing today, but I've been working on the outline, and completing a bit of research for the YA I'm developing. So, I have 4 WIPs I'm currently working on.  :crazy

Ouch that sounds painful! In my humble opinion, I don't think having that many projects is crazy.  They say should always have two on the go to prevent  :banghead :writing
On to my next story. but which one?  Hmm...
Won't be writing for now.  The Snoring Beastie is too much of a distraction. :cat
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on August 21, 2010, 09:32 AM
I was going to work on the WIP last night but I took my kids to see Nanny McPhee Returns instead. What a great movie! We loved it as much as the first one! OK, no excuses, I'll get back to it sometime today.  :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on August 21, 2010, 06:33 PM
I can finally post in this thread!!! :yay Wrote about 700 words in a brand new chapter for my WIP's second draft this afternoon. Not a heck of a lot, but it's progress! :chesirecat
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 21, 2010, 10:06 PM
Hooray for progress, Joanna! It's a very good feeling....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 22, 2010, 05:01 AM
 :applause
I can finally post in this thread!!! :yay Wrote about 700 words in a brand new chapter for my WIP's second draft this afternoon. Not a heck of a lot, but it's progress! :chesirecat
That's my philosophy every time I write A word, Joanna.  As I have said so many tmes before, youguys who write 1000 word a day are amazing.  I've yet to pen to paper yet today, but it's not even lunchtime in Ireland.  Have to fill the tummy first.  Plus my laptop was invaded the furry beastie boy.  He's a tough guy to move when he wants to be. :
Then again, that's what coffee shops are for.  Progress report later. :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 22, 2010, 06:06 AM
Got about 700 words done yesterday before we went out in the boat...hopefully lots more in the next few days as we're about to get all the rain we should have been getting all summer in about three days.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on August 22, 2010, 08:40 PM
Good luck with selling your house, Verla!  I don't know how you manage to do everything that you do (gorgeous wedding cakes included)

Congratulations, Joanna!

My gains have been modest.  A few days ago I added all of maybe 100 words to my first-draft WIP.  Tonight I've come up with interview questions for some research I have to do, which is good but also a way of avoiding the painful plodding through the first draft.
--------------------
Postcript:  added a measly 237 words to the WIP.  Better than nuttin'.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 23, 2010, 10:34 AM
I probably did about 500 words today. I wrote more than that, but did a good bit of editing - aka deleting - today.  I did finish my climax!  Now I have to write the final chapter and wrap it all up.

I don't even want to think about revisions..... Ohhhhh.  :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on August 23, 2010, 05:44 PM
Thanks for the cheers, everyone!! It is SUCH a great feeling to be back at it again! Life is always better with a novel to work on. :smile Today, I finished the scene I started on Saturday, and it turned out to be quite useful in terms of both plot AND characterization, so… bonus!!

Cheers for you all! :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 23, 2010, 06:24 PM
 :cheerleader indeed!!

Only about 200 words so far (still working) but starting chapter five and feeling like I'm starting to get into the complications of the plot.  :ha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on August 24, 2010, 11:33 AM
Not today, but last night I wrote about 300 more words. Beginnings are usually fairly slow for me.

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 24, 2010, 11:41 AM
Everybody's got some nice steady progress!!  :cheerleader

I haven't gotten to anything today yet, but I worked on my outline a bit more yesterday. It feels like the pieces of the story are falling into place....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 24, 2010, 11:47 AM
:cheerleader indeed!!

Only about 200 words so far (still working) but starting chapter five and feeling like I'm starting to get into the complications of the plot.  :ha
Good for you, Marissa.  I love it when I see posts like this.  200 is a big deal. :yup  Now, if it was 2000, I would probably  :grrr
Lots of planning today and research, but that's all stopped now because the snoring beastie is loud and I can't concentrate.  Bring on tomorrow....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 24, 2010, 12:37 PM
Life is always better with a novel to work on.

Dude! I am totally with you, Joanna! Still chugging along from on the road! Congrats to everyone for keeping this up!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 24, 2010, 04:14 PM
Did we say working on it in your head counted?  I am trying to figure out how to do more  :ninja2  chopping and still keep my first sentence. I think I may have it... but I had to do so much thinking I think my head may explode.   :stars :feelbad :gaah

:invisible - look my head is gone.  OH NO.  Now how do I write, oh yeah, I just type, forget the head....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 24, 2010, 04:49 PM
Heads are overrated... :paperbag
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on August 24, 2010, 06:33 PM
My WIP is now 10,500 words long, but 4500 words are very rough notes I copied from my brainstorming folder. So the good count is approx 6000 words, including 270 new ones today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 25, 2010, 09:00 AM
 :crutches  I am bleeding words.  I cut out all (except for my first sentence) of my first chapter, reworked the second chapter and am still chopping away.  :grrr

Okay, I admit it does sound better.  But it hurts...  :paperbag
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 25, 2010, 09:29 AM
Oooh, the PAIN of cutting!  :writing  :wait :crutches

I understand. Really I do. My editor once made me cut my author's note for a book down from 1250 words to 63 words. SIXTY THREE MEASLY WORDS! :faint   I did it. But it was SO painful. Then she relented and allowed me to "up" it to 150 words. I was so thrilled to be able to put back in a wee bit of the flavor that had been in the original author's note!

Take heart. As long as you have kept a copy of them somewhere, those wonderful words in that first chapter might be just the thing for a scene in your NEXT book. They aren't "gone," they are just "on hold" for right now.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 25, 2010, 12:54 PM
I worked on my WIP today--probably longer than I should. Then I received a revision request on a previous manuscript--so I may not be working on it for a while.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on August 25, 2010, 01:11 PM
No words today, but I did work out some backstory stuff that needed to be addressed before I could write any further. :)

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 25, 2010, 07:52 PM
Not much here either...but a tiny bit.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 25, 2010, 11:18 PM
Today my editor sent me yet another round of text changes she wants made in my Civil War Drummer Boy book - the one I SOLD in 2001 that is finally going to be published in 2012. I don't want to make these changes and am fighting to keep the text the way it is. I will probably lose, but I'm hoping I'll be able to convince her that "my way" of telling the story is the "right" way.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on August 26, 2010, 01:03 AM
Today I somehow managed to write 1k on my WIP in-between finishing "Mockingjay." I really don't know how it happened. So far, Draft #2 is 9500 words longer than Draft #1; this is rather frightening, as I'm not even halfway through yet… :crazy

Sounds like everyone is making progress!! Verla, I hope you get to keep your text unchanged! :crossedfingers
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 26, 2010, 02:44 AM
Still reading these posts makes me sad and completely lazy.  However, I have an excuse for yesterday so today I WILL work on my w.i.p.  One beastie boy is beside me, the other in bed so in theory I could write, but I know I will leave it til this afternoon.
On a positive note, it's just been confirmed that I am attending the SCBWI Conference in September. :woo
Check in with you later.
Truffles will hopefully be on offer later.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 26, 2010, 06:58 AM
Which conference, thunderingelephants? The one in Spokane, WA? Or one of the other ones? Let us know!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on August 26, 2010, 07:00 AM
I haven't been here in a long time, but my kids started school and my youngest is in preschool three times a week, so I've been getting a lot of writing time in. So happy to be back at it!  :goldstar
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 26, 2010, 08:58 AM
Which conference, thunderingelephants? The one in Spokane, WA? Or one of the other ones? Let us know!
Alas, no, Verla.
The one in Ireland.  It is only the second SCBWI here and it's being held on September 11th.
Don't know if anyone is interested, but here's a link.  Last year's one was excellent but there was a lot discussed that I had seen mentioned here, and unfortunately, not many people in Ireland know about Verla Kay.  I don't think most of the speakers did.  Doesn't matter though, this is my haven, as you've probably been annoyed about on many times.  I talk too much.
http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=280&Itemid=191
Didn't work much today either.  About fifty words. John walked the feet off me yesterday. :zzz
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 26, 2010, 09:18 AM
Hi Raynbow!  Good to see you here!

A page yesterday and one and a half so far today, but we're gearing up to take child #1 back to college this weekend so that may be it for a few days.  At least I'm not walking around with tears in my eyes the way I was last year when he left for freshman year.

Congrats on the conference, Fiona!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 26, 2010, 09:46 AM
Good Golly, Marissa!! I've seen a picture of you and I'd not have guessed you have college aged kids!! Do you have a moldy painting hidden away in your attic?  :ha

Verla, I hope you win out against your ed and she lets you keep your words. It sounds like you have strong reasons!

I didn't get any work done yesterday (couldn't put off the housework any longer, yuck!) but I did make it to the library and got some books to read that are in the same vein as the YA I'm outlining. Oh, and I browsed the PBs, and Fiona I saw a board book about a cat named Mog, made me think of you and your beastie!  :cat

Hoping to make some progress today.  :chesirecat
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 26, 2010, 10:16 AM
Awww...Artemesia.
Mog would be delighted.  He is featured in one of my stories under an alias, for very good reasons.  He's actually watch patrol at the moment, sitting up on the wndow ledge and miaowing at everything that passes.  Until I fill his bowl and he'll come thundering down from my bed.
But first, I have to feed the other beastie boy.  Oh the mundane duties of domestic life.  Little wonder I seek solace in a coffee shop.
I hope you will wish me luck with my truffle batch...I am really going to need it. More work tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on August 26, 2010, 11:58 AM
I'm up to 959 words now! Whee! :)

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 26, 2010, 01:02 PM
I tried to open my WIP and my fingers wouldn't let me.  I tried about three times and nothing happened.  No progress, maybe I bleed to many words the other day, even if it was for the good of the story.  (Oh, yeah I did keep the draft of that story... I need to put it away on a memory stick and forget about it for now... so I can save parts of it later.)

 :bricks
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 26, 2010, 07:29 PM
Still chugging along over here. Over 12K words total now. I'm getting close to 25% done with my goal length for the manuscript, aaaah.

I think there is something to be said for the whole plotting business. I'm using that 9-step process that was posted somewhere on the board a while back. Does anyone else use that, or something like it?

I'm finding that it is so much easier (for me) to plow through something when I've already mapped out the basics of what's going to happen, and I'm feeling like I'm actually going to be able to finish this!!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 27, 2010, 01:46 AM
Oh, Liz,
I suppose if we here on the Boards chose to be nasty, we could get  :fury  and tell you to get to it.  But I think  :grouphug2 is more appropriate.
I got that yesterday and felt like  :grrr.  Hope today is better.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 27, 2010, 07:12 AM
Just got an email from my editor. She LIKED the last version of Civil War Drummer Boy text changes that I made. It was a compromise between what she wanted and what I wanted. Glad to know it works for both of us. So the new text revisions are off to the illustrator today, so he can revise his sketches to fit them. I changed text for his drawings, now it's his turn to change sketches to fit my text. Hooray!

We have 18 people converging on us today for a triple birthday dinner party - three of them will be joining us for the weekend for overnight accommodations.  We're celebrating our son's birthday (Aug 28th), my sis-in-law's birthday (Aug 13th), and our daughter's birthday (Sept 1st) - which is also the anniversary of this message board. It was created and went on line  September 1st in 2003 - SEVEN years ago!

Yesterday I made three birthday cakes, one decorated chocolate fudge from a mix, and two cakes from scratch - a lemon cake with lemon/orange glaze topping, and a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, as well as a macaroni salad, a dip for chips, and chili-cheese appetizers. Today I'll be preparing the rest of the meal for everyone - 24 fried chicken breasts, mashed potatoes (freshly dug from our garden) and gravy, chinese chicken salad, and stuffed zucchini (also freshly picked from our garden), :garden2 so I won't be working on much writing this weekend. I'll most likely be in the kitchen all day every day. :dishes
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 27, 2010, 07:41 AM
Verla, that's GREAT news about your Civil War revisions!!! Congrats!  :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 27, 2010, 08:40 AM
hmmm, I wonder what one might need to do to get invited for dinner at Verla's... :eh2  That all sounds so amazing Verla!! And yay about your edits!!  :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 27, 2010, 09:55 AM
That sounds great, Verla.
Couldn't get rid of John, so no work done.  BUT I thought about it which is work of sorts...isn't it? :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 27, 2010, 10:32 AM
hmmm, I wonder what one might need to do to get invited for dinner at Verla's... :eh2  That all sounds so amazing Verla!! And yay about your edits!!  :yay

I had to laugh my head off when I read this message this morning, Artemesia. :dr :dr :dr Because what my family does to me is this:

They simply call my daughter or my niece (who both live here in town, too) and tell them when they are coming to visit. Then my daughter or niece calls me and lets me know we're having overnight/weekend/week-long/whatever company on those dates. That's how this party started. That's how almost all of the parties that take place at our house get started.

So... when did you say you were coming? And how many of you will there be?

:lmao
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 27, 2010, 10:45 AM
SQUEEEEE!!! Um, 5 more for dinner and we'll be bringing our bathing suits.  :hottub (I saw the hot tub in your house pics!! lol)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 27, 2010, 11:23 AM
Wrong side of the country, Verla.  Sigh...I hope you're not too busy to enjoy yourself!

No more work today though I got more done last night...and Artemisia is my new best friend.  :yup

Road trip tomorrow--see you all next week!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 27, 2010, 11:26 AM
Have a great trip, Marissa! I just dropped off my college-aged daughter for her second year too, and it was soooo much easier than last year. No tears even!

See you back here when you're back!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on August 27, 2010, 11:34 AM
Mmmmmm I want to come for dinner too, Verla! Sounds delicious! :smile And congrats on the edits!! So glad you reached the perfect compromise! :yay

I just finished writing the scene I started on Wednesday—still going waaaaaay too slow, but making progress!! I'm determined to finish this chapter by the end of the week! :guns
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: MaryWitzl on August 27, 2010, 11:36 AM
200 measly words today, but I read my critique partner's comments and incorporated most of them into the story.

Kiperoo, my daughter starts her second year at university in two weeks, and I'm betting it'll be easier. Especially when I don't have to hear her music blasting down the stairs every.single.day.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 27, 2010, 12:46 PM
t...and Artemisia is my new best friend.  :yup


sweeeet.  :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 27, 2010, 01:42 PM
Have a great trip, Marissa! I just dropped off my college-aged daughter for her second year too, and it was soooo much easier than last year. No tears even!

Last year was sooooooooooooo hard.  Tears at the drop of a hat (like when making dinner for four instead of five).  It's definitely a lot easier this year, though I'll still miss the heck out of him (we've always been very close).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 27, 2010, 04:55 PM
I worked on my WIP until I realized I was skimming my own writing not a good sign! :hiding
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on August 27, 2010, 06:39 PM
I managed 650 words.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Juvpoetess on August 27, 2010, 07:36 PM
No writing yesterday or today. I did learn more about writing, though.

Yesterday I went to the library and read three Jane Yolen PBs. I also checked out Harold's Idiots Guide...  :cheerleader And today, I did an exercise he suggests: typing out parts of books you want to study. I'm reading two very different books, one by Lloyd Alexander and the other by Diana Wynne Jones. It's very cool!

This evening, I got a message from a fellow member of our region's SCBWI chapter. I might have a local critique partner!

Keep up your writing, pals.  :goodluck
Rebecca
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 28, 2010, 02:38 AM
Congrats to anyone who has written even one word in the last few days. In theory, I have absolutely no excuse not to write. John is in his room, snoring beastie is beside and quiet (for a change) and the tv is bust.  So what's my excuse?  It is too quiet.  All I can hear is water pipes, aforementioned beastie and the coffee machine.  I might just have to take myself off and deposit my  :mooning elsewhere. (not revealing my bum, of course)
I may be able to report better progress later.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 28, 2010, 08:02 AM
Dinner was a great success. Unfortunately I made three times the amount of fried chicken I needed. So we have a HUGE bag of chicken in the fridge and another one in the freezer for next week. I'll be so sick of chicken by the time we eat it all. Frying up 24 boneless breasts cut into four and five pieces for each breast was overkill, I guess. :moose Everyone was stuffed and very happy when dinner was over. I am happy. Now I just have to put the house back into "showing shape" in case we get a call from our realtor.  :ahh

My editor emailed yesterday (I saw the email this morning) and now she wants me to do research on Drummer Boy for the illustrator. WHAT? Why can't he do his OWN research?  :fury I have no clue where all my research books are now. I packed em up to sell off, I think, when I was clearing out the house to put it up for sale. I feel like :bricks and  :stars right now. And this  :hedgehog , too!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 28, 2010, 01:33 PM
Verla, I'm with you on that one. The illustrator should do his own research. I only want to illustrate my own text, but if I was to illustrate someone else's text, I'd expect that the research would be my responsibility. Maybe he just doesn't know where to start? But I guess you could look at it as an opportunity to have input into the way the illustrations are done.

mmmm, too bad you can't mail fried chicken, lol. I bet you'd have a few takers here.  :chickendance

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on August 28, 2010, 04:12 PM
Wooooooo I finished Chapter Seven today! :partytime It feels SO good to be making progress, even though I still have a loooooooooong way to go yet.

Why CAN'T the illustrator do his own research, Verla? Weird. :eh2 Hope everything works out smoothly for you!

and mmmmmmmmm fried chicken! We'll come eat it for you!! :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 28, 2010, 05:09 PM
All this food talk is making me hungry!!

I'm preparing for the finish-your-manuscript contest in September, so I squeezed out 1,000 words each in the past two days, aaah. I hope they are not completely crappy. I still don't think I'd have a chance of keeping on if I hadn't done the outline. Man, outlines, you rock! Who knew???

Congrats on finishing your chapter, Joanna! I have this thing of writing ultra-short chapters for whatever I write (I should try to get away from that someday for something different), so finishing a chapter is never a big deal for me, but I know it sure is with a normal-length chapter!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 29, 2010, 04:06 AM
Kiperoo,
I will prolong your hunger pangs by informing you that I had to take a meat cleaver to smash a 2.5kg bar of chocolate yesterday.  It felt so good.  Now I have to set to work, making truffles for a friend for next week, before and after I finalise my accommodation arrangements for the SCBWI Conference in Dublin in early September.  John will be travelling with me so it should be a good break.
I've reclaimed my laptop which means I can take myself off and leave the boys at home this afernoon.  Started typing up a story yesterday that is seventy seven pages longhand so I have no idea what the word count is. It is going to send me  :grrr, that's for sure.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 29, 2010, 05:51 AM
Mmmmm, chocolate! Must ... have ... chocolate ... for breakfast. And boy, am I jealous about your Dublin conference!  :envy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 29, 2010, 11:25 AM
Oh, Oh, OH! :woo Last night I had one of those Incredible Inspiration Moments that we all long for and that come so seldom to any of us.

I was headed for bed, when It Hit me. A perfect verse for a story idea I've been mulling around in my head since the SCBWI LA Conference. So of course I had to write it down. And then a second verse popped into my head. And another one. And another one! They just kept coming and I kept writing them down on a pad of paper. I went through pages and pages before I was done.

Then I had to put them into the computer so I could see them all together and put them in the right order. That took quite a while, because, of course, I was revising them as I typed them in, and each revision meant finding just the right rhyming word that fit the story perfectly and moved it forward.

When I was done, I heaved a sigh of relief and looked at the clock. It was after 4:00 AM! Good grief. And I still had a house full of overnight guests from the triple birthday party on Friday night. Oh, well. I went to bed and went right to sleep.

Woke up at seven this morning and dragged myself out of bed, had breakfast with everyone, and saw the overnighters head out for the next leg of their trip. Then I went back to my new 275 word story, read it over and then completely rewrote the entire thing into a whole new version.  It's 360 words long now, and a much better story because now it has a main character (a boy named Jack) in it, which it was lacking before. This morning my niece Jennifer thought she was going to be the main character in it, but as I worked on the revision I found I needed a single syllable word name that rhymed with "pack," so she morphed into Jack. She'll be surprised when she sees this new version of it and discovers she's now a little boy.  :lol2

I'm thrilled with it. :love Don't  know, of course, if my agent or either of my current editors will be even remotely interested in it, but only time will tell about that. They will most likely tell me, "There's too many other stories out there on that subject already." That seems to be the response I get with all of my stories these days.  :fury

But at least "I wrote today!"
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on August 29, 2010, 11:45 AM
Is this a thread for just ANY WIP? I feel so awed with all your awesomeness.   :flower

I did work on a couple of my WIP's...I do better working on several projects than if I work on just one. Hopefully, someone else understands that.   :snail
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 29, 2010, 11:58 AM
I'm usually working on three books at a time, so I totally understand that, Cat. And yes, it's for ANY WIP (Work In Progress, for anyone new who's not quite sure what a WIP is) - a story, artwork, whatever creative project you are doing concerning literature for kids is fair game here.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 29, 2010, 12:32 PM
I trotted in to my second home, armed with laptop and prepared to go hammer and tongs at my manuscript...until I opened the bag and saw that I had left it at home.  I know "tomorrow's another day" etc., but I felt so  :fury with myself because I was certain I had lost and had to ring John for reassurance.
On a positive note, it did save my hands some prolonged agony after all that grating this morning.  These chocs might just work out.  Hopefully the story will too, if I remember to bring it.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on August 29, 2010, 02:05 PM
I'm usually working on three books at a time, so I totally understand that, Cat. And yes, it's for ANY WIP (Work In Progress, for anyone new who's not quite sure what a WIP is) - a story, artwork, whatever creative project you are doing concerning literature for kids is fair game here.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on August 29, 2010, 09:21 PM
Congratulations, Verla, on your awesome midnight bout of inspiration.  I'm amazed you managed to get up just a few hours later.

I continue to creep ever so slowly on my WIP, doing more thinknig about it than writing.  Added about 180 words tonight, editted other sections.  What i need to do is figure out what the next chapter is and just forge ahead into it.  Working up the courage/energy.

thunderingelephants, hope you have a GREAT time at the Dublin conference.  I believe i read somewhere that Jane Yolen is one of the presenters, she's a wonderful speaker.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 30, 2010, 05:33 AM
Mmm, ditto on that inspiration-congrats, Verla! Although I'm sure the inspiration itself is congrats enough! Isn't it amazing how you can sometimes squeeze creative work in amongst all kinds of chaos???
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on August 30, 2010, 07:32 AM
Isn't it amazing how you can sometimes squeeze creative work in amongst all kinds of chaos???

I think that's when I work best, Kiperoo - amongst chaos. :lol

Just finished draft three of the story. :yay Draft two added a main character to the story. This new draft gave him a real problem and has him solving it at the end of the story. I'm very happy where the story is going now.

Still have to do more research to make sure my historical facts are correct. (I will need to change, delete, or add new verses, of course, to make it match history if any of my verses have inaccuracies in them.) Once I know they are accurate, then just a few more "tweaks" and this story will be ready to send to my critique partners -- to tear it apart so I can rewrite it again. :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mrh on August 30, 2010, 12:19 PM
I love stories of sudden inspiration where pb drafts get written in the middle of the night and novel drafts in two weeks. It gives me such hope that great things can happen in such a short time.

My editor emailed yesterday (I saw the email this morning) and now she wants me to do research on Drummer Boy for the illustrator. WHAT? Why can't he do his OWN research?  :fury

FWIW, I've had this happen too. But this was a novel so it was only research for cover art. Still. I was surprised at the request but I guess it happens here and there. I decided I might as well take it as my chance to insure accuracy.

I joined this thread when it started and have stopped back in, like, twice. I'm working on my novel, though, in the "heavy revision" stage. Today I even qualify for the 1000 words thread!  :goldstar
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 30, 2010, 01:14 PM
I worked on mine today! New schedule in my life and I'm trying to settle into and make sure I get time to write as well.  I've always pushed writing aside when my schedule gets too hectic and I'm fighting hard not to do it again. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 30, 2010, 02:08 PM
Rebecca--I absolutely love both Lloyd Alexander and Diana Wynne Jones! What are you reading?

Verla--congrats on the new book! I love it when those moments of inspiration come.

I worked on my WIP today. I actually moved several scenes around, which upped the tension quite a bit. I probably won't be writing for the next couple of days. An editor wants to talk to me about a manuscript that has been in submission for a couple of years now and I need to quickly reread the thing so that I can talk knowledgeably about my own work.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on August 30, 2010, 02:18 PM
Ooh, good luck, Michelle!! And awesome when stuff like that happens, Verla! (BTW, there is a dorm near me named after someone named Verla--you're like, famous on two fronts!)

I spent the summer fighting with what I wanted to be my WIP, but it was not to be. Then at the very end, I had one of those sudden ideas while drifting to sleep, and it's going MUCH better. I'm 6500 words in and just taking a break to work out the finer details of the next plot turn. I'm relieved--I was getting a little nervous that I'd forgotten how to write a book.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: MaryWitzl on August 30, 2010, 02:47 PM
We had house guests over the weekend, and I was kept busy cooking, cleaning, washing, and entertaining. But I plotted out things in my mind and today I managed to catch up by writing an unprecedented 2,000 words on my WiP.  I just hope I manage to keep plugging away at it tomorrow: more house guests are coming and there are sheets to wash.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on August 30, 2010, 04:58 PM
I revised the beginning of my WIP for the umpteenth time.  :bangcomputer  and i have a feeling I'm going to wind up cutting the first 1000 words once its complete. UGH! 

Way to go Mary! Good Luck Michelle!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 31, 2010, 06:20 AM
Mmmmm, chocolate! Must ... have ... chocolate ... for breakfast. And boy, am I jealous about your Dublin conference!  :envy
Truffles coming along nicely, but as bitter as lemons.  That's how a friend who's finished a diet tomorrow wants, so that's what he's got.  I am not touching them.
Speaking of the Dublin conference, I put in an application months back for a spot in a critique section but was informed that it was full. So, I thought no more of it.  This morning, I received an email informing me that there is a slot after all that became available and now I have nothing prepared.
I don't know how I am going to manage it. It's got to be emailed by tomorrow morning. :eh2 :grrr
I have something I could submit but it's not polished up and I'm petrified of submitting.  Perhaps a  :coffee later will calm my nerves.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 31, 2010, 06:50 AM
Hey thunderingelephants, you can do it!! Sending some good polishing vibes your way.  :typing

Olume, I think I know you! We met at that Markus Zusak conference in Germany, right? (sorry if I'm getting my BB screennames crossed, but it is really ringing a bell)

And congrats, MaryWitzl on 2,000 words, hurray!

I'm revising a bit today before the 25,000 word CYD contest starts tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on August 31, 2010, 02:02 PM
Kiperoo, yes, I was there! That was an awesome conference--I learned so much! Natalie was there, too. It's nice to know there are Blueboarders all over the world. :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on August 31, 2010, 03:04 PM
Yaaaay, Blueboarders around the world! And hi again officially, Olume!

So far, I've got a couple hundred words clocked in today as I revise in preparation for the CYD contest starting tomoroooooooow! Anyone else from here in on that?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on August 31, 2010, 06:19 PM
I worked on two WIP today.  I was getting so sick of the one  :feelbad that I had to start work on the second one.  It has been percolating for a while and man did I find some excellent mistakes.  :faint  Fixed those up and am off and running.   :woo

Just made a major cut and paste and said enough is enough for one day. :hiding

Signing off to go read.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on August 31, 2010, 07:28 PM
So far, I've written two words in my WIP: "Cocksinella said". Wow, aren't you so e'cited to read more?

I'll knuckle down to it in a few minutes.  :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on August 31, 2010, 07:40 PM
Yesterday I procrastinated ALL DAY—I even mopped the floor!—but today has been better. Hoping to get a little bit more done this evening!

Chicken dance to cheer everyone on! :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on August 31, 2010, 08:12 PM
Yesterday I procrastinated ALL DAY—I even mopped the floor!

That isn't procrastination, it's called research! :lol2

I revised and revised.  Revising as I go stinks, to put it mildly, I can never finish an entire MS because I'm too busy editing. Ugh!!  I'm committing to pushing foward without looking back until I finish.  Here's to completing my MS in September!  And maybe I'll even win a prize or two.  :smile  Now I'm just being delusional.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on August 31, 2010, 08:20 PM
That isn't procrastination, it's called research! :lol2

A-ha!! Good to know. :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on August 31, 2010, 09:14 PM
Firstly, good work on my WIP today. Having four kids in school is AMAZING. Truly. Even with the 2YO still at home. And including all the time I spent cleaning the wreckage from the weekend of everyone home. (I HATE cleaning.)

Secondly, I sat down just now and spilled out a much hookier hook for a book that's done. (I'm inviting the nook and his hook cook book soon, too... :) ) I heard an author who writes fast say that she always waits to revise a book until she's written the next one. It really does give you some perspective, even if I don't write fast enough to do that all the time. The voice from the WIP has sort of bled into the dry and boring hook of the W and made it much more alive. (Now let's just hope the ms is just as interesting...)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on August 31, 2010, 11:36 PM
I storyboarded the first half of my monster of a PB ms today, and have now managed to trim the word count down to 916!! Tomorrow after I do the second half I hope I can knock off a few more!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 01, 2010, 08:26 PM
I'm gettin' stuff DONE!!  :grrr Finished chapter eight today and remembered that I actually really do  :love my novel! An excellent feeling indeed. :snoopy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 02, 2010, 02:37 AM
I storyboarded the first half of my monster of a PB ms today, and have now managed to trim the word count down to 916!! Tomorrow after I do the second half I hope I can knock off a few more!!
Unfortunately, MY monsters have been stuck in the depths of my bag for two days.  I intend to let them out for air this afternoon.   I could do it now except that currenly I am in my mother's lounge and they really wouldn't like it here.  Far too quiet.  In the meantime, I'm brainstorming some gourmet food for them later.  It's a tricky one... :cookiemonster
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 02, 2010, 08:30 AM
LOL Fiona, are you so used to the snoring beastie that you can't write when it's quiet? I think if all the kids were ever out of the house all at once, and there was nobody clinging to my pant legs or yelling "Mom, I'm hungry", I wouldn't know what to do with myself.   :crazy

Got a bit more of my storyboard done yesterday, hope to finish it today. I'm waiting to get back to my dummy until next week when the bigger kids go back to school.  :paint It'll be easier to paint with just two kids in the house instead of four.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 02, 2010, 10:36 AM
LOL Fiona, are you so used to the snoring beastie that you can't write when it's quiet? :yup  

The problem, Artemesia, is that we are in parallel worlds.  With you, there are people surrounding you.  With me, there's a cat & John.  Now, I am very fond of John, but I can't concentrate with him lurking around (and vice versa, as it happens).   I think if all the kids were ever out of the house all at once, and there was nobody clinging to my pant legs or yelling "Mom, I'm hungry", I wouldn't know what to do with myself.   :crazyWith kids, you can nearly always find a way to silence them.  Not so easy with a 39 year-old flatmate.
Anyway, I left the boys at home this afternoon and got around 500 done in the coffee haunt, which was full of people and they didn't bother me because I shoved my mp3 on! :music
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on September 02, 2010, 12:39 PM
I got jittery not typing anything, so I worked on my WIP a bit. I'm worried because it took my characters much too long to get to where they are in the story. I need to go back through the first part and cut like crazy.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on September 02, 2010, 01:32 PM
I'm worried because it took my characters much too long to get to where they are in the story. I need to go back through the first part and cut like crazy.
I feel this way too, but for now my scissors are staying in the draw.  I am determined to finish before I cut again.

Good luck with your editing.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 03, 2010, 01:47 AM

I got jittery not typing anything, so I worked on my WIP a bit. I'm worried because it took my characters much too long to get to where they are in the story. I need to go back through the first part and cut like crazy.
:hug
I'm in exactly the same position, but my ms is not finshed yet so I am just going to leave until I can muster the energy to some revision and finish it. :gaah  It will probably happen before Christmas.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 03, 2010, 09:35 PM
Finally got back to my WIP after several days' absence due to urgent family stuff, wrote 529 words. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 04, 2010, 01:21 AM
Plowed through a whole chapter of the WIP today! Most of it was revision, but still felt good! :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on September 04, 2010, 04:57 AM
Still chugging along over here. Crossed the 20,000-word threshold yesterday!

Nice to see everyone else chugging along too. :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 04, 2010, 10:24 AM
wow, everyone's on fire!!  :onfire

I've been on the revision trail...research, revise. research, revise. I did do preliminary research, but I changed the location of the setting so now some of the earlier details don't fit.  :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 04, 2010, 11:08 AM
Sadly, my W.I.P got put on hold because I was making truffles for a friend who's finishing a diet today and wants a treat. The only problem there is that the refrigerator started to defrost and the mixture wasn't set as much as I'd liked and they don't look great.  I don't eat them, so my guinea pig will have to try them.  Failing the guinea pig, human substitute John will probably try it.
Writing will definitely happen tomorrow because I will find a way to get rid of the males. :guns :cat :voodoo
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 04, 2010, 11:10 AM
A little bit of work yesterday and some good revising today so far--we ended up spending a lot of time preparing for the hurricane that fizzled...which is fine, but dang, I could have used that time on my WIP.  :)

Off to get at least a page in before supper.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on September 04, 2010, 12:09 PM
I opened my third WIP and found that if I rotate between the three I actually do better on my original.  I also find that I have to watch that I do not use the same words and voice in the other two. eek :-X  But it has actually helped me get motivated on finishing the first one.  YEAH  :applause
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 04, 2010, 12:55 PM
How do you get rid of two annoying males who distract you?  Feline laptop crawls onto computerised one and human male never keeps quiet.  I wrote about fifty words today, then gave up in case I became to commit a horrible and gruesome crime against my nearest and possibly not-so dearest.#
Blargh over!  I'll write tomorrow.  John never follows me to town on Sundays and the cat sleeps.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on September 04, 2010, 01:34 PM
 :chickendance Managed 2,000 words on my WIP (YA fantasy), tipping me just over the 17,000 word mark. =)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 04, 2010, 06:47 PM
Made it halfway through chapter ten today!! Woohoooooo! :partytime
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Sarah_Erber on September 05, 2010, 07:47 AM
Just started on my new MS yesterday! 1000 words complete, only 59,000 more to go! :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 05, 2010, 09:27 AM
It's almost time for me to pull out that new draft I wrote last week to see if it's still looking like it's got potential or if it's totally bad and I just didn't know it in the throes of excitement of a new story. Maybe Tuesday?  Today I'm helping my daughter paint floors and ceilings with Kilz paint to kill the odors of smoke and animal pee that have soaked into the subfloors and ceilings of the mobile home she's cleaning up. Tomorrow we're loading up our 1000 pound piano and taking it to one of our granddaughters who is dying to get her hands on our family heirloom. It was my grandfather's piano, was built in 1914, and is the first Wing & Son to ever be shipped to the west coast. If fully restored it would be worth probably $20,000 or more, but it would cost half of that to have it restored. It's an upright grand and still has incredibly wonderful tone even after almost 100 years. She plays piano and wants it desperately. I'm glad to have it go to someone in the family that will treasure it the way I have.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 05, 2010, 11:25 AM
Verla,
Where do you find to do things like write and post on the boards?
Today, I got drenched, but I went in for my brew armed with the non-furry laptop and determination (usually quite prevolent on a Sunday).  I got 500 written and discovered that my character really is a complete and utter dimwit.
Then I came home even wetter to the noisy beasties and I will put the computer to bed for the night.    Happy writing everyone else.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on September 05, 2010, 01:45 PM
Verla, I love, love, love uprights. They sound sooooo much better than the little spinets! They are often cast aside by people who inherited them from Great Aunt Matilda, and now they're taking up room and they just want that piano gone. Glad to see that yours is so well loved (and the inlay is BEAUTIFUL!).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on September 05, 2010, 01:46 PM
That piano looks so beautiful, Verla!

