Today’s mission after work is to find time to critique 5 manuscripts before setting off to the city for our Picture Book Meeting. It will be good to see all the classmates from the course that finished last month and I can’t wait to hear advice on my manuscript. Which was practically rewritten after it’s 1st critique – I changed the whole angle of the book and the idea behind the story.
I am really glad I did because it is a much better read with a wider market appeal.
Just remember writers… a good critique is as valuable as the writing and editing time! Just be sure you pick or pay people who know what they are talking about!
Repeating ‘I have NOT cheated’ to myself over and over right now.
I signed up for Camp in May and had no idea that my good friend who has been living in Australia for the past 4 years who I haven’t seen in all that time was back in Europe for a flying visit.
The first I knew of the plan was MOVING DAY when she phoned… and just over a week later we had our 1st house guest – we are still living in and out of boxes, finding spare, spare towels and bed linen has been a 2 day mission!
Anyway long story, short this wonderful week has given me plenty of happiness and laughs but not much in the way of writing space or time. I have managed a few 1000 words.
I hadn’t even logged into my cabin – seems we are all struggling – just one message left since mine last week!
I looked at my STATS and the expected finish date of SEPTEMBER.
I looked at current word count 11900 and thought of all I need to do over the next week… with the house, job applications, finishing the apartment and FINALLY (weeks after schedule) putting it on the market! etc. etc.
So I took advantage of the new TOOL – and ADJUSTED the word count to a more manageable 20,000 – still a way off – still a challenge in a week! But POSSIBLE, ACHIEVABLE and USEFUL.
It will mean I have nearly finished 2 stories. Which I can work on in August!
My STATS now look tons healthier
Average Words Per Day 646
Your Average Per Day 495
Words Written Today 8
Target Word Count 20,000
Total Words Written11,900
Words Remaining 8,100
Current Day 24
Days Remaining 8
At This Rate You Will Finish On August 10, 2013
Words Per Day To Finish On Time 1,013
I AM NOT QUITTING – Just adjusting the writing seat so that I can reach the pedals!
I am grateful for modern technology. That on my last day of work my mum can send me such an encouraging message;
‘Bird FREED from cage, you will fly again!’