1st July Goal Check

Gratuitous shot of the Med from our trip to Corfu, since the UK is having no kinda summer at all.

I’m calling this the first goal check for July since while technically last week was my first July post about it, it was the 2nd of the month so obviously not much had been accomplished yet!

I’m not doing too bad. My goals as they currently stand:

1. Finish new round of edits to MS #1.ย Completed! Just this morning, but still completed. Big thanks to those who cheered me along on this goal last week. You know who you are ๐Ÿ™‚
2. MS #1 x5.ย On the to-do list for tomorrow.
3. Finish edits to WIP to Chapter 9.ย By the end of this week.
4. Write 10k in WIP.ย Next week.
5. Balance job hunting with writing, CP/Beta work, and blogging. Be realistic!ย So far, okay. I’ve read through one CP’s first draft and returned comments, have found 5 jobs to consider applying for this week, applied to one last week, and am trying to get around to everyone doing July’s #write motivationย and read their blogs, cheer them on Twitter, and so forth. Quite a bit more of that to do this week, but I will do my best!

This might be a silly thing, but I found tremendous inspiration this past week in a very simple Tweet. I’ve exchanged Tweets a few times with one of my favourite authors (okay, Diana Gabaldon… I’m a groupie like that). I’m 1/4 of the way into DRUMS OF AUTUMN, the fourth book in her OUTLANDER series, and I’m reading them super slow because they’reย so good, so chock full of history and detail, and I want to continue feeling like I’m living with these characters as long as I can. Usually I’m a fast reader but this series has slowed me way down, by choice! Unfortunately, it also means I’m up until about 2 AM and beyond every night, light on and Kindle in hand.

In any case, I thought I’d ask her, after days of perusing her website and interviews, if she outlines or not. If you’ve read her books, you’ll know that she masterfully weaves storylines and secondary characters and seemingly small events into the breadth of the overall story, pulling them in and out, sometimes making you think they won’t come up again but they do – and then you’re wondering how on earth she planned so far in advance. Not unlike JK Rowling.

This made me warm & fuzzy inside. Everyone writes in their own way, and what works for some won’t work for others – there’s no secret technique that will suddenly make you a gifted storyteller. But it’s nice to know that someone whose work I admire approaches some things the same way I do ๐Ÿ˜‰

On a totally unrelated note, how about Andy Murray yesterday at Wimbledon?? I’ve been a fair-weather fan over the last few years of starting to watch (and play) tennis, rooting for him because he’s Scottish. But this Wimbledon he’s played his best yet, gave Roger Federer a serious run for his money, and gave a very moving short post-game speech. I still wish he’d won, but well done!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope your goals for this month – writing or otherwise – are shaping up!


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10 thoughts on “1st July Goal Check

  1. Congrats on crossing #1 of that list. Keep up the good work. I agree it is nice when we see that established authors are doing anything more “magically” than we are and finding a kindred in writing style is nice. There are so many ways to write but in the end the best way to write is to just write the way that works for you.


    1. Thanks so much! I definitely think I’m still trying to find the best way for me… a combination of plotting and leaving room for organic writing to come through, but my approach to my WIP is so different to how I handled my first ms, primarily because I had that story figured out from start to finish before put a word down. This will be more of a learning curve ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Tam! I should add the goal of coming out of July feeling a bit more familiar with my own personal techniques, since it’s been a few months since I’ve done any writing as opposed to editing.

  2. Yay for marking off one of your goals! And awesome when someone big and famour you admire ackowledges your existance! That is so awesome. And she ended up doing something similar to your process. I am still trying to find my way. I have notes here and there about how things should go. I have sorta kinda started a chapter outline, but stopped so I can write. ๐Ÿ™‚ like you said, everyone has their own way.

    1. I think once you get into the flow that works for you, it will become second nature, but yeah… Ideally I’d like to have a loose chapter outline before each chapter, but I think even that is too much to ask. I think because I’m a bit OCD/perfectionist, I don’t like having to add big chunks of story in after I’ve already laid the first draft… I want to get it all out right the first time. And yes, I do realise that’s NOT POSSIBLE ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Funny, I am so the perfectionist and THAT is so hard to nip in the bud! I think that’s my biggest hurdle in this whole writing process and that’s why I am taking so long to write. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. everyone is doing so well marking off things are their goals so ealry i’m feeling like such a slacker. so exciting to see another writer starting the query process. eek! and don’t you just love it when a writer responds to your tweet? i’ve always found them to be so nice like that. i just wanna run around the house and scream, “she talked to me! she talked to me!”

  4. Congrats on your progress so far!

    I know what you mean about it being cool when a favorite writer engages with you like that. My favorite — Lawrence Block — has interacted with me several times and it’s always been like “Whee!” when it happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Michael! Yeah, it’s SUCH a buzz when that happens, isn’t it? I’ve been floating for days ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s awesome when they’re willing to give their two cents, to remind me they put their trousers on one leg at a time, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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