It's so inspiring seeing everyone else chugging away at their WIPs, too. =) I added 600 words to my WIP, not a great score but I managed to work out a character's motive for behaving a certain way, hurrah!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 06, 2010, 10:30 PM
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend.

I wrote 580 more words tonight.

Not sure how the rest of the week will go, as tomorrow I need to get cracking on the pile of consulting work that's been mounting (had to deal with a family emergency last week - now resolved - that took all time and energy from doing much of anything else.  If it ain't one thing it's another).   :bricks
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on September 07, 2010, 01:03 PM
I cleaned up around my desk - shall we say cluttered and dusty.  Still managed to work on one of my WIP.  Still working on the clutter and dust.

I need a person to take care of my house and yard.  :lol2 :snork :hahaha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 07, 2010, 10:28 PM
Squeaked out about 350 more words tonight, did a few edits here and there.  Need to print the thing out to look at it and figure out where I'm going at this point.

Still marveling that it's September already (I know, we're seven days in already, I'm a slow adjuster to time!)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 08, 2010, 07:31 AM
I was away yesterday, so no writing yesterday and furry laptop is preventing me from doing anything significant so I will have to abandon him and head to town.  Only 3 more days to the conference!!  I can't see myself writing much between now and then.  I can dream...
Saw my first Christmas party advertisement poster this morning.  It maddened me so much I felt like the Grinch.  I like Christmas it's only 8th of September! :mob
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 08, 2010, 11:31 AM
LOL I was in a store yesterday and they had a BIG black furry spider decoration hanging from the ceiling...but it was adorned with a big red velvet bow with a bunch of mini presents hanging from it. I guess they went all out for Halloweenmas.

And I'm back to working on the dummy. Soooo close to being done, yay!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 08, 2010, 01:12 PM
Very beautiful piano, Verla! Pianos are WONDERFUL. :piano

Worked on the novel for the first time since Saturday and finished another chapter! I am an unstoppable second draft-ing maCHINE! :train
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jude on September 08, 2010, 05:05 PM
 :horse I got back in the WIP saddle yesterday and rode again today! It feels like home.

In this revision, I've changed just about everything but the original concept and the basic relationships between the major characters. Piece of cake.  :cupcake :snork
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on September 09, 2010, 01:19 PM
I've been squeezing writing time in between study sessions. It's been tough, but every little bit helps. I'm writing the closing chapter now. It's going slow, but I'm trudging through it. I changed the climax around so the ending is completely different and unplanned. I'm hoping to have it all hammered out next week. 

Then I''ll need to load up the wagon and head to reisionland.  Yay!   :stars
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 09, 2010, 02:07 PM
"Back in the saddle"--yeah! Everyone's back in school and it's lovely to get back into routine.

My WIP told me it wanted to be in first person, which I've never done before...and I'm not sure it's working--writing is like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube with a mouth a quarter of the size it ought to be.  I'm trying to decide whether to move back to my tried-and-true deep third.  Sigh.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mrh on September 09, 2010, 02:17 PM
Finished a chapter today and forging ahead to the next. I'm writing so much new material in this revision that it almost feels like a first draft. But I'm getting to that spot where I can "smell" the climax and ending coming, and that usually energizes me.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 09, 2010, 05:09 PM
Added about 300 words last night to the WIP for a scene whose placement I'm still puzzling over, added 500+ words today.  Am roughly over 1/3 into the draft, am feeling a bit lost so I've printed what I've got so far, trying to work up the courage to read through it and figure out where I go from here.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 10, 2010, 12:33 AM
No writing.  Too busy getting ready for train journey to Dublin for conference tomorrow. I can work on my W.I.P on train.  Everything packed and ready.  Now I have to knock on John's door and haul him out of bed then tackle the cat.
That will be my W.I.P for at least half an hour.  He hates his carrier and it usually takes two of us to back Moggy in.  Then it's off to drop him at his hotel before we head for the train.
I think there could almost be a story in there.  Hmm...
My W.I.P will probably happen at some point on the journey.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on September 10, 2010, 05:38 AM
Have a great time at the conference, thunderingelephants! Hope you get some writing time in too.

I'm still writing away every day, except for one day that I had a migraine. Anne Marie's complete-your-draft challenge is keeping me busy!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 10, 2010, 05:46 AM
Have a wonderful time at the conference, Fiona!

Two pages yesterday...we'll see what happens today...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 10, 2010, 08:46 AM
Didn't work on the WIP yesterday, but I did spend some time (ok, a lot of time) creating a website that I can put my dummy on for agents to have a look at.

Have a great time at the conference, Fiona!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on September 12, 2010, 10:02 AM
Haven't worked on WIP in a bit, but can I post in here for wishing I could? I am buried under lesson plans right now. Maybe I'll get to spend a few minutes on it later.  :flower
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 12, 2010, 10:38 AM
A nice, productive weekend.  I packed John off and left him in the centre of the capital city (which he knows better than me) to go and get the liquid components for my truffles (beer to anyone else).  Then I took a fifty minute train journey to conference meeting.  Jane Yolen gave a great speech, as did two representatives from different publishing houses and agencies.  Also got a critique on one of my stories, which I wasn't expecting since I didn't pay for it.  I was surprised at the response, that was a last-minute submission and I'd only just finished.
I returned home last night, exhausted but happy.  Then I trotted into town, wrote two hundred words and worked on the story that was critiqued. I haven't been this busy for a long time.
I have to admit though, I am writing about cats on this project and Moggy is still in his hotel.  Missing him like crazy, but he's checking out tomorrow.  He'll probably 'mog' me tomorrow.  He always does.  Sorry for yapping, but I haven't had a weekend like this in a long time.
Haven't worked on WIP in a bit, but can I post in here for wishing I could? I am buried under lesson plans right now. Maybe I'll get to spend a few minutes on it later.  :flower
I reckon so, Shanny.  I do it all the time.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 12, 2010, 12:13 PM
Jane Yolen? Wow, lucky you!

Well, I haven't really got any writing done for a few days, but I've still been working. I got my website looking spanky (not ready to go live just yet, though...) and I've been storyboarding and sketching...so I'm counting it!!

Shanny, I count wishing, too! It means you are thinking about your WIP, which is brainstorming. I've been reading a book on writing first drafts, and the author says that in crafting a novel, 75% is percolating the story in your head, while only 25% is actual writing. I'll totally go along with that, it means we are all working all the time!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on September 12, 2010, 12:53 PM
Hey, Artemesia and Thundering, I like that thinking about the WIP counts too.  I feel better now!  :flowers2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 13, 2010, 02:54 AM
I'll only be think about my W.I.P today.  Myself and John are going to collect the black and white beastie from the cattery in half an hour and he'll probably mog mug me.  Lots of cuddles in order, it's crazy how you can miss something that lies around all day.
I MIGHT get some done today whilst Moggy settles back in.  Hope you are more productive. :cat
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Juvpoetess on September 13, 2010, 09:20 AM
I did thinking about my WIP, too, while I was working this weekend. I'm trying to decide if I like the name of my male protagonist, and whether a character who popped up in my brain will fit my current story. I'll get a chance to write some of this out in word count today.

Here's hoping that the rest of the "thinkers" are able to find the same opportunity soon! Thanks for the encouragement in here.  :love

'Becca
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mrh on September 13, 2010, 02:07 PM
A good day today! Almost 1300 words and still  :typing!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 13, 2010, 07:04 PM
Woot, mrh!  Nice job.

Barely a paragraph today, but it's something, right?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on September 13, 2010, 08:50 PM
About 800 words today. My most hands-on kid has FINALLY fallen asleep, so maybe, if I tiptoe, I can fit in a few more words before I have to go to bed. Shh....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 13, 2010, 10:16 PM

Barely a paragraph today, but it's something, right?


Right! And every paragraph is one more paragraph closer to a finished story. CELEBRATE! :congratulations
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 14, 2010, 02:19 AM
Right! And every paragraph is one more paragraph closer to a finished story. CELEBRATE! :congratulations
Thanks guys  This gives me a boost, but the Mogster doesn't. He won't let me work 'cos I abandoned him all weekend.  Lots of revision to do so my :whip will have to wait. 
Also making truffles later if anyone's interested in a nibble. :chocolate
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 14, 2010, 01:11 PM
Yayyy I can post in this thread again! After being blocked/lazy/busy the last couple of days, I finished two whole scenes this morning!! :snoopy Off to do some more…

Congrats, everyone, on your progress! We rock! :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: sameyers on September 14, 2010, 01:22 PM
Rewrote the second half of a short YA story today.  My goal is to have it completely rewritten by the end of the week.

God Bless,
Susan :mouse
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: MaryWitzl on September 14, 2010, 01:42 PM
I've only managed 300 words today, but I'm telling myself that I'm that much further ahead. And tomorrow I'm aiming for a higher count.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 14, 2010, 01:46 PM
I finished another illustration scene today, just pencil, for the dummy. 9 more to go...3 of those need to be in color.  :paint

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 14, 2010, 01:58 PM
Would you believe I LOST the new story I wrote? I guess I'll find it someday... if I ever have time to look for it. If I could only remember the title of it....

:dr :dr :dr (P.S. I think I'm losing it. :duh )
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 14, 2010, 02:01 PM
what?? what do you mean lost? like can't find where you saved it on your computer?

OH, if you scroll back and find the date you posted on here about staying up till 4am writing it (that story?), then you can do a search for all new documents created on that day.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 14, 2010, 02:04 PM
Oh, you are SO smart, Artemesia. I'll find it. I'm just a bit depressed at the moment and I think I'm looking at the dark side of everything. <searches for sunshine to make things brighter>

:sun THERE IT IS! YAY!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 14, 2010, 02:07 PM
So glad you found it, Verla! :partytime
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 14, 2010, 02:26 PM
YAY!! So glad you found it Verla!!

ETA: wait...did you just mean you found the sunshine... :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 14, 2010, 03:03 PM
Yep. It's the sunshine I found. I'm sure I'll find the story soon, though. When I have time to look for it.... LOL!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on September 14, 2010, 08:08 PM
Hope you find it, Verla  :crossedfingers  :neck  :crossedfingers

I finallly did more than think about WIP today and knocked off 1300 words. I'm sure most of it's crapola but I'll fix it later. Trying to focus on that fast drafting. So hard sometimes!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 14, 2010, 08:28 PM
Another half page...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 14, 2010, 08:54 PM
Oh, whoops, my reading comprehension is clearly not what it used to be! Please take all the sunshine you want, Verla—it's still in the 100s over here and I'm THOROUGHLY sick of the stuff. :smile And I'm sure you'll find your story soon!! :goodluck
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 15, 2010, 09:32 AM
I found it. :yay  After another careful reading, I changed ONE word. But I'm not sure it's strong enough or interesting enough or good enough to submit. It might just be pretty much of a "humdrum" story - something just like everything else out there.

The title needs to change. The focus of the story isn't what I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be history, but it's not. It's just a story. I think I need a second set of eyes on it. I'm sitting on it and it's poking holes in my chair and in my... you know... my butt! :hiding

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 15, 2010, 10:17 AM
The intention was there, the mind wasn't.  I took the easy option and went to Revisionland instead before trying one last time.  But now I am at home at the cat is going mad, chasing after an onion, red chilli pepper and a AA battery around the lounge.  Most distracting, but nowhere to get rid of him.
Oh well, my w.i.p will have to wait until tomorrow.  Can't use  :whip on Moggy.  Tomorrow's another day etc...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 15, 2010, 11:01 AM
Verla, so glad you found it!!  :yay

I bet it's a much better story than you think right now...you were so excited!! I know I cycle between thinking one of my stories is great, to wondering how I could write such drivel  :confused2, to thinking it's great again. I think you are right, and you just need someone else's fresh eyes on it. Maybe because it's different than what you normally write you are having a hard time being objective?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 15, 2010, 11:21 AM
...Maybe because it's different than what you normally write you are having a hard time being objective?

That could very well be the case. Now I just need to find a couple of outside eyes to look at it for me.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 15, 2010, 12:50 PM
That could very well be the case. Now I just need to find a couple of outside eyes to look at it for me.

LOL, I think you could have a couple thousand eyes on it if you wanted...Oh Great Mistress of the Boards with her own following of devotees  :bow

Just say the word, Verla, and I bet you'd have more volunteers than you could possibly handle!! (can you see my hand raised from where you're sitting?, lol)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 15, 2010, 09:53 PM
Glad you DID find it, Verla! :yay And I'm sure it's not as humdrum as you think—maybe just needs a little more time. :yup

As for me, I wrote a paragraph today, and then looked at my outline and realized I might need to delete a whole chapter—at the very least it needs to be moved. Rewrites are weird, and hurt my brain. :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 16, 2010, 09:43 AM
Had felt stalled on writing anything new for my draft for about 5 days (instead spent time reading what I've done so far, making small edits, then trying to brainstorm how to proceed).  Finally, last night added 500+ words.  Felt good to move forward, have to keep reminding myself that this is the "Discovery Draft" and it's OK if I'm unsure of certain details or find the need to change things later. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 16, 2010, 10:47 AM
I actually did do some writing today and for once, it was a human character that actually inspired m.  Usually, I don't like working with them, but this one's kind of devious.  I like her personality.  Then the cat started to annoy me, so I left to write some more in my coffee haunt.
Quite a productive day, for a change.
Oh, and I am going to coat my truffles in milk chocolate or dark chocolate after I have eaten.  So, anyone that has worked hard: beer truffles with white chocolate chips on offer, if you want a nibble.  Tuck in. :chocolate
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on September 16, 2010, 10:49 AM
Writing. writing. writing. Ahhhhhh! Feels so great. :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 16, 2010, 01:07 PM
I worked on some color sketches last night to work out how the main cast will look, and I worked some more on my website (it's meant for agents to view the dummy). Getting so close to subbing this. squeee!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 16, 2010, 01:13 PM
My other w.i.p has just been finished.  Four dozen beer-filled chocolate truffles.  At least 20 reserved for the blueboarders, if you want them.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 16, 2010, 03:44 PM
thunderelephants - do you make truffles for work, or just for the fun of it?  You seem to be in constant production!  Such a pity you can't send them for real through the boards, I'd gobble up a dozen in no time, I'm sure.  (Though that would conflict with my goal of shedding a few more pounds before the holiday madness begins...)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jude on September 16, 2010, 05:26 PM
Writing. writing. writing. Ahhhhhh! Feels so great. :)


I know. I know. I am so energized working on my WIP right now. I tossed so much changed a lot in this second go-round and I'm so much happier and moving forward much more quickly.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on September 16, 2010, 07:03 PM
I broke down and started cutting the beginning again. I had thought to save it for the next time through, but it needed to be done. I haven't been able to do much work due to back to school meetings and activities. Also my son and I are in potty-training crunch time. It's two weeks until preschool starts, and he has suddenly decided he wants to go back to pull-ups. By evening my brain is so fried I can only open my manuscript and stare at the words. Maybe next week...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 16, 2010, 10:36 PM
Having a slight middle-of-the-novel-not-sure-this-is-any-good-or-even-makes-any-sense crisis. Will try again tomorrow. :bricks
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on September 17, 2010, 04:17 AM
Hey Joanna,

I just spent the last week or two in that same place, throwing out a lot as I reworked where things were going. PAINFUL. Are you doing the CYD challenge? (can't remember who is on which part of the board) Anne and Lesley have been posting a lot of links to interviews with great authors with tips to get through stuff like this, and I was particularly inspired by today's:
Guest post from Tera Lynn Childs about suckage http://lesleysays.livejournal.com/

Good luck to you in pushing through!


Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 17, 2010, 05:11 AM
thunderelephants - do you make truffles for work, or just for the fun of it?  You seem to be in constant production!  Such a pity you can't send them for real through the boards, I'd gobble up a dozen in no time, I'm sure.  (Though that would conflict with my goal of shedding a few more pounds before the holiday madness begins...)
Tina, I am unemployed.  I have nothing else to do except write.  So you could say it is for the fun of it, but these days I take it more seriously.  An associate of mine has a stall at a farmer's market tomorrow.  I might take a few out there.  As for the truffles.  Only three ingredients:99% chocolate, unsalted butter and beer.  Not that fattening really.  That's been my W.I.P for the last few days.  I'd like to do some writing today, with my faithful cappucino beside me.  I really have to escape the other two beasts.  It is a hard task.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 17, 2010, 10:36 AM
kiperoo,

Thanks for the encouragement and the inspiring link!! I'm not actually participating in the CYD challenge, as I'm in the middle of a revision and didn't think I would be adding 25k worth of new material to the novel, but I AM trying to power through the rest of it—it's SO HARD! But you've inspired me to NOT watch Netflix TV shows this morning and actually work on the darn thing. :shh So thank you for that as well! And good luck on finishing your draft!! :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on September 19, 2010, 01:24 PM
I worked on some color sketches last night to work out how the main cast will look, and I worked some more on my website (it's meant for agents to view the dummy). Getting so close to subbing this. squeee!

I love your chicken baseball player! They combine two of my favorite things.  (Not that I would own a live chicken, that's another story)


I have gone to town reworking and writing on my WIP.  MY BIC has been working!   :woo

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on September 19, 2010, 02:17 PM
I tossed so much changed a lot in this second go-round and I'm so much happier and moving forward much more quickly.

That's exactly where I am, except it's the third-go-round. lol
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 19, 2010, 05:28 PM
Tina, I am unemployed.  I have nothing else to do except write.  So you could say it is for the fun of it, but these days I take it more seriously.  An associate of mine has a stall at a farmer's market tomorrow.  I might take a few out there.  As for the truffles.  Only three ingredients:99% chocolate, unsalted butter and beer.  Not that fattening really.  That's been my W.I.P for the last few days.  I'd like to do some writing today, with my faithful cappucino beside me.  I really have to escape the other two beasts.  It is a hard task.

Well I wish you happy truffle selling, cappucino swilling, and writing.

(Not sure I've heard of beer truffles before, will have to keep my eyes open for them here in LA and try them some day)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 20, 2010, 03:26 AM
Well I wish you happy truffle selling, cappucino swilling, and writing.

(Not sure I've heard of beer truffles before, will have to keep my eyes open for them here in LA and try them some day)
A rare commodity: I've goggled googled it.  They are popular in Germany and Belgium, unsurprisingly, but I am always handing them out here so feel free to nibble.  And they are not that fattening, honestly.  I am only eight stone.
As for writing, furry laptop prevented me this morning from doing anything significant.  He tramples over the keyboad quite a bit.  Oh well, time to get out the A4 writing pad and do some revision instead.  
Sometimes the old ways are the best. :cat :voodoo :writing3 :coffee :writing
Left the lads at home and packed myself for my coffee and retail necessities.  I have to admit, I suppose I should remove voodoo from the Mogster.  He provided me with quite a bit inspiration over my writing stint.  Now, I have to get on with the mundane tasks, so no more writing.  Still, at least I got something done.  And my character is quite with himself.  For once.

Enjoy your writing, guys.  Have to turn this thing off in a few minutes.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on September 20, 2010, 06:28 AM
I just deleted 6000 words from my wip.  :cry2  :faint  :cry2 But it's going to be so much better than it was. Still:  :cry2 :cry2 :cry2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jude on September 20, 2010, 06:33 AM
Oh, Raynbow -- 6000 is nothing! I think when all is said and done, I'll have trashed about 30,000!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on September 20, 2010, 06:40 AM
Oh, Raynbow -- 6000 is nothing! I think when all is said and done, I'll have trashed about 30,000!

 :ahh :ahh :ahh :ahh :ahh :ahh Jude!!!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on September 20, 2010, 06:59 AM
Oh, Raynbow -- 6000 is nothing! I think when all is said and done, I'll have trashed about 30,000!

 :faint 30,000! Ouch!!

I've managed a few hundred on my WIP so far today - hopefully get more done this evening. I'm around 10K in, which is usually the point where my initial giddy intoxication with the idea succumbs to reality and I realise my beginning is All Wrong, but that hasn't hit me yet. Maybe I started in exactly the right place for once! *crossed fingers*
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 20, 2010, 10:34 AM
Hmm, with my little 250 - 350 word stories, if I were to trash 30,000 words, I'd be at minus 85 to 120 complete books!  :lol
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 20, 2010, 12:08 PM
I'm doing major revisions for the next several weeks (or however how long it takes to get through the book)--overall goal is to cut 15-20K from the word count and do some major plot shifts.  Gulp.  I'm up to chapter 4, having introduced a new character that didn't exist before, and wrote ~1000 new words today.  I'm realizing I didn't know my main character as well as I thought I did, which is a little scary...but I'm optimistic these revisions will work well. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 20, 2010, 01:48 PM
Hmm, with my little 250 - 350 word stories, if I were to trash 30,000 words, I'd be at minus 85 to 120 complete books!  :lol
Perhaps Verla, but if you did trash those words, the 120 books might never be completed and what a waste that would be.  That's the handy thing about being a long-hander.  I am a cheap-skate and can't bear to throw paper away.  I have at least ten unfinished pieces, until I can be bothered to look at them again.  Might never happen, but I still won't dump them.
Anyway, I wrote one hundred words, gave up and went back to Revisionland.  It was a really pleasant visit so I came away happy.
Now, I must go and cuddle the cat.  Either that or put him in another room.  He's a noisy devil and very distructive distracting.  Good luck on your writing, everyone.  I'm going to bed soon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 20, 2010, 09:14 PM
Hey all - after a week or two of spotty performance, finally added 560 words to the WIP tonight (for me, that's a lot)

Have resolved to make myself sit for 30 minutes (got out the timer) every weeknight after putting the baby to bed, before I lose steam completely and mindlessly surf the net or collapse with my puggies (or a good book).  I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's developing the consistent timing that I find so challenging.  Hopefully I will manage to push myself for longer periods in the near future.

Good night and good luck to everyone,
Tina
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Mike Jung on September 20, 2010, 09:32 PM
I had a wretched, stressful day at work so I didn't get to write during lunch like I planned, but I hammered out 100 words or so during the 10 minutes between arriving at my daughter's preschool and going inside to pick her up. I am seriously in love with my AlphaSmart.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 21, 2010, 03:35 PM
I had a wretched, stressful day at work so I didn't get to write during lunch like I planned, but I hammered out 100 words or so during the 10 minutes between arriving at my daughter's preschool and going inside to pick her up. I am seriously in love with my AlphaSmart.

I have an Alphasmart too!  I love it.  But I've barely used it lately, as when I leave the house to work (I'm a freelance consultant - primarily grantwriting - and sometimes work better at the library than at home) I often need to bring my laptop to work on my consulting stuff, and I don't want to lug two pieces of equipment so I leave the alpha at home.

Just curious - do you use the Alphasmart only when you're out and about, or do you use it at home as well to avoid clicking online while you're working?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on September 21, 2010, 05:52 PM
I worked on the WIP today and yesterday, eliminating a few hundred words and adding a few hundred more. Writing makes me sleepy these days. This is not good. :zzz
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 22, 2010, 05:28 AM
No writing and I am disgusted, it won't be happening until next because I am in the wrong frame of mind.  Apologies to all Michael Buble fans, but I am being dragged accompanying my mother to a concert of his at the weekend.  That's been enough to put me off writing for the next few days.
Best of luck everyone else.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on September 22, 2010, 07:52 AM
2000 words on Monday, 2000 on Tuesday, and 1200 already today. I've almost gotten back those 6000 I had to delete.  :snoopy I love the feeling of a manuscript that's practically writing itself. *inspired*
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 22, 2010, 08:09 AM
Go, Raynbow!!

I got the go-ahead from my editor on my proposed edits, so now it's full speed ahead cutting/rewriting/adding.

Alphasmarts are pretty awesome--but I've found myself using my netbook more when sitting in the orthodontist's office or whatever.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Mike Jung on September 22, 2010, 08:31 AM
Just curious - do you use the Alphasmart only when you're out and about, or do you use it at home as well to avoid clicking online while you're working?

I actually carry it with me everywhere, just because I know I can squeeze some productive fast-drafting into even a small slice of time, and I sometimes use it at home because I can easily write in bed with it. I've only used it for writing first draft pages so far, however, and I suspect that'll always be the case - it's just too hard to edit on it at all. That's what makes it great for doing the initial brain dump, which I then put into my laptop and edit there.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on September 22, 2010, 01:02 PM
Still going over here - just passed the 35K hurdle! Sounds like the rest of you are doing great too - tons of new words, Raynbow, the go-ahead to edit, Marissa, and those few snatched minutes to write, Mike - yaaay! Speaking of, I better get back to my WIP before my girls wake up from their nap!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on September 22, 2010, 01:17 PM
I had never heard of alphasmart before today, so I did a little research and they look really great.  I love the fact that when you connect it to your computer it inputs into MS Word as if you were actually typing.  What model of the alphasmart do you have, Mike?  I think I might as Santa to get me one for Christmas :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 23, 2010, 06:13 PM
Have added about 600-700 words over the past few days - dribs and drabs but at least it's moving forward!  Leaving tomorrow for a get-away weekend with the hubby (our first since I became pregnant about two years ago, so we're LONG overdue).  safe to say I won't be getting any writing done, with possible exception of journaling/freewriting in my notebook.

 :partytime
Hope you all have a great and productive weekend! 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on September 24, 2010, 07:55 AM
I FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO POST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER!!!!

Reworked a short rhyming PB this morning after some feedback from a very talented BBer.  Still needs polish BUT I GOT BACK TO WORK!! 

Has my mojo returned??
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on September 24, 2010, 10:24 AM
 :crossedfingers I hope your mojo is back, Jenna!  :crossedfingers

I finished my rough draft last night!  :partytime :partytime :partytime
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 24, 2010, 10:35 AM
I've been fighting a head cold the last few days and haven't done much,  :sick2 but I did start storyboarding the third PB I have on the go. Yay for everyone's great progress!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on September 24, 2010, 10:41 AM
Ooooh, congrats to everyone for all the accomplishments! Done, Raynbow - woo-hoo! And here's to more mojo for all.

I just noticed this morning that I had crossed the 25K-word threshold for the CYD challenge, so I'm excited I did that! But I still have to do the draft-completing. A few more weeks of working on it every day should do it!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Juvpoetess on September 24, 2010, 12:24 PM
I have a newbie question...  :cry2

Is there a typical length for a first draft, if you're writing, say, a MG book? And would that be a different number from a book for teens? I'm still fuzzy about how to define who this book is for, whether it's mid-grade or older kids.

'Becca
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 24, 2010, 12:30 PM
No, not really, Becca, because everyone's drafts are different--some people might write very sketchy, skeletal first drafts, while others (like me) edit as we go and write just one draft.  And don't worry too much for now exactly how to label your book...just get it written.  A quick rule of thumb, though, is to think about the age of your main character.  Kids seem to like reading slightly up--that is, about characters a year or two older than themselves.  That might help you figure it out.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 24, 2010, 05:02 PM
Hooray on the returning Mojo, Jenna. I just wrote some new stuff finally this week, which is a major accomplishment for me with all the stuff going on in my private life right now. (For those that know... my mother in law is improving. She's apparently adjusting finally to her new full care nursing home. This is a MAJOR step forward.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 24, 2010, 07:04 PM
So glad to hear that, Verla--do you think she'll be able to stay there, then?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on September 24, 2010, 07:24 PM
Showing up again to report that I worked on the WIP, sort of; I imported it into Scrivener and am now trying to figure out how to separate out the chapters. I have spent a LOT of time with the tutorial!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle J. on September 24, 2010, 07:44 PM
Anne, let us know how Scrivener works for you.  I just visited their website and it sounds like a neat program and very reasonably priced.  I have a PC and the Windows version won't be out until 2011 so I have to wait to buy this product, but I would love to hear about your experience. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 25, 2010, 09:46 AM
Marissa, yes, my mother-in-law WILL be staying where she is - at least for now. She's obviously liking it there, or she wouldn't have said she didn't want to move to the new place, even though it would mean she'd see family more frequently in the winter. I love where she is right now - a very clean, quiet and serene atmosphere with her own private room and wonderful, loving people taking care of her. The other place is good, but much noisier, as it also houses the "overflow" from the hospital for mentally deficient people - who can be very verbal a lot of the time, and she wouldn't have a private room there, either. She's used to "her own space," not having to share a room with anyone else since 1971, when her husband died. I was worried that it would be extremely hard for her to share a room with someone else after all those years of total privacy!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 25, 2010, 11:54 AM
I'm so glad to hear that, Verla--it sounds like staying is the right choice.  My mom's a geriatric social worker/nursing home Director of Social Services, so I've learned a lot from her.  She'd say you made the right choice too.  :)  I'm so glad that's one less thing for you to be worrying about on an immediate basis.

Oh, and yes, I've been at work on edits...just to keep a little on topic.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 25, 2010, 12:24 PM
I came home to the Beastie Boys today and at least one of them was pleased to see me.  Moggy wouldn't allow me to peel him of my lap for at least half an hour.  I could hear his little engine purr and it felt great.  A great dose of inspiration for my W.I.P since it is based around feline fiends like him.  So, while I haven't done any actual writing of late, the thoughts are there.  All I have to do is get them done on paper and a cappuccino tomorrow will help me do just that.
Hope you are a little more productive than I have been.
Verla, I hope your mother-in-law is feeling a little more settled.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 25, 2010, 06:03 PM
Have actually been working on ye olde WIP for the majority of the afternoon. Haven't gotten much done, but progress is progress, right?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 25, 2010, 07:36 PM
I wrote more on my WWII POW story. Not only did I write more on it, but I had a MAJOR breakthrough in how this story probably needs to be told to make it:

A) alive and real for kids

B) captivating and interesting

C) smooth and coherent

D) "Just right" for publication

Now, if I can just get the parts written that need to be written to make A through D happen....

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on September 25, 2010, 08:25 PM
Verla, that's great. I have wondered for months how you make a POW story kid-friendly. I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together.

I finally figured out the basics of Scrivener. Had a bit of trouble downloading the video tutorials, which didn't help! But the main problem (for Michelle J and anybody else who's interested) is that I missed the connection between Inspector and the synopsis cards. It finally clicked about an hour ago. Duh.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 25, 2010, 11:18 PM
Glad you got Scrivener figured out, AnneB! It's SUCH a fabulous writing tool!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on September 26, 2010, 07:42 AM
 Verla :yay  I'm also so eager to see what your story turns out to be!

I'm struggling with two lines on my very short rhymer.  Does thinking about it nonstop count as working on it, even though I haven't used a computer or paper??  :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 26, 2010, 08:37 AM
um, totally, Jen. thinking totally counts.  :eh2

congrats on your breakthrough, Verla!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SYoon on September 26, 2010, 08:55 AM
Can I just tell you, Jen, that MOST of the time I spend on book-development is spent just THINKING about it? I can think for wks/months,... and when it's all thought out, the rest comes easy!  Hard part is the thinking. So absolutely it counts!   :ha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 26, 2010, 09:00 AM
HEY YOON, back to your trench!!!!!

hehe just kidding!! Nice to see you here, Salina!!!!  :love
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SYoon on September 26, 2010, 09:01 AM
I'm goin'.... I'm goin'....  :snail
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 26, 2010, 09:10 AM
NO, stay!!! Please, I'll give you a cookie  :cookie
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on September 26, 2010, 10:12 AM
I'm in fact baking chocolate chip cookies now!  Gotta stock up for the writing week, ya know.  Cyn, Salina -- you guys crack me up!   :girl
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 26, 2010, 12:05 PM
Got back into rhythm today.  First, I sat cross legged inthe lounge with a cheese grater, bowl and a huge bar of 250 gram chocolate, grinding it down to practical powder t make the truffles.  It nearly tore my arm off.
Afterwards, I went to my usual and wrote 300 words of one story before going on to revise another.
All in all, quite a productive day evenf my arm is feeling a little numb.

Truffles should be ready by Tuesday for those who want one. :star2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on September 26, 2010, 07:05 PM
Hi everybody!

I've been in so much life upheaval lately that I haven't written much, but I've been pondering a new idea for a manuscript. Today I wrote the first 250 words or so. It went pretty well, but I'm not firm enough in my MC's voice. I'm bumping myself back to the planning phases for a few days at least.

Thunderingelephants, sign me up for a truffle when you've got one. I'm going to get going on some Snickerdoodles tomorrow between packing and unpacking.

Melissa
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 26, 2010, 07:26 PM
11 pages revised so far today.  My goal is 10-15 pages a day so I can get this beast back to my editor by the end of October.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on September 26, 2010, 08:27 PM
Hi all! I've been gone for awhile, but I'm back.  1640 today. Passed the 5000 word mark on my novel. I love passing benchmark numbers!  :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on September 27, 2010, 09:38 AM
I'm hoping that just being happy for all of your progress will be enough for me to overcome inertia (like, osmosis, or... something?) Whatever it takes to get started...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on September 27, 2010, 09:41 AM
May have made a breakthrough in my rhymer.  Let's see what Super Critiquer says!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Juvpoetess on September 27, 2010, 06:21 PM

Truffles should be ready by Tuesday for those who want one. :star2

I'll take one of those tonight, if they're ready, Thundering. It looks like I'll have 25,000 words of this WIP done sometime Thursday (Wednesday, if I really buckle down)!  :chickendance

Getting to this point has had a lot of highs and lows, but it's been worth pushing through. Thanks for the support here! :love
'Becca

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on September 27, 2010, 07:21 PM
I got nearly 30 minutes in and it felt wonderful.  I wish I had a few hours to dedicate to it, but I'll take what I can get.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 27, 2010, 08:37 PM
Heard from Friend Agent tonight, who agrees with my agent that my WWII POW is fantastic, but needs to be written as a novel. This is a very large problem for me, as I am not a novelist in any sense of the word. It took me 15 years to complete my first novel, which my agent promptly informed me would never sell because it wasn't written well enough. I'm not willing to wait another 15 or 25 years to finish another novel that also won't be good enough to sell. Did I mention I. Am. NOT. A. Novelist?

