This week’s word count: 2,545. That amounts to two out of three scenes in chapter two of my WIP, “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic.” So, I didn’t quite meet my goal of finishing a chapter this week. But I did some plotting work that should help make this draft more cohesive than my first drafts in the past, so I’m okay with not having a knockout word count this week.
I’m almost halfway through Roz Morris’ “Nail Your Novel.” That book is also helping me plot my current WIP, so I don’t get stuck halfway through. I didn’t finish reading chapter two in Julia Cameron’s “Walking in This World,” so I’ll add that to my plate for the upcoming week.
I spent a decent amount of time this week getting reacquainted with Twitter and the WANATribe website, posted three blog posts, and jumped in as a last-minute ROW80 Round 1 sponsor. I also joined the Romance Writers of America Online Chapter, so I’m excited about where things are headed for 2014. It will be great to be interacting with fellow writers online, learning about their projects, and encouraging them as a #ROW80 sponsor.
We’re almost halfway through the first month of the New Year, and most of us spent part of this week trying to survive the brutal cold that made “polar vortex” a household term.
If you need some inspiration for staying on track with this year’s goals, look no further than this round-up of posts from across the Webz:
- C.S. Lakin is offering help for writers at all stages to build a better novel with Novel Construction 101.
- Alison Wells offers some inspiration on how to meet the writing goals you’ve set for the upcoming year.
- Rayne Hall guest blogs about the appeal of flawed heroes over at Romance and More.
- Has anyone ever told you that writing—your passion, your dream, your career—is a waste of time or, at best, a hobby? Marcy Kennedy offers words of encouragement for anyone whose loved ones have asked them to quit their dream.
- Anyone who’s seriously pursued the writing life knows that being a writer isn’t all book signings and navel gazing. New York Times Best-Selling Author Yasmine Galenorn offers a glimpse into the long hours and discipline required of a successful author.
- Wise Bread offers some tips to fight burnout and some advice on five habits you must break to become more self-confident.
- Think quitters never win? Kristen Lamb turns that notion on its head in her post about how being a successful writer means knowing when to quit.
- If you want to get a jump start on a year of healthy and natural living, check out this post on Sage Woman’s blog about foods and herbs that will help your body detox and build up immunities.
What about you? How are your goals for 2014 progressing?