Sunday, January 28, 2007

So this is what it feels like to reach a goal?

As the title says, so this is what it feels like to reach a goal? Man, I should set goals more often :) Or rather, I should go after goals more often. I guess I'm so used to having things hanging over my head that I'm not used to completing a task.

So, yes, I made my goal. I wrote 2.2k yesterday (which tends to be my daily average). I could have written more - probably should have. I didn't really finish the scene I wanted to finish, instead a new scene popped up that I think fits great. I love it when that happens and that's the way this WIP has been all along. In the beginning I just wrote and every day the story unfolded in ways that astounded me. In the middle I tried to plot and plan but eventually I realized that - at least with this one - I work best with a phrase in mind.

I know that sounds strange, but I'll hear a character say something in my head and then I'll write until it is time for that character to say that thing. Then I'll hear something else. Very odd, but so far it tends to work when I stop stressing about where everything is going.

Today I read through my progress to date and fixed the 20k going out to be critiqued (adding about 700 more words here and there). There were some scenes that needed moving around and that was tough and took lots and lots of time but I think I got it to work. Technically I could send it out tonight but I'm travelling tomorrow so I might take a hard copy on the plane with me for another read through. I tend to write pretty rough and there's no need to show too much of my knickers to my critiquer :)

Plus, all along I've been reading the day's writing to The Boy and we got off track at some point and he hasn't even read the last 20k. I might want his stamp of approval before sending it off.

Anyway, I'm happy because I feel like I had a solid weekend. And I did what I wanted to do and what I said I'd do. And I like where the book sits now.

Hope everyone else fared just as well!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful! That's kind of how NaNoWriMo was, that accomplised feeling. I've let myself get sidetracked with other commitments that involved writing stuff that's not for fun, but we now have a third writing partner in our little group (she does contemporary romances and is very knowledgeable about the field though she hasn't published)--maybe I'll get back in the swing of revising. You're an inspiration! Look forward to reading some of it, some day (beach weather will return!).

Carrie Ryan said...

I can't wait for you to read it Nancy! And beach weather cannot come soon enough!!