I think I'm depressed. I wrote. I TRIED to write some of a "novel" for this book. I wrote 1117 words tonight. At least 1100 of them stink. Probably the other 17 stink, too, I just can't smell them because of the putrid odor of all the rest of them. I don't see any way for this to work for me.

I may end up self publishing this book as the non-fiction book I feel it needs to be. If I do, you will all be bombarded to buy it. :skull
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: TaliaVance on September 27, 2010, 09:41 PM
 :hug Verla-  I hope you find a way to make this story work.  It sounds like it's really special and it's just a matter of finding the right medium to tell it.  Please, don't give up.
 :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 27, 2010, 10:16 PM
Oh, I won't give up, Talia. It may not end up anything like what anyone else wants it to be, but it will be what I want it to be. :moose

I've written 1600 words of the "novel" version of it so far. The first short chapter and part of chapter two. I hate it. It's lame. It's stupid. It's not good. But... it's written. We shall see.

I have a new title for it. I don't know if I like it or not, either. Everything about this feels totally WRONG. And I HATE writing long! I love writing long letters and posts... but not that long. Not long enough to be chapters in a YA novel. My chapters are more like "easy reader" length chapters.  This is NOT my forte!

(Can you tell I'm protesting?)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 27, 2010, 10:41 PM
Verla, try embracing it instead of protesting! You're a brilliant writer with a fantastic idea, telling yourself you can do this gets you half way there!! Of course, the other half is doing it...but you can do it!!!  :cheerleader

And if you decide to self-publish as non-fiction...bombard away. I'll buy one!  :dollar

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 28, 2010, 03:28 AM
Verla, I hope you don't end up working on this so much that you come to loathe it.  That's happened to me on so many occasions, because I see something I thought I had written well, revised it and saw it was a load of :poop.  This flat is littered with unfinished work.
But I do agree with Artemesia.  After I got my critique at the conference, I came away both happy and deflated.  My critique said it would be better as an Early Reader and I never envisaged it.
So, in essence, maybe do what I did.  Turn it around and look at it from another angle.  It could look better. :crossedfingers :goodluck

Now, back to work, Fi.  I am actually still working on that very same story and developing an amusingly horrible character.  I really do hate humans.  They are never nice! :grouphug2  Except here, naturally.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on September 28, 2010, 08:53 AM
Verla, it might help to read (or re-read) Laura Manivong's Escaping the Tiger for inspiration. It sounds to me that this might work as a fantastic novel for middle-school age guys.

What I've been doing: learning Scrivener in hopes that it will help me better organize a messy WIP.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 28, 2010, 11:15 AM
Erm,
Sorry guys, I know I posted here earlier, but I have been majorly productive today. Got 300 written over my icy-cappuccino.

Oh, and two other pieces of news (which should be elsewhere). There are benefits of writing in public.  I met with another writer in the coffee shop, it was so good to talk to someone who writes children's fiction.  We only spoke because she was interested in the fact that I constantly have a pen in my hand.

I've also been asked to do a reading for Children's Book Week in a Cork junior school.  I met the headmistress last year in the same coffee shop.

Aaah, life CAN  be good sometimes. :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 28, 2010, 12:12 PM
I now have 4,822 words in this new version of my WWII POW story. the first and second chapters, the final chapter, and the Author's Note have now been written/compiled. I should be happy, but it doesn't feel "right," yet. It doesn't feel good. And it doesn't feel like anything anyone will ever get excited about. But then, I just might be way too close to the non-fiction version of this story to be able to see the forest for the trees in this fictionalized novel form. I guess time will tell.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 28, 2010, 01:18 PM
You know what they say about first drafts, Verla. Just get it down, worry about making it good later. Maybe your brain just needs time to adjust to the new way you are making it think.

I'm just starting my first crack at a YA novel, and I ordered a book that was recommended by agent Mary Kole...(here's her review http://kidlit.com/2010/09/10/reading-for-writers-writing-great-books-for-young-adults/ ). I like to psyche myself up by reading so I feel prepared and confident. Maybe it's really procrastination, lol, but it helps me tackle the big stuff.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: AnneB on September 28, 2010, 02:00 PM
I've also been asked to do a reading for Children's Book Week in a Cork junior school.  I met the headmistress last year in the same coffee shop.

This is major, MAJOR news, Fiona! Congratulations!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on September 28, 2010, 04:43 PM
Fiona, awesome!!!

Verla,  :hug  one word at a time.  Who knows where this road will take you?

Cyn -- OMG.  Fantastic.  My first tentative foray into novels was an MG, which seems like it might be more YA, but I'm not sure, and does it suck?  And where do I go with it?  And so on...and abandoned it.  Novels scare the pants off of me.  You go, girl.

Me, I'm polishing the rhymer.  Change a word here.  Chip.  A word there.  Chippity-chip.  It's under 100 words, so it doesn't feel like much.   :hiding  Can I post here?  At the same time, I think it's pretty good.  But good enough?  What's left to chip, to change?

I need chocolate.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on September 28, 2010, 05:00 PM
Yay, Verla! Keep going!   :yourock

Finally passed the 30K mark on WIP! This one has been so sloooooowwwww going.  :snail

Jenna,  :chocolate
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 28, 2010, 05:04 PM

Cyn -- OMG.  Fantastic.  My first tentative foray into novels was an MG, which seems like it might be more YA, but I'm not sure, and does it suck?  And where do I go with it?  And so on...and abandoned it.  Novels scare the pants off of me.  You go, girl.

Me, I'm polishing the rhymer.  Change a word here.  Chip.  A word there.  Chippity-chip.  It's under 100 words, so it doesn't feel like much.   :hiding  Can I post here?  At the same time, I think it's pretty good.  But good enough?  What's left to chip, to change?

I need chocolate.

Ask and you shall receive... :chocolate :chocolate :chocolate

thanks, Jen.  :love I'm excited...I've had this YA idea for a while, but I've been letting it simmer while I get my PBs ready to go. Been taking notes, odd bit of research here and there, but it's time to dive in. Can you see me shaking in my boots? I've written short stories, but nothing novel length before. It scares the pants off me, too.  :hug

And I know about chippity-chip at those PBs. When you have so few words to work with, every single word is important and has to be the absolute perfect choice. I write my drafts, then I go through and analyze every word choice. Okay, over-analyze. I think I mentioned somewhere my neurotic tendencies on another thread??? But in the end, I think my stories end up being much stronger for the effort.

And Fiona, I missed your news!! Congrats, that's awesome!!  :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 28, 2010, 05:05 PM
Finally passed the 30K mark on WIP!

 :wow awesome, Shanny!!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 28, 2010, 09:33 PM
500 words and part of a scene today. Not great, but it's something…
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 28, 2010, 09:43 PM
Exciting news, Fiona!

I've ignored my WIP this past week - human and canine members of my family have had health crises, have been mired in dealing with those (thankfully the patients are on the mend but there's now recuperation to consider - and in one case I'm helping coordinate stuff long-distance), and my consulting work obligations.  Barely any energy or sanity for creative writing.  Which stinks because I realize that everyone has periods of 'drama' in their lives, and if we all stopped writing when this happened far fewer books would get written.  But I don't feel up to more than journaling at present.

Hopefully things will get better soon....

But congratulations to everyone on their progress!  And I add my vote of encouragement for Verla's maybe-novel:  don't pass judgement on it yet, just keep writing and see what happens - you might come up with even another approach in the process!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 28, 2010, 09:56 PM
500 words is TWO complete books of my cryptic rhyming stories, Joanna. I'd say that's a wonderful number to have written in one day. :yourock
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 29, 2010, 01:32 AM
Aww thanks, Verla. :flower
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 29, 2010, 04:12 AM
No work yet, but Joanna, five hundred is a good deal.  Better than hitting writer's block, anyway. :banghead :bangbreak
Can't write yet.  I have truffles t coat.  They should be ready by this afternoon (my time: 2p.m.).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on September 30, 2010, 12:13 PM
Added 375 words to the WIP last night.  Not a lot, but felt really good to break the week-long streak of not working on it!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 30, 2010, 03:17 PM
Good news here the last day or two!

Verla, you are not allowed to pass judgement on your story yet.  Not till there's more of it down.  Of course it feels strange to you--you don't usually work at this length.  Give it a chance...and give yourself permission to get it down on paper, no matter how bad you think it is.

I'm plugging away at revisions...I feel like part of what I should have is an anti-countdown, since the story needs to be trimmed...so I'm adding as well as taking away.  But there's forward movement, anyway. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on September 30, 2010, 07:00 PM
I realized yesterday that I can't write it the way I wrote it because I didn't write it. He did.

I also realized I will need to do a lot more research - like finding out more about what it was like when the men escaped from the Italian prison camps and wandered in the hills of Italy for two months before getting back behind the allied lines or being captured by the Germans. Sat up until 3:30 this morning, researching Italian prison camps and found a couple of accounts by some men who escaped (there was a mass exodus when Italy changed sides... lots of men escaped, others stayed put like they were told to do... and were put into German prison camps. The lucky ones were the one who escaped and managed to get back behind the Allied lines. My father wasn't one of them.

But now I have some "fodder" to write a (hopefully) compelling chapter about that escape from the Italian prison. I even got a photo of one of the camps. Yay! I don't know which one he was in, but since this is going to be fiction anyway, I guess I can just pretend and make it up. (And does THAT ever bother me! I've thought of this story as totally non-fiction for so many years, it actually physically HURTS to write anything that isn't REAL about it.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 30, 2010, 07:05 PM
I understand that feeling, Verla...but I think that the deeper you get into the story, the easier it will get.  And yes, doing tons of research will help with that.  My late father-in-law helped liberate Italy, by the way.  He was barely 18 and what he saw there and in north Africa really scarred him.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on September 30, 2010, 09:16 PM
Verla, my grandfather was in Italy with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (he'll be 90 in December). I probably won't see him until December, but if there are any questions you'd like me to ask him for your research, let me know.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on September 30, 2010, 09:54 PM
Sounds really, really fascinating, Verla! :goodluck

I think I (maybe) had a breakthrough in ye olde Draft 2 today—or at the very least I figured out how to organize the next couple chapters so they actually make sense, which is awesome. I also wrote 763 words and resurrected a scene I'd given up on the other day and realized that there IS hope for this thing after all!

This novel is making me bi-polar. :crazy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 01, 2010, 02:44 AM
Is it me, or do a lot of us seem a little tetchy in this club at the moment?  Things read a bit stressed.  You guys appear to be working well though.  Sadly, the same cannot be said for me.
John is still lurking around and the landlord's representative is upstairs moving things about so no peace.
Maybe this afternoon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on October 01, 2010, 10:30 AM
Things definitely "tetchy" (fun word!) in this neck of the woods:  baby and I are sick, the dog who had emergency surgery is wailing incessantly (but thankfully on the mend), and the hubby has to leave town for the weekend for work.   :ohno
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 01, 2010, 10:47 AM
 :grouphug2 and get well soon, Tinamarie and baby.
Still no work done.  My arm is falling through grating chocolate.  Should have truffles for you tomorrow.  Beer and white chocolate.  Even I eat these ones.  Doesn't happen often, I normally just give them away.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on October 01, 2010, 10:56 AM
Thanks, Fiona!

(glad to hear that you occasionally enjoy the fruits of your labor)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 01, 2010, 05:51 PM
Thanks, Fiona!

(glad to hear that you occasionally enjoy the fruits of your labor)

WAIT A  MINUTE! CHOCOLATE is a FRUIT?  Why did NO ONE TELL ME THAT UNTIL NOW?

:brickhead

:chocolate :chocolate :chocolate :chocolate  YUM!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on October 01, 2010, 06:38 PM
Well, I wrote two sentences on the Pony Story today. That's the first I've worked on it since August, so I'm pretty happy about that! Maybe in the next couple weeks I can start making real headway with it!

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 01, 2010, 06:40 PM
Verla, haven't you heard of the four main food groups--salt, sugar, fat, and (courtesy of Terry Pratchett) Burned Crunchy Bits?  :D

More progress on revising--yay!  Almost up to page 100.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 02, 2010, 03:45 AM
Aw guys,
You cracked me up when I read these last few posts. Don't think I will be working.  Got truffles to coat.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 02, 2010, 04:53 AM
Nice to see that there is still a ton of progress, silliness, and chocolate going on here.  :cheerleader

I just completed the Complete-Your-Draft challenge of September, and ... didn't quite complete, BUT I did get to 40K words, and now have a completed synopsis (and a much better outline)! I'm going to use this month to finish finishing, to revise some of the patches which now don't coincide with said completed synopsis, and probably throw out a lot. 

I wrote almost every single day last month, and plan to do the same this month - let's see how it goes!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 02, 2010, 09:55 AM
I did not work on my WWII POW book. I did, however, while trying to clean up my office enough for the Open House showing tomorrow afternoon, find a little tiny snippet of the beginning of a fun, midgrade story I'd written sometime in the long ago past. It caught my imagination immediately and I ended up writing an entire first chapter. As soon as the draft of that chapter was finished, I read back over it and deleted all of the snippet that had originally sparked the idea. Of course. But... I now have an entire first chapter written of a mystery, paranormal, time-travel mid-grade story. Haven't a clue what to do with it. But it's written. :lol2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 02, 2010, 10:29 AM
Wow Verla, you are busy.  Keep it up.

I reached decision half an hour ago.  John ordered me some truffle moulds for my sweet creations. So, I will abandon my life-long dream of becoming a children's author and set myself up as a chocolatier.  I probably have more chance of success.

If only it were that easy.  Writing is in my blood and I would need a bucket-load of leeches to get it out.
No male company tomorrow, John's off to his mother's and she hates me so I will have nice time to myself to write. :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 02, 2010, 10:46 AM
Good luck with your new chocolate venture! But never fear, the writing will still be able to be there in the background. And who knows, perhaps you will end up being wildly successful at both ventures. It's not at all unlikely, if you continue to pursue your writing when you aren't making truffles. :goodluck
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on October 02, 2010, 11:35 AM
I reached decision half an hour ago.  John ordered me some truffle moulds for my sweet creations. So, I will abandon my life-long dream of becoming a children's author and set myself up as a chocolatier.  I probably have more chance of success.

If only it were that easy.  Writing is in my blood and I would need a bucket-load of leeches to get it out.

I say go for it! Who says you can only be successful in one creative venture? If your chocolates are as good as they sound, then you'll for sure be a success! So keep writing and making chocolates and enjoy it!

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on October 02, 2010, 12:18 PM
I didn't work on it today, but I did yesterday. Actually I did a bit more than work on it - I finished my first draft! I was in the best mood all day! I didn't have time to post yesterday because I was late because I decided I was going to finish no matter how long it took. I didn't post last night because I was in no fit shape.  I celebrated a bit heavily and figured anything I posted would be removed.  It was an awesome day.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 02, 2010, 12:30 PM
A big :thankyou here. I really appreciate it.  Got into a real fluster earlier because my truffles weren't working-presentation was dire.  John entered into the kitchen and asked what was wrong and I told him.  His response: "ook at my belly, Fiona. There isn't just beer in here.  Give me one of your truffles." So I did.  "These are lethal," he said.  "Presentation isn't everything.  Put them back in the fridge, I'll eat them later."
Sometimes reaching perfectionist status is not a good thing.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 02, 2010, 01:57 PM
Woot! Finished chapter thirteen! I THIIIINK I'm almost past the rough spots. I THINK.

My novel is getting BETTER!! :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 02, 2010, 06:18 PM
More revising...and figured out the outline of the changes to the plotline in the rest of the book!  My goal is to have this book done before heading off to Falling Leaves in mid-November (since my editor doesn't do things like deadlines).  After today, I'm beginning to think I'll be able to do it. :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on October 02, 2010, 08:55 PM
Exciting to hear how productive everyone's been!

Today I got out the ol' posterboards in an attempt to map out the scenes already written, and those that I've planned so far, in a rough 3-section (or act) organization to figure out stuff.  I seem to have ALOT going on in the 'Act II' portion, not so much in Act III, trying to figure out what to move where (before or after the different cliffhangers/climaxes).  Will need to work on them a bit more tomorrow and then get back to the writing.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 03, 2010, 10:38 AM
Well, my male co-habitants didn't abandon ship after all, so I had to pack myself off to greener grass (actually the polished floor of a coffee shop is more appropriate) and do my writing there.  It was hard because I got drenched on the way in and wasn't feeling good and found it really hard to knuckle down and concentrate.
BUT my characters did get into trouble and I am delighted because it's left me on a cliffhanger which I can return to tomorrow.

Still loads of truffles if anyone wants one.  Good to see you are all working hard.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 04, 2010, 05:38 AM
How do you decide between Revisionland and Starting A New Project?
I have re-written so much of my current story that it might as well be a new one.  The only original thing left about it is the plot and characters. Still, I am quite happy to continue.  Much more of a challenge.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 04, 2010, 07:25 AM
I actually wrote and rewrote and unwrote massive amounts (massive for ME, anyway) on my WWII POW "novel" draft last night. I went from about 600+ words on this newest version to over 2500 words. MAJOR accomplishment for me, even though I HATE what I'm writing. It's so very difficult for this stubborn, ornery, old woman to change a 5-year-old vision of this book from totally non-ficiton to FICTION. It's actually painful. It hurts so much I sometimes blur with the pain from it. But I know I HAVE to give it a try. I HAVE to do whatever I have to do to make this story publishable. No matter how difficult or painful it is.  :writing :gaah :bangcomputer :mob
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 04, 2010, 07:31 AM
 :grouphug2
I wish you luck, Verla.  I have returned home so any hope of progressing further with my W.I.P is lost since the beastie boys are here and this place is too small to go elsewhere.
Got about an hour's work done this morning, so I'll take it.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 04, 2010, 08:55 AM
Oh, Verla! Chocolate and hugs!!  :chocolate  :hug

Can you do both? Or even write a NF mag article, just to satisfy that vision so you can move on with the novel? It really sounds like the reason the novel is giving you trouble is because you had your heart (and mind) set on writing the NF, and are having a hard time letting go. You need to exorcise that demon!!  :devil

I got a bunch done on my dummy over the weekend, hooray!! Gonna keep at it today.  :paint
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on October 04, 2010, 12:13 PM
Verla, I admire your tenacity!

As for me, I'm counting down the days till my laptop arrives! Then I can write wherever and whenever I want (at least until the battery goes dead . . . :P).

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 04, 2010, 12:38 PM
Go Verla go!! :cheerleader :grouphug2 :cheerleader

I opened my novel file this morning. Does that count as working on it? :shh
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jude on October 04, 2010, 05:32 PM
Wrote a brandie new chapter 7 today -- at 1887 words. Yay!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 04, 2010, 06:28 PM
Yay, Jude!  Uh, Joanna, I'm not sure just opening the file counts.... :lol

As for me, I am now down to 1300+ words. They are better words, though, than the previous 2500 +/- words I had. I hope that counts.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 04, 2010, 06:41 PM
I know--it's weird to be getting stuff accomplished on a manuscript and watch the word count go down.  Still progress, though!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 05, 2010, 02:08 AM
I have a cold and sneezing my head off all night-the cat, who normally sleeps in my room, got up and left last night.  I must go to hospital for a small operation today so my writing has to take a back seat. :fury  I am slightly irked, which you can probably gather.
I'll probably talk to you all later.  Ah, the luxury of a laptop.  I'll actually miss working with my cats. We were getting on  really well.  Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 05, 2010, 10:32 AM
Uh, Joanna, I'm not sure just opening the file counts.... :lol

Aw darn. It was worth a shot! :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on October 05, 2010, 10:41 AM
 :ladder After a week of writing where I measured my progress in tens of words rather than hundreds, I've just written 1400 new words, all of which I feel are good (in content, not in style :P) rather than deletable-filler. Woo, progress feels nice. :)

Yay for everyone else working on their WIPs, good luck and keep strong!!

(and I totally think opening up the file should count at least a bit, it shows good intentions right? ;) )
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: MaryWitzl on October 05, 2010, 11:30 AM
I managed over a thousand words today, most of which I hope are keepers, but some of which are just standing in for better ones. Btw, I definitely think that opening a file is better than leaving it closed. It might not count as work, but it counts as mental preparation!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on October 05, 2010, 11:37 AM
Well, I wrote a couple hundred words on a short story today. The kids were using writing prompts in Language Arts to kickstart some story ideas, so I thought I'd play along.  :typing I haven't written to a prompt in YEARS and it was quite fun! I'll have to do it again!

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 05, 2010, 01:15 PM
I'm on FIRE today! Wrote 1500ish brand new words, revised a whole scene, and finished a chapter! RAWR! :grrr

Congrats to everybody else! Sounds like some real progress is being made!! :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 05, 2010, 01:23 PM
Wow, Joanna, that's incredible! Good for you! :cheerleader

And it sounds like everyone else is making great progress too.

I am finally back to moving my WIP forward after mixing some manuscript formatting messes (isn't that the worst??) and preparing the beginning for a contest submission.

But I revised another chapter today, adding almost 400 new words in the process. Up to 41,500 words now - getting there!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Stephan on October 05, 2010, 01:34 PM
I don't know if this helps anyone, but I always write in the morning. My spirit is free and clear of any stress the last day might have brought. Around 1400 or 1500 o clock I'm done writing, and everything I write after I feel I'm done sucks. I don't count the words, but I write about 3 pages a day in size 16.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 05, 2010, 01:56 PM
Waited three hours in hospital and told couldn't have operation and still dying with cold.  Badly need to write so any voodoo dolls towards hospitals and crumby hospitals appreciated.   :mob
Hopefully tomorrow will be better, probably still have cold, unfortunately, but that won't put me off.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on October 06, 2010, 12:25 PM
Well, I've added a fabulous total of 19 words to my WIP today. That still counts as progress, right?  :gaah MC is faced with a companion's blood-stained bandage + wound, and I'm too tired to conquer my squeamishness.  I happen to find the human skeleton fascinating, :skeleton but everything between bones and skin ... eek ...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 06, 2010, 12:36 PM
I think 19 words DEFINITELY counts, Emily. :yup Good luck conquering the squeamishness!! It always amazes me that I have the ability to write things that make me go "EWW." You can do it! :cheerleader

So far today I've revised a whole scene. This novel is totally gonna get finished after all! :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Stephan on October 06, 2010, 12:41 PM
Great job Emily and Joanna. Putting SOMETHING on paper is better than nothing. Chances are, you'll be writing more tomorrow ;)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on October 06, 2010, 12:51 PM
:tigger Yay, go Joanna - revising a whole scene is awesome, well done.

I just added another 12 to my wordcount ... but hopefully (as you said, Stephan) tomorrow will bring more words than that.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Stephan on October 06, 2010, 12:58 PM
I carry that hope with me EVERY DAY Emily!!! But hey, I just throw stuff in there, of what I feel that might be great. It helps me edit it to something I like later on. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 06, 2010, 02:07 PM
More cutting, more new stuff, more chapters revised. About 400 new words net today. Getting there ...

Note to self: next time, outline, outline, outline.

 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on October 06, 2010, 03:26 PM
Waited three hours in hospital and told couldn't have operation and still dying with cold.  Badly need to write so any voodoo dolls towards hospitals and crumby hospitals appreciated.   :mob
Hopefully tomorrow will be better, probably still have cold, unfortunately, but that won't put me off.

Sorry to hear that, hope you feel better soon!

No work on WIP done last couple of days, will try to get something done later today if possible...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 06, 2010, 04:44 PM
Inspirational quote currently in the little note holder on my desk:  "I can fix anything except a blank page"  (that was Nora Roberts, btw).  So yes, 19 words counts.

Today's been an adding-a-scene-in day, as well as some rearranging.  It's very odd to be trying to reduce one's word count, not increase it.  And I'm still trying to figure out what my protagonist's unpleasant Aunt Isabel looks like.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on October 06, 2010, 09:40 PM
Added 400 words to my current chapter, for some reason this one is pure drudgery - not sure what that says about me (or my life this week) or the chapter!  Gotta start making larger chunks of time to work on this so I can get psychologically more in the zone with this WIP.

But hey, I'm still happy for the additional 400 words.  Keep reminding myself that this is the "exploratory draft" (I find that concept very comforting)

Good luck to everybody!

- T
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 07, 2010, 11:08 AM
I actually worked on my WIP today!!!

I haven't touched it for nearly a month. My kids are having an extremely rough transition to back to school this year, and I have attended a ton of meetings--all scheduled during the free time when I do my writing.  Plus, I suddenly needed to reread a manuscript I wrote three years ago so that I could talk knowledgeably about it. I will be setting aside my current WIP and plunging into revisions of this manuscript next week. However, today there were no phone calls, no appointments, and no preschooler--just two and a half lovely hours all to myself to work on my WIP before I slip it into a drawer for a while. It felt so good to be writing again.  :snoopy :snoopy :snoopy :snoopy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 07, 2010, 12:16 PM
Serious :envy here.  Trips to hospital. Coffee shops closed due to water damage and two distracting beasty boys have scuppered any chance of me writing today.
I THOUGHT about my w.i.p today. 

Does that count?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 07, 2010, 12:27 PM
In other words, you were "think-writing," thunderingelephants. And yeah, I think that counts, too. I hope it does, 'cause that's pretty much all I'm doing on my WIP right now as we get ready to move to Arizona for the winter months.

I feel like this right now.  :bricks
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Elisabeth on October 07, 2010, 02:54 PM
After months away from any writing projects, life has finally settled a bit and I was able to write almost 600 new words today.  :chesirecat

Plus I went from having only an opening scene, and no idea what was going to happen, to having a rough outline of the book. Yay! Now I have a road map. Maybe I can keep my momentum going this time.

It's nice to be back on the 'board and reading all the good news that everyone has had in the past few months.

Wishing everyone a productive day tomorrow.

EL
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 09, 2010, 05:33 AM
One of these days, I might consider  :voodoo-ing John and the mogster  :cat .  Maybe then I could find some time to write.
Until then, I can think about it.  Maybe I can do it tomorrow.  I usually abandon both of them on Sundays.  By the way, Verla, this "think-writing" has been productive.  Now, if I can get it down on paper, I'll be happy.
Noisy water pipes and an annoying Miaarghing cat have prevented me this morning.  Can't wait until this afternoon.  I'll be alone in the coffee shop where it is relatively quiet and the Beasty Boys are at home.  Peace.
I am DETERMINED to work this afternoon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 10, 2010, 04:08 PM
Hope you got some good productive writing-time, Fiona!

I had such a great writing day. I got to escape to a cafe while the girls were in their nap, and I wrote over a thousand new words, aaah. OK ... so ... full disclosure ... I also ended up throwing out about 800 (basically totally re-writing half of a chapter), but I did end up with almost 200 new words net. :-)


Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 10, 2010, 07:37 PM
A quote for you, Kiperoo, from Verla Kay:

"Sometimes the words we throw out are the most important writing we can do for our stories."

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 11, 2010, 03:10 AM
I did it!!
Annoying males left at home and a quiet coffee shop meant I could at least think about my work.  Maybe got three hundred, I didn't count. But I'll take it, I used ink, that's an achievement of sorts.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 11, 2010, 05:03 AM
A quote for you, Kiperoo, from Verla Kay:
"Sometimes the words we throw out are the most important writing we can do for our stories."

Thanks, Verla! I needed that.  :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on October 11, 2010, 10:19 AM
Written just over 1,000 words today, tipping me just past the 18K mark total for the book.  :tigger Feel I'm really getting into this now; 18K is serious committment.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mcg0625 on October 11, 2010, 10:28 AM
Inspirational quote currently in the little note holder on my desk:  "I can fix anything except a blank page"  (that was Nora Roberts, btw).

Hello, all.  I'm pretty new here, despite the fact that I've been on the boards for over a year now.  In general, I don't post a lot because I usually don't think I have anything useful to add. 

That is going to end, however, because I've been in a holding pattern on my new novel (despite having a spectacular critique partner -- love you, Just Jodi) and I need some inspiration.  I thought that my BB friends would be just the trick.

So I've taken the quote Marissa left for us to heart.  I've written 893 words so far today, and it's only 1:30!  Yay!

And Emily -- 18,000 words is a SERIOUS commitment.  Congratulations.  Soon you'll be married to it.  :flower
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on October 11, 2010, 05:38 PM
Started a new chapter today, got down about 450 words!  Though the word count is low, felt good to finally push myself into the next scene after chewing on it in my head for a while.

Hey Emily G - I also just passed the 18,000 word mark as well!  YAY for us both, wishing you well as you continue  :smile

I'm guesstimating that I have about 10-15,000 words to go.  As a former co-worker of mine used to say:  "Onward and sideways!"   :horse
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 11, 2010, 09:03 PM
Made a bit of progress on the elusive Chapter 15 today. Nursing a horrid sore throat and not feeling too well, so I feel like that little bit of progress is an impressive feat! :feelbad
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on October 11, 2010, 09:50 PM
Hope you feel better, Joanna!

I finally worked on my WIP today. 2,500 words. I have one very chatty character and she just had a lot to say today.  :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 11, 2010, 10:25 PM
Thanks, Shanny. And WOW, congrats on your progress! :applause
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 12, 2010, 03:27 AM
 :banghead    Ended up here again this morning.
This afternoon was no better so I went off to the chocolate and bought 2.5kg of chocolate. It feels like a tonne!  So, I will be preoccupied tonight, grating one miserly block and tomorrow I visit my mother.
Bring on Thursday!
Slight revision: got some writing done, after all.  Grated one block of chocolate and made one truffle mix.  Sweaties sweeties should be ready Thursday.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 12, 2010, 11:25 AM
I worked on my WIP again today. It's really coming together just as I'm about to set it aside. I'm trying to jot down as many notes as possible. I hope I can rebuild this excitement when I pick it up again after the requested revisions on the other manuscript are over.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 12, 2010, 08:26 PM
I think I might have finally wrangled chapter 15 into submission!! :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 13, 2010, 07:27 AM
At my mother's and feeling severely opressed and depressed.  Missing my pen.


Back home to get my priorities in order: rolls chocolate truffles, cuddle the cat and head into town for a paper and ink session.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cathie on October 13, 2010, 10:46 AM
After putting my WIP away a month ago out of frustration, I pulled it out this weekend and went through the whole thing (22,000 words) making plot changes. It was the right thing to do, because this morning I got up early and added a new chapter with a cliff hanger ending. It feels great to be fired up about it again! :carrot
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 14, 2010, 10:11 AM
I received a critique today and jotted down a couple of ideas. Does that count?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 14, 2010, 11:28 AM
I received a critique today and jotted down a couple of ideas. Does that count?
I reckon so.  I do it all of the time.
Made lots and lots of truffles.  PLEASE scoff them, there's way too many for me and John.
As a comparison, I bought some from a reputable shop.  I think mine tasted better. :footmouth  Feel like a big-head, but it's true.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 15, 2010, 06:24 AM
More work this morning. Cats, cats and more cats.
By the way, is it me or does my Moggy look extremely arrogant in my avatar picture?  I must be going mad... :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 15, 2010, 11:26 AM
I started revisions today. After staring at the computer screen for half an hour, I finally plunged in and revised the prologue. As soon as I finished, I checked my email and found a follow up email suggesting the story might be stronger if I lose the prologue altogether. Oh well. This weekend is horrendously busy, so I guess I'll try again next week.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 15, 2010, 01:53 PM
Revisions in progress...done through page 135!  Only roughly 200 to go... (sigh).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 15, 2010, 02:21 PM
Wow, that's fantastic, Marissa!

I just passed page 100 of rewriting to match my synopsis (eep!), and crossed 44K total words. Still have another 50 pages or so of already-written stuff to revise, plus a few more new thousand words to get down - almost there!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 16, 2010, 04:12 AM
My laptop modem is not working so I am relying on this horrible PC (which I've had to hijack from John).  Moggy just pressed his paw on the printer, so now I have illegible stuff spurting out of it. 
There are no "paws free" areas in this place.  One reason why I know I go out to write.
Can't wait until tomorrow when I know I'll be able to trot into town and have some writing time to myself.  Hopefully my laptop will be back working too.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on October 16, 2010, 07:48 PM
Ugh. Life strikes again. I try to work on my WIP, but I'm just not finding the time right now.

Here's to making time!!!  

But I have been writing loads. Just not on my WIP, or at least my preferred WIP. lately I've been working on an English paper. Does that count?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on October 16, 2010, 08:02 PM
I haven't been posting here lately, but I have been writing. I'm 1/2 way finished with a major revision. Hoping to start submitting in January!  :carrot
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 16, 2010, 11:29 PM
That chapter I thought I'd wrangled into submission? Yeah. Not wrangled. :gaah On the plus side, I successfully got over my cold, so at least my brain is functioning normally again (well normally might not be the right term :) ).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 17, 2010, 05:46 AM
My laptop's taken a trip to hospital and I don't know how long I'll be without it.  Looks like I'm back to pen and paper for the foreseeable.  :fury Never mind, I am used to it, after all.  But first, I must go to my regular drinking establishment and drop off the truffles I was supposed to deliver last night. :banghead
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 18, 2010, 11:13 AM
I threw out my prologue and redid a scene in the first chapter. Then I read through it and rewrote it into something I liked much better...and that is all the time I have to write today. I am revising, so I can't really tell output from the wordcount, but I am on page 7 with 300 more to go.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 18, 2010, 11:59 AM
Up to page 152 and the end of chapter 10.  Keep going, everyone!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 18, 2010, 06:49 PM
Go everybody, go! You can doooooo it! :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader

I FINALLY finished Chapter 14 and I think it turned out really well! :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on October 18, 2010, 07:33 PM
I kicked out two chapters today! Here's hoping this draft will be finished by mid-December (or sooner!).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 18, 2010, 07:34 PM
Oooh, I like to see you cheerleaders here! I am keeping up! OK, so I cut a whole chapter first thing this morning - close to 2500 words that just had to go, but then I took a pass through my chapters v. outline and got myself down and organized to attack the ones that need new text, and wound up with close to 800 new words where they needed to go.

