Monday, November 22, 2010

A work in progress


It’s Thanksgiving week and so I plan to be brief. I also know many of you are writing that 50000 word novel this month.

I’m at 35000 words in my 75000 WIP. I’m getting closer to bringing in a huge upset to the story. Not the black moment, but a change that will affect the MC in a big way.

Then the downhill slide begins to the end.

But this time, I’m taking my good old sweet time. You see, I’m hoping book number five is better than all the previous four. I’m hoping that I’ve learned something and I’ll put that knowledge into play in this one.

But I’m also more realistic now. More than I was maybe six months ago.
This book might show me new need areas to work on. Not be the one.

And that’s okay.

So here’s my brief post with my brief question to you: What did you learn from your last writing effort?

Happy Thanksgiving!

39 comments:

Yolanda said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

With love,
Yolanda

Nehha N Josshi said...

That one needs to cultivate Patience for writing what one can. Lack of it spoils it all....Ugghhh!

Jan Cline said...

In my case...not to give up on it yet. But I can see a difference in my writing as Im working on the sequel. That's the best thing I learned.
Happy Thanksgiving

Lydia Kang said...

So far, that writing is hard when you can't turn off your inner editor. Someone tell her to be quiet for a while!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah Forgrave said...

That writing a novel is fairly easy. Writing a great novel is a long labor of love.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Joanne Sher said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Terri!

I've learned VERY recently that competition can get me writing. (Have done a few 15-minute "word wars" with some NaNoers, and it has really gotten me going!)

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Not to freak out when I think the writing's not going well. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lin Floyd said...

that after you give birth to the baby and send it to the publisher it takes a looonnng time to hear if they like it!

Keli Gwyn said...

Congrats on your progress, Terri. Have fun shaking things up for your characters. =)

Sally said...

I'm still licking my wounds from the last "snarky" judges review. I am scouting out submission possibilities to get another opinion but haven't written much beyond the blog since. Happy Holidays!

Carolyn said...

I'm learning that life is a waiting game! You wait nine months to have a baby...waiting for this "baby" may take longer and you may have to have "re-do". Sure glad that doesn't happen with the real birthing process! But it will be worth it...when the crying stops!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Give thanks in all things...even the not-so-good things! It all makes us stronger.

Lynn said...

Happy Thanksgiving week! You are tenacious, and that is a virtue I am still developing with my writing.

Jeanette Levellie said...

I love your indomitable spirit and mature outlook, Terri. You always get up. That's a sign of a godly woman.

I learned that no matter how many times I say, "There. That's the best I can do," there is always room for improvement.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Jen

Cheryl Klarich said...

I'm glad you're back.
Great comments from everyone. I learn so much from all of you.

Carol Riggs said...

Yay! Good progress. I'm about at the same point in my WiP--I'm at 31,500. Big changes are about to happen...!
What have I learned from my last novel? That you should NOT rush the ending. Resolution has to happen. I had to rewrite the last 2 chapters!

Nancy said...

If you mean my last book, I learned that I need to do more research when doing a story.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Diane said...

Praying a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. :O)

Cindy R. Wilson said...

You're making some good progress, Terri! I think I learn something new with every novel I write. In fact, I've already learned a lot writing my current WIP and I'm not even finished yet. It's kind of making it hard to get that first draft down because I keep revising the first few chapters! But...it's all to make the story better, so I guess that's good.

T. Anne said...

Great word count! I love that point in the book because you've already tackled most of the middle. The rest is gravy. As for my last WIP we had a love/hate relationship. I'm thrilled to be done with it, but it was a blast to write. It was something outside of my comfort zone. I'm letting it cool until after New Year to edit it. My new WIP and I get along much better. ;)

Ann Best said...

Congratulations!

I've learned that writing, like anything else that you want to do well, is an up and down process, and lifelong!
Ann

Amy DeTrempe said...

Nice word count! What did I learn last time? I have no idea. I am constantly learning something new. With each critique I get the more I evolve.

Saumya said...

