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ROW80 Update May 11

Goals:

  1. Spend at least half an hour every day on writing or editing, an hour on weekends
  2. Finish rewrite of Dragons at Dawn
  3. Post to my blog on the ROW80 update days (Sunday and Wednesday)
  4. Read at least one of my books on writing every week

I found that I didn’t have anything to read for my critique group last night, because I have been working so much on plotting my revisions that I haven’t done any writing recently. I am almost tempted into starting yet another project just to have something that I can contribute. But it would probably be better to keep plugging away at my plans so that I can begin my rewrites soon.

I am really looking forward to WisCon in a couple of weeks. Part of my excitement is that I will get to meet a lot of people in the publishing industry. I hope to make some contacts with other writers, as well as publishers and editors that I can talk to about selling my books. The one concern I have is that I have thought about my Valkyrie story so much since I made my submission for the writer’s workshop that I now have a much different idea about my story than what they will be reviewing. They will probably still have good input though, and I can probably ask what they might think of my new ideas.

I am still reading Writing the Short Story, by Jack M Bickham. I haven’t made any progress since my last update, and am still on Chapter 12 (of 18).

See you back here on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll have finished the Bickham book by then.

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ROW80 Update May 8

Goals:

  1. Spend at least half an hour every day on writing or editing, an hour on weekends
  2. Finish rewrite of Dragons at Dawn
  3. Post to my blog on the ROW80 update days (Sunday and Wednesday)
  4. Read at least one of my books on writing every week

I finished my edits on my short story about my lead in Finding Valhalla, but I am waiting for a final review from one of my critique partners. I haven’t decided yet how I will present it. I would like to just post it online and let everyone read it, but it would also be cool if I put it out there to see if I could get it published. There’s also the option of throwing it up on Amazon or Smashwords for 99¢ to see if anyone would buy it. I’ll be sure to keep you all informed once I decide.

I didn’t do any writing or editing Saturday. This is the first time I have missed my goals, and I feel a bit disappointed with myself for doing so. I know, life happens and all that, but I’m still going to try not to let it happen again. The reason I didn’t do any writing was because I was busy shopping. My wife and I met with my son and mother-in-law (long story that I’m not going to get into here) and spent a very busy morning together. We started with the Free Comic Book Day, then went to Barnes & Noble for some books. I picked up three books on Norse mythology for my personal library that I will be able to use for research on my Valkyrie stories. After that we went to P.F. Changs for lunch, followed by at trip to Costco. We stocked up on groceries, and I got a 1TB portable hard drive and a new digital camera. My new camera is able to take HD movies, so maybe now I can finally post a video blog! Of course, first I have to figure out 1) how to do it, and 2) what to blog about! Let me know if you have any ideas.

I am still reading Writing the Short Story, by Jack M Bickham. I haven’t made any progress since my last update, and am still on Chapter 12 (of 18). Also on my reading list: I just finished River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Loved it! Her Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorite series, and this one is no exception. In this story she takes some time away from the werewolves, vampires, and fae to explore Mercy’s Indian heritage.

That’s it for today. I have a lot of work to do tonight before I end up missing another day on my goals. See you Wednesday!

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ROW80 Update May 4

Goals:

  1. Spend at least half an hour every day on writing or editing, an hour on weekends
  2. Finish rewrite of Dragons at Dawn
  3. Post to my blog on the ROW80 update days (Sunday and Wednesday)
  4. Read at least one of my books on writing every week

I have come to a point with my short story about my lead in Finding Valhalla where I think I might be able to stop. There is a lot more that I could write, but I think I might go with the “less is more” option for now. The story has given me a lot of insight into her personality and powers, and I’m not sure that writing any more of her history would be of any benefit to the novel. I think I’ll clean it up a little more, and then post my 3,000 words somewhere for anyone who wants to read it.

I am still reading Writing the Short Story, by Jack M Bickham. I’m up to Chapter 12 (of 18), but still not finding much that is specific to writing shorts. I’ll keep plugging away to the end though. If nothing else, it does have some useful general writing advice.

I’ll check in again on Sunday. See you then!

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ROW80 Update May 1

Goals:

  1. Spend at least half an hour every day on writing or editing, an hour on weekends
  2. Finish rewrite of Dragons at Dawn
  3. Post to my blog on the ROW80 update days (Sunday and Wednesday)
  4. Read at least one of my books on writing every week

I have continued working on my short story about how my lead in Finding Valhalla became a Valkyrie. It is turning out fairly well, although if I put everything into it that I have been thinking about it will end up to be either a really long short story or a novella. It is certainly working as a writing exercise though. I have figured out a lot about her powers and history by doing this. It should make the novel shine a lot brighter once I work them into my revisions.

I am still reading Writing the Short Story, by Jack M Bickham. I’m up to Chapter 8 (of 18), but so far I’m not finding it very useful. Most of the advice in it seems to be general writing advice, and what I need is something specific to writing shorts. My main issue with short fiction is that I want to put so much into the story (to make sure that it’s good) that the story grows beyond the bounds of the word count. What I need help with is figuring out how to keep my ideas simple enough to fit into 5,000 words and still be worth reading.

Lastly, I finally received word about my submission to the Writing Workshop at WisCon. The author moderating my group is going to be Cassie Alexander, a registered nurse whose debut series will be published January 2012. I had requested Margaret Ronald as a moderator, so I am a little disappointed, but I should at least be able to meet her at the convention. There is only one other person (beside the moderator) in my group. I thought it would be bigger. But I suppose it is better this way. Definitely more time for one-on-one advice.

That’s it for today. See you back here on Wednesday!

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