Hope we will all finish around the same time and can have a huge virtual glass of champagne.  :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 18, 2010, 08:01 PM
Cutting counts, Kip.  I've lopped off about 8K words so far, and plan to prune away another 5-10.  This book was waaaaay too long, and will be much better for the weight loss regimen it's on.  :) 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on October 18, 2010, 09:33 PM
I am officially out of the revision trench (for the moment) and back in this one. Only 380 words, but it's something. Yay! It's so nice to write with abandon! Although--it's a bit like moving, too. You know what it was like moving all that stuff out of your last house, and so you eye everything you bring into the new house. Do you really want it there? Really really? Because if you ever have to move again...

Maybe some internal editing might be a good thing at this point...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 19, 2010, 02:22 AM
As much as I love my pen, even we longhanders need our computers sometimes.  I miss my laptop and since Moggy has no keyboard, I am lost.  Taking said laptop to the hospital today.  Otherwise, it's back to the pen and paper.  Or I boot John off the PC.
Posted off three stories to a school in the hope of doing a reading. :crossedfingers
Of course, now I have a problem, because furry laptop is lieing on laptop bag and won't shift!  Very hard to see him and nearly took him with me.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on October 19, 2010, 09:05 PM
Reached the 13,000 mark tonight. Feel like I'm making progress -finally!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: chasing my tail on October 20, 2010, 07:42 AM
I haven't posted here, because all the work I've been doing on my WIP for the last few months has felt like busy-work or cheating (absolutely not progress being made type of thing).

So, I've put aside that WIP (yet again) and started working on the other story that has been nagging at me for awhile now. And I did some major work in the right direction! I've got an overall outline with plot points, characters who develop and change, twists to the ending . . .  AND if feels soooooo GOOOD!

Since I'm a major outliner, it feels good to have this one taking shape. Once I'm at a good place with this outline, I'll go back to the other WIP and work on it. Then, when that one reaches the stage where it needs to sit on a shelf for awhile, I'll shift back to this one.

This may sound very rambly (sheesh), but I work best going back and forth between two projects -- one in the writing stage, the other in the outlining stage; then one in the revisions stage and the other in writing.

 The whole thing makes me feel a bit like this, :crazy but I get things done!  :crazy :crazy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 20, 2010, 11:40 AM
I worked on my revisions today and yesterday. It's slow going, and I'm still in Chapter One, but I did work. I also figured out how to solve one of the issue's I need to solve. :chesirecat :chesirecat
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on October 20, 2010, 01:11 PM
I added 2K today after cracking the 20K barrier yesterday, so I'm firmly in the middle and sailing smoothly. That felt really, really good. I have a few projects that stalled out around 15, so I know that's my wall to break down and I -->  :bangbreak
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 20, 2010, 10:23 PM
Plowed through another chapter today!! I am unstoppable. RAWRRR!! :grrr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 21, 2010, 02:22 AM
Plowed through another chapter today!! I am unstoppable. RAWRRR!! :grrr
:envy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 21, 2010, 05:12 AM
Aw, Fiona, you'll have your day! Is your laptop all better?

And great work, Joanna!!

I've just had two 1K-plus days - over 45K now in spite of chopping my 2.5K the other day. Almost there ... within ... reach ...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 21, 2010, 05:52 AM
Aw, Fiona, you'll have your day! Is your laptop all better?
Yippee!  Yes, it is.  My beloved FRIEND, John (people are always getting that one wrong!), fiddled around with a few buttons, reinstalled a program.  It saved me a fortune.  Probably half the cost of the laptop.
And great work, Joanna!!

I've just had two 1K-plus days - over 45K now in spite of chopping my 2.5K the other day. Almost there ... within ... reach ...
Can't wait until Sunday.  I leave the Beastie Boys (John and the cat to anyone else) at home and go to my coffee shop haven for some writing.  My character and I have some issues to sort out.
Happy writing, everyone.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 21, 2010, 09:42 AM
I only managed to advance another two paragraphs from where I was yesterday, but I always knew this first part was going to be the hardest to revise.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 21, 2010, 10:58 AM
 :hug , thundering! You can do it!

Way to go, kiperoo!!

 :goodluck Michelle!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ncmurphy on October 21, 2010, 05:56 PM
 :oncomputer  Working the words...making them fit and mold into the pages.  Squeezing, tugging and pulling.   :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 25, 2010, 04:35 PM
I managed to plow through six whole pages today! I am done with Chapter 1 and I have found my way out of where I was stuck.  :chesirecat :chesirecat

Now I am off to find a My Daughter Is Being Evil thread. Isn't it ironic that the very things that make tweens so fun to write about make them impossible to live with?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tabitha on October 25, 2010, 05:55 PM
What a great thread!  How have I not seen this before??   :eh2

I just started a new project last month, and am making good progress.  I wrote the first two chapters, and then had no idea where to go from there.  So I spent today going through the details of the novel, the high-level view of how my characters are going to get from A to B to C and so on.  Tomorrow I'm going to turn that into an outline, and then I'm going to write chapter 3!!   :typing

It's so great to see everyone making progress!  Very inspiring.  :)

Tabitha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on October 25, 2010, 06:27 PM
Is there room in here for me? I am 4k words into an MG novel, and going.. um.. strong-ish?
I'm new to this genre and after 4 chapters of let's-just-write-and-see-where-I-end-up, I decided to do an outline. Ta-Da! Book officially plotted out. Now I just have to fill in the thousands of words   :dr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 25, 2010, 07:23 PM
There's room. There's always room in here!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 25, 2010, 11:52 PM
Finished chapter 18 today! Haven't gotten much done since Thursday, so it was good to make some progress again.

Cheering for everyone else!! Keep up the good work! :cheerleader :chickendance :cheerleader :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 26, 2010, 12:05 AM
I haven't posted here for a while, but I have been working. Finished the first color sample for the dummy!!! 2 color samples and 3 pencil sketches left...and then I'm sending that baby out!! Kinda scary... :o

And yay  :cheerleader for everyone else's progress!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: MegM on October 26, 2010, 01:40 AM
I've popped in here from Revisionland. Just sent revisions off on a middle-grade and want to get started on a new chapter book before the revisions come back for more work. My goal is to have a good draft by the end of November. It's a 9000-ish word book, so that seems manageable, but I typically write about 5x more than makes it into the end product, so...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 26, 2010, 02:38 AM
Busy coffee shop yesterday, in the middle of a bank-holiday torrent. The place was jammed full of "jazzers" and little children.  Jazz did nothing, but got chatting to a few kids who said some crazy things and sent me diving me for my pen.
Unfortunately, I didn't have paper, but the thoughts were there.  That counts...doesn't it? :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 26, 2010, 05:04 AM
Thinking definitely counts, Fiona! I can sometimes work out someplace where I've been completely stuck while in the playground with my kiddies or on a walk.

It is great to see the progress here! Chapter 18, Joanna, wow! And nice to see some new faces too.

I am aiming to finish my draft this week. Got almost a thousand new words yesterday, and I have 2 or 3 new scenes to write, and then I should be wrapping it up. Then it's onto Revisionland for November ...

Go, go, everyone! :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 26, 2010, 09:59 AM
Just sort of went over what I did yesterday and polished it a little more, but I did work on my project. Tomorrow i might with my crtique group during my writing time, but I'm hoping to make some progress on Thursday.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on October 26, 2010, 12:13 PM
I haven't posted here for a while, but I have been working. Finished the first color sample for the dummy!!! 2 color samples and 3 pencil sketches left...and then I'm sending that baby out!! Kinda scary... :o


Go, Cyn, go!!!! :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 26, 2010, 12:33 PM
thanks, Jen!! I'm trying...but OMG finishing is a little scary! Once it's finished there's no excuse not to start querying...  :ahh
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on October 26, 2010, 06:10 PM
Checking in to say  :yay to everybody! No writing for me today, sore throat is sending me straight to bed from here. But I have the chapter ready to go in my head  :yup
I'll materialize it tomorrow when I'm feeling better!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 26, 2010, 11:55 PM
Feel better soon, HappyCamper! Sore throats are no fun. :hug

A huge WOOT for almost finishing, Artemesia!! :chickendance

I just finished Chapter 20, which is AWESOME. Getting into the reaaaaalllly juicy intense bits. :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 27, 2010, 08:46 AM
thanks, Joanna!! And a HUGE WOOT back to you for Chap 20!!!

feel better, HappyCamper!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 27, 2010, 09:00 AM
Artemesia, are you done-done with your WIP? Nice!

I am almost done with my draft (done, but not done-done, heh heh). I got in a bunch new words the past two days in spite of an annoying fever that is still hanging on. I think I can power through over the next 3 days to finish up the last scenes I still need though. That light at the end of the tunnel is a powerful thing.

How many chapters are you looking at Joanna? 20 sure is pretty far along!

Mine came to 30 chapters. Just some filling to do in a few of them.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 27, 2010, 09:10 AM
No Kip, not done yet...just almost!! I've been doing a dummy...text and illustrations for a PB. Over 30 illustrations, and my style is pretty detailed so it's been a lot of work...I just finished the first color sample, and have 2 more of those to do (plus I think I'll do a color cover, so make that 3) and I have 3 b&w sketches left...so I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!!! :chesirecat
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: JennaWren on October 27, 2010, 09:41 AM
Wow, everyone is making such great progress!!! :applause :applause

I zipped out a first draft of a PB last night/today.  Okay, it wasn't the real first draft -- I've tried writing it a few times before over the last year.  But last night I had an aha! moment, and got busy.  Maybe it was being dizzy from my cold?  I'm not sure if it's any good, but this draft is far better than the others, so I'm happy.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 27, 2010, 09:54 AM
YAY Jen!!!!  :yay

that's awesome!! cold induced delirium makes for strong writing...who knew??  :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Joanna on October 27, 2010, 10:49 PM
kiperoo, I have 29 chapters, so a few more to go, but it's not quite as much as it sounds like because several of them are pretty short.

Made it through chapter 22 today!! I am a huge fan of the chapters that only need light revision. :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 28, 2010, 03:37 AM
YAY Jen!!!!  :yay

that's awesome!! cold induced delirium makes for strong writing...who knew??  :moose
Delirium is a beer in my regular bar.  You've just made my day!  John's departing to his mother's so I will have a whole afternoon to myself.
Didn't happen because John returned early and met me in the coffee shop.  Grr... :mob
It's now been subtly and in a somewhat delogating term that I should do the shopping in the morning so I can have writing time to myself in the afternoon.  Not a bad idea.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on October 28, 2010, 09:46 AM
After gallons of green tea  <blek!>   and 3 naps,  I feel ready to get back to work. I gotta give it to you BBer's who write through all those ills! I can't function when I'm sick   :faint
 :congratulations  for everyone's  progress!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on October 28, 2010, 10:40 AM
Wow, Joanna, you are really tearing through your revisions!
I finished one of the scenes I needed to completely overhaul. I am still in Chapter Two, but I feel like I am making some progress.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 28, 2010, 11:24 AM
I knocked my WIP down from almost 5000 words to 250 words.

For a contest entry. :lol  I saved the other 4250 words to put back into it later. Much later!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 28, 2010, 11:36 AM
I knocked my WIP down from almost 5000 words to 250 words.

For a contest entry. :lol  I saved the other 4250 words to put back into it later. Much later!
:bow     HOW did you manage that, Verla? :confused2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on October 28, 2010, 02:38 PM
:lol the contest calls for just the first 250 words, thunderingelephants. So I whittled that first chapter down to 250 words.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tabitha on October 29, 2010, 04:32 PM
 :wow  Great progress going on here!  That's great!

I tweaked the first two chapters to add in a bit more tension, which is going to affect the rest of the story.  And I got a good start on chapter 3.  Come monday, I'm intending to power through the rest of this draft.   :duel

Hope everyone gets lots done!!

Tabitha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on October 29, 2010, 04:43 PM
I passed 30K today  :cupcake Feels like a marathon!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 29, 2010, 04:49 PM
 :yay Aimee!!  :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on October 29, 2010, 04:55 PM
Thanks *blush*

I have to sneak in once in awhile and read the updates~ Seeing you all kick some tail does my fuzzy heart a lot o' good.  :blackcat
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: notthatheroine on October 29, 2010, 05:46 PM
I'm kinda new, but thought I'd join in since I'm in the midst of rough drafting. I've been writing almost everyday for almost two weeks (rather like this   :oncomputer )and I'm onto chapter 7 out of 20 for a YA novel. I think this is the fastest, and likely messiest, draft I've ever written. But right now it's fun and new, so I'm enjoying it and just going along with it. Hope everyone else has had a productive day of writing!  :D
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 30, 2010, 03:30 AM
I whittled out a few words yesterday.  That's progress for me these days. 
Then again, I was on a much more important project: my truffles.   Those truffle molds are tricky and it takes a lot to figures them out, but John bought them for me and I want him to see I appreciate them.
Sunday tomorrow, that's usually a good writing day for me.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: TracyP on October 31, 2010, 10:58 AM
I'm here, reading and not revising. But this thread is motivating! Thanks.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 31, 2010, 12:03 PM
Aah, the peace and serenity of a quiet coffee shop!
Left the beasties at home and toddled this afternoon for my brew.  Wrote quite a bit whilst the cappuccino went cold.  Drank it and was so spurred on that I bought another and wrote more.  I've not felt this good about my writing in a long time. Sigh with contentment.  

Just counted:  580 longhand.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on October 31, 2010, 12:39 PM
Hey, great progress everyone! It is so motivating to read how people are barreling through chapters, cutting manuscripts from 5K to 250 words (ha!), and pushing on in spite of cats and truffles.

And I have something exciting to add too! I finished my rough draft!! I am sososo excited to have fully completed something.  :snoopy

I know I have my work cut out for me now that I'm going back to revise, but I already have some great advice from my critique group to work with and I'm looking forward to digging in. Tomorrow. Tonight, I celebrate, WAH, hah, hah.

In the end, I got to 50K words and 30 chapters. I'm hoping it'll be about the same, plus or minus 10% or so, after my revisions are done.

It sure will be weird going back to chapter one.

See y'all here (since I'll still be working on my WIP!) and Revisionland.  :grouphug2

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on October 31, 2010, 12:42 PM
 :congratulations Kip!!!!   :hug
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 01, 2010, 09:48 AM
Fighting off a disgusting stomach cramp and I can't think where I got it from.  BUT I have been diligently working, kind of.  I wrote two hundred in half an hour this morning.  In longhand, that's quite a lot in such a short period.
Ooh and I then returned home to make 40 shiny truffles.  I think there are about forty more left in the fridge that haven't been coated.  That can wait 'til  tomorrow.  I've got ten pin bowling tonight, if I can manage to lift the ball.
Enjoy the sweets, guys.  I don't think I'll be having any of them.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on November 01, 2010, 11:08 AM
Passed 40K on the WIP yesterday and got my 1700 in for NaNo this morning.

You know, you could have asked me if that was possible a couple years ago and I'd have said no.

Funny thing happened somewhere in all that typing.  :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on November 01, 2010, 11:18 AM
Woohoo, Kip!

Aimee, isn't it funny how suddenly it's possible to do things that used to be impossible?

I'm working on my WIP, too. It's a lot easier for me to add to this in large chunks than it has been in the past. Is it this book? Is it because I know more now? I don't know--but I'm glad! I'm not doing NaNo because I have my own WIP to finish--but I'm trying to treat it that way. I don't mind revising, but I've got to HAVE something first, or I can't revise, you know?

Go, everyone! :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on November 01, 2010, 08:59 PM
 :yay kiperoo on getting finished! I am still in Chapter 2--though I am getting toward the end. At this rate I'll be done in about a year.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 01, 2010, 09:32 PM
YAY! for everyone's progress!

Aimee, 40k is awesome!! Can't imagine how many PBs I'd have to write to get there! lol

Still plugging away on the dummy. Got all my spreads put together with text, revised an illo, but still have more color to do. Worked some more on one my other storyboards today, too. Needed a break from the dummy. It scares me. Too close to being done, I was starting to feel nervous about wrecking it, lol.  :feelbad
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on November 02, 2010, 09:12 AM
Thanks for the congrats, everyone!

And wow, this is such a great group! Aimee, you went from 30K to 40K in just a couple of days??? AWESOME! And it's so cool to hear about everyone else making more progress - dummies, chapters, and even chunks of words - all good!

I revised 6 pages yesterday, and am crossing my fingers shooting for at least that much when my kiddos are napping today. Yaay, naptimes!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on November 02, 2010, 09:38 AM
Yay naps and Yay Election Day off for me but kids are in school! I wrote 3 Chapters today and feel SO happy to be back! Between being sick and grad school work, my WIP has been all but abandoned :'(
 :congratulations to everbody doing what we do best   :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on November 02, 2010, 11:33 AM
I had a great morning. I went over the stuff I revised yesterday, revised a little more, got into the scene and was really flying. :typing Then the autosave kicks in, freezes my computer, and I loose every word back to my last save.  :gaah It wasn't a complete loss of my work as I save fairly often, but I had to redo part of the scene and I am certain the words I used weren't nearly as good as the ones I lost. Still I am done with Chapter 2, so that's something.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on November 02, 2010, 12:33 PM
Aimee, you went from 30K to 40K in just a couple of days???

Shore did, Matey!

Good job, everyone...even 5 minutes typing or half a thought count, they really do. Keeps the noggin twirling.  :knotted
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 02, 2010, 12:43 PM
No room at the coffee shop today, so no writing either.  I managed to scribble a few notes, but that was it.
THEN, I came home, all ready to coat my truffles and discovered I had no chocolate.  It's just been one of those days. :grrr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on November 02, 2010, 12:44 PM
Wow, awesome progress, people!

I figured I was stuck this afternoon, but I sat down to write, anyway, and suddenly I notice I've added over 1000 words! It's a little freaky--like the story is writing itself.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 02, 2010, 01:01 PM
AWK! I HATE when that happens, Michelle. Sometimes the first creative words are absolutely irreplaceable... and you are right. You can never get them back exactly the way you had them the first time.

I'm sorry....  :hug
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 02, 2010, 01:15 PM
Oh, Michelle.  How horrible.
I can't say that I can identify, cos I can't.  My problem is losing the paper, which I why I scan some of my longhand work in to the comp.

I remember way back in the 90's (when they had those horrible huge computers), my computer teacher used pull the switch on the main computer every half an hour during lesson to get us into the habit of saving our work.  It did teach us to save as we go, but it was still really annoying.
Best of luck with your next writing session. :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on November 02, 2010, 06:52 PM
I jumped from one WIP to another WIP - I was getting to wound up in the first one and needed something fresh to look at - I think I am at the stage where I need to print things out and read them aloud.  Time to go and buy some cheap paper and get out my marking pens.  :gaah

I am computer blind to my mistakes.  :bangcomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tabitha on November 03, 2010, 03:56 PM
Well, it took me all week, but I just finished chapter 3.  :snail  Better than nothing, though!

Sending out some  :star2 :star2 for everyone.  Hope you're all making good progress!!

Tabitha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on November 03, 2010, 07:08 PM
I know what you mean, liz. I can never find my mistakes on the computer. I have to edit a hard copy. Even with a hard copy, I have trouble with missing words. My darned brain autocorrects and supplies the right word.

I rewrote the first scene in chapter 3 today. Then, while I was out and about with the kids, I realized I wanted it to take a slightly different direction--so I'll probably be rewriting the first scene in chapter three tomorrow as well.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: madlibjen on November 03, 2010, 09:00 PM
Breaking my usual I'm-too-tired-and-I-just-worked-13-hours-at-my-day-job rule, I revamped chapter one and am oh so proud of it. That counts, right?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 03, 2010, 10:21 PM
Absolutely it counts, madlibjen. :yourock
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 04, 2010, 01:03 AM
I hope there's room for me to squeeze into this packed WIP club.  :)  I've been hanging out in Revisionland for about two months revising a novella. Finally finished!! (Until the next revision on the darn thing 'cause I'm still not happy...)

I have to write the climax and finale to my MG novel. I wrote 2k on Ch 19 today. Woohoo!! I have some crits to do tomorrow, but I'm determined to write a little every day. I've been working on the book since last January, but got so caught up in revising the first 18 chapters that I couldn't ever find time to finish it. THIS time I'm really going to do it!

Gosh, I yap a lot...  :embarrassed2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 04, 2010, 02:00 AM
Yap away, Laura_6. That's what this thread is for.

As for me, I laid in bed tonight for over an hour and couldn't sleep, so I got up and managed to write about 1/2 of a scene in my WWII POW - the novel version. This one new scene is somewhere between 500 and 600 words long and it totally sucks. Everything I try to write in YA "voice" sucks. But I wrote it. I'm trying to tell myself, "It's okay to write horrible stuff - trash - garbage. You can fix it later in revisions."

I don't believe what I'm telling myself, because I honestly don't think I have a YA voice at all - but that's what I keep trying to tell myself. Pffth!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 04, 2010, 02:48 AM
Exactly how much constutes "work"?  I wrote fifty words yesterday because I forgot my story (again!) and barely got it written when I returned home before I forgot what I had thought.
Anyway, today it will be placed in my bag and it's staying there until I leave.  I WON'T forget it this time.

I didn't forget it today: I gave it to John to put in his rucksack whilst we walked to town together and forgot to collect it off him.   :grrr  If I had brought my laptop with me, that wouldn't have happened.  But Sunday is near.... :writing3
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on November 04, 2010, 04:46 AM
There's always room for one more, Laura!

In a super cool moment of clarity, I just realized I've worked on a WIP every day since the middle of September. I managed to write 90% of one book and the first three chaps of another for NaNo...that feels pretty darn cool (Because it's a first).  :cupcake
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 04, 2010, 12:57 PM
Verla, you'll find your voice!! You've done such an abrupt switch from rhyming PBs to YA, it may take some time for your creative juices to catch up..they're still going..huh? what? that doesn't rhyme!!  :eh2
 :verla :cheerleader

I finished the storyboard for one of my other PBs, worked some more on the website, and now have nothing else to use as an excuse to procrastinate..I guess I'll have to get back to the dummy. I think my cg is going to throw eggs at me if I don't get out on submission by 2011!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 05, 2010, 11:35 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Verla! No one discovers the voice of their character until about halfway through the novel. And then it's still a little weak. That's what revisions are for. By the time you've finished the second revision, you'll know the character as if (s)he's your best friend. You'll know what they'll do or say in any given circumstance.

Good luck, thundering!

Thanks, Aimee! Wow, you've been writing 2 straight months - that's great!  :applause

Artemesia - Good like with the dummy, and best wishes avoiding flying eggs!

I wrote a concise outline for the last 5 chapters yesterday, but had a non-productive day today.  :'( Writing is like dieting and sometimes you just fall off the wagon. I'll try to hoist myself back on tomorrow. . .
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 06, 2010, 02:25 AM
:lol Laura_6. Good advice, but it's extremely hard for me with this particular story. Writing a fictional story based on real characters and real events is not nearly as easy as writing total fiction would be - ESPECIALLY when my own parents are the main characters! There's something almost... obscene about trying to put myself into my deceased parents' minds when they were just barely in their twenties.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 06, 2010, 04:13 AM
Wow, Verla.  That sounds tough.  Still chugging away at my story.  It has changed so much that all I have left is the basic plot and five characters.  I brought in another supporting (and that's only in writing terms) character to move my story along. It has helped, but he is mean, nasty, rather incoherent and downright rude to the others.  As you can gather, I don't like him, but it works in the story to bring him in.  As horrible as he is, I look forward to tomorrow when we will spend quality time together like I always do on a Sunday with my characters.

Truffles on offer for all you hard workers.  I spent last night removing the shaped sweets from their casing.  "Gently tap on the bottom to remove the sweet" were written on the direction I downloaded.  I practically had to hammer them out. :gaah  Anyway, tuck in.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 06, 2010, 08:10 AM
:lol Laura_6. Good advice, but it's extremely hard for me with this particular story. Writing a fictional story based on real characters and real events is not nearly as easy as writing total fiction would be - ESPECIALLY when my own parents are the main characters! There's something almost... obscene about trying to put myself into my deceased parents' minds when they were just barely in their twenties.

Verla, if I didn't know better, I'd think this is what has you all anxious, not that you aren't a novel writer!! Is there a way you can try thinking of your characters as fictional people (for the purpose of getting the story down) and not loved ones that might allow you the freedom to write them without the fear that you aren't doing them justice? Change their names while you write the first draft or until you find their voices or something?

Artemesia - Good like with the dummy, and best wishes avoiding flying eggs!

Thanks, Laura!! Even if I get the dummy out, there's a good chance they'll throw something at me anyway, lol. They're a wild bunch of ladies!!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on November 06, 2010, 09:34 AM
Change their names while you write the first draft or until you find their voices or something?

Good idea, Artemesia! Or maybe you could give each of them some very un-them character traits to remind yourself that it's fiction (FICTION!). You might have some fun making them do something very out-of-character too, ha!

Boy, do I wish I could reach over for a share of truffles, thundering. Tap, tap (gently) right here!

I'm still chugging along myself like the rest of you. Good weekend vibes to everyone!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: RevellWriting on November 06, 2010, 04:23 PM
Did a bit of editing today, but no writing.

It still counts, I tell you!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 07, 2010, 12:07 AM
Laura_6. Good advice, but it's extremely hard for me with this particular story. Writing a fictional story based on real characters and real events is not nearly as easy as writing total fiction would be - ESPECIALLY when my own parents are the main characters! There's something almost... obscene about trying to put myself into my deceased parents' minds when they were just barely in their twenties.
Verla-
Holy canolies, Batgirl! I had no idea that's what you are doing. That's really tough. I'm sure you have a hard time imagining your parents that young, being silly, making mistakes, having flaws, etc.  It's almost as if you're trying to write a biography and afraid you won't get it just right. You're loading yourself with guilt and unreasonable expectations. The key, I think, is "based on real characters". While you should use real events, you might want to take a step away and not use your parents. People who write things "based on actual events" often put in fictional characters or use the basis of several real people to make up one character.  I can see why you're having a hard time.  Best wishes.  :flowers2

I have jumped back on the writing wagon and wrote 2600 words today (Chapter 20). So, on the one hand, YAY for me! On the other hand, I'm now at 53k of an MG novel that isn't supposed to go over 60k. I'm sweating bullets and restraining myself to just the basic plot points. I've already cut 20k out of Chapters 1-18. There's no fat left to cut - my novel is getting anorexic.  :gaah

-- Laura
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 07, 2010, 09:55 AM
Did a bit of editing today, but no writing.

It still counts, I tell you!
:yup  Big time, Revel.   It is all WORK not writing in progress.  That's what I say, anyway.
It's torrential here in Ireland and not the kind of day that could inspire you to hold a pen (or chug at a keyboard for all you high-techs), but I did try. Squeezed out only one hundred and fifty before I had to depart from the coffee shop and walk home.  I entered the flat wetter than a fish.  Furry fiend would come nowhere near me. Might just have to take solace from my fictional cats instead.  Bring on a drier day tomorrow.

The weekend is nearly over here in Ireland, so enjoy the rest of yours.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 07, 2010, 10:47 PM
Okay, I got over yesterday's snit and wrote 3400 today. My Monday's gonna be a pain with too many errands. I may not get much done.

 :hiding I'm starting to get intimidated by the complexity of my climax. I'm not sure I can weave everything together in a believable way. The outline helps, but I'm still feeling insecure.

Oh well, onward and upward, right?  :D
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on November 08, 2010, 04:48 AM
I'm starting to get intimidated by the complexity of my climax. I'm not sure I can weave everything together

That fear is pointless  :cupcake

You won't know if you've done it 'till the thing is written. And then you can change it. Only forward!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on November 08, 2010, 07:18 AM
There's something almost... obscene about trying to put myself into my deceased parents' minds when they were just barely in their twenties.

I may need to hide after posting this, but, Verla, how are you going to write this story if you don't put yourself in their heads? Writing YA is all about character and to write characters, you must be in their heads.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 08, 2010, 07:30 AM
I know. I know, Raynbow. It's just unbelievably HARD to change this totally non-fiction story into FICTION. I've been working on it, thinking of it as non-fiction for SEVEN YEARS now. To suddenly change it to fiction is extremely (and I do mean EXTREMELY) difficult for me. I don't take well to changes. I'm too OLD to take well to changes.

 :banghead
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tabitha on November 08, 2010, 07:49 AM
Did a bit of editing today, but no writing.

It still counts, I tell you!

You bet it does! 

Verla, I feel your pain.  There is no way I'd be able to write any kind of story that required me to put myself in my parents' head.  It would make me feel...icky.  However, I'd be able to create characters that were very similar to my parents, if not almost exactly the same, and then I wouldn't feel so squeamish about being in their heads.  Perhaps that would help?

Okay, I'm sitting down to work now.  Planning to get lots done today!!   :typing

Tabitha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow on November 08, 2010, 07:52 AM
You can do it, Verla. I read another post of yours where you'd said you're having a hard time with voice as well. My thought on this, and you may have already thought about this, their "voices" aren't going to be that of a modern teen, but of people growing up in another era. So a modern teen voice may not actually be what you need. I can only imagine how hard it is to put yourself in their heads, but it was also a time when they were young and in love, torn apart by war. It will be such a gripping story. You can do it.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 08, 2010, 11:57 PM
It's so nice to see such encouragement.  I think Raynbow makes good points.  :yup

I did all my errands and managed to write 1800 words today, which completes 4 out of 7 final chapters. I also did a bit of revising, but didn't get any crits done. My groups will not be pleased.  I'm really tired...  :faint
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tabitha on November 10, 2010, 03:44 PM
Raynbow makes excellent points.  :)  You definitely can do it, Verla!

I made good headway on chapter five today. Yay!!  Am hoping to get a bit more done tonight...

Sending productive thoughts out to everyone!!

Tabitha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 10, 2010, 04:49 PM
Been working on the color cover for my dummy...man, this stuff is hard!!  :feelbad

I need an egg nog latte...anyone join me??  :coffee
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on November 10, 2010, 08:52 PM
Am returning very sheepishly to this thread after a long bout of no work on the WIP to report that I wrote a whole chapter - over 2,500 words - hurray!  Given how slow a writer I am, that's a lot for me.  And I made brief notes on each of the chapters that remain to be written.  The key was making a writing date at the library with my critique buddies.  Unfortunately, will be a long time before my schedule permits allocating another big chunk of time like that to writing.  For the next couple months, will simply have to make better use of those smaller chunks of time....

Good luck to everyone with all your projects!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tabitha on November 11, 2010, 07:50 AM
Artemesia, got my egg nog latte right here.   :coffee  Those specialty lattes are one of the things I look forward to most during the holidays.  :)

Tinamarie, yay for that whole chapter!!!  That's great!!  I have a similar schedule, and always get the most done when I meet up with a fellow writer.  There's something inspiring about hearing someone else clack-clacking away at a keyboard, isn't there?  :)

I finished chapter 5 last night, and am off to start chapter 6.   :typing  Happy writing, everyone!!

Tabitha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 11, 2010, 01:09 PM
It seems like everyone's having a productive week. Me, too! I've written 3k in the last two days, and have completed 5 out of 7 chapters that are the final ones of my novel. It will come out over the minimum, but I had to just write it instead of obsessing about the word count.  :duh  I'll fix it in revision. Uh, yeah. Sure I will...

Sending out happy, productive thoughts to all of us determined writers (and illustrators, Artemesia).  :goodluck
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 11, 2010, 01:15 PM
Sending out happy, productive thoughts to all of us determined writers (and illustrators, Artemesia).  :goodluck

thanks, Laura. lol, I write, too, tho, so I should get twice the happy productive thoughts.   ;)

hooray for progress, everyone!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on November 11, 2010, 01:33 PM
Tinamarie, yay for that whole chapter!!!  That's great!!  I have a similar schedule, and always get the most done when I meet up with a fellow writer.  There's something inspiring about hearing someone else clack-clacking away at a keyboard, isn't there?  :)

ITabitha

Thanks, Tabitha!  This was the first time I got together with my writing buddies to write rather than critique.  In addition to enjoying the solidarity, it also prevented me from giving up earlier than our agreed-upon end time to wander the nearby shopping mall and stuff my face with chocolate chip cookies.  I need strong reinforcements for my writing time accountability, clearly.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 11, 2010, 05:47 PM
I worked on my novel today. Took out a few words, added a couple of words. Then gave up. My heart just is NOT in this version of the story. <sigh> :voodoo
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 12, 2010, 02:27 AM
I worked on my novel today. Took out a few words, added a couple of words. Then gave up. My heart just is NOT in this version of the story. <sigh> :voodoo
:hug
Hope you don't mind that, Verla.  I know exactly how you feel. Since John finished his job in September, I've been finding it really hard to concentrate. I just can't work with him around.  I am not blaming him in the slightest.  It is just an unfortunate set of events and we'll have to work around them.  Also, my mp3 died and I can't work without music.  It blocks everything and everyone out.

Maybe you should just turn off the computer for a while and relax. Then just think, but don't write.  That sometimes helps me when I find my characters getting stuck in a rut. I try to look at the situation from the character's POV and see if they offer advice on what they would do if they were writing about me.  That probably sounds bonkers, but turning the tables seems to fit.

Anyway, best of luck and if all of that sounds crazy, I apologise.

Leaving the boys at home later and going in to work with my cats.  One of the characters is really annoying me and I want to put him straight.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 12, 2010, 06:41 AM
I appreciate everyone's suggestions. My problem is not with the story. It's not with anything but ME. There's something that feels so... WRONG to me about trying to get INTO my dead parents' heads and BE THEM when they were just barely in their twenties. If I can get past that, I'll have a chance to write this story.

It's also an extremely difficult story for me to write because my heart isn't in it. This novel version is NOT the story I want to write. It's what I've been told I HAVE to write if I want this book to ever sell. And I really, really, really want this story to be out there - to sell. I've been working for seven years on this as NON-FICTION. Totally non-fiction. I'm finding it almost impossible to pull away from the non-fiction and turn it into fiction.

And my second big problem with writing this book is "voice." The few people that I've shared what I've written so far with have all told me the exact same thing. You are writing this in a PICTURE BOOK VOICE and it doesn't sound like a YA story. Well, DUH. Picture books are all I've written (and sold) for the past 16 years. It's not easy to find another kind of voice after spending that long working on perfecting a picture book voice - you know?

