It’s a writer’s prerogative to change her mind, I guess. I burst out of the gate with all kinds of goals for this 80-day round of writing, and I’m still keeping them, but I’m changing up the order a bit.
I got some fantastic feedback from my friend and critique partner, Diane Flannery (if you read historical romance, remember this name – she’s going to be big!) on my finished book, SMALL TOWN LOVE. It was so incisive and inspiring and most of all, RIGHT, that I’m bumping up number six and seven on my list to number one and two:
1. Revise SMALL TOWN LOVE based on editor, agent and CP feedback. (Started this! I’m about three chapters in on revisions already, and I love the depth that’s being added to the book. )
2. Submit STL to Harlequin. (Planning to do this before next Wednesday’s ROW80 check-in!)
3. Finish rough draft of CHARMING CORA (32,864 words to go).
4. Finish rough draft of PEACE, LOVE AND MURDER AT THE ROSY GOAT (52,248 words to go).
5. Proof CORA and find a beta reader.
6. Proof PL&M and find a beta reader.
7. Submit CORA to Harlequin.
8. Shop PL&M out to agents.
9. While I’m waiting on all those submissions, I might try a novella. Something short and fun!
10. Blog my progress throughout, visit ROW80 and WIPpet bloggers, and at the end of the 80 days, re-evaluate my goals and where I’m at. (Doing well on this, too! Well, on visiting my blog friends, anyway. Posting isn’t exactly on time. It is Thursday today, after all. 🙂 )
And now for today’s (okay, yesterday’s) WIPpet Snippet. I’ve missed doing these! If you’ve never heard of WIPpet Wednesday, it’s a weekly merry-go-round of writers sharing a piece of their work that somehow coincides with the date. I’m picking a section of SMALL TOWN LOVE, and my WIPpet math that relates to 10/9/14 is nine lines from page 10. (To share a piece of your own work, link up here!)
“Come on, now, Emma. You said yourself you do any kind of job if it meant you could stay on here in town.”
“No way,” Emma repeated firmly for the umpteenth time, pushing out of her chair to deepen the rut she’d already paced in the brightly-patterned linoleum of the bungalow’s small kitchen. “I’m from New York City. Growing a pot of basil on an apartment windowsill is about the extent of my agricultural abilities.”
“Did you grow it from seed?”
“There you go!” Josie crowed triumphantly. “Putting in a garden’s the same concept, just on a bigger scale.”
Emma had to laugh at her friend’s misguided enthusiasm.
Do you have a list of goals you’re working on, writing or otherwise? Share your progress in the comments!