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. 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 🙂
2. MS #1 x5. On the to-do list for tomorrow.
3. Finish edits to WIP to Chapter 9. By the end of this week.
4. Write 10k in WIP. Next week.
5. Balance job hunting with writing, CP/Beta work, and blogging. Be realistic! 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 motivation 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’re 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 😉

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!!! 🙂

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

 

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