When I sit in front of the computer screen, I feel like  :bangcomputer. There's no thrill of writing. No enjoyment in it. It's like going to the dentist. (Sorry for any dentists that might be on board, but I HATE going to the dentist!) It's just downright painful and uncomfortable and not a good feeling. My stomach ties itself in  :knotted  :knotted and I feel almost  :feelbad. It's making it very, very difficult to work on this book.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 12, 2010, 08:57 AM
Verla, do you think you might get any interest in writing this as ADULT non-fiction? Do you have any contacts in the adult publishing world that might have any insights for you?

But I have to agree with Salina, if it's making you so unhappy, you absolutely don't have to write it that way. You got two people's opinion that said write it as fiction...but we all know how many rounds something can go through, how many people say no...but it only takes one to say yes. The passion is there for the NF version, maybe you should finish it that way. If you hate the fiction version, how can you expect that anyone else will love it enough to publish it?

Stop torturing yourself, if you believe strongly enough in the NF version, whether you write it as adult or YA, someone else will too.

We're all pulling for you, Verla!!!  :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 12, 2010, 09:18 AM
LOL, SYoon and Artemesia. The points you both brought up are exactly what's making me so resistant to doing this story this way. BUT... I've also seen flashes of what it COULD be if it were done well, and that has me determined to at least give it a good try. If it doesn't turn around, though, in a reasonable amount of time (I'm thinking maybe six months or so of working on it this way) then I'm going to pursue another non-fiction avenue - either the adult non-fiction or perhaps something else. I just talked to one of the people at an aviation museum that has people specializing in WWII aviation history and they might be interested in helping me work something out on this story. I KNOW there is a way to do it. I just want it to be done in a way that will allow the story to shine in the best possible way it can. If that's fiction, then so be it. If it's non-fiction, then hooray! But whatever it is, I WILL get this story done and published somehow - even if I end up doing it myself as a Print-on-Demand book or something like that. The passion is there for the story - I just haven't gotten the venue right. Yet. (YET, being the definitive word, here!)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 12, 2010, 11:21 AM
I know. I know, Raynbow. It's just unbelievably HARD to change this totally non-fiction story into FICTION. I've been working on it, thinking of it as non-fiction for SEVEN YEARS now. To suddenly change it to fiction is extremely (and I do mean EXTREMELY) difficult for me. I don't take well to changes. I'm too OLD to take well to changes.

 :banghead
Never too old, Verla.  I feel I'm sometimes for writing in this market and I am "only" 37.
Got my manuscript about ten minutes ago. Now, I have to back to Revisionland but I am going to leave that for a few weeks. If I start now, I will probably rip the story up.

Verla,
I really do wish you luck with your work.  It's truly hard when you want to write but don't know where to go next, as I am sure you know.  We are all definitely rooting for on the boards.
I am in so much awe of your determination.  I wish I had it!
 :grouphug2
TE
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 13, 2010, 11:22 AM
Verla, I had a thought. What if you were to compose an author's note now? Explain that the characters are fictitious, but the story was inspired by/based on the real life experiences of your parents, and the setting by true historical events. Maybe writing this will help you to separate in your own mind your parents from fictional characters, allowing you the freedom to write them and fictionalize the parts that you can't know (inner thoughts, dialogue, any chronological holes in your father's journal), while still honoring your parents and telling their story. It might be worth a try.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 13, 2010, 11:34 AM
And another great idea comes forth! Thanks, Artemesia.

You have all been so helpful with GREAT suggestions on how I can manage to get past the mental blocks I have on this story. :thankyou

I'm working on it. I am.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 13, 2010, 12:17 PM
Great to hear, Verla.
Can I be a real pain and share the good news that after John ordered me some truffle molds last week, they arrived on Wednesday and I thought it would kill me to figure it out. BUT I actually worked on it diligently until I sorted it, then I ran out of chocolate!  However, if anyone's interested milk and dark chocolate truffle filled bars, I'd gladly hand them out. :chocolate

Also worked on my story for half and only got fifty words done.  It all counts, hopefully.
Keep it up! :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on November 13, 2010, 10:02 PM
Ok, I've been absent for a while, but wanted to sneak back in.  I've been working on my WIP for a while now, I started back in December of last year. Yikes! :paperbag  My goal is to finish it by the end of the month for two reasons, ok, maybe three.  First, I want to finish it before the holidays bog me down and I won't have time to finish it.  Second, because I don't want to accept that it's been almost a year since I started it.  And third, I'm going to a conference in Aprli, and I know how long it takes for revisions, so I want to get it revised and polished by then.  Does anyone else have deadlines they are working towards?   I guess you could say it's my own little NaNoWriMo. :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 14, 2010, 12:37 AM
Verla - I admire your determination. That's why you're so successful. Remember this is a first draft and give yourself permission to suck. We all suck in our first drafts.  :ahh
Artemesia - Wow! I liked that author's note idea. It may help make the idea that it's fiction more real.  :cupcake
Thundering -  Yes, fifty words counts. Keep up the good work!!  :cheerleader

I finished another chapter, the second to last.  (I've written 16.7k since I started this month! :chesirecat ) However, this chapter was like pullling teeth. The climax is complicated and needs to have various threads woven together while keeping the action going. Still not done yet. I have crits to do today, and will embark on the final chapter Monday. I'm getting really tired...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Julia K. on November 14, 2010, 07:22 AM
I had to jump in here too!
First- thank you so much Verla for this board- have looked at it for years, read the archives of the chats with agents and editors and been so educated by what I have learned- ! Double thank you!
Now freelancing full time- it is helping me stay sane- working at home all day looking at my dogs!
A book on WW2 Aviation- is wonderful- I was down in Tucson last spring and went to the Aviation museum and to see the planes and the places the crewman stuck their bodies into for long flights - tiny holes in the huge bombers was amazing- it is sure a story that needs to be told-
 I am working on a WW2 novel too- set in Utah involving the Manhatten Project''s  need for Uranium.

Right now am cutting and pasting other attempt at the novel together- think I have written the First Act, ohhhh 5 times- yeah I know it needs to just be stinky- and move on to ACT 2- anybody else have that problem-
plus I have  sooooo many files on your computer of sections of my  novel I can't  find what I need- I'd be good to go through all of them today and do some recycle bin tossing - just so I can keep it all straight- maybe will be able to report back tomorrow that I was able to organize everything. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 14, 2010, 08:59 AM
 :ohnoI am really starting to wish that I could write on the computer.  I wrote what I thought was a plot with good characters and I lost the whole hard copy document.  Can't find it anywhere so I'll have to start again.  It makes me want to  :grrr
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 14, 2010, 01:20 PM
EEK, thunderingelephants. Look in the freezer and behind the sofa. That's where I usually find missing things. :lol
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tabitha on November 15, 2010, 05:39 PM
Got about 1700 words written today!  I was hoping for a bit more, but I'll take it!!  :)

:ohnoI am really starting to wish that I could write on the computer.  I wrote what I thought was a plot with good characters and I lost the whole hard copy document.  Can't find it anywhere so I'll have to start again.  It makes me want to  :grrr
AUGH!!!  Talk about  :bangcomputer :bangcomputer :bangcomputer 
I really hope you find it. There's nothing more frustrating than losing a bunch of work like that. 

Tabitha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on November 15, 2010, 08:56 PM
I didn't have a chance to write much last week--I was too busy being a mother, wife, and birthday girl. However, now the emergencies, bank holidays, and celebrations are past and I can settle down to work again.

The new direction I wanted to take on Chapter Three required me to go back and make still more changes to Chapter Two, so that's where i am now...again. <sigh>

Today, however, I found myself filling in details for subsequent books. The ideas had been kicking around in my mind for a while, and I finally sat down and jotted them into the appropriate files. So, it's kind of like working on my WIP, isn't it?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 16, 2010, 04:02 AM
Anything jotted is a w.i.p., in my estimation anyway.
John's gone off to see the witch his mother, so I have a bit of time to myself.  I have decided to write the story again and got some jottings on the basic plot and characters.
Now I need some really disgusting food to horrify the headmaster.  Maybe one of my curry truffles could work...hmm...   They weren't my idea, by the way. My father asked for them :rip.  He is still aliv...but for how long? :eh2


Editing this post to clarify: John is not strictly my partner, but we have lived with each other for nearly fifteen years.  His mother has always hated and refuses to have anthing to do with me.

Still, while John was there,I got three hundred written.  Got very wet, but my story's safe so I don't care.  I'm happy.
Hope your writing goes well, too.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 16, 2010, 10:02 AM
Michelle -  :music Happy Birthday!  :sing

Thundering - "the witch" - You crack me up! :dr

I got 1500 done on my final chapter today. I expect to finish tomorrow.  :crossedfingers
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 16, 2010, 10:25 AM
Thundering... I do hope your MIL doesn't have access to this message board. :faint And, curry truffles? Now that is truly EVIL. :skull :devil :voodoo

Hooray on 1500 words and being SO close to the end, Laura_6!

Thanks for all the support everyone. I needed it and am feeling better about my current writing efforts every day.

It's so encouraging to read about everyone's progress... large and small. They all add up and they all count.

:ladder
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on November 16, 2010, 03:26 PM
It's so encouraging to read about everyone's progress... large and small. They all add up and they all count.

I must agree! I've still been plugging away too - some days better than others - but it always feels good to come here and see everyone else working hard. Nice work, people!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Julia K. on November 16, 2010, 07:40 PM
 Got very wet, but my story's safe so I don't care.  I'm happy.
Hope your writing goes well, too.

What's that quote- " you make me curious and curiouser "...about what happens in your day- now I want to know how you got wet and did you find your lost pages?

I worked on my illustration WIP of a series of Valentine's card- yes - Valentine's cards- and hope to switch back to my Writing WIP tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 17, 2010, 02:08 AM
What's that quote- " you make me curious and curiouser "...about what happens in your day- now I want to know how you got wet and did you find your lost pages?

I worked on my illustration WIP of a series of Valentine's card- yes - Valentine's cards- and hope to switch back to my Writing WIP tomorrow.
Julia,
Most people who read my posts here on the boards know that I can't write at home.  I do it in a very public coffee shop, where it can be noisy. But that is how I operate best.  The buzz around me gives me inspiration.  Although it's noisy, I seem to be able to block it off and write. 
I haven't found my lost pages, the manscript is going to be written again. I ended up re-writing so much of my last manuscript that it turned into something completely
different.
Hope you are productive again today.  I might be.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Julia K. on November 17, 2010, 08:05 AM
T.E.
yes- I caught you work at a coffeeshop- I like that too- never could work in a libaray too quite! and I would love to work everyday somewhere interesting like that- I live way out in the country so have to plan such things- but need to do it- periodically for sanity- was curious how you got wet! did  you walk to coffeeshop and did the weather turning blustery?

A lot of writers I know- work in coffee shops in the morning- about 4-5 hours and that is their writing limit for the day- two or three is mine and then the rest of day is spent  illustrating-

Glad you dont need the missing pages anymore-
well here is to a productive day on our WIP-
was planning on heading in to C.S. to write- but daughter sick home with a stomach thing!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on November 17, 2010, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the birthday wish, Laura

Verla, I am glad to hear you are making progress.

I, too, made some progress today. It's miniscule, but it's there. Generally, I like writing dialogue, but today I could happily do without it.Maybe it will sound better tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 17, 2010, 12:49 PM
Spent my afternoon pickling...again.  The thought of gherkins churns my stomach.  Came home, tried a truffle and felt so much better!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 17, 2010, 04:55 PM
I'm FINISHED!  :yay

2700 words finished the last chapter.  :turnblue Of course, after I got over the thrill of being done, I decided I'm not happy with it. *sigh* I'm off to Revisionland to whip the thing into shape.

Best of luck to all who are so devoted to their WIP and to this inspirational board.  :hearts
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 17, 2010, 05:59 PM
I got 1006 words into a new chapter today on my WWII POW WIP. It stinks. But it's written! :-)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on November 17, 2010, 08:38 PM
Yay, Verla! That's how my writing goes too, it stinks but it's written! That is what revising is for, right? I love revising. Anyway I keep forgetting to post here. Wrote 3K yesterday and 2K today. 8k left on my projected wordcount. I must finish before Tuesday when I have to start planning/prepping the big turkey dinner!  :turkey
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on November 17, 2010, 08:40 PM
Thundering, I have always wanted to write at the local coffee shop, but i am afraid of two things. One, someone might ask me what I am doing and I really don't want to talk about it, you know? Two, I'm afraid someone will hold up the place and steal my laptop on their way out.

Just a little paranoid  :hiding
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 18, 2010, 12:50 AM
I finished a color spread tonight!! YAY!! And I finished a little scene for the landing page of my website....one more color spread and that baby is going out!!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 18, 2010, 02:25 AM
I got 1006 words into a new chapter today on my WWII POW WIP. It stinks. But it's written! :-)
Well done, Verla.

Thundering, I have always wanted to write at the local coffee shop, but i am afraid of two things. One, someone might ask me what I am doing and I really don't want to talk about it, you know? Two, I'm afraid someone will hold up the place and steal my laptop on their way out.

Just a little paranoid  :hiding
Apparently I have a "I don't want to be disturbed" look on my face when I am writing.  It can be great because people who are regulars ther know I am busy and just pass by and ask how my characters are coming along. At least they appreciate I take my writing seriously (more than be said for my family, but that's a different issue).

More work this afternoon, I hope. 

OT:I must also post off those curry truffles to my father. They are so disgusting, even as a writer I can't describe them, but here goes: smooth and creamy shell that has nice crunch with creamy ganache that tastes nice until it hits your throat.  Then you are on fire.  What was my father thinking?  John likes them though and thinks I should give to the bar, it'll drum up business for customers gagging for a drink after.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on November 18, 2010, 02:10 PM
Congratulations, Laura, on FINISHING.  I can't wait to be ablet to say that word (my self-imposed deadline for finishing my WIP is Jan 30, 2011)

And congratulations to everyone else, I'm so impressed by how productive you've all been.  Verla, so glad to hear you're chugging away despite finding the process painful.

I added a measly 267 words today, but the key was that I finally broke the ice on a new chapter I'd been avoiding...(needs to include a big argument, trying to work up some heat in my fingertips for it)

Between now and early Jan (b/c of work deadlines, family visiting, holiday travels, etc), I anticipate squeezing in just these dribs and drabs of writing, but I tell myself it's better than nothing!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 19, 2010, 07:51 AM
Congratulations, Laura, on FINISHING.  I can't wait to be ablet to say that word (my self-imposed deadline for finishing my WIP is Jan 30, 2011)

And congratulations to everyone else, I'm so impressed by how productive you've all been.  Verla, so glad to hear you're chugging away despite finding the process painful.

I added a measly 267 words today, but the key was that I finally broke the ice on a new chapter I'd been avoiding...(needs to include a big argument, trying to work up some heat in my fingertips for it)
Between now and early Jan (b/c of work deadlines, family visiting, holiday travels, etc), I anticipate squeezing in just these dribs and drabs of writing, but I tell myself it's better than nothing!


Please humour me and don't use the term "measly".  For long-handers like myself, that's hard going.  No work yet, have to abandon the boys first and get the pen and paper out with my  :coffee :coffee

There are advantages to the fact that I can't use the internet (John's hijacked my modem).  I trotted into town and wrote for over an hour and a half.  Also met with a teacher who I know briefly.  She read the intro to my latest story.  "Your headmaster character is truly horrible...my students would love him".  I took it as a compliment.  Think I got around three hundred written today, so at least I accomplished something.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 20, 2010, 07:08 AM
Tinamarie - Thanks so much for your support. Your 267 words isn't measly. Nothing's measly if you get something down on the page. Keep up the good work!
Artemesia - Yay! Good luck on that final color spead!
Verla - That's the way! Try not to judge it - just concentrate on getting it down. Plenty of time for revision later.

Everyone's doing so well.  :grouphug2 Thanks for all your encouragement!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 20, 2010, 09:02 AM
thanks, Laura! My cg told me I have enough color samples without doing one more spread, so on Thursday I sent my first agent query....now it's the waiting game!!! Back to the storyboards and the YA to keep me busy so the waiting doesn't kill me!!  :knotted

everyone here has been awesomely supportive...you guys rock!!  :grouphug2



Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Juvpoetess on November 20, 2010, 05:18 PM
Earlier this week, I submitted my first critique to the MG cg I joined this fall. So far, one of the members has shared her thoughts. Most of what she suggested is very fair, and helps me think about my WIP in a new way. It's funny to have blind spots pointed out. We really are too close to our writing sometimes, huh? About two percent of the suggestions are a difference of style. Is that typical of your critiques?

Now I feel like I can dig back into my work, and add scenes around some that were confusing to the critiquer.

'Becca 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 20, 2010, 07:48 PM
When critique comments I get on my stories are due to a difference of style, unless they "feel right" to me, I don't use them. Each of us has a different way of telling our stories, and you need to stay true to your story, to the way you want to tell  your story. Comments that are made that improve the story YOU want to tell? Now those are comments that I immediately put into effect to see if they will make my story better. (Even when I don't like them, I still TRY them out. Sometimes I'm very pleasantly surprised at the improvement in my story because of those changes.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Anne Marie on November 20, 2010, 07:54 PM
I looked at my editor's comments and said, "Tomorrow."
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 21, 2010, 05:42 AM
It's Sunday.  I'll be alone and I will write at least fifty words.  You see if I don't!  Now, if I could manage to multiply that by at least ten I would be happy, but there's as much of a chance of that as getting published.
Truffles are being handed out later, by the way.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: RachelGlenn on November 21, 2010, 06:52 PM
2,897 words on ye old WIP today . . . I love lazy Sundays.  (:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on November 21, 2010, 07:26 PM
Between today and last night, I've added 3K to my WIP!!   :snoopy  The night is young, and I plan on at least another 500 which will mean I will have hit the 40K mark. :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 22, 2010, 02:39 AM
I will be eternally jealous of you guys who can write that much.  BUT, I did manage to iron the creases out from my characters and get a good bit done.  Don't know how much that was (I couldn't be bothered counting), but I am happy with what I did write.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on November 22, 2010, 05:29 PM
Go Rachel and Tara! Very impressive word totals there.  :smile
Thundering - Everyone works at different speeds. On another site, I'm known as the "tortoise" because I'm so slow! :dr
Juvpoetess - Funny you should bring up cg's. I have several great groups, but unless they all agree that something big has to change (as opposed to little word tweaks), I only change things that I "feel" are right. I guess I'm very democratic that way! I'll go with the concensus.  One of my critters is a slush-pile reader; she's been a great teacher/mentor to me, but she has some strange ideas about my novel now - none of the other critters agree with her, so I'm going with my gut instinct and not doing it her way.
We'll see ...  :neck
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 22, 2010, 06:16 PM
Hi, all. I haven't been around that much for a while, but I recently started a new MS, so I thought I'd jump in. My goal is 1,200 words/day. Today I got a little over 1,400! Hooray!

Tara and Rachel--Yow! You guys rock.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Juvpoetess on November 22, 2010, 06:52 PM
Thanks, Laura_6. That's a sensible way to sift out what critters (great word!) tell you. Once I get a couple different viewpoints, I'll see if any of their larger points are the same. I think my WIP's biggest fault is that I ran out of steam about halfway through, and I'm the kind of writer who bounces from scene to scene-- not linear, you know? I'm just about ready to write a chapter one, which might go a long way to helping my cg understand what the heck I'm aiming at.  :lol2

I appreciated your comments, Verla. Almost forget to thank you!  :uhuh
'Becca
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on November 22, 2010, 10:42 PM
I keep forgetting to post here.

3,900 words today. I am a chapter away from starting revisions! (we had a :snow day today so I didn't have to work and the kids played outside a lot and I drank tons of coffee)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on November 22, 2010, 10:44 PM
I will be eternally jealous of you guys who can write that much.  BUT, I did manage to iron the creases out from my characters and get a good bit done.  Don't know how much that was (I couldn't be bothered counting), but I am happy with what I did write.
Thundering, I love a happy writing day, no matter what the wordcount.  :chickendance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on November 23, 2010, 02:06 AM
Hey guys!

Wow, so impressed with everyone. What I love about this club is watching the everyday progress, know what I mean? It's just so nice to see people continuing to chug along, whether it's thousands of new words (way to go!) or refining characters (also awesome).

I'm likewise working on revising my WIP every day over here and am loving it! 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 23, 2010, 02:18 AM
Well, I did manage to get around to counting my word accumulation on W.I.P.  That was a little by accident.  I joined John in a coffee shop before he went off to visit the witch his mother.  Then I wrote a little and did the shopping, went to another shop and wrote some more.  Four hundred.  I'll definitely take that.  Another cold  :coffee, but that always.  Funny how I always finish it, but never at home.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on November 23, 2010, 10:16 AM
I finally finished the scene I have been working on for a week or so and actually moved on to the next bit, which isn't going to need nearly as much revising. I'm hoping to be out of chapter three by the end of November.

Juvpoetess, I have a crit group member who's style is a lot sparer than mine. She gives me great feedback, but our styles clash. She always suggests tons of cuts to my manuscripts, and I always ask for more details when reading hers. Still, she does cause me to evaluate every wordI use, which is good.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 23, 2010, 11:09 AM
1,214 words on my WIP today. My characters took off in a spontaneous direction for about half of the writing session, and I think I like where they went. We'll see if I leave it there when I revise or not.

Juvopoetess, if you can tell that the comments just come from a different style than yours, that's great, dismiss them. When my critters make comments, most seem absolutely right to me. I try to keep my mind open about the comments that seem wrong. I don't make the changes, but I file them away in my head. Sometimes--not always, by any means, but often enough--I come around to agreeing with them later.



Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 24, 2010, 10:07 AM
1,206 today. I'm barely hitting my word count goal, but I'm hitting it. I think I'm actually going to keep a lot of it, too, which is great. It'll need revision, of course, but it's chugging along.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 24, 2010, 12:29 PM
I "thought" a lot about my WIP last night. Read a bunch in my new "How-To" book on writing a YA novel. Got some interesting ideas and plan to implement some of them later today. YAY! No actual "writing" yet, but ideas are spinning in my head like whirlwinds, so I feel I'm making progress, even though it's not tangible - yet.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 24, 2010, 12:53 PM
Did you get that book by Regina Brooks? I just read it yesterday!

So glad it seems you're starting to "feel" this book! Lots of ideas must mean you're starting to get excited about it! YAY!!

I worked a little on my YA outline yesterday...hope to get more done today!  Everyone seems to be making great progress here!!  :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 24, 2010, 01:07 PM
Oh, I love it when I read that you "thought" about your W.I.P's (thought is inverted commas to emphasise not patronise).  Did a lot of that myself today whilst shopping with my mother.  Although I did get some done before we met.
My character has joined forces with an old man who is reaking havoc amongst the community he lives and I love it.  About three hundred written today, but that's not bad in an hour and half.
Keep up the thinking, Verla.  I bet they'll be great when you get them creased out on paper. Or tapped out on the computer like most high-techs.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 24, 2010, 02:33 PM
Did you get that book by Regina Brooks? I just read it yesterday!

So glad it seems you're starting to "feel" this book! Lots of ideas must mean you're starting to get excited about it! YAY!!



Yes! That is exactly the book, Artemesia. I got it for being one of the first 100 people to submit to the YA novel writing contest. I wonder if they send it to everyone who enters? The cost of entering the contest is the price of the book. My devious mind can't help but wonder if this is just their sneaky way of getting all of us to buy the book. :lol  Even it that were the case, I wouldn't be upset. The book so far seems well worth the price, anyhow. The book has fresh and different ways of looking at YA novels - ways I've never heard of or thought of before. I like it!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 24, 2010, 03:19 PM
I saw the book reviewed on an agent blog and ordered it...I liked it, too!

But yes, very sly of them  :ha
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 26, 2010, 07:48 PM
Verla, I'm glad to hear you're doing well, moving toward a book. Those early days are some of the most productive, in a way, even if there's no tangible progress.

I got little tangible progress in the last two days. Yesterday I made some notes about patterns within my novel, about 800 words total, but they won't go into the book. It just helped me to think through the way my character's love interest is going to affect the plot.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 27, 2010, 03:58 AM
Coffee's going cold again and I am being told off, but that's progress...of sorts.
Severe writer's cramp, another cold brew in cafe, 350 written AND mc is just about to get really nasty at school.  He's doing all the kind of things I wanted to do at school.  Two of the teachers that read it said they could see their students contemplating doing the same if they could get away with it.
Truffles tomorrow if my hands can the combination of grating chocolate and writer's cramp!
Hope you are still moving forward, Verla. :paper
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 27, 2010, 06:48 AM
I changed three words in my WIP, looked at it, tried not to vomit, and went back to bed for a few more hours. I don't think I'm making progress with this WWII POW novel version of my father's story. I have such STRONG feelings that I can NOT write this as a novel and those feelings are definitely getting in the way of any writing.

Lying in bed I can vividly see scenes that would bring this story so much to life, but when I sit in front of the computer, what comes out on the screen from me is all so stiff and cardboard feeling. What I write is so much less dynamic and vivid than what my father wrote in his own words in his diaries and letters that I just feel sad and then I can't write any more on it. My words are all too young, too short (think picture book text) and too inadequate for the story.

I'm so darned frustrated! I DID write one YA novel, which my agent refuses to send out. She says it would never sell. I have a "beta" reader reading it again right now (Thanks, Aimee!) and so far she's thinking it's pretty good, so maybe I'll make one more set of revisions and request that my agent send it out anyway. She might... or she might not. If she doesn't, maybe I'll see if I can get permission from her to send it out on my own. I'd like to at least TRY to sell it. I have spent 15 years working on it! (It was cutting edge contemporary when I began writing it and now it's historical fiction. LOL!)

I think that's part of my frustration and hesitation about wanting to write my dad's story in a novel form. I do not want to spend another 15 years writing one book, especially when I've already spent 7 years working on the current non-fiction version of it.

:hairpull :writing :brickhead :gaah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Artemesia on November 27, 2010, 08:49 AM
(It was cutting edge contemporary when I began writing it and now it's historical fiction. LOL!)

 :lmao

Well, I've been working on a sample illustration to do in color for one of my other PBs (not the dummy) and so far I think it's cute, and for once not a chicken in sight!!!!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on November 27, 2010, 10:32 AM
Predictable time line has struck~

Two months of typing, burnout, web-surfing, then every busybody excuse in the world why I can't be at my desk for more than 5 minutes at a time...

The next step is handing over the modem for two weeks--spend a day scrubbing floors and putting laundry away, then it's back to the WIP. I swear, I'm so predictable!

Good luck to all!  :cupcake
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 27, 2010, 12:12 PM
It's perfectly okay for you to be predictable, Aimee, as long as you don't let your stories become predictable. :hahaha

And... you forgot to add you are reading my novel  :study :ahh :study in with all that other stuff that's keeping you away from your WIP. :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on November 27, 2010, 12:17 PM
...and I am reading Verla's totally mysterious novel.  :applause
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 27, 2010, 04:48 PM
Verla, I'm sorry you're at that difficult point in the process. Making the decision to plunge in or change gears is almost impossible, especially when you can look back on long years of hard work on a novel that didn't float. I haven't done a 15-year project...yet...but I've set aside 2-year projects, and I know how that hurts. I hope you and Aimee work out a way to revise that helps you change your agent's mind.

I keep bouncing back and forth between planning and drafting my new YA project. I wrote 1200 words today, mostly notes toward a future draft rather than actual parts of a draft, but I had a few ideas that will take it in a different direction than I thought. I think I like the new way better, but it'll mean setting aside most of what I've written so far. Hopefully I'll settle into a firmer outline eventually.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 28, 2010, 04:54 AM
Verla,
I really hope that you can forge ahead.
I was alone until John just entered the door and I know he'll hijack the laptop, which unlike high-techers is a blessing.  It'll keep me off the computer so I can head into the cafe to get writing session flowing.
Got an  :old man teaching mc some sneaky tricks on how to get that revenge plan into action in my w.i.p.  Just as well it's only on paper.  I'm certain my father would see little traits of him sneaking.
Truffle making later.  They should be done before tomorrow evening.  I will let you know.

Not lazy, but sadly no truffles today, but I did write a bit. Just under four hundred.  OT: John ordered me some more chocolate truffle molds, which should arrive just after new year.  I'd love to upload a picture of them, but I am useless.  A big hint darting in Verla's direction... :bow
Talk to you guys tomorrow.  Hopefully truffles by Wednesday.  I ten-pin bowl on Mondays and that always delays me.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 28, 2010, 12:29 PM
Mmmm, truffles. Today I get to eat the last of my Thanksgiving pie.

1300 words today, mostly notes toward a new outline. Yesterday I was a little disappointed when I felt the need to go a whole new direction again, but today I'm liking my new direction a lot. Maybe, maybe this is really going to be it. Maybe I'm really going to "start" writing soon.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on November 29, 2010, 09:24 AM
Woohoo! 5 new pages yesterday and 3 so far today  I can see the finish line even though it's still a ways away.  I want to finish this draft in 2010! I think I can.  I think I can!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 29, 2010, 12:12 PM
I think you can, too, amykated!

I want to start my draft in 2010, really start it from the beginning. I keep writing stuff, hammering away at the way I'm thinking about the plot. I wrote 1,355 words today, but mostly they won't go into the manuscript. I was just sort of exercising my characters, putting them into rooms together at critical moments in the story and seeing what they'd say. They seem to be behaving like real people, which is good, and in ways that make sense to the story, which is also good. Too good to be true?

In sadder news, my pie is gone.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on November 30, 2010, 12:24 AM
Realized (while lying in bed, awake, at 3:59 AM) that I need to scrap my character (whose voice resembled that of a particularly saddened  :hedgehog). So, since I was only 5 pages in, it shouldn't be too hard to change the character and give her a more lively voice, right? Right??  :faint But on we go, to start on my WIP with coffee and a cookie to sustain me! :D
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on November 30, 2010, 04:57 AM
Woke up with the cat lieing next to me on the pillow this and it  :ahh-ed me. He wasn't even snoring like he usually does.  That strangely fills me with inspiration.  I'll be off to do it later.
Myriad, you are definitely my kind of person.  Why not switch from the cookie and try a truffle instead?  I'll be grating some chocolate later and attending a Christmas Party on Friday.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 30, 2010, 11:07 AM
Myriad, I hear you. Often when I make a new character, the voice is the last part to materialize. Makes for a lot of thrown-away writing, and a lot of worrying on my part.

Today I tried writing part of the climax of my novel, which I suppose was a nervy move since I haven't written much of the rest of the book. When I get to the climax for real I'll probably change it completely, but I solved a problem that was worrying me. I need the MC's love interest to help her figure out how to deal with her family, and he's so much less mature than she is that I was wondering if this could work, but it did. He comes from a stable family (compared to my MC's totally messed up one), and because of that he made a bunch of assumptions about love and trust that blew my MC out of the water. 1,303 words. Word.

I wish I could go back in time and eat a cookie for breakfast. I had millet porridge. What was I thinking?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on November 30, 2010, 11:29 AM
I rewrote the first and third chapters (two of my father's chapters) this morning of my WIP. Changed them from first person to third person POV, which meant totally rewriting and adding a lot more to the chapters. I think they are a bit better this way. I left chapter two in first person - it has a different POV character (my mother) and the story will end in that character, since my father will be dead at the end of the story. Do you think it will be too distracting to have the characters switching from third person to first person depending on who's viewpoint that part of the story is in? Each chapter will be from only one viewpoint....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on November 30, 2010, 12:13 PM
Verla Kay, I think that if you write it as according to your characters' voices, it should be real and natural, not confusing. :) I, for one, actually like the idea. The different voices, the different flavors and tones of the storyline. Beautiful.

And thank you, Melissa K! Glad I'm not the only one who's gone around sobbing about my characters. (And I thought you wrote mullet porridge- wish I could draw what I imagined and put it up here.)

And thank you for the compliment and offer, thunderingelephants. But I, shamefully, have no idea what a truffle is. :hiding

Hooray on your breakthroughs, you all!! :snoopy
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on November 30, 2010, 01:02 PM
Another 4 pages today.  I've found that I am more productive when I just set a page goal rather than a word goal.  Isn't that silly?  3-4 seems much more attainable than 1,000 even though those 3-4 pages usually contain around 1,000 words so it's the same difference!  :lol2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on November 30, 2010, 04:03 PM
Verla--For what it's worth, I think it can work. Some books do voice shifts like that and pull it off. The first Octavian Nothing book comes to mind.

Myriad--Mullet porridge! Oh, my. I'm kinda glad you didn't upload a picture of what you were imagining. My mental image was disgusting enough. Fodder for an MG short story?

Amy--That makes sense. I do word counts because I sometimes put in lots of space, especially in the early days like this, when I'm making notes more than really writing the book. If I went back to count pages, I'd end up getting all neurotic about how to count. That's pretty silly, but I go with it. As long as the writing happens, it's all good.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on November 30, 2010, 06:18 PM
Forget those last two posts.  :bricks My daughter just deleted the last two chapters I'd finished of my WIP.  The thing that really sends me over the edge is I specifically told her to leave my computer alone because I there was a lot of work on it that I hadn't had a chance to save yet. She sat there and nodded her head, then did exactly what I'd asked her not to do.   :uhuh :cry2
Guessing I'm probably not going to finish this draft in 2010 after all.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on November 30, 2010, 07:28 PM
Oh, Amykated, that's awful. Is there any chance you can undo? My son did that once, but luckily when I hit the undo button, it all came back.

I have been working on steadily on my WIP--I just haven't had a chance to post about it. Even now, there is a pile of dirty dishes sitting in the kitchen with my name on it. I have completed two chapters. They are with my critique group right now so I can get a reaction on the new direction I am taking on this revision. I have pretty much finished my third chapter as well, but I want to go over it again. In between, I am prepping for the holidays, nursing sick kids, and trying to catch up on my reading for my critique group. One of them hit me out of the blue with a rhyming pb, and I've been trying to figure out how important meter is to rhyming pbs. If it were a straightforward poem, I'd say the meter is off in a couple of stanzas. I guess I'll tell her anyway--she can decide if its important.

