Skip to main content

Post Your Word Counts

Hello All,
I hope you had a fruitful writing week.  Things are good here in my neck of the woods.  I finally quit procrastinating and met the daily writing goals I'd set for myself. Now, I am two chapters away from finishing the outline for my work-in-progress. If all goes according to plan, I will be ready begin the second draft of my novel by the end of next week.

As I announced in a previous post, the word count challenge ended today. Whoever wrote the most words this week will receive a small box of Godiva chocolates, and a copy of Getting the Words Right, by Theodore A. Rees Cheney. I'll close the comments on Wednesday (to allow everyone enough time to get their word counts in), then I will send the prizes out to the winner. I look forward to reading about your productive sessions.


  1. Ooh, let me add them up... about 7000.
    Whew! Better than I expected!
    And congrats on nearly reaching your second draft - I hope to be there soon myself!

  2. Wow! 7000???? That's impressive. You've been a busy bee.(: Keep going like that and your book will be done in no time. I'm inspired by your dedication. Congrats on a job well done.

  3. 7000 - thats awesome! Okay I didn't hit 5,000 so I won't throw my hat in the ring. LOL I am happy to report that my WIP is coming along nicely. ;)

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. :)

  4. Too ashamed to post mine, but in my own defense, I've been super busy with social networking and it was my do I get a pass for this week? :)

  5. Thanks guys! It feels awesome to me too cos I was so slow before, right up until this summer when all of a sudden something kicked in and I've gone back to the high word counts I used to generate when I first started writing.
    I think it was a combination of returning to Romance, and the last writers' house party we had on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community, our 8th so far! We're having another one - invitations go up on the 22nd and anyone can play, if you'd like to stop by...


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

ISWG Are Online Whisper Groups Bullying YA Authors Out of Publication? What's an Author to Do?

t's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this supportive group click on the host's name.

I feel very strongly about what happened to this author, and I fear it could happen to the rest of us if we don't stick together. 

Recenty, SCMP reported that after signing a seven figure book deal for the Fantasy, BLOOD HEIR, Chinese author Amelie Wen Zhao was forced to pull it from publication due to allegations of racism.  

The premise of the highly anticipated Fantasy trilogy was a retelling of Anastasia, except Zhao's adaptation used blood magic. Critics felt the story had racist undertones because of the cover blurb's description of a "World where oppression is blind to skin color and good and evil exist in shades of gray."

Many criticisms came from a whispers online group, which, from my understanding are sort of the gate-keepers to approving YA novels.  I'm sure this is…

ISWG Writing Myself Into a Corner

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this supportive group click on the host's name.

First and foremost, happy New Year!!!!
Now, onto the subject at hand, LOL. Currently, I'm writing a Young Adult Fantasy that transports the MC to ancient Carthage in 216 BCE.  The pacing is pretty fast throughout with a few rest spots for the readers. While I like what I've written so far, it wasn't until chapter 28 that I realized my MC hadn't spent enough time in Carthage. She walked through the city as a prisoner, was captured by the God Ba'al Hammon's guards, spent some time in the temple and was then set on her journey. While this is well and good, my heroine has to make a choice that will affect the fate of the Carthaginian people. To accomplish this, she needs to be invested in them, to care about them. Needless to say, I was pissed off that I left such an important …

Sometimes Life Just Gets In The Way

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're feeling down about your writing and need a supportive ear to bend, this is the group to join. For more information, click on Alex's name to be directed to the enrollment link. 

Lately, life has gotten in the way of my writing. How you ask? Well, I'm in grad school full time. Although I love learning, and academic writing gives me that opportunity, it doesn't hold a candle to the way I feel when I'm working on a fictional story. There's something exhilarating about transporting my characters into another world where anything is possible, and the rules are dictated by my imagination. It's definitely a wonderful escape from my responsibilities.
As I'm sure you've discerned, I really, really love writing fiction. Now that most of my major assignments are out of the way, I've eked out some time to work on my novel, and it's brou…