Wow!! Congrats on the word count! I learned that I had a LOT to learn about the craft of fiction. I doubt I'll ever know "everything" but perhaps that's the joy of writing? :) GOOD LUCK!!

Warren Baldwin said...

Persist. Keep writing. Do your best, but don't be a perfectionist (or it will never see publication). Enjoy the process. Write some more!

Good post! Have a great Thanksgiving. wb

Rachna Chhabria said...

Terri, my last writing effort taught me a very harsh lesson. It taught me the benefit of a long brainstorming session and thinking about my character's motives before every scene. My first few drafts of this WIP were crap.

Wising you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

KelliGirl said...

Terri,
Welcome back from your break. It's good to hear that you're writing with such enthusiasm. I know this work will reflect your teachable heart and writing passion.

I haven't written a lot lately...but feel inspired to get more focused after visiting here. One thing I constantly learn through my writers' group is that nothing I write, no matter how good I think it is, is ever beyond critique that makes my stories better and reveals flaws I don't see.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Melissa Marsh said...

What I learned...hmm. That I need to keep the conflict going throughout the book - and on every page.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Great progress!

I've learned character motivations, creating tension, and moving the story forward keep the reader engaged. Also, the first line of a book either grabs an editor/agent or sends them running in the other direction.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Linda O'Connell said...

Happy Thanksgiving Terri,
I learned to sleep on it. I always have a fresh perspective in the morning.

Jessica Nelson said...

I learned that it's possible for me to write more than 1k in a day. LOL

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jill Kemerer said...

Woo-hoo! You're winding up to the mid-point--yeah!

I learned that both my hero and heroine needed specific, current external goals in addition to their main external goals. I never would have seen it on my own!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Julie Musil said...

I'd say my last book taught me to think my plot through. I also need to write a little, rest a little. I can't dump the whole thing out too quickly.

Happy Thanksgiving!

sarah said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy thanksgiving. I've finished the nanowriter thing. Learned to keep a story moving..you need some good conflicts and a few good characters. ☺

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I learned slice of life stories are a hard sell...even if they have a great topic and rhyme really well.

Have a lovely holiday! Congratulations on the 35000 words...

Carol J. Garvin said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Terri, and congratulations on your good progress. I'm another Wrimo... using the month to finish up something I started earlier.

I've learned that I need to trust my judgement more. I don't plot in great detail, but I do enough pre-planning that I know where scenes are supposed to go. Sometimes instinct pushes toward changes that I resist because they aren't in the plan. When I give myself permission to explore those changes I'm often pleased with the difference they make to the story.

patti said...

That it's about blood and sweat and tears and listening to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit is THE reward to writing Reclaiming Lily.

That teaming with two soulmate writers produced the very best book I could've written before turning it over to foster care parents at Bethany House.

That it's got to be the going, not the getting there, that's good.
Thank you, Harry Chapin, for letting me borrow from your killer lyrics in "Greyhound."

You go, girl. You're there already.

Stephanie Faris said...

Sounds like you're growing as a writer to me! I can't participate in NaNoWriMo because my books are never even 45,000 words...middle grade. I did write a young adult novel this month, though. 44,000 words. I just am not official! I love the way NaNoWriMo gets us all writing.

Deb Shucka said...

It sure sounds like your blogging break helped you in a number of ways, including your thinking about your writing. We can only do what we're able to do, and to trust that each step has its own purpose.

I learned with my first book that unless I'm willing (or able) to give my whole heart to the writing, the truth and power will be diminished.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Love that you took a much needed break and that perspective was birthed in that time. It's so easy to get bogged down in the cyber world, all the while to the neglect of the "in the flesh", every day world. I've learned my lesson along these lines. That being said, I'm grateful for the connection of my blogging friends. You all have been an invaluable source of outside support to me in this season.

Since I'm not "out" much these days, I love logging on and finding out what's going on with everyone.

You are a blessing, friend. Take good care of your heart; I pray God's favor, love, and joy rest upon you as we pilgrim to the manger to behold his faithful Light.

peace~elaine

Nicole said...

I learned that I need a lot more practice and I could use the assistance of an editor!