Oh well, back to the dishes. :dishes
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 01, 2010, 03:19 AM
Amykated, really sorry for your predicament.  That's why I changed completely to longhand.  I was shocking at backing up my work and even these days, I am just as bad.  I can't even remember how to do it.  Luckily John does when he knows I have finished typing a story because he knows how bad I am.
Verla, do you think you could do it from a first person narrative and write what you think your father may have said?  That might not be confusing.  Then again, if a reader is following your, they would more than likely pick up on that.
 :oops, he did it again, Mog was on my pillow all last night.  That little snoring beast will be the death of me!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on December 01, 2010, 09:21 AM
It's working much better for me in 3rd person, thunderingelephants. I'm happy working with it in this version - at the moment, anyhow! :lol
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 01, 2010, 11:03 AM
Oh, Amykated, oh. I'm so, so sorry. That is the worst kind of feeling.

Sometimes work gets better the second time around, though. I seem to remember a story about John Steinbeck's dog destroying the first draft of Of Mice and Men, so that he had to start over from the beginning. I don't know if that's something you can take comfort in.

Verla, I'm glad you're in a better place.

I made a little progress today, got my 1,200 words, but a lot of it didn't feel right. Not sure where I'm going or how to get there.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on December 01, 2010, 06:07 PM
Hi all!

Amykated, what a bummer! Any way you can get a backup? Find a copy of it in a cached directory, something like that?

Verla, that's awesome that the 3rd person is working better - that makes a lot of sense.

Thundering, I can't imagine doing all that longhand myself. Wow.

Well, after working on my WIP almost every day since August, it is off to some cool buddies for a full read. I didn't exactly plan the timing this way, but I'm going off to Spain in a couple of weeks for Christmas with the family, so it'll be the perfect chance to take a break and look at it with fresh eyes in January.

Good luck to everyone for continuing in December! See you back here sometime soon. :-)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on December 02, 2010, 06:06 AM
I miss posting on this thread. I started this semester with the greatest of hopes: I finished the first draft of my MS two weeks in the the semester and planned on editing between homework assignments. Well, that hasn't happened.  The good news is that winter break is 2 weeks away and I have almost 4 weeks off. Hopefully I can get some serious revisions in between spending time with my kids and painting parts of the house. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 02, 2010, 06:51 AM
Glad you are progressing, Verla.

Kiperoo,
I've no choice.  I just can't do it on the computer.  Once I have creased out a character, there is always something I need to do to get it write and the amount I do in revision, I would have my index finger permanently glued to the delete key.  It's much easier with a pen!
Anyhow, probably no writing today.  John is lurking around and I have truffles to finish.

Please tuck in.  I have done them all yet, but there are stacks and stacks to coat.
Talk to you all later. :chocolate
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on December 02, 2010, 06:55 AM
Miss you guys soo much! Haven't been able to work on my WIP at all   :tornado
Can't wait to be back soon!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 02, 2010, 08:20 AM
Fabulous news! After searching around on the internet for ways to recover documents--thank God for google--I was able to recover almost all my lost pages.  Only five pages were completely deleted. And they were part of a scene that I had decided was overly dramatic and needed reworked anyway. Oh happy, happy day!  :yay  So I've spent the morning rewriting that scene and am almost caught back up to where I was before the fiasco.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on December 02, 2010, 09:04 AM
Oh, thank goodness amykated! I'm so glad for you!!!  ;D
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 02, 2010, 10:12 AM
Hurray, Amykated!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on December 02, 2010, 10:55 AM
:yay Amy! I'm so happy you were able to retrieve most of your deleted chapters. What a huge relief!

<Dancing on the ceiling for you>  :ceilingdance
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 02, 2010, 11:23 AM
I'm chiming in there for you, too.  Mogster just won't leave me alone.  I'm on the PC and he's parked himself in front of the screen.  So glad I can touch type!  I managed about twenty words today.  Pathetic but it's progress.
PS: Those truffles are definitely in consuming and the kitchen is too hot (about the only place that is around here!) so get scoffing!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 02, 2010, 11:28 AM
Thanks guys! You all are so encouraging!  :cheerleader

Thundering, twenty words is fifteen more than I managed yesterday! You were 3 times as productive as me. LOL.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on December 02, 2010, 11:33 AM

thought I would chime in with my progress.  I realized at one point my timeline was wrong in my story, so I have been cutting and pasting bits and pieces all over the place.  Saving this and that, putting part B where part A was and moving (eeks I am not on my own key board and this one is driving me nuts) C to D.  I think I have mishmash instead of a story right now.  But hopefully it will turn out a much better work of art.  :snork
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 02, 2010, 12:14 PM
Sounds like it's baby steps day for all of us. I spent the morning trying to weave together the random bits of progress I've made on my WIP idea lately. I want to do an outline before I get started in earnest with the drafting, but I'm kind of scared of the outline. I tried writing out a one-page synopsis of the plot as I now envision it. It's changed a lot since I first started. For the better, I think. The events flow pretty nicely.

But I'm not getting the voice right.

I guess I'll take it as progress. I've always sucked at getting plots right; my stories tend to list sideways instead of moving forward. I want to make sure I can get this one rolling in the right direction so it doesn't fall into the same traps that have killed all my other manuscripts. Still, it worries me that I've been working on this thing every day for two and a half months and haven't really started.

No word count today since I just wrote the same set of 3-4 paragraphs over and over in different ways.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 02, 2010, 01:09 PM
I just put all my bits and pieces together and was stunned to discover that I've hit the 50k mark!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 02, 2010, 03:54 PM
You rock, Amykated!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on December 03, 2010, 06:45 AM
 :congratulations Lizstraw Melissa & Amykated ! Moving forward is progress, even if it is slow and steady   :grouphug2
I'm just glad I had a chance to reread a chapter last night. Tonight I may even revise and add another chapter  :lol2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 04, 2010, 02:33 PM
Today I mostly did research for some questions I had about my WIP. No new words.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 05, 2010, 07:28 AM
Not yet, but I'm just about to.
One bit of good news (which is OT, I know).  Was in another regular drinking establishment last night and one of the new managers took a few truffles and seemed to like them.  He's offered 15 euros for 25 sweets.  That's two and a half times the cost of making them, so I'm happy.  Still got some left if anyone wants one and making more for next weekend.
Just about wobble into town.  Check in with you later.

I know I've said it before, but the power of a cappuccino is wonderful thing! Got four hundred written and I am really progressing with this story.   :writing3  Hope to do more tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: yellow_submarine on December 05, 2010, 06:13 PM
Oooh, this is a great thread. It’s inspiring to read about people who manage to regularly pin those disobedient words onto the page.

I'm trying to finish the first draft of my WIP as quickly as possible, since my editor is going to send through the structural edit for another project any day now. Hopefully I can get this draft finished first; it's currently about 65,000 words, but slowly growing.

Today is the climactic scene, which is usually the fun part. However, it's going quite slowly, since there's a lot of exposition to weave through without descending into a cliché villain monologue (I have a very bad habit of writing those).  :shh

Good luck to everyone working on a WIP!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on December 05, 2010, 07:19 PM
Hi all! *peeping head around the door a waving*   I've been sick and out of commission, but I know I'm feeling better when I start thinking about writing again. Spent this afternoon trying to get my head back into my novel.  I'm hoping to get back into a writing routine. Why is that so hard to do again once the routine is broken?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on December 06, 2010, 07:18 AM
Eeew I'm sorry for your being sick, Nora, but I'm glad that you're getting better! :D

Just wanted to add that I'm now on page 8 (yay for improvements!) and spent the better part of an hour arguing out my character's, well, character. Huzzah for baby steps! :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on December 06, 2010, 10:31 AM
Spent two hours meshing two conversations into one. It's still not right. I will try again tomorrow.
:yay Amy, for recovering your work!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 06, 2010, 11:23 AM
Glad you're feeling better, Nora!

I've been procrastinating a lot lately, and I'm not sure why. I think I've been at a difficult point in my thinking. Yesterday I pecked away a little bit but didn't accomplish much. Today I worked on listing the ways I see my characters personalities' working in various situations and in response to different people in the book. I'm thinking of making note cards for each character so I'll have something physical to go to if I'm not sure how a certain character would react to some situation.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 06, 2010, 12:43 PM
Best of luck with that, Melissa.
Wobbled my way into town again today. This crazy stigmatism is driving me gaga and I am getting some strange stares from people. I feel like walking up to them and saying "I have not been drinking".  Anyway, I did well again today.  350 words.  Then I came home and Moggy is not happy.  He doesn't like my laptop or my refill pad, it prevents cuddles.  So, I'd better shut down.
More writing tomorrow, hopefully.  My characters are devious little devils and apparently quite humorous, which considering they are humans, is rather unusual for me.  Keep up the good work! :yup
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 06, 2010, 08:26 PM
 :yay for everyone who is making progress in their WIPs. I, sadly, have not been able to work on mine for days now. (sob) But! Christmas lights and the Christmas tree are up :xmastree, and almost all my shopping is done :party5--just have my husband left to buy for, and I did some holiday baking :cookie :applepie.  So I've been busy, just with other stuff. Tomorrow I hope to dive back into my story.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: yellow_submarine on December 06, 2010, 09:00 PM
Hooray!
I just finished the rough draft of my current WIP! It's riddled with holes and needs some serious rewriting, but at least I've officially reached the "end" of the story.  :carrot

I hope everyone else had a productive day, and good luck with all your WIPs!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on December 07, 2010, 08:27 AM
I've been revising a manuscript that was the first one I've ever written. I loved the setting and the characters, but came to find out the plot had almost every fantasy cliche ever imagined or written. I think I was trying to make it unique by adding every single element I could. Anyway, I was on my way to Church on Sunday, thinking about revising another manuscript, when POOF! a fully formed idea for this baby popped into my head. I am so freakin' frackin' excited, I can barely have intelligible conversations anymore. It's more than a revision, more like a rewrite of the entire plot and character motivations, but I'm 30 pages in and haven't felt this way about writing in way too long. Rediscovering the joy of why I started writing in the first place = priceless.

Raynbow  :rainbow
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on December 07, 2010, 08:55 AM
That's wonderful Raynbow! I love it when that happens.

Today I cut a few lines, added a few lines, realized I was basically spinning my wheels, and decided to call it a day. Maybe I'll be more productive tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 07, 2010, 10:40 AM
That's awesome, Raynbow!

I accomplished next to nothing today, and now I need to get working on other things. Aargh.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 07, 2010, 12:58 PM
Sat in the coffee shop without my mp3 and got a crazy frenzy of writing.  Not much to you guys, but I purposely left my laptop at home and knew that if I did, I would have no excuse except to twiddle my fingers or write.  It worked really well and I wrote 310 words.  I know it's not much to you guys, but I ironed out lots and got really progressed, then put my manuscript away when I got a call from the doctor.  She diagnosed a problem I have been having lately that's been causing my fatigue and thankfully not my use of the computer, but I am turning it off anyway.  I have another visit in the morning, but tiredness is setting in and I need rest.  Hopefully I'll have more written by Thursday, and the start of some new truffles.
I'll keep you informed.  Coffee's going cold and I better drink up. John always tells me off when I don't, he makes it so I don't blame him. Keep going!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 07, 2010, 01:31 PM
Way to go, Yellow Submarine! I'm sure that you can work that rough draft into something that shines.

Raynbow, how exciting! Nothing feels better than being really inspired and excited about your work. 

My day hasn't been as productive as I had hoped it would be.  One of my little guys woke up with a fever.  He's been uber whiny and clingy because he's feeling rotten, so I haven't been able to do much but hold him all day. I did get two and a half new pages written during his little nap.  Sometimes I feel like I am crawling towards the finish line and I have to remind myself that at least I am still moving forward.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on December 07, 2010, 06:14 PM
Yay, Yellow Submarine! I love the feeling of finishing the first draft. Good luck on the revisions.

Go Raynbow! Go!

thunderingelephants - 310 words is great! Sometimes my goal is to get one, new coherent sentence on the page. Progress is progress. Glad to hear you have a diagnosis. Hopefully it comes with a remedy!

amykated - Here's hoping he feels better soon. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 08, 2010, 09:46 AM
Thanks Nora.
Went to doctor and discovered my problem.  Have to go the hospital tomorrow.  Didn't do any writing today because of problems with fatigue.  Will start again by the weekend.  Keep it up guys!
Haven't started yet and was out late last night (suffering terribly now).  BUT, I am just about to abandon beasties again and trot off to attempt a writing session.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 08, 2010, 11:34 AM
Amykated -- I hope your little guy feels better soon. 2 1/2 pages is a pretty big accomplishment during a little nap. Props to you for making progress at all on a hard day.

Thundering -- I hope you're feeling better soon. Best of luck with your medical stuff.

I seem to be getting rolling again. I've decided that I've made good progress with my haphazard planning method, but that I need to push myself to put it all together into something coherent that I can refer to while writing. I spent the morning working out one of those 9-point plot diagrams I've seen people on these boards describing. Really helpful. It helped me make some directional decisions I've been hemming and hawing about. I'm going to start on a more detailed outline tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on December 08, 2010, 01:37 PM
Melissa, have you heard of the W Plot? It's one of the best plotting techniques I've read about. Here's a link to a blog post about it: http://kathleenwall.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/wow-for-the-w-plot/

I had an epiphany last night about a major plot contrivance in my rewrite. So, went back and revised the 32 pages I'd just revised. Woot for progress!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on December 08, 2010, 07:21 PM
I cut 100 words out of my manuscript today. I think I may finally have gotten this particular scene where it needs to be. I'll go over it again tomorrow and see if I like it as much then as I did today--or maybe Friday. I have to work the bookfair at my kids' school tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 09, 2010, 05:42 AM
Thanks guys,
I was at my mum's last night and wobbled all over the place!  I'm also freezing.  It's four degrees here which isn't that cold so my stepdad is taking me to the hospital tomorrow.  I managed a few words this morning and really enjoyed it.  I've never created such a devious character before.  He's pretty mad and that's not something I am used to.
Anyway, I am shutting down and getting the pen and paper out.
Talk to you after.

Speaking of plots, has no-one ever heard of spider plotting?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 09, 2010, 11:26 AM
Raynbow--Thanks! I haven't heard about W plotting before. At a glance, it looks great. I've been shopping around for good plot techniques. Lack of good plot organization has killed some of my previous manuscripts, so I've been messing around with a lot of techniques to kind of figure out what works for me best. It means I'm spending an insane amount of time on the planning stages of my current novel, but I figure it's worth it.

Michelle--Glad you made progress. Sometimes cutting is harder work than adding.

Thundering--I've heard of spider plotting. I know a some people who swear by it. It's not one that works for me, for some reason, but I


I worked on plotting again today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 09, 2010, 12:53 PM
I bookmarked the W plot page.  After reading her explanations that go along with it I think that I already do kind of use a W plan for my plot.  However, that may just be wishful thinking on my part. Thanks for sharing it with us Raynbow.

Also, thanks for all the well wishes for the boy.  He's still got it, whatever it is. I hope that it goes away soon.  We're supposed to have a birthday party at our house this weekend and I don't want to be passing germs along to the entire extended family right before Christmas.

In the last two days I've written about 6 and a half pages.  I'm trudging along.  :camel Don't know that I'm gonna finish it before January, but I'm trying. And given the obstacles that have been thrown in my way I think I'm doing quite alright.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tracey N on December 10, 2010, 10:29 AM
I'm brand spankin new here but I had to post: I finished the first draft of my WIP! I was hoping to be done by Jan 1 so I'm pleasantly surprised. Of course, it's spare and needs plenty of editing but for now? Happy dance!

Hope everyone's having a productive day. :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on December 10, 2010, 10:37 AM
Yay Tracey! Now you can relax and enjoy the crazy time of year and let your draft simmer. Nice!

I'm close to the end! I need a big emotional moment and I need the action climax and a denouement. I just want to  :giddyup to the end, but first I have to take care of present ordering (small town = no stores to do Christmas shopping at). And my kids are suffering from extreme wakefulness, and I can't seem to find any time to be ALONE. Some parts of the book I just have to hit right the first time, emotionally. So I'm holding off and hoping that this weekend there will be a quiet moment where I can do some intense writing.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 10, 2010, 11:08 AM
Congrats Tracey! It's my goal to finish my first draft before January as well.

Well, no new words on my WIP and I don't anticipate being able to work on it at all today.  Gotta get the house ready for a birthday party, which means I have to clean, clean, clean. YUCK!   I did, however, write a piece of flash fiction that I absolutely love. The idea struck me in the middle of the night and amazingly the words were all still there fresh in my mind when I woke up this morning.  Inspiration feels wonderful.  I love you muse! Come back again tonight!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 10, 2010, 11:30 AM
Roll on Sunday.  That's usually my creative day.  My spider plots have kind of wilted at the moment, but I'm still on track.
At the hospital today and told exactly what the doctor told, then another one contradicted what first doctor and gp told me.  John wants the computer and furry laptop has been on his own all day, so I think he wants a cuddle.
Just about to go and smash some chocolate.  That's sometimes worse than writer's cramp but just as rewarding in a completely different way. Don't quite get the same feeling of achievement though.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tracey N on December 10, 2010, 12:50 PM
...but first I have to take care of present ordering

Technically that's what I should have been doing! Fifteen days to Christmas and I have yet to buy any presents. Whoops!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 10, 2010, 02:57 PM
Tracey--Hooray for you! And if you're a little behind on the Christmas shopping, maybe your family can have New Year's gifts this year.

2200 words for me today. Oh, yeah.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 11, 2010, 05:48 AM
Aah, that's just about the only pleasure of being an only child with no children of my own.  Just four presents to buy.  Myself and John are staying at home this year so my W.I.P can be worked on a little more than the one last year.
Best of luck with your shopping.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 11, 2010, 01:09 PM
900 or 1000 words today. I added in a few different places, so it's hard to do the count. I also worked on some revisions of an older manuscript for an hour or so.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 12, 2010, 11:28 AM
Another couple of hours of revision of my older WIP.  It's better than I remembered.  Hooray for critique groups! 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 12, 2010, 01:05 PM
Cold cappuccino (as usual).  Beasties abandoned and pen and paper brought out in a packed coffee shop filled with Christmas shoppers.  I ignored them all, left the laptop at home and got writing.
375 written and my hand was fit to drop off by the time I had finished.  I am glad, my character he just reeked revenge on his headmaster in an absolutely disgusting manner.  So badly, in fact, that as soon as I wrote it I thought to myself: how could you, Fiona?  That's just disgraceful! 
I'm going to leave it that way, because that's what I had intended, but I still feel nasty. 
It is 9p.m. here and I am exhausted.  I have used all of my brain power for the day.  Time to have a cup of tea and a biscuit.  Hopefully I will have the energy to do the same (to write, not drink tea!) tomorow.  Hope you do too.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cali on December 12, 2010, 02:16 PM
Rainbow, I just hopped in to thank you for the above link.  :smile I've finished my first draft though it needs a lot of beefing up with descriptions and such.  :bangcomputer My writing has been at a stand still because I knew I needed to add lots of information but I wasn't sure how or where to start. After reading through Kathleens posts, I think I may be ready to dive in at last and start revisions. :crossedfingers

Thanks and Cheers,
CAli :hug
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on December 12, 2010, 02:44 PM
I worked on my new WIP today ... added about 750 words. And I did something I have never done before, which is leave a note to myself to add a scene. I mean, not in the sense of "hmm, it would be good to add in a scene showing xyz here", which I do during rereads/revision - no, this time I simply didn't have the mental stamina to write the next scene. So I wrote into the manuscript, "scene x" and just ... jumped to the scene after that and continued writing. Is this what nonlinear writing is? It feels weird ... but hey, progress is progress, right?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on December 12, 2010, 03:11 PM
Sometimes, jumping past a difficult area and working on the rest of a story is the only way to get past a tough spot. I've found when I've done that in the past, the missing scene/s came very easily later when I came back to them.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: amykated on December 12, 2010, 04:00 PM
Didn't get much work done today, around 600 words.  It's hard to really get into my writing mode when everyone is home during the weekends because they are so loud and are often interrupting.  I'll take what I can get. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on December 12, 2010, 05:12 PM
Cali, yay! I'm happy that post helped. The W plot is pure genius.

Raynbow
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on December 13, 2010, 02:07 AM
Verla, thanks for the words of support! :smile I'm going to tackle the missing scene today - crossed fingers it comes out smoothly.

Raynbow, I just looked at the W-plot you linked to upthread - wowzers. Thanks for the link. It looks like a really, really great technique.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on December 13, 2010, 05:17 AM
I was at the local meeting where the author talked about the W plot, but I go to Kathleen's notes because mine aren't nearly as coherent as hers are. So glad you all are finding them useful. :)

Raynbow
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 13, 2010, 11:43 AM
I wrote about 600 words this morning. Good luck with that missing scene, Emily G.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on December 13, 2010, 02:11 PM
Good luck with that missing scene, Emily G.

Thanks Melissa. (congrats on your 600 words!!) I did get my scene done ... 474 words, it was shorter than I expected, but still quite hard to write for the emotional content. Still, I'm really glad it's in place - I can carry on writing forward with a clear conscience.  :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on December 14, 2010, 05:24 AM
I was at the local meeting where the author talked about the W plot, but I go to Kathleen's notes because mine aren't nearly as coherent as hers are. So glad you all are finding them useful. :)

Raynbow

Raynbow, I wanted to chime in with my thanks too - on that W-plot page, there was also a link to "rooting" your MC in the beginning of the novel, and it has helped me immensely. Awesome!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 14, 2010, 08:01 AM
I just about worked on my manuscript yesterday.  Going in today to write a little more.  Mind you, I was woken by Mogster this morning so I don't know if I have the energy.  I will just have to see.
Hope you are more productive than I have been the last few days.  450 written yesterday, I suppose that's my week's progress.  Not too bad for a longhander.  I think!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 14, 2010, 11:12 AM
About 1400 words today. Congrats on your recent progress, Thundering and Emily G.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on December 14, 2010, 08:32 PM
I worked on my WIP yesterday and today. I finished chapter 3 and cut about 200 more words. It's really starting to shape up.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on December 14, 2010, 08:56 PM
I actually whipped out about 700 words last night, and was going to write tonight, but decided to watch a movie instead.  I will get right back at it tomorrow though, I have to!  My goal is to finishe my rough draft by the end of December.  I have about 8k to go.  Conference is in April, so I need a nicely polished ms by March!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Shannywriter on December 14, 2010, 09:43 PM
Yay, Tara! I haven't touched my ms in two weeks. Christmas glitter has fallen all over my laptop. Maybe tomorrow.  ;)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on December 14, 2010, 10:15 PM
I think I've written about 3000 words today! I've been chopping out stuff that doesn't really fit the story as it's unfolded and adding in new stuff, so it's hard to say just how much I've written--but when I started, it was in the 49,000 range and now the first two numbers are 52-something. !! As soon as my son's homework-tears-extravaganza is done and I can concentrate again, I will be penning my final words on the first draft! Fastest book I've EVER written (August-now.)

I'm about to plunge into the woe-is-me-this-is-DRECK of revision, though, so don't get too excited. :)

ETA: DONE!! Done, done, done, done, D-O-O-O-N-E!  :snoopy

Off to crash!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kiperoo on December 15, 2010, 04:59 AM
Wheeeeee, Olume!!! Congrats on finishing! What an accomplishment!!  :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 15, 2010, 10:26 AM
Great news, Olmue! Who cares (for now) if the upcoming revision is going to be a slog? You hit the end! Celebrate!

Tara and Michelle, great job. Keep it up.

I wrote 1600 words today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on December 16, 2010, 11:25 AM
Glad to see people are still chugging along.  :snowplow

I am almost through the cutting and pasting stage.  I almost had the screaming meamies last night while doing this, I kept losing my place and well you know how it goes when you move large chunks of text from one place to another.  However, I had an inspirational thought, you know one of those light bulb moments when you realize that the person that you want to be the ring leader ends up not being the ring leader, but it is some one different and has been all along.  I love it when the plot goes devious.  hehehe.

It makes a lot more sense also.

Almost to the stage I can begin making my corrections and finish this story.  yehaw!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 16, 2010, 11:31 AM
Sounds like you're doing good work, Liz.

1,900 words today. They're really sloppy words, but hey, there's a lot of them.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Danyelle on December 16, 2010, 10:50 PM
I got close to 2k today. It feels good to be working on the WIP again!  :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on December 17, 2010, 08:19 AM
Okay! The semester has ended.  Now I can get back to revising my story.  I've missed it muchly! 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 17, 2010, 11:18 AM
700 words today, plus some long thoughts about the story's structure. Do I want to go back and change the whole beginning or plunge on? I don't know I don't know.

MSW--Good luck!

Danyelle--Glad you're back at it!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: spider2387 on December 17, 2010, 03:29 PM
 :dog3 I write PB sonot every day I work on the same MS. I write it, wait 4 dys, look again with fresh eyes. Over those for days I will do the same with another. Ideally I have 3 or 4 stories ready to sub at the same time.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 17, 2010, 04:48 PM
My hand feels lonely at the moment. I haven't been able to write because of being in hospital and other things.  It's Sunday in two days and I hope to do a little shopping and more writing.  Maybe fifty words.  That's all that's in my head at the moment. :notworking
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 18, 2010, 12:02 PM
Thundering, best of luck with your writing and your health issues.

Spider, it sounds like you have a good system worked out for yourself.
 
I decided to go forward with my WIP instead of re-doing the beginning. Lots of new words today. I added text in a couple of different places, so I'm not sure how many words. I think I hit my goal, though.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Aimee W. on December 18, 2010, 01:20 PM
I managed to write 4K before lunch, so I think I'm back in the saddle! I had 40k, stripped it back to 32 (that was rough) so now I'm back up to 36 (not so rough). I'm hoping it will be wrapped up by the end of Christmas break. Like Olmue, this ones' been pretty quick. I started it in October, spaced out for all of November, and have been crawling back in a page at a time this month. Then WHAMMY! I'm pretty sure if I can finish this thing before New Year's it will be the fastest book I've written (and I'm pretty sure it's my best yet). #noJinx

Whammy is good.  :!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on December 18, 2010, 10:59 PM
Huzzah for everyone making great progress in their WIP! Thunderingelephants, I hope you get better soon!! (And writing in your head is frustrating when you can't put it on paper, isn't it? :( good health!)

I decided to scrap my last WIP (because I realized my MCs were going to end up in a high fantasy journey, which I did NOT want to do. So, I switched it! Hopefully this one won't end in a realization like "Ohhhhh my Elf and my human are about to travel the world together, what else does that sound like??") So instead I'm throwing myself at a new project that I won't talk too much about (since that seems to be my problem.) Toodles, and good luck in everything you do!

Happy Holiday time!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on December 19, 2010, 10:08 AM
I'm in hiatus right now. Working on sewing Christmas presents for my family instead of my WIP. Yoiks! I hope to get into some kind of schedule after the holidays are behind me.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 19, 2010, 01:15 PM
Verla,
Do you ever stop working on something?  Baking (particularly spectacular wedding cakes!), sewing, writing, moderating blueboards. This multi-tasking must leave you drained.
Myriad,
Thanks for your concern.  Still slip-sliding away, but not quite as bad as a few days ago.

Managed 159 today, but still enjoying this ridiculous story.  Can't write now 'cos I'm exhausted and furry snoring beasty is beside me doing exactly that.  Still loving writing this story...it's bonkers beyond belief.  I'd never submit it anywhere.  The characters are devious, even the secondary character is coming around to their ideas.  Shutting up and shutting down in a few minutes.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on December 19, 2010, 01:36 PM

Verla,
Do you ever stop working on something?  Baking (particularly spectacular wedding cakes!), sewing, writing, moderating blueboards. This multi-tasking must leave you drained.


Actually, it does exactly the opposite. I feel totally drained and depressed when I'm not busy doing something. When traveling, I have to have my computer or a book or puzzles, hand sewing, or SOMETHING with me. I go nuts sitting still, doing nothing. My mind hates being idle, I guess. I'm happiest when I'm busiest. So I tend to keep myself busy with things I love to do. :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 19, 2010, 01:53 PM
Actually, it does exactly the opposite. I feel totally drained and depressed when I'm not busy doing something. When traveling, I have to have my computer or a book or puzzles, hand sewing, or SOMETHING with me. I go nuts sitting still, doing nothing. My mind hates being idle, I guess. I'm happiest when I'm busiest. So I tend to keep myself busy with things I love to do. :moose
Actually, I am the same. Right now, I am about to join John and Moggy do some puzzles (if the furry guy lets me).  I think that's why I write longhand. Using a computer takes too much effort and longhand gives me more thinking times while keeping active.
This is DEFINITELY my last reply!  Goodnight.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on December 19, 2010, 06:21 PM
Okay, here's a scary thought. I just finished my draft this week. And already another story has moved in! Seriously. I need to revise this other one. But more characters are whispering to me. I'm sitting here working out an opening scene for the book, and realizing what the main character desperately wants, and... Hello, it's Christmas! I have a real life! And a book to revise! How can I be in the head of a contemporary 13YO boy inventor's head AND the head of a teen girl in a historical fantasy at the same time?

So...maybe I'll take out dual residency here and in the revisions camp...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on December 20, 2010, 09:18 AM
Most of the past week seems to have disappeared into the time vortex ... but I've picked up the WIP again today and I'm working on an outline for it based on the W-plot link Raynbow Gignilliat recommended upthread. I may just complete my first ever SUCCESSFUL outline this way, I like it so much. *crosses fingers*

olmue, twotiming on a project can sometimes be really productive - of course it depends on your writing process though. But for me, I sometimes find that spending time in a different MC's head, helps me get more into the voice of the OTHER MC just by virtue of being able to see their differences. Or if I'm stuck on a plotpoint of one WIP, I can go work on the other one and not waste writing time, while the problematic project does a bit of mental composting on the backburner. Good luck :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on December 20, 2010, 09:48 AM
True, Emily! I'm hoping that happens.

(And I think I'm going to check out that W-plot link as well!) Glad your outline has turned out so well!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 20, 2010, 12:27 PM
Miserly, but productive one hundred and fifty words written.  However, my secondary has decided to come around to my primary character's sense of thinking and although they don't agree, they are co-operating.  Just ended up in a muddy field (them, not me) with a load of other kids and enjoying every minute of it.

I'm going onto grater things with my :chocolate. Talk to you all tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on December 21, 2010, 05:34 AM
I feel like a million bucks!  I've worked on my wip the last two days and It's actually been productive!!  I'm removing a character from the story and so far I've been able to replace him by using other characters to say his lines.  It's forced me to develop the other characters as well.  The voice is good, not perfect, but good enough for now and I feel just strait up excellent!!!!!  Man, I've missed this story.  Hopefully this continues for the next few weeks before classes start again and the work load gets too heavy. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on December 21, 2010, 10:24 AM
Congrats to all of you who are making good progress. I'm not. Apart from holiday prep and duties, I had a sudden frantic call from a woman who needed someone to teach some community college classes starting very soon. I've taught before and liked it, but it's not really where I want my life to be right now. Still, I spent two unproductive days freaking out over an interview for a job I ultimately turned down because it won't pay more than my freelance work anyway. Not too smart, eh?

I'm headed out for some travel for a week. I plan to try to write some while I'm away, but I may not check in here every day. All my best to all of you. I hope your WIPs swell up with good words.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on December 22, 2010, 06:19 AM
Enjoy your break Melissa K! 

It's been another good day for me.  I finished editing one chapter that I split into two.  I can't be happy enough.  I know this won't last, but I'll take the good while I can.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 22, 2010, 01:27 PM
I haven't worked on my W.I.P for a few days and today I wished I had instead of  meeting  mother.  She was truly monstrous and would have fitted in my story perfectly.  She kind of reminded me of the Christmas Grinch in reverse.
Gonna do some shopping and attempt to work tomorrow.
 :goodnight:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Laura_6 on December 24, 2010, 11:23 PM
 :snowman2: Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!   :santasleigh2:


Although I'm still officially revising my MG novel, I thought I'd poke my head in with Christmas wishes for you all.
I hope to be jumping into this thread in mid Jan.  After TWO months of trying to come up with a good idea :eh2 , I finally got one -- it's a YA Urban Fantasy! Yay!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on December 24, 2010, 11:36 PM
Congrats to everyone who has worked on their WIP!   :yourock  I've been in a slump for the past few weeks, but as soon as the holidays are done, I'm diving back in.  I did decide to do chapter outlines for my story to lay it out more, make sure I'm not getting too far off point.  I'm 44k into it with about 10k to go and I'm not seeing much in the way of an end anytime soon, so I'm hoping my chapter outlines will help me tighten things up a bit.  Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope Santa brings you everything you want!  :santasleigh2:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: joypainter on December 30, 2010, 05:53 PM
 :newyear  to everyone!

I will try to  :hanginthere and write everyday! 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on January 02, 2011, 11:02 AM
Hi all! I hope you've all had a good holiday season. Congrats to all of you who got any writing done. If you didn't, that's probably okay too. Everyone needs a break.

Winter storms and bad driving conditions kept me away from home a little longer than expected, but I'm back in gear now. While I was on vacation I took off four or five days from writing entirely. After that I tried to do a little work when I could sneak away from family obligations. I wasn't very productive in those writing sessions, but it was good for my introverted self to get into a quiet room and type a bit.

I'm now back home and hoping to jump into my normal 7 day per week writing schedule. Today I wrote a new final chapter for one of my WIPs. It's an improvement over the previous version but still not great. I had to submit it to my crit group right away, so I'm crossing my fingers that they'll have some good suggestions.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 02, 2011, 12:10 PM
 :cheers: to anyone who got writing done over the new year celebrations.  I left the beasties at home and went into the coffee shop to recover from yesterday's festivities.  Got four hundred and thirty written, which I am quite with AND the mc is content with his progress for a change.  Now, all I have to do is figure out what to do with him.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Melissa K on January 03, 2011, 10:34 AM
Congrats on the progress, Thundering.

