You did it!
You are amazing! Did you accomplish 32 hours of writing? Did you take weekends off?
Did you reach your goal?
While I didn’t write every day, man, I tried. And I accomplished two big things. (I had hoped for three, but I am thrilled with the two.)
So, how do you feel?
Share your goals, if you’d like. What did you do? How would you have changed this challenge? How did you get your time in? What was the easiest part of the challenge fo you? What was the hardest?
I can tell you the hardest part for me. Even though I told my family for days that I was taking the hour in the mornings, they still intruded on the hour. I whined about this with the first interruptions, then I figured out I was going to need to figure out how to work anyway.
What was the best part for you?
The best for me was knowing out there, somewhere, other people were giving an hour a day to their writing. I loved the idea of community.
Ann Dee, Kyra and I will let you know where we’ll eat. Would you love to do a potluck? That might be great fun. Go to Olive Garden again? Whatever we decide, let’s make this an annual tradition.
And remember this–YOU ROCK!
PS Guess what awaits you? REVISION!
Did you get your goal number of words for last week?
Did you write everyday?
Have you five hours writing logged?
Is your goal where you can see it?
Hint: Do not stare into the sun during the eclipse. Damage can occur in moments.
Another hint: Do not sing Total Eclipse of the Heart. CORNY!
(Now I will have to sing that dumb song. I will change the words to Turn around blind eyes in case one of you looks at the eclipse today.)
I’ve lost my phone.
This worries me as I have an appointment with two friends. What if I’m late?
I fought against getting this phone. But year before last when people were messaging all over Waterford trying to find me, and the last time my agent had to listen to Carolina’s weird answering machine, I realized it was time to get a phone of my own.
Where is that darn thing?
What has your main character lost?
How important is it to her?
Does this loss play a necessary part in your story?
Look through your novel. IF this loss is important, in needs to be present. It can’t be forgotten.
When Rick Walton was ill, he was always on my mind. Always. He’s still on my mind quite a lot.
Loss can be anything. Anyone. Keep it age-appropriate, and remember loss for a young child is as important as for an older person, even if the object isn’t as huge as a lost cell phone. 😉
I heard if you give your posts good titles, you get more views.
We may go up to TEN readers!
Are you doing your one first line per day?
I’ve found having a slight idea helps me know what to write. Getting better at just saying anything and then thinking where the book may head. But I like having an idea and writing to that.
How many first lines do you have?
How many are great?
How many will lead somewhere?
In 30 minutes, write all the things that could happen in your book. Even if you have done this once or twice, try to come up with new events.
Every novel is a bit mystery. Keep this in mind as you plug in ideas that might happen in your fabulous story.
Write 25 first lines for your novel.
Jot them down quickly (you already have a first line, and you’re working on a book, so you know where you’re going–this will be an easy exercise), a minute or less per line.
That first line is a promise to your reader. It can show voice, hint at character and plot, show mood and it certainly should grab the reader.
So what are you doing with YOUR book opening?
Remember, Richard Peck (LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO, A YEAR DOWN YONDER) says, “You are no better than your first line.”
Once Richard read the first few pages of my novel that is under consideration right now. “You don’t have your best first line,” he said. He was right. I chopped off the first paragraph AND learned a valuable lesson from a great writer.
Nine Questions We May Explore Later
What is the scariest thing your character must do?
How will you prepare him to do it?
How is your main character like the antagonist?
How does that make the main character feel knowing he’s like the antagonist?
Your main character wants to change one thing about you. What is it?
What one thing has surprised you about this book?
About your main character?
About you as you’ve written this book?