Flippin’ the Script (ROW80/WIPpet Wednesday)

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!)

“No way.”

“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?”

“Yes, but–”

“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!


24 thoughts on “Flippin’ the Script (ROW80/WIPpet Wednesday)

  1. Hahaha! Honestly, I can’t grow anything. I killed a windowsill cactus once, and those are about as low-maintenance as it gets. Josie’s enthusiasm is entertaining (and familiar from all the people I know who assure me gardening is “easy”).

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  2. Really like your banner image (cat and typewriter). You’ll see why when my ‘motivational’ article hits the ROW80 blog later in October. And your energy is contagious — May all your writing, subbing, and blogging go well! Re the WIPpet, I find it hard to post every week, but even a small snippet tells us much about these two women, their respective personalities, and perhaps a future full of ‘growth’!

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  3. Isn’t it awesome when you get that feedback that makes you so keen to get into revisions? I love that. Good luck with the submissions and all! 🙂

    Haha, I am like Josie in terms of optimism, but I’m probably about as capable as Emma when it comes down to it. Great glimpse into the two characters here.

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  4. I have the opposite of a green thumb. My mother used to ban me from touching her vegetables in the garden as I have the uncanny ability to kill ANYTHING. *sigh*. Which is such a shame, as I love the idea of gardening. I loved the wippet though. Nicely done!


  5. Hooray for you! I tend to do better thinking about gardening than growing things. I’m with Emma; this could be rough!

    And I love the way you’re seizing your enthusiasm and putting it to work for you, I love revisions – kinda like an archaeological dig! =D

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