I'm off to hang out in revisionland for a while. Best of luck to all of you!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on January 03, 2011, 08:25 PM
Well, I'm back in the saddle again. After sporadic writing over the holidays, I worked two hours this morning and revised most of a chapter. If I can keep this up, maybe I will  get my manuscript in the hands of my readers by Febrary rather than March.  :revising:

Ooops, looks like I was so tired last night I forgot how to spell February.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on January 03, 2011, 08:55 PM
I looked at my WIP today. :neck Does that count? :lol
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on January 04, 2011, 04:49 AM
It means you're thinking about it. I'd say, yes!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 04, 2011, 05:58 AM
I looked at my WIP today. :neck Does that count? :lol
You started this thread, course it does! :yup
Dying with a cold, so not feeling up to writing at the moment.  Sitting here with the beasties with a hot water bottle stuck to my tummy.  Maybe I will trot into the coffee
shop after my usual shopping expedition and attempt some writing.  Otherwise, I will be in much the same position as Verla.
The heating isn't working either which doesn't help matters either.
Sorry guys, just feeling sorry for myself!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on January 04, 2011, 06:54 AM
Thundering, get warm and get well fast. :sick2 Hope your cold symptoms disappear very quickly so you can get back to :writing. :grouphug2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on January 04, 2011, 09:01 AM
Oh, Thundering, I hate going without heat in the winter. I hope things look up fast.

I officially HATE autorecovery!! :! It's a great idea, but the autorecovery on my machine kicks in while I'm typing and crashes the whole system. Of course, this always seems to happen when things are flowing really well and I am so into the work that I'm not saving as often as I should.  :gaah I think I got most of it back.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 04, 2011, 12:28 PM
That's why I love it here!  I did go and do some shopping with my mp3 then for my brew and wrote 310 words.  That's productive for me. :coldsick: Still feel like this and should be doing  :ironing: but it can wait until tomorrow.
I think I will just hug Moggy and keep warm. Hope you guys are more productive.

Love your new smilies, Verla. :yourock
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SarahE on January 05, 2011, 01:30 AM
Okay, I'm back in this thread. I know you'll all help keep me honest   ;)

I have been making good progress on my WIP in the last week and, after having a night off last night, I'm back into it again tonight. I'm doing a lot of 'linking' chapters at the moment, so it's rather satisfying because it's pulling it all together (I've written a lot of chapters from the beginning, middle and end and I'm currently sorting out the order of events and then creating nice segueways between the chapters).

If I crane my neck  :neck  and squint, I can almost see The End in sight, but I've got a quite a bit more writing to do to get there.

And now I'm using this smiley ------>   :chocolate:  because that's what I just did to kick off tonight's writing. hee, hee.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SarahE on January 05, 2011, 07:29 AM
And I'm jumping back in to mention....I managed to write 2100 new words tonight   :chickendance

But now it's 2.20am here and I'm tired, so 'night all!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on January 05, 2011, 10:23 AM
Goodnight SarahE! Hope you slept well!

Just mentioning (because I don't want to jinx it) that I have written ALOT on my WIP and plan on doing more and more and more until I either am finished or I go mad. (And I can only hear Bullwinkle ask "What's the difference?") Pieces are finally making sense, and as I delve more into the world of my book I realize that it is a lot more complicated than I supposed when I first started out. But good complicated. In a way, it makes the world become more real, more sensible than just the whims of a couple of characters.

So. I'm pretty happy with my work so far. (rubs a sleeping kitty's paw) Good luck to all! :laugh
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on January 05, 2011, 03:29 PM
Worked much too long on my manuscript today, but I'm not sure I'm accompishing anything.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 06, 2011, 09:35 AM
Worked much too long on my manuscript today, but I'm not sure I'm accompishing anything.
Wish I could say the same!  Things like a broken heating boiler and an earache are putting me off.  Never mind, going to doctor to sort myself out tomorrow.  You never know, it might inspire me.
Happy writing, everyone else.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on January 06, 2011, 02:21 PM
Spent two hours today reworking a conversation. It's still not there, but it's getting closer. It's snowing steadily outside, and there's a good chance that all of my children will be home with me all day tomorrow. Oh, and I am completely out of chocolate. :sigh:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on January 06, 2011, 03:29 PM
... there's a good chance that all of my children will be home with me all day tomorrow. Oh, and I am completely out of chocolate. :sigh:

:ohno  :ahh :protest: :bewildered: :gaah :help

I really feel for you!    :hug
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on January 06, 2011, 11:17 PM
Yay, I totally worked on my WIP today!  :yay  And, I got to use the word "minion" too!  I'm totally excited for this.  It's silly, I know, but also so funny.  :turtlego:  Kind of like this turtle.  Love this one!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on January 09, 2011, 07:05 PM
Wow, this is a sloooooowwwwww thread.  :shrug:   :zzz   Well, I skipped the football games yesterday and went to the library for the first time to write.  I've only ever written at home, so this was a new experience.  I loved it, and I got over 2K written for my WIP.  :oncomputer  Yay! Gonna take the night off tonight, but I'm hitting the computer again tomorrow! :horse:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 10, 2011, 06:42 AM
I looked at my WIP today.
I'm back to visit today, for exactly the same reason.  Still dying of a cold with the cat glaring at me.  Not condusive to a writer's mood.  I managed a hundred words yesterday, then scratched thirty out. 
Will that do?

Michelle, I have 1kg of chocolate in my refrigerator, waiting to be turned into truffles.  I'm certain I could spare of it for you. :fridge
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on January 10, 2011, 08:58 AM
Have little to no idea about my word count today- it began with erasing a lot of the work I had done last night and then stopping and playing around on the internet, because my description of a character as spoken by another character didn't sit right with me. Still doesn't. But I slogged through onto the next scene, with a mental note to stop making him sound like a poet when he's clearly not. A skill I'm still learning as I go along.

I managed a hundred words yesterday, then scratched thirty out. 
Will that do?

Phsaw, that's 70 more words than you had before! I do believe that counts!!!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on January 11, 2011, 03:29 PM
I am at the point I have no idea how many words I am putting in and how many I am taking out.  Moving paragraphs here and there and trying to make it sound like a real story.   :sigh

In the next couple of days I will have to put in a new ink cartridge and print out all my pages and read them and really edit my WIP.  :scissors:

But I am going through with this one, I am not going to give up! :hanginthere

May be eating the raw cookie dough in my freezer. LOL
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on January 11, 2011, 04:40 PM
I LOVE raw cookie dough. I'd rather eat it than the baked cookies any day. You have never known what real joy is until you saw my face the day I first found out you could buy COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM! :icecream:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 12, 2011, 04:50 AM
Can I make my W.I.P grating chocolate?  I'll get cracking tomorrow.  Keep some of that cookie dough for me, please.  I'm going to aim for three hundred by Friday. :coldsick:
Also  :cat keeps climbing across the keyboard!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Akoss on January 12, 2011, 09:02 AM
I may be late to this thread but I'm in. I'm on my fifth rev of my WIP and I NEED it to be done by March.
This week I worked on it twice already. so this is the place for me. :banghead
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on January 12, 2011, 05:40 PM
My WIP is going backwards. See that 10,000 words in my sig line? Well, it's been chopped down to 7900.  :sigh

Hoping the next scene will gell for me soon, so I can write it and get that word count up again!  :writing3

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on January 12, 2011, 07:03 PM

My WIP is going backwards. See that 10,000 words in my sig line? Well, it's been chopped down to 7900.  :sigh


Cutting words out of manuscripts is just as important (and sometimes even more important!) than adding words. So going backwards counts in this thread, too, Rue! :smile
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on January 12, 2011, 07:50 PM
Thanks, Verla. You're right. It had to be done. Just hate doing it. :(

Off to try to turn that wordcount around...  :typing

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 13, 2011, 10:40 AM
Cutting words out of manuscripts is just as important (and sometimes even more important!) than adding words. So going backwards counts in this thread, too, Rue! :smile
You've just made my day!!  Got three hundred written in between being pelted on by disgusting rainy weather and an interesting conversation about vegetables.  Great for inspiration!
 :coldsick:  Feelin a little like this so I might check in with you guys and see you are progressing later.

Thanks, Verla. You're right. It had to be done. Just hate doing it. :(

Off to try to turn that wordcount around...  :typing

Rue
At least you don't have to do word long-hand, Rue.  Laborious to say the least.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on January 13, 2011, 11:43 PM
Well, it's going in the right direction again! 8300 now! :)

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SarahE on January 14, 2011, 01:59 AM
Hi all  *waves*

I'm desperately trying to get back into this thread (by writing something, of course!) but I've been so distracted for the past week by these devastating floods here in Queensland, Australia. I am lucky, as it does not affect me or my family, but I have been busy organising my own donations to some fabulous Flood Appeal online auctions (some handmade goodies and my graphic design services to raise funds).

It's been a busy old week, plus I have some design work on. But I'm hoping to write something (!) this weekend to move my WIP forwards.

Wishing everyone lots of shiny new words!

Sarah  x
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Akoss on January 14, 2011, 07:35 AM
I worked on my MG wip last night. 5th edit of chap 1 done. Now moving onto chap 2 and hopefully more by sunday. :tea
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on January 16, 2011, 12:00 PM
I actually succeeded today!!!  540 words,but now the furry laptop's dancing across the keyboard and making it almost impossible.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on January 25, 2011, 06:20 AM
So, for the last week or so, I've been in this really weird rut. I mean, I know that it's a necessary rut, because my MCs have gone from working full-time in a profession that they absolutely love to plummeting into this weird situation that results in their having nothing to do during the day while they wait for an event that (they don't know it yet) will occur in two months. Meanwhile, though, while they are absolutely bored out of their minds, their author, who absolutely HATES being bored, is starting to feel uneasy about her writing.

But I've decided to rewrite what I can and hurry the pace up again. See if that is the final push to making my story pick up again, to make me excited about it again.

So...... that's how I worked on my WIP today!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 01, 2011, 06:31 AM
Hey Myriad..I can relate to trying to capture that excitement about writing. If I'm bored, the reader's probably asleep  :goodnight:
Even when I'm firing up the keys, I still plateau at about 1200 words a pop.  :sigh
Still your story sounds like a reality show, or Pulp Fiction (in a good way!)
hope your WIP has you feeling like this guy  :hairdude
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: shamrock838 on February 02, 2011, 06:49 AM
Okay. I'm here. I'm in. I WILL work on my WIP today. I will. :hiding

Verla,

OK, I'm still new here ...

What is a WIP please?  Does it mean "Writing In Progress" or something such?

Thanks,

shamrock838 (Mike)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 02, 2011, 06:53 AM
Yes shamrock838, that is exactly what it means. Currently, my WIP seems to be writing itself. I couldn't believe I sat down yesterday and wrote about 3k words...a veritable miracle for me since I'm the equivalent of a writing  :snail
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on February 02, 2011, 07:00 AM
Thanks for answering for me while I was off line, HappyCamper. I love having an alter-ego... especially since it's YOU. :hug (And in case you are worried, no, I had no problem at ALL with you jumping in and covering for me. I'm extremely glad you did as it got the answer to Shamrock838 that much quicker.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 02, 2011, 09:55 AM
 :sorry :booboo:  Verla, I even reread the post to check if the question was addressed to you. Still overlooked it  :embarrassed2 
Verla thanks... :yourock
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on February 02, 2011, 12:31 PM
Naw... YOU rock, HappyCamper. You did a great job of answering a question by someone. I'm sure it was only aimed at me because I'd mentioned my WIP in my post.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 02, 2011, 03:35 PM
We BOTH Rock  :hairdude :hairdude
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Josiecv on February 02, 2011, 04:25 PM
Well, my snow day goal was 1000 words, but I haven't been able to get near that in one sitting recently. 497, not quite half, but not half bad. One of these days, I'll get back into the zone. Bit by bit, right? My mom always used to tell us "inch by inch, anything's a cinch." I wonder how many inches 497 words covers?

Hope you all had a productive day! :snow
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Nora on February 02, 2011, 04:33 PM
I haven't posted in awhile, but I HAVE been working on my WIP. Matter of fact, I typed the words THE END a few weeks ago at 64K! I'm now revising. It's been trimmed to 58K and is beginning to shine. I'm almost ready for a trench...  :pickle
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: myriad_of_colors on February 02, 2011, 10:22 PM
Oooh! Congratulations on THE END!

And thank you, HappyCamper, I've finally worked myself out of the awkwardness and stillness. My WIP is starting to make me feel happy again! YAY! :pickle
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 03, 2011, 05:41 AM
  :yay   Myriad & Nora :partytime
I too see The End in sight....such  :broccoli :bananadance :carrot  feeling!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 03, 2011, 06:30 AM
Verla,
Can I still be included here?  I have actually FINISHED my w.i.p.  However, because it is long hand, I am revising as I go along and type it up.  I can't make out my own revisions!  I am actually re-writing an awful lot of text.
PS: I know this was covered in a lot of other threads, but I showed my stepfather a section of my current longhand story.  Quote: "You should show this to your mother. I think she'd enjoy it."  FINALLY some recognition from my family! :yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on February 04, 2011, 09:12 PM
I received a critique today and jotted down a couple of ideas. Does that count?

Of course it does. Beautiful job!
Me, I've got three different WIPs that I go to. Today, I didn't work on any of them. I was busy putting books in the new bookshelves my sweet li'l Dad made for me.  :hurrah
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 05, 2011, 02:45 PM
Congratulations to all of you who've reached those magical words - "The End"!!!

After a LONG absence from my WIP and this thread (waylaid by holiday travels, being trapped in NY thanks to a blizzard, then playing catch-up back at home on my work, and so on), I did two more chapters for my MG novel. They're of terrible, "exploratory draft" quality, but they're on the page and that's all I care about right now.

Looks like I've got 7 more chapters to go - the goal is to finish by the end of this month.

Hope everyone's having a fabulous weekend,
Tina
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 05, 2011, 04:13 PM
Haven't typed the words 'the end' yet, but I'm chug chug chugging along nicely   :train  Made many break throughs and expect a week to ten days left  :horse:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 08, 2011, 08:34 PM
Did about 1,000 more words today.  Am working through a climactic sequence, the writing is not measuring up to the drama yet! I keep whispering <firstdraftfirstdraft> under my breath.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on February 08, 2011, 09:27 PM
Did about 1,000 more words today.  Am working through a climactic sequence, the writing is not measuring up to the drama yet! I keep whispering <firstdraftfirstdraft> under my breath.

LOL!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: MegM on February 09, 2011, 06:09 AM
May I come in? I've started a new WIP (which I think of as 'work in progress' rather than 'writing' - just me?). It's a short-ish chapter book - needs to be around 9000 words and I want to have it drafted by the end of the month. I have lots of other commitments at the moment, so I'm not setting daily goals. It just needs to get done somehow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 09, 2011, 08:26 AM
Welcome MegM
Every stage of my writing I think I can't possibly squeeze in one more project. Every time I do!
The goal for my WIP was to reach 40K words and start wrapping it up. However, the characters had other plans, and @ 36K the story continues to evolve  :revising:   
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 09, 2011, 10:29 AM
Welcome, MegM!

(for what it's worth, I translate WIP as Work In Progress)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on February 12, 2011, 09:41 AM
Hm. I think I managed about 500 words. What a bunch, huh? There's like this fug in my head that won't let the words OUT! :bewildered:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 12, 2011, 10:16 AM
I have finished my current W.I.P but since it's longhand, I still have to type it up.  However furry laptop (as shown in my avatar) is preventing from progressing any further-he keeps tapdancing across the keyboard.  I can't get rid of him, the flat's too small and he can open the doors.  John's hijacked the pc so that's a no-go area too.   :cat :voodoo
Cat-500 is a good total.  We don't need to get that 1k all of the time.  Don't think I have ever managed it, my hand would fall off!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: 1846 on February 12, 2011, 03:41 PM
I have not either posted to or even read this thread before, but I do work on my WIP every day, so I've decided to jump in here. Hope you don't mind.

Here's where I am.  I've been working on this WIP for three years.  Four months ago I literally tossed out the entire MS (metaphorically) and started over from scratch.  Same characters, same basic story line (though with some major alterations.) but with a whole new approach.  I've been working almost daily on it since October - and at present the draft - which hardly deserves to be called a first draft, but the draft is approximately 52,000 words right now, and 2/3 finished.

It's an MG, I know that's too long, but I'll cut later.  Right now I just want it finished.

I have the third section of the MS outlined, and several scenes have been written out of order.  My goal is to have a completed draft of the third section finished two weeks from tonight.

I will not fail at this.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on February 12, 2011, 07:49 PM
:yourock 1846. Go for it!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 13, 2011, 06:40 AM
:yourock 1846. Go for it!
Ditto.

I have revised so much that I can't decide whether I should be in Revisionland or here.  I can hardly see all of my handwritten work and I keep adding paragraphs.   :cat He also keeps tapdancing across my keyboard. :voodoo
Hope you don't have such annoying interpretations. 
Right, I am about to have lunch and relocate somewhere where I can't be interupted.  Unfortunately I'll be soaked along the way. :coldsick:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: 1846 on February 13, 2011, 07:36 PM
2,204 new words today.  Eight pages.  Plus a couple of passes for light revisions through the two chapters I wrote yesterday.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on February 13, 2011, 07:45 PM
Go 1846!!!!  :cheerleader

I wrote 400 words this afternoon! First in several weeks!  :clap:

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 15, 2011, 05:37 PM
1846 - you're rockin'!   :hairdude

got out a measly few hundred words yesterday, but they were sufficient to finish one scene and start the next, at least. Entering a phase of home repair/new consulting projects so will be battling the forces of anti-writing...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 15, 2011, 06:33 PM
 :yay ruecole & 1846.
Good luck TinaMarie... Anti-writing forces, take that! :starwars:
I am in my home stretch, about 3 more scenes to go  :horse:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: 1846 on February 15, 2011, 07:58 PM
1200 words yesterday, 3800 words today.  I'm in a race against time to finish in my timelimit.  Of course, I didn't say it was any good, I only said I'd written it.

Keep it up, Happy Camper, ruecole, and Tinamarie!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on February 17, 2011, 05:43 AM
Okay, I didn't get many words down, but a WIP I'm in the early stages of hashing out got me out of bed at 5:30 this morning.  Somewhere in my half dream, half conscious state some good ideas popped into my head.  It's not much, but I'll take it. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 17, 2011, 05:51 AM
I tried to write my revise today, but that means I have to print and Moggy keeps trying to catch the paper from the printer!  Maybe he is jealous of the cats in the story/ :garbage:
Still got a story on my mind so I might just go and draft that out instead.  Elsewhere!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jenniferfisher on February 19, 2011, 05:04 PM
Toot Too!  :hurrah That's the sound of me tooting my own horn to finish my first draft. It's untitled, by YA 13 year old mc in the city.  Feeling like this   :guitar: :bellydancer :pickle :chickendance :carrot
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: 1846 on February 20, 2011, 08:19 PM
I did 3,500 new words today, edited about 40 pages, plus I did the dishes and three loads of laundry. This was actually a more relaxing day than the one my 13 year old MC had, however.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 20, 2011, 08:48 PM
That's awesome, Happy Camper! Congratulations!   :hurrah  :partytime
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 21, 2011, 07:17 AM
I did 3,500 new words today, edited about 40 pages, plus I did the dishes and three loads of laundry. This was actually a more relaxing day than the one my 13 year old MC had, however.
:envy:

 :writing3 Would like to be doing this but can't because of this :dishes this :laundry and this :cat

However, Verla has mentioned on occasion that she THOUGHT about her W.I.P on occasion and counts that as work.  I am doing the same.
Is that ok?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on February 21, 2011, 09:31 AM
It works for me. I'm assuming it also works for you, thunderingelephants. :moose
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 21, 2011, 05:06 PM
I vaguely recall starting a new chapter the other day, I think only a 100 or so words might have been written. Last few days have been very difficult, as my baby has been sick (boogers, vomiting, ear infection, more boogers). Sigh. My Feb 28 deadline (self-imposed but still very important to me) looms near. And consulting work about to pick up with a new project (good for the wallet, bad for the writing)!

So nice to come to this thread for encouragement  :cheers:

Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 23, 2011, 09:40 PM
2,095 words today - yahoo!    :horse:
Hope everyone's work is going well.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on February 24, 2011, 02:13 PM
I got a few pages edited this morning - a little clean up of showing and not telling.  It feels good.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 24, 2011, 06:42 PM
Cleaning up must be satisfying, msw.  I'm in just-get-it-down mode for now.  Did about 1500 words today, I think. Four chapters left to go....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on February 25, 2011, 11:29 AM
1500 words is a good day in my world, Tinamarie.  Yeah, my clean up is all about fixing my "just-get-it-down" efforts.  Which includes a whole lot of telling because showing just wasn't happening. Today wasn't as much fun as yesterday, but any day I get to write is a good day for me.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 25, 2011, 02:05 PM
Oh yes, msw - I'm committing great crimes of telling, not showing, as the draft progresses.  My plan is to finish the whole dang thing by end of Feb 28, ignore it for a month, and then start the revision process through an online "Novel in Progress" class in the spring. Hopefully I won't be too horrified when I look at this again in April!

Have a great weekend!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: 1846 on February 25, 2011, 07:54 PM
Good going, Tinamarie!  Editing what's already written is where the real writing is, msw.

I did a marathon today - 5166 words as I chase my outline to the end.  I was writing most of the day, although I did find time to do two loads of laundry, the dishes, dog walking, 5 miles on the mike, and two games of pool.  I was on a roll, I only did the other stuff to rest my brain between scenes.

I'm almost finished with this rough draft now but I have my doubts about getting it done by tomorrow.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 26, 2011, 03:28 PM
Good going, Tinamarie!  Editing what's already written is where the real writing is, msw.

I did a marathon today - 5166 words as I chase my outline to the end.  I was writing most of the day, although I did find time to do two loads of laundry, the dishes, dog walking, 5 miles on the mike, and two games of pool.  I was on a roll, I only did the other stuff to rest my brain between scenes.

 :wow is all I can say to that!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: kidlit59 on February 26, 2011, 07:29 PM
Well, I was working on my WIP when out of the blue--an idea for another book flooded my mind. I scribbled the thought down in my idea journal, but it wouldn't let go of me. I opened a new project folder in Scrivener just to jot down the few plot points that were tormenting me and ended up with eight chapters fully outlined plus knowing where I wanted it all to end. Yikes. Now I have to somehow get my mind back into my original WIP.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on February 26, 2011, 08:18 PM
Hmmm... about 200 away from 1000. ROCK ON! That makes me feel happeh.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 27, 2011, 03:23 PM
squeezed out a portion of my second-to-last chapter (622 words so far) - 1.5 chapters to go between now and midnight Monday. these last few are really kicking my butt.

hope everyone is having a great weekend  :pickle
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 28, 2011, 06:52 AM
I did THINK about my w.i.p yesterday, but couldn't do any work because I left the silly manuscript at home.   :eh2 :slaphead:  The brain is working, the hand isn't.  Maybe towards the end of the week...if I can remember to bring it with me.(my story not my brain, that's kind of compulsory.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on February 28, 2011, 07:25 AM

...if I can remember to bring it with me.(my story not my brain, that's kind of compulsory.)


I'm not so sure about that, thunderingelephants. I know numerous times that I've left my brain at home when I was out doing things. :lol2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on February 28, 2011, 08:57 PM
Maybe towards the end of the week...if I can remember to bring it with me.(my story not my brain, that's kind of compulsory.)

 :snork
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on March 01, 2011, 03:43 AM
Hey guys, I hosted a table-quiz last night and sweated buckets over it. That has really been my w.i.p for the last week and some of the questions myself and John asked were stinkers-especially in the children's literature round.  I also got three orders for my truffles so quite a productive night.
But I seriously missed my writing yesterday and came home at twelve this morning to write about three paragraphs before collapsing into bed.  Never done that before and felt strange writing at that time of night.  Can't wait 'til this afternoon.  More writing.
Feel free to munch on some truffles-loads left.  Beer or orange&espresso: it's up to you.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: pilonsc on March 01, 2011, 03:00 PM
Last night in a bout of insomnia the most wonderful thing happened. A conversation began to play out in my head and I realized it would fit perfectly into the novel I started awhile back. I ended up getting about 2000 words down. I’m so excited. This project has been off to a very slow start and I haven’t touched it since November. Yay!  :alce:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on March 01, 2011, 03:06 PM
Hey Thunderelephants - congratulations on the truffle orders!  I'd LOVE the orange & espresso ones myself.

Happy to report that I made my personal deadline of finishing the first, super-duper bad draft of my MG! I think it was around 11pm, just an hour short of my Feb 28 midnight goal :chickendance

Now I'm going to let it sit for a while, and try to make myself write something totally different. I think I'm in the mood for a short story....
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jillifish on March 01, 2011, 04:05 PM
I wrote a whole paragraph today! It's the most I've been able to write since January, I think. I'm still planning on trying to get more written today, but I already feel that I've accomplished something big, lol.  :clap:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on March 02, 2011, 03:17 AM
Last night in a bout of insomnia the most wonderful thing happened.
Thankfully, none of that for me last night. However, that's the name of the coffee shop I travel to every day for my inspirational writing bout every day (and excellent coffee).
Too early to contemplate writing.  That will happen this afternoon.

Talk to you guys later.  Feel free to munch on my new truffles-orange and espresso, by the way.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: pilonsc on March 02, 2011, 03:44 PM
Another 1300 words last night. Finally the ball starts rolling : )
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on March 03, 2011, 08:23 PM
Yay on rolling balls!  :juggle
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jillifish on March 05, 2011, 07:06 PM
 :phat I feel like celebrating. Today, while working on my WIP, I finally heard one of my main characters' voice! It's about time, too. I'm almost finished with the first draft.

 :yay :partytime :hurrah :drinktoast: :chickendance :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on March 05, 2011, 09:10 PM
I managed about 300 words yesterday. I much prefer the 1000+ word days, but they are few and far between these days. Hoping for some writing time during spring break.

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on March 06, 2011, 03:26 AM
Today, while working on my WIP, I finally heard one of my main characters' voice!

Only another writer could understand someone being happy about "hearing voices!" :snork
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on March 06, 2011, 06:50 AM
2.30p.m. here and I attempted to write until human beastie ordered me to get my lunch, so I suppose I have to.  This is one reason why I go elsewhere to go to write.  He's a dear friend but can also be a pain in the  :mooning.  Going to eat my lunch, have my modem confiscated and then go to my writing haunt.
Oh and more truffles later...hopefully.  People are demanding tomorrow.
Only another writer could understand someone being happy about "hearing voices!" :snork
Especially narky headmasters. I'm loving him :revising:
Just spent the afternoon supping cappuccinos and conducting interviews with the students and old classmates of the headmaster.  Mr.  :pickle has a lot to answer for.  He's such a grump!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jillifish on March 09, 2011, 11:19 PM
 :hurrah I finished my rough draft!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Lizardmaker on March 10, 2011, 05:26 AM
I went on vacation last week. It was good for me but very bad for my WIP (although I did draft a new short story, unrelated to the WIP). Now I'm trying to refocus. Why is it so hard to do?
-Anne
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on March 18, 2011, 09:30 PM
A voice spoke to me today as I was opening up the office where I work. It said, "Life is like a glass of wine", and stopped. I thought, "How is life like a glass of wine?" but the voice didn't reply. I decided it was overtaxed with that thought process, and another voice complained, "It's not MY fault! Why was I the one that got cursed? After all, it was my MA that insulted the Dragon, not me!"

Weird. However, that sparked some little grey matter, and I think a story is blooming in the fug. We'll see what happens.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on March 20, 2011, 11:26 AM
I intended to work on my ms today but the cafe was absolutely packed.  I should have guessed, St. Patrick's was only three days ago and kiddies have day off tomorrow so families are out.  It was kind of noisy.  Even my mp3 didn't block out the sound.  Still, I thought about it.  That counts, doesn't it? :eh2
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on March 20, 2011, 11:48 AM
I'm not sure if that counts or not, thunderingelephants. Did you think about writing or about your story? If you thought about your story, then I'd say, "Yeah, it counts." But if you only thought about writing, then, "Nope. That doesn't count." :snork
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on March 20, 2011, 11:56 AM
I'm not sure if that counts or not, thunderingelephants. Did you think about writing or about your story? If you thought about your story, then I'd say, "Yeah, it counts." But if you only thought about writing, then, "Nope. That doesn't count." :snork
Considering my longhand Pickle was staring at me beside my brew on the table and the headmaster would probably say "write about me, you silly woman", maybe that counts.  I had a pen in my hand all the way through my cappuccino.  Not even a laptop in sight!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on March 21, 2011, 12:47 PM
I decided to browse through the children's section in Waterstones section and saw some great books.  Then I went to the coffee shop and looked at my manuscript today and read through the last pages I'd written. I couldn't help thinking: what a load of  :writing.
Has anyone else felt like that lately?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jillifish on March 22, 2011, 01:20 AM
I decided to browse through the children's section in Waterstones section and saw some great books.  Then I went to the coffee shop and looked at my manuscript today and read through the last pages I'd written. I couldn't help thinking: what a load of  :writing.
Has anyone else felt like that lately?

I kind of wish I would feel that way. I'm still in the beginner writer phase where everything I write sounds wonderful to me. At least, I think that's a beginner writer phase. But it's hard to revise something when you already think it's very good.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on March 22, 2011, 07:16 AM
That's why critique partners are so great, Jillifish. They not only point out the areas where you are doing things well, but also help you to see where you can improve, opening your eyes to the full reality of your stories.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jillifish on March 22, 2011, 08:57 PM
That's why critique partners are so great, Jillifish. They not only point out the areas where you are doing things well, but also help you to see where you can improve, opening your eyes to the full reality of your stories.

You're right, crit partners are very helpful. They're the reason I'm rewriting my whole story to change point of view.  :yuk:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on March 23, 2011, 04:49 AM
Woke up really early this morning and since I am unemployed, I couldn't stand the notion that I could possibly be here (at home) for the next hour doing nothing.  Besides, Mogster was miaarghing food and other stuff.  He went to the cupboard and no grub so I had to go buy some and brought my paper with me.
300 written.
Very content kitty and I am not feeling too bad either as a result.  He's in exactly the same position as photo in my avatar. 
I wish I was.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on March 23, 2011, 06:04 PM
for the first time in ages I went beyond the first thirty pages.  These pages are just giving me a hard time. :sigh

However, when I worked on revising the rest of my work on working forward things seem to flow much better.  So I have decided to ignore my beginning for awhile and keep working forward and see what happens.  :thinktoohard:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on March 27, 2011, 02:21 PM
Yay! Did a pretty good bunch of writing today. Off to Mass here in a little bit. Guess I'll bring along my notebook and work on my other story. Ah, Muse.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on March 27, 2011, 02:36 PM
Finally hopping back into the regular-work-on-WIP trench! I added around 1K today. :tigger
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on March 30, 2011, 09:52 PM
Finally hopping back into the regular-work-on-WIP trench! I added around 1K today. :tigger

Conga Rats, Emily! Whoo hoo!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on April 01, 2011, 08:07 AM
Walked down the aisles of the mall and saw jars of pickle glaring and left my story in my rucksack to create another story.  Got 3000 over the last few days.  Completely different style of writing for me.  I'll just have to see what happens.  I'm enjoying it.  Don't know if anyone else will.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on April 01, 2011, 12:29 PM
Conga Rats, Emily! Whoo hoo!

Thanks, Cat. I am imagining rats doing the conga :D

Go, thunderingelephants! - getting new story ideas is such a wonderful lift.

I added 800 words to my WIP today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on April 02, 2011, 07:26 AM
Finally!  I can show my face on here once again.  I worked on my project for 2 solid hours this morning.  I should have been researching two separate projects or studying for two upcoming exams, but I decided I needed to visit my characters instead.  I feel amazing!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on April 02, 2011, 10:23 AM
Yay - go, msw! Isn't it wonderful revisiting familiar characters?

I added 1600 words to my WIP today. V happy with that.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Emily G on April 05, 2011, 12:41 PM
Aaand that's another 1400 words for me today. :tigger
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on April 06, 2011, 08:58 PM
Did about 1000 words on my WIP today. That makes me feel  :hairdude
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Jean Reidy on April 07, 2011, 06:45 AM
Made it to note 48 of my 54 point revision list on my latest novel.
 :yay
Jean
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on April 08, 2011, 07:56 AM
No internet at home (John can't afford the bill and neither can I!).  It's good for my writing, though.  With no television and no internet, I have no choice but to do crosswords, play on the wii or take myself off for a nicely brewed cappuccino and write.  Fluctuating between monsters and pickle at the mo.  It's keeping me on my toes!
I might be getting more writing done, but I miss checking in with Verla.  It might get sorted (hopefully).
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on April 09, 2011, 10:22 PM
Another thousand tonight. I feel so happy.  :bunnyrun
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on April 11, 2011, 07:51 AM
I'm traveling. I'm not writing. I did manage to do two paid critiques for people while on this extended, very long trip home though. Does that count?

Uh...I know it doesn't. But it felt almost as good to finish that second critique as it does to write my own stories, so I felt I could post here anyway. Please don't ban me from this thread! I need youse guys for inspiration and encouragement!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on April 13, 2011, 01:12 PM
I got the pen out and killed my fingers.
Now I'm off to experiment in the kitchen.  Peach and orange truffles.  Anyone want to try one?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on April 15, 2011, 06:15 AM
I TRIED to write this morning, but it just wouldn't come to me, so I did some housework instead. It's far too quiet around here.  Think I'll take myself off with my  :pages: and do some :writing3.  They do great deals in my regular haunt for  :coffee-only 3.50euros for cake and coffee.  That's cheap around here.
Don't forget my truffles, guys.  I've been working hard on them.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on April 15, 2011, 02:41 PM
I FINALLY got the paper draft of my WIP onto my computer!! Now, back to the beginning...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: millefiori on April 21, 2011, 10:53 AM
This thread has been quiet lately. Who else is knee-deep in a WIP? Right now I feel like I'm wrestling alligators, but I'm not getting out of my chair until I hit 40K words. It's on the very near horizon and I'm posting here to hold myself accountable!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on April 25, 2011, 05:37 PM
Good for you, millefiori. Keep that BIC and you will succeed in reaching your 40K. (Just remember to eat once in a while. It helps when you have the strength to keep your but... er... tail end in that chair!)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on April 26, 2011, 02:46 AM
Good for you, millefiori. Keep that BIC and you will succeed in reaching your 40K. (Just remember to eat once in a while. It helps when you have the strength to keep your but... er... tail end in that chair!)
I prefer Staedtler pens myself, Verla.  I have been quiet myself lately. They have huge beer festivals during Easter and May bank holidays.  We have another bank holiday coming up at the weekend and John's lurking around so I don't get time to myself.  I am also feeling self-conscious because Moggy is sitting in front of me-glaring.  Quite intimidating. :cat :voodoo
:chocolate: Don't forget my truffles.  I am off.  Moggy wants a cuddle.
Anyway, one thing I am glad of is that a previous thread started by myself hasn't been deleted-it's helped me with w.i.p.  This place always gives me insipiration.
I will be without the Beasties tomorrow...and hopefully back to work.  Hope you all had a good Easter, guys. :chocolate:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on April 27, 2011, 02:28 PM
Hey everyone -I've missed this thread! I finished the SFD (Sh$$ty First Draft) of my MG the end of February, and intentionally took a 6-week break from it (during which time I was immersed in my consulting gig, so the only writing I did was my journal and a stab at a short-story). I'm now revising the MG as part of my work for a wonderful UCLA Extension class; did a 17-page chunk earlier this week, which felt great. We'll see if my class workshop  critiquers think it was worth the effort!

