Monday, July 23, 2012

In Which I Write In

So Hannah and I currently have the same goal: finish our WIPs by the end of August.

Doable, yes? Yes. Maybe. I don't know but I'm going to try. I'm about 40k in to All That Remains. I think I need at least another 40K. Though I'm not always so good about estimating that so I won't really know until I reach The End.

I figure if I can get done by September, that will give me enough time to start editing etc for poooooosssibly entering the Authoress's Baker's Dozen competition this year (since I missed it the last two years) and also set me up for possibly doing NaNo again this year. And I guess, if worse comes to worse and I don't finish by then, well, no real harm.

Of course right when I make this goal, the day job gets cray cray, and also some other writerly stuff came up and I had to put All That Remains aside while I deal with that. I'm still hoping the goal will stick. I mean, even I have to NaNo the crap out of it and try to do it in just a month, then I guess that's something I'll have to do.

Since Hannah has the same goal, we've set up some write ins, to hang and write together to try and get them done. It's always nice to have a shared goal with someone.

So what about you? Any recent goals? And how are they going?


Slamdunk said...

That is the funny thing with writers. They often set challenging writing goals, that if achieved, allow them to tackle...well...more writing.

Increased work responsibilities have me just treading water here.

Good luck with the WIP Sarah.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it!
My goal is to finish the first draft of CassaStorm by this weekend.
And please tell Hannah hey for me.

Kelley Lynn said...

You've got this! Way to set a goal for yourself.

My goal? Query the heck out of the current book. Fingers crossed :)

Matthew MacNish said...

I've been moving slowly, but steadily forward. Trying to focus on it even more for a while now.

Hannah Kincade said...

We can do eeeet! I have another query draft to send you, but I left it at home. Wah wah.

OT: my new fiber is on its way!! Eeeek!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I would have been more excited if "G" stood for "guys" and then you posted pics starting with a shirtless Christian Bale and proceeding downward from there. You know, Chris Helmsworth, Chris Evans, the guy that plays Alcide on "True Blood"...

But I see you are obsessed with goals. Good luck with that.

Teebore said...

1. Keep my head above water blog-wise, proving I can do two X-aminations a week, but also having to do six in the next two weeks so I don't have to worry about them the week I'm on vacay.

2. Continue outlining Crimson Masquerade, currently planning on crapping out a draft for NaNo this year.

3. Get a good word processing app for my iPad so I can start a routine of revising Onwards and Upwards at least a few pages a day. I want it query-able by the time I start in on Crimson Masquerade in earnest (so, uh, by November, I guess).

4. Send out those flash fiction stories somewhere.

Johanna Garth said...

That's a great goal! Go Sarah!!

I just got sucked into a WIP and I wasn't really expecting to work on it until Fall. Maybe I should make a 50k goal for myself.

CourtneyC said...

Trying to finish up all revisions and start querying. Initial goal was today. New goal = end of July. Since I'm the one setting the deadline, I cut myself some slack. I'm a cool boss that way.

Best of luck on that writing thing that got in the way (hooray!) and I hear ya on the cray-cray day job. I put my WIP down for 7 months to get something done at work. I don't want to do that again. It's all a balancing act. I'll be looking for your entry in the baker's dozen! :-)

Nate Wilson said...

My goal is to finish my novel someday. I'd make more concrete goals, but I've found my 1-year-old often throws a wrench into my plans. (It's not a literal wrench; at this stage, he's much better at hammering.) Also, I'm lazy.

Best of luck to you and Hannah! Show the rest of us slackers how it's done!

Maria Zannini said...

It's always nice to share a journey when you have the same goals.

I'm usually happy with 60k. I have no problem adding another 20k during edits.

As long as you've got the bones down, I think you'll easily meet your goal.

Elizabeth Twist said...

You know there's Camp NaNoWriMo, right? It's a set-your-own-goal kind of deal, so your 40k would fit right in. Just in case you want a place to enter your word count and track your progress. (Camp seems to be a more rebel-friendly space than the November event.)

Jamie Gibbs said...

Good luck, Sarah!

There's an open submission thing at Abaddon Books I might try my hand at if I can pull my finger out enough to do it :) It'll be good to get back into the swing of things.

Anne Gallagher said...

Trying to finish my latest short story by the end of July. (Not going to happen, so push that to middle of August.) Once the Monster goes back to school, then watch out. I'm going cray cray myself. Going to attempt two novels before Thanksgiving. Well, one is actually a rewrite, the other will be brand new.

Also keeping my head above water with the blogs. Yikes, why did I decide to have 3?

DL Hammons said...

Wow...I have about the same goal. I'm 20K into my projected 60K book. Need another 40K to be finished by the end of Aug. That's six weeks, or about 6500 a week. Totally doable!!

I'm leeching onto your goal! :)

TL Conway said...

Sounds like half the writerly-blogger world is on a summer hiatus to to a last crash effort on their WIP. Godspeed, Sarah's fingers! :)

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