Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Word Count Wednesday

The muse is back and with the help of all my beta readers and critique people, I have been using all my computer time for the last few days to revise and write. It's so wonderful and liberating!

It's interesting to me how critiques can jump-start me. There was a time in my writing career where I never wanted anyone to see my work until it was finished, but now that I know how helpful critiques and honest feedback can be, I can't wait until I get it back.

I have a bit of computer time left today while the kids are napping so I'm going to get back to it. I wrote a little over 2000 words this week and I revised three chapters. I'm feeling good!

How did you do this week?


Debra Erfert said...

I wrote a 1056 word synopsis for CHANGES this past week and put it up on my online critique association ANWA. like a bloodied body in an ocean it was shredded and disassembled by predator authors lurking in the deep, which was what I wanted. I needed to see if others could understand what my story was about. I was too close to it. From their great critiques I was able to come up with what I believe is a solid synopsis. I also found out I needed to change my main character's name. Grace has been used too many times, I was told. After deep reflection I decided to give it up and change her name to Mackenzie, Mac to her friends. I certainly don't want something as simple as a name to get my query letter deleted.

Julie, have you ever thought about having Ms. Shreditor or Angela Eschler critique a synopsis once instead of a first page once in a while? It was just a thought, probably because I'm nose deep in trying to write three of them.

Rebecca H. Jamison said...

Glad you two survived the critiques. Great analogy, Debra.

I wrote 3800, and part of that was rewriting my 2nd chapter AGAIN. I think I'm getting better at writing without editing.

My book got off the press today. I'm excited and a little nervous.

Janice Sperry said...

I finished my edit of She Came From the Hill and sent it to my first beta reader - my 12 year old. I'm not sure if I'll get any feedback from him but I do need to step away from it for a while so I can look at it with fresh eyes before I send it to other beta readers.

So I've started something new and I'm hoping I can get through the rough draft quickly. I don't like the rough draft part. I like revisions.

Stephanie Black said...

I'm in the process of getting test reader feedback on a new manuscript, and I'm excited about it--so far, the readers have enjoyed the story overall, but have also been very astute at pointing out where it has problems. I'm looking forward to fixing what's wrong.

Charlie Moore said...

400 to 500 words. Baby steps.

Angie said...

I got twelve pages in last week. This week is going all right. I should still be able to reach 50 for the month of January!

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Debra, what a visual that was! And I am totally worried about my heroine being named Grace, so I went ahead and changed it. *sigh*

Rebecca, congrats on the book getting off the press! It's almost here!

Janice, I'm with you, revisions are where it's at!

Stephanie, I'm excited to get something new from you. Well, excited and scared at the same time if you know what I mean. ;)

Charlie, we're going to get there. Babysteps indeed!

Angie, congrats! I think I might hit my goal, too. It's a good feeling. :)