Hope everyone's doing well.

And hope the truffles came out yummy, thunderingelephants!

- T
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Liz Straw on April 27, 2011, 05:46 PM
I am back to the point where I have "chose your own ending."  Seriously, I have about two versions of how the end of the last part goes and I keep getting them mixed up.  I move one part up to My WIP and go back and look at the previous draft and go "ooh that part is good, it should be in the story." and try and figure out where it should go.  It is a goo thing I have thick hair or I would be snatched bald by now. 

My eyes are truly going like this  :eyeballs:  I just gave up for the day.   :sigh

I need lots and lots of chocolate.   :chocolate:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on April 28, 2011, 02:47 AM
Hey everyone -I've missed this thread! I finished the SFD (Sh$$ty First Draft) of my MG the end of February, and intentionally took a 6-week break from it

Tina, you could have just used this  :toilet and saved on word count in the thread. :dr


Hope everyone's doing well.

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And hope the truffles came out yummy, thunderingelephants!

They didn't, unfortunately.  I consoled myself yesterday by reminding myself that I could just about afford a block of chocolate from O'Connaill's chocolate shop.  Imagine carrying a huge block of chocolate around in your rucksack (along with lots of paper).  It killed my back until I met John and dumped it on him!  The shop is also situated in Carrigaline, the town my mum lives in.  Every ingredient I use is Irish (except the beer!).  No-one in cork goes near Guinness, we have our own breweries but they are just stout.  (the beer, not the people working there).  I'll have to upload a picture some time.  
Now, back to work, Fi.  There are truffles to be made...and writing to be done.
Hope you guys are moving forward...

P.S. I (Verla :verla) modified your message to fix the quotes in it, thunderingelephants. You had left off the code at the end and beginning of each quote... which made your entire message show up as a quote instead of just Tina's comments. It's fixed now. I hope that was okay with you.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on April 28, 2011, 04:55 PM
Hey Thunderingelephants - your picture has humans in it now! Are you, perchance, one of them?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on April 29, 2011, 02:41 AM
Hey Thunderingelephants - your picture has humans in it now! Are you, perchance, one of them?
I'm the one (female) with the specs.  Not pretty enough to be Holly.  John is the scary looking guy with the goofy smile next to me. (that's by his own admission, by the way)
No work done yet.  Mogster is giving me the run around-I'll deal with my other monsters later.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 03, 2011, 12:26 PM
Hey guys, has no-one been working lately?  Quite productive today - wrote around three hundred and ironed a few creases on my character's personality.  Can some-one please log in here?  I'm feeling lonely!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: millefiori on May 03, 2011, 01:21 PM
Well done, thunderingelephants! I'm writing, too, though today was more "read and tweak the last chapter" than write anything new. And I'll be ready for tomorrow when I start a brand-new chapter.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on May 03, 2011, 06:04 PM
I'm working - on trying to get the message board avatar upload feature to finally work again. :sigh

Does that count?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 04, 2011, 07:14 AM
I'm working - on trying to get the message board avatar upload feature to finally work again. :sigh

Does that count?
You are the administrator, Verla.   That's entirely up to you. :dr  But since you help all of us so much, I reckon that's more than enough work. 
I am visiting my mother's at the minute and bored stupid.  Really want to write and am thinking about it.
That counts, doesn't it?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Verla Kay on May 04, 2011, 10:17 AM
Thinking about our stories always counts. And... just for the record. I GOT THE AVATAR PROBLEM FIXED. (At least, I THINK I did.) So you should be able to change your avatars again, folks.

:yay
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 08, 2011, 11:18 AM
Because Sunday is even more of a boring than the rest of the week and John had gone to his mother's, I decided to go wherelse, but the coffee shop for a quiet brew and scribble.  I am glad I did.  My character has some truly disgusting eating habits and I like messing around with them.  He's going to a party within the next few days-I must get his behaviour sorted.
Don't want to disgrace myself-or him!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on May 10, 2011, 07:36 PM
Hey there! I started to work on my WIP today (I actually have to submit revised pages to my online class before midnight tonight)
 :oncomputer

Then I had a fight with my mother over the phone.
 :sigh

Haven't been able to concentrate on WIP since. But after I get the baby to bed will have no choice but to buckle down. I suspect that this assignment will not represent my best work.


<goes away to breathe deeply and tell self that this too shall pass>
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 11, 2011, 04:31 AM
Sorry to hear about your argument with your mother. In a similar scenario, just a call from my mother-I was supposed to meet her ten minutes ago, but I had forgotten.  Just as well she cancelled 'cos I haven't had my hair cut and she ordered me to do it last time I met with her.  I had to clench my fists to stop myself from doing her nose damage.  I love her, but sometimes... :voodoo

Leave your w.i.p alone for a while and maybe try a  :grouphug2 and  :coffee-if baby lets you.
Truffles tomorrow - if I can get the cooker going!  Otherwise I will to rely on my writing.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Penn Bender on May 11, 2011, 07:59 AM
I'm working like crazy and loving it!  The last month I was so busy with my WIP that I didn't have a moment to report.  It felt so good to come back energized after a short break from writing and illustrating.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Tinamarie on May 11, 2011, 11:08 AM
Sorry to hear about your argument with your mother. In a similar scenario, just a call from my mother-I was supposed to meet her ten minutes ago, but I had forgotten.  Just as well she cancelled 'cos I haven't had my hair cut and she ordered me to do it last time I met with her.  I had to clench my fists to stop myself from doing her nose damage.  I love her, but sometimes... :voodoo

Leave your w.i.p alone for a while and maybe try a  :grouphug2 and  :coffee-if baby lets you.
Truffles tomorrow - if I can get the cooker going!  Otherwise I will to rely on my writing.

Thanks, thunderingelephants!  I so hope that 30 years from now my grown-up son and I don't have nasty fights, the mere thought of it depresses me. But I think there's often something especially complicated and maddening in mother/daughter relationships.

Honestly, if I hadn't had to turn in an assignment, I would have made myself a nice stiff highball last night.  Maybe tonight...

I managed to turn in 7 ms pages last night. I'm at the point with my ms where I need to address gaping holes in the Sh$$ty first draft and am finding myself a bit stuck. But decisions must be made, and words written!

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 11, 2011, 11:23 AM
No writing done this afternoon but I am "blaming" the two males in my life.  Moggy was too cuddly today and wouldn't remove his body from the keyboard and John landed in the coffee shop too early.  I was thinking about prat of a character so I'll call that work, even if I didn't use a pen!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Ladyeclectic on May 11, 2011, 11:38 AM
I've been busy finishing up the outline for my (newest) WIP today but last night I spent several easy hours pounding out the words. I plan to do the same thing this afternoon, as this story is still in that excitement phase and I'm looking forward to getting more words on the page. :D
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today - A Friendly Piece of Caution(?!)
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 15, 2011, 11:33 AM
For those of you who have "other" hobbies - I advise you not to do both in the same afternoon.
Did some beading which I am quite happy with.  Then I did some longhand writing which I am also content about.
Now my wrist is in agony-which I am unhappy with.  A good afternoon's work, but I am taking it easy for the night! :grin2: :yup :notworking :coffee
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: yellow_submarine on May 15, 2011, 09:15 PM
Hooray, I just hit 20,000 words on my latest WIP.

Now I suppose I'd better get back to what I'm supposed to be writing. It's a shame that writing fiction is a lot more fun than legal research papers. :oncomputer
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 17, 2011, 06:07 AM
Lack of chocolate and boredom got the better of me this morning.  Just as well, really.  It's now 1.50p.m here in Ireland and already, I have been shopping for groceries, bought chocolate for my truffles and written three hundred words.
That's it!  No writing for the rest of the day.  I am meeting my two friends for a coffee and bringing my truffles for a torture tasting session.  I think these ones are actually okay-no curry in them.  They were reserved for my highly inteligent but bonkers father!
Lime and white chocolate as mentioned and strawberry beer goin your way, folks!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: idahowriter on May 25, 2011, 09:59 PM
I've hit a wall!  I keep trying to figure out how to move into the next part of my story, but I can't seem to make myself make the transistion.  Do I just power through and leave it to revision?  I read the first 50 pages are the hardest.  For me, it's the first 100!  Now, I'm off to power through!
 :bangbreak
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Christine B. on June 14, 2011, 08:06 PM
Just getting back to actually completing my WIP after spending the last few months focusing on getting my first 10 pages ready in time for a conference. I don't love revising before I've completed the project and now am having a really hard time getting back into the swing of things. Anyone have advice for picking up after some time spent on something else?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: majanecka on June 25, 2011, 03:08 PM
I stayed up until 4am last night writing and my husband and son are busy playing video games today so I got in another two hours today.  It's nice to see some progress.  Hope everyone else has a productive day.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: yellow_submarine on June 26, 2011, 08:45 PM

I'm desperately trying to finish my current WIP before I leave for a trip on July 7th. I've been writing 4000 words a day and just hit 50,000 today... if I can keep up this pace, I'll be done just in time!

Good luck to everyone else with your writing goals.  :goodluck
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Dawn M. on June 28, 2011, 07:04 AM
 

WOW, Yellow Submarine!!! 4,000 words/day is FANTASTIC!!!
I'm trying to get into the flow with a first draft and can't get any momentum yet. Hoping it will kick in soon!

Good luck to everyone else toiling away!

Dawn
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: yellow_submarine on June 28, 2011, 11:33 PM
Thanks, Dawn!  :) Of course, it helps that I recently finished exams so I have plenty of time for writing.

Good luck finding momentum in your draft! It's always frustrating when things refuse to flow, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait.  :cheerleader
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: yellow_submarine on July 02, 2011, 05:16 PM
Hurrah! After several frantic days of writing, I finally finished my WIP (at 81,000 words).
I actually have a few days to rest before my holiday.  :beach

Hope everyone else is going great with your writing goals!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on July 02, 2011, 08:59 PM
Awesome, Yellow Submarine! That's such an amazing feeling.

I think I've finally found my way into the book I'm trying to write. Despite summer and chaos of kids out of school, it's starting to take shape. Yay! (Um...so it's about 350 words long so far--but the pieces of the story are coming together! So I know what to write when I sit down next.)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on July 03, 2011, 04:10 AM
Wow, yellow-submarine, that's some mean feat.  Well, John's 40th celebrations are over, so I can get back to work...hopefully.  I'd like to work now, I have the ideas etc., but all I hear is those darn noisy water pipes and they're blocking my train of thought.  I guess I might get some done later.
I am going to ask John to upload a picture of my truffles later for you guys to pick on and have a nibble...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on July 28, 2011, 01:32 PM
Well, things have gone quiet here...anyone getting any work done?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: frogs on August 02, 2011, 06:13 PM
I worked on my WIP today.  Hopefully I can have it done soon.



 :frog: :frog:

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 03, 2011, 04:41 AM
I've been working on mine almost daily and I'm about to start on it again... once I quit playing online.  :)  Lots of revisions...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on August 03, 2011, 07:42 AM
I just finished the first draft of a novel that's apparently going to be a trilogy, though it was supposed to only be one book, nad now I'm back to working on a different one.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: majanecka on August 03, 2011, 08:09 PM
Worked on one ms until 5 this morning and then did some research and writing on my other WIP this evening.  My eyes feel like this  :ahh
 :snail but feel like I'm making progress.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 04, 2011, 08:16 AM
Working on it still and have come to the conclusion that it is a complete disaster... not a fun day. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on August 05, 2011, 08:42 AM
Working on it still and have come to the conclusion that it is a complete disaster... not a fun day. 

Awwww. I'm sorry, MSW. What a dreadful feeling!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 05, 2011, 12:08 PM
It is, but at the same time it's forcing me to do some serious thinking about my story and decide what needs to take place to clean it up.  Too much stuff is going on for one MG story.  Earlier this week I was ready to chuck it out the window, but after giving it some thought, I think it can be salvaged.  It's still a mess though, but not one I'm ready to walk away from. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 05, 2011, 02:20 PM
Msw, why don't you come and visit us briefly in Revisionland.  That way, your w.i.p can't force itself on you quite as much.  Maybe you can treat it the way I do: a revision.  Sometimes when I look at it from that perspective, I don't force myself to work as hard.  Doesn't always work, but the pressure unloads a little.
Just a thought.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brenda Z on August 05, 2011, 03:44 PM
Have started a MG novel and worked on it all day...almost burnt dinner because I couldn't figure out this one part until right about time dinner was ready...started writing things down on a paper towel and didn't hear the oven timer... :oops

Good news...I made sure the paper towel was safe...dinner, not so much...grin...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: mswatkins on August 05, 2011, 05:36 PM
Thanks thunderingelephants, I'll do that.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 17, 2011, 11:42 AM
I have finally finished my requested revision and am plunging into a new project to keep myself from getting to anxious about the one I just finished. The project was half-done when I left off to do other things so I figured I would revise the written part to get myself into the story, and then write the ending. My laptap has developed a dislike for the letter "r", so I am on the family desktop which doesn't put a wordcount on the bottom like I'm used to. :grrr Anyway, I got to page six today.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 18, 2011, 11:18 AM
Finished chapter one today and got into chapter two. I can tell I was developing voice here. The MC makes a lot of comments that develop character, but don't really push the plot forward.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on August 18, 2011, 05:38 PM
Sad to see summer go, but oh! That means school starts! *grabs laptop excitedly* Even though we are out for another week, four of my five kids went to play with friends today, and I wrote 800 words! They aren't particularly good words, but I also made a lot of notes on the story itself, so a lot of today was spent in development. It feels SO GOOD!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 18, 2011, 05:44 PM
I'm torn...dying for school to start again, but that means my oldest heads back to college.   :cry2...but I'm so longing for a quiet house so I can get more than a sentence done each day...
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: writercat on August 18, 2011, 06:42 PM
I worked on my WIP every day this week. Well, I worked on two different WIPs this week. Not sure what I think I am doing but I keep getting pulled between them so I am just going with whichever one speaks to me that day and hopefully one will take over!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Michelle DP on August 19, 2011, 08:04 PM
I'm torn, too. My youngest goes to kindergarten this year--full day kindergarten. I will miss him.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: olmue on August 19, 2011, 09:26 PM
Not many words of text today, but a lot of plot development. For some reason I can plan with lots of people in the house, but not write when my kids have a bunch of friends over. But hey, I have sticky notes up on my bedroom door that I can move around and fill in with scenes, so I'm doing *something,* right?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 20, 2011, 01:58 AM
Olmue, there is a slight detection of guilt in your post which you should eliminate straight away.  You used your brain appropriately: that's work, in my opinion.
Well done.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SuziMcGowen on August 20, 2011, 04:01 PM
 :oncomputer
Oh yes, this is something I need! I worked on my WiP today. At this point, I'm not looking for word count (much) as much as I am wanting to get back in the habit of writing every day. (It's been a hard year.)

What gets me is that I love to write! It feels good and I enjoy it. So why do I need motivation to do it? One of life's mysteries, I guess :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: majanecka on August 21, 2011, 06:35 PM
I put in about an hour today.  Making progress.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SuziMcGowen on August 21, 2011, 08:14 PM
I worked on Penny's Luck today, and thanks to the awesome suggestions from the folks here, I think I have a handle on an issue that's been causing me problems.

 :typing
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Ravyn2002 on August 24, 2011, 05:26 PM
Worked on my MG Sci-Fi today.  I write mainly PB's so I give props to all of you who write longer works. It is such a interesting story but it is developing so slow for me. I outlined this story (which I almost never do!) and felt the ending chapters lacked substance. In my writing today I figured out a plot element that will help me to flesh out the beginning and add to those later chapters. It made me feel like :partytime  Wish me luck as I inch along!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 24, 2011, 09:10 PM
I'm a picture book writer.  So I don't know what I'm doing writing a YA.  In two days, maybe three, I now have 5046 words. Going to work on another 1000 before bed maybe more. But I'd like to hit 10,000 before bed but I know that's a fantasy. : ) 

I'll try to report tomorrow too.

Thanks for this thread.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 25, 2011, 06:00 PM
Just checking in....

I'm at 12,012 words right now.

Must keep writing. My MC is about to have a really bad night and I have to get her back to her next door neighbor's house by midnight. If you don't see me check in tomorrow, send me spam. I'll deserve it.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on August 26, 2011, 06:37 PM
I'm slowly crawling out of a writer's block. (A very deep writer's block, by the way.) Today I wrote a little over 760 words. I'm going to write later so hopefully I'll reach the popular one-thousand-words-a-day mark.

Tomorrow my goal is to rewrite two chapters and write two thousand words.

Excited!  :excited:

--Woods
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 26, 2011, 11:00 PM
I'm at 17,068 words and it's 1:00 a.m. I need to write more, but I can't stay awake. Hopefully tomorrow, I'll be at 20k. I've never written this many words for a story in my life. Mine are usually only 600-700 words.

G'night.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on August 27, 2011, 03:52 AM
There's just so much I want to accomplish before the year is over.

(1) Write *a lot* in current YA contemporary MS. (It's going to be a big book, so I doubt I'll finish it this year.)

(2) Write the outline for my MG  contemporary.

(3) Write the first draft of the MG contemporary  in one month. (Next month, actually. Gah! I only have four more days to write the outline!) At least I (think) I have the query letter ready.

(4) Write a short story for a children's magazine.

(5) Start submitting YA urban fantasy/ sci-fi MS to agents and hopefully get signed by an agent. (Really, really hoping.)

--Woods


Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 27, 2011, 10:36 PM
I'm now at 20,300 words. It's 12:37 a.m. Jamming to Van Halen's "Feeling" on my headphones while the family sleeps and about to cry because of a scene I just wrote in my WIP. Man, I'm such a wimp. In other good news, I outlined the rest of the book, I now know how it ends and it's different than I had imagined it 3-4 days ago.

3232 words today. Tomorrow (Sunday) will probably be a very slow day.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 28, 2011, 02:55 AM
Brian, wll done.
I wil working before most of you guys get up and probably finish over your breakfast.
That's the theory, anyway.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 28, 2011, 10:24 PM
Hope it went well today for you tunderingelephants.  You were up at 455 writing.  You really want to finish your WIP.

I was contemplating doing that on Monday morning. Don't think that will happen though. I really love writing at night.

As for today, my word count is up to 23,376  = 3,076 words today.

It'd be nice to hit 30,000 on Monday. Oh, from my lips to God's ears, huh?'

I want my first draft done by Tuesday night.



Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 29, 2011, 02:37 AM
I live in Ireland, Brian.  It was probably more like 10a.m over here. 
I still want to get my work finished but ended up meeting friends yesteday which hindered me.  Hope you reach your target.
I will do some work today...hopefully.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 29, 2011, 03:50 PM
Dang friends.  :yuk:

I don't have to worry about tangible goodies like friends. Therefore I seem to be writing up a storm. Seeing that the longest writing I've ever done was about 1500 words, I'm amazed that at 549 p.m. I just went over the 30,000 word mark. I'm at 30,175. I had to fast forward a few chapters to get there, writing out of sequence. But I couldn't make this one chapter wait. MY MC's best friend killed herself. The friends had a special good bye ceremony at a creek they all frequented when they were younger.

I was in tears.

Here's hoping I finish tomorrow. Need 5-8000 words and will probabaly add a lot while revising. Still don't know if I know what I'm doing though. : )
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 29, 2011, 04:13 PM
Hope you got some work done today Thunderingelephants.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 30, 2011, 01:14 AM
Now at 33, 656    (10, 356 today) --- I'm going to bed at 317 a.m. And all this on 3-4 hours of sleep because my son was sick.  :whiteflag:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on August 30, 2011, 07:27 PM
I--need--to--get--out--of--writer's--block.

Perhaps this song will strike creativity in my brain:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvriqdS3vsc

Ignore the name. . . it's great music!

Now let's see if I can go write at least two thousand words. . . .

--Woods
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 30, 2011, 09:23 PM
37, 604 words now.

Getting a little mad because it seems like I'm needing to write more than I wanted to finish the story. Have six or seven chapters to go. I wanted it done tonight. I still have a huge domestic violence scene and a teen suicide to go. Not the most fun topics to write about. Especially when some of it is stuff I've tried to forget about.  : (
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on August 31, 2011, 10:54 PM
41, 970 now. Dang, I need to land this plane. I think my last chapter will be about twenty words. G'night y'all.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on September 01, 2011, 04:58 AM
I'm starting my new WIP today! My goal is to have the first draft completed at the end of the month.

Hopefully by the end of today I'll have 1,500 words written. Hopefully. . .   :sigh

Brian, keep writing!

Thunderingelephants, I hope you wrote in your MS yesterday!

--Woods
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 01, 2011, 05:41 AM
I did a little, thanks Woods.  Unfortunately, I have just arrived home from town (and my regular writing haven) and furry laptop has just sprawled himself across me.  Typing this is a challenge.  But, he's been good inspiration in the past...I can't resist that.
More writing in the afternoon...if I'm allowed.
Hope you guys don't get any distractions,
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 01, 2011, 10:02 PM
3569 words today.

My city girl is in the country at her grandparents. Not a lot of action or meaningful dialogue. But she does break the nose of the preacher's son on Wednesday night. : ) 

Hi Woods and Thunderingelephants, good to see you writing. Hopefully the coming weekend will be productive for all of us. I'm looking forward to being finished Saturday, but I thought that was going to happen Tuesday. : )   

Why am I using : )  when there are all of these other smiles.  :clap: :grin2: :juggle :love4: :wheelchair: :flowers and one of my all time faves  :!



Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Ravyn2002 on September 02, 2011, 05:52 PM
Moving along... 760 words today on my MG. It felt good to finish the chapter I was working on. :deep sigh, puts feet up:

Hopefully I will complete one or two more by weekends end. You all help motivate me to keep moving forward!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 02, 2011, 10:51 PM
I'm at 48, 674  (3165 so far today) Will probably get another 1000 done before 2 a.m. Late 70s Journey songs are keeping me awake and inspiring me to continue. 

Good to see you writing Ravyn. Keep up the great work. I know you can completed two more this weekend.
         
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 03, 2011, 11:49 PM
About 3500 words today. Getting closer to the end.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wonky on September 04, 2011, 12:27 AM
I am almost done with my final edit of my rewrite to send to my agent.  :)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Ravyn2002 on September 04, 2011, 08:20 AM
Thanks Brian H!

(Btw...Journey = my favorite band ever. :turnblue)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on September 04, 2011, 06:22 PM
Tonight I'm working on an interview, then I'm going to try to at least write 800 words in my WIP.

Tomorrow I need to write two thousand words, and rewrite _and_ post my query letter on the BB. I hope to have these tasks done by 11:00AM.

If I haven't come back and reported on this post, y'all come and chase me with this: :mob 'Kay?

Happy writing, everyone! :)

--Woods
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 04, 2011, 09:35 PM
1700 words today. Just don't have it in me to write any more today.  Total: 53, 849

Wonky, Hope the rewrite pleases the agent.

Ravyn, Hope to see Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger on Sept 24th. My first concert in quite a while. : )

Woods, You'll be getting up early tomorrow huh? I've set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. I hope to get an early start too.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on September 05, 2011, 05:54 AM
I finally finished the query letter. . . . It took me almost two hours to rewrite it. I now have it posted on the BB.

Time to go write in the WIP, then on the interview. Then I need to work on a critique for someone else.

Hey, at least I'm writing!  :paper

I hope everyone else gets a chance to write today!

--Woods
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 06, 2011, 04:47 AM
Good Job Woods.

Looks like 7150 words today for me. Now at 61,000. About three chapters left. My MC's best friend just took an overdose of sleeping pills. I'll have sweet dreams tonight  I beg my MC's forgiveness for the fate that will soon befall her best friend.  :bow:
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on September 06, 2011, 05:20 AM
I understand with the first draft you're supposed to "just let the words flow," yet I seem to be critical with every word I write.

My WIP is an MG, estimated to be around 35,000 words. The chapters are short, and everything is jam packed. I'm used to writing large YA mss, not small MG books.  :sigh

So, basically,  does anyone have in tips for me to just sit down and write, write, write! Without worrying about each sentence or word?  :gaah

--Woods


Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 06, 2011, 10:29 PM
Now at 66k 

Think I should be done by now, but I have two very emotional chapters left to write and then hopefully a smooth happy landing for my MC. Well, not exactly happy, but happy as can be.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jeffman on September 07, 2011, 09:42 AM
I have two chaps left on my YA WIP. The last one is more of a coda, so it'll go fast. The second to last is the climax. I'm knee deep in it right now. At first, I was very afraid the words would not come. I always have a lot of notes about what I think I'm going to do, and sometimes I get into my writing by expanding on the notes. Next thing I know, I'm writing scenery and dialogue, but "technically" it's still part of the notes.

So anyway, I sat down this morning and that trick really opened things up. I was also inspired to make improvements to the structure of the chapter, and now I feel more secure about the way things are wrapping up.

Confidence just leads to more confidence.

Lest anyone think I'm bragging, be aware that this MS sat half-finished and untouched on my hard drive for (drum roll) FOUR years.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 07, 2011, 11:42 PM
Good job Jeff. It's great to get it finished, huh?

I have one chapter left in my first ever YA. I'm getting a bit sad that I'll have to say goodbye to my MC and her love interest. I feel like they've become my friends and now I have to bid them farewell.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 08, 2011, 01:32 PM
First Draft:  Done
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jeffman on September 08, 2011, 04:18 PM
Sweet.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wonky on September 08, 2011, 05:07 PM
Sent my revised MS to agent today, clocked in at 35k words, up from 20k.

I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Woods on September 09, 2011, 06:44 AM
Congratulations on completing the first draft, Brian!

--Woods
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 09, 2011, 07:23 AM
Sadly, I very guilty of neglecting my writing lately.  Either because of making truffles or complete laziness.  But, I was working on it non-stop for four months, so I might be allowed a break.  I'm sending monsters to celebrate over the weekend.
By the way, do you think it would be possible for a monster to wear a pink dress?  I just have a vision of my character.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jeffman on September 09, 2011, 08:14 AM
If a devil can wear a blue dress, a monster should be able to wear a pink one.

Of course, you have to know how it fits into the monster's own social norms. Would pink be considered rebellious or conventional behavior, and would that behavior fit your monster's identity? Or is your monster trying to establish a new relationship to the monster community?
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jeffman on September 10, 2011, 06:37 AM
Saturday morning now, and since the school year has begun, weekends have special meaning for me.  (I teach.)

I am determined to finish drafting my WIP today if not tomorrow. Seriously, the climax is fully outlined, nearly all written, and the denouement will require 2-3 pages tops.

I CAN DO IT. YEAH.

And I really do look forward to revising and tweaking. In terms of craft, that's when the payoffs kick in, when the brass begins to shine. YMMV.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jeffman on September 10, 2011, 03:38 PM
Draft is done. DONE! 43,000 words.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wonky on September 10, 2011, 04:04 PM
Draft is done. DONE! 43,000 words.



Cool, congrats!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 11, 2011, 02:11 AM
Congrats, Jeff.
I am still struggling to finish this story and I keep putting it away.  But, I will set a target of the end of October.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Wonky on September 11, 2011, 02:49 AM
I just got a random idea for a PB...a parody of an existing story. Banged it out in 20 min and sent to agent. Let's see what she says.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 11, 2011, 03:47 AM
I just got a random idea for a PB...a parody of an existing story. Banged it out in 20 min and sent to agent. Let's see what she says.
That's some sort of record, Wonky.  Good luck with it.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Brian H. on September 11, 2011, 01:22 PM
Good job Jeff. I hope you find lots of time to revise and tweak I'm doing that now. I have 120 pages to go of tweaking. Finished the query letter too.

Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Victoria on September 14, 2011, 09:46 PM
I signed up for JoNoWriMo yesterday and made goals that feel relatively reasonable to me ... the first one was to finish outlining my WIP (I've written about three-fifths of it and had a bit of the rest outlined already).  Tonight I finally wrangled several slippery plot threads into submission and think I have a passable roadmap for the final stages. :moose

Next goal: work with the outline to finish the rough draft!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: thunderingelephants on September 15, 2011, 02:59 AM
I actually worked yesterday and bonded quite well with the characters and John won't be here for the whole day so I have no excuse not to write, but I will probably find one.  My monsters and I really worked well together so although I didn't write much, I did work.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Cat on September 19, 2011, 11:53 AM
I've sunk into a revision hole. I'm taking a break and looking up short story publications to submit to for a little bit.  :groan
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: jeffman on September 19, 2011, 12:26 PM
My wife and 14-yr-old daughter read my YA WIP yesterday. I basically trust them, especially my daughter, who is very insightful. Reaction: positive.

But they aren't sure about the end. Not the climax. That's fine. The denouement bugs them.

I agree something better could happen. But I'm darned if I know what!!! And I'm not sure how long I want to wait for inspiration to strike.

I'd love to hear from anyone who's worked through this problem.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 20, 2011, 07:27 PM
Only a page, but it's one page more than I had this morning.

I need to cut down on unnecessary distractions and focus on what's important--writing. 
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: majanecka on November 29, 2011, 06:11 PM
Where is everybody?  I'm working on a PB.  I have been mulling over how to end it.  Wrote up one idea but wasn't in love with it then last night as I was falling asleep came up with a viable alternative.
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on May 07, 2012, 09:40 PM
Since I have no secrets I can't share  :-X, I'm not waiting on news  :drumfingers, I have nothing on submission :crossedfingers, and rarely write over 1000 words in a day  :writing3, I'm resurrecting this thread. I promise it has no Jello, no rashes, and no lengthy discussions of people's faces.

Oh, and absolutely, definitely, positively NO  :ceilingdance or  :pickle


BUT!


It has  :margarita :pinacolada :martini :partytime :bananadance :broccoli  :carrot :chocolate: :cookie :coffee :grouphug2

And best of all:

 :pages: :typing  :bangbreak <--- That last one would be progress!
 
So, to get the ball rolling again, here's my update:

Today I wrote a little under 100 words (It was a crazy busy day!). Total wordcount: 7100.

Where's everybody else at?

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: yellow_submarine on May 07, 2012, 10:04 PM
Oooh goodie! Thanks for resurrecting this thread. :)

I'm working on a new WIP at the moment as well. I have quite a bit of motivation to write quickly, since my mid-year exams are rapidly approaching (June) and then I'm travelling overseas (July). So, if I'm not finished my 1st draft by early June, I'll have to put it aside until AUGUST…  which is a rather horrifying prospect!

Oh dear, I guess I'd better get back to writing. :typing

PS: Good luck with your WIP; 100 words is still a lot better than nothing, especially on a busy day!
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SYoon on May 07, 2012, 11:27 PM
I promise it has no Jello, no rashes, and no lengthy discussions of people's faces.
Oh, and absolutely, definitely, positively NO  :ceilingdance or  :pickle

Rue, you make it seem like these are BAD things.  :shrug:

ETA: Majanecka: Whatever happened with that pb idea???
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on May 08, 2012, 10:09 AM
Um, that was supposed to be reverse psychology. :eh2

I thought by mentioning those exact things, it would get the BBers in here all up in arms that those things weren't allowed in this thread. :grrr

Guess my plan didn't work so good.  :shame

Okay, plan B:

:star2 FREE CHOCOLATE!!!!!  :star2

If that doesn't work, I'm gonna go cry in the corner.  :pityparty:

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: majanecka on May 08, 2012, 09:37 PM
Salina, Thanks for asking.  I did get that idea developed into a PB ms.  I had great fun with it.  It still needs a little polishing in a couple of places but I have hopes for it.  I set it aside to work on getting another manuscript that I felt was more polished ready for a critique at the Texas SCBWI meeting.  I received a positive critique from Dan Yaccarino there and was just over the moon that he liked it.  [He was just fabulous!  I loved him!]  So I'm concentrating on trying to get that one published while revising the ms that I mentioned working on in the WIP post.  Always good to have something out there on submission, something in revision and some ideas percolating.    :turtlego:
[I get entranced with the smileys and waste an inordinate amount of time staring at them wondering if there's some way I can work one into my message]
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: SYoon on May 08, 2012, 10:01 PM
Hi Majenecka,

I'm glad you saw my post!  :grin  So glad it's still being polished up and not tucked away in a drawer. Too many ideas end up  :rip and never to be dug out. Wow... you got to meet  :artist1: Dan Y! I'm a big fan of his. :cheerleader He's done some board books too, so we share shelving sections occasionally. I'm sure he's wonderful. :love3: 

 :goodluck with the submissions and revisions. See you in the trenches! :cheers:

See... it's easy to use smileys!  ;)
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on May 08, 2012, 10:46 PM
I think the free chocolate may be working!

Majenecka, PBs are so quick to write, but SOOOOO slow to polish! I have two that I pull out every so often and tinker with, then put them away again. Maybe one day I'll be satisfied enough with them to start shopping them around. :writing

Yellow_submarine, I had exactly the same motivation two years ago to finish TRAMH. I knew once summer rolled around, I'd have no time for writing! I think I finished the first draft in six weeks!

Hmmm... Maybe I should remind myself of the same thing THIS year and get THIS first draft finished in six weeks! :slaphead:

Okay, another 100 words tonight. The scene I'd plotted out last night wasn't working with me. Then tonight I realized why. So everything I'd planned has been scrapped and now I'm back to square one with the scene. But I think it's for the best. My character just wouldn't behave the way I'd plotted that scene!

Rue
Title: Re: I Worked on My WIP Today
Post by: ruecole on May 10, 2012, 01:56 PM
200 words last night and 500 so far today.  :typing

Not only did I scrap the scene, but I backed the story up 24 hours and that seemed to break the writer's block.  :bangbreak

So who else has been working on their WIP today?

Rue