Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Madness Check-In Day 6 #WIPMadness

We've almost made it through the first week! Congratulations to all of you who have stuck around and made a commitment to get serious about your March goals! And if you haven't joined on with us yet, it is NOT TOO LATE TO SET YOUR GOALS AND JOIN THE FUN!

I'd love to give away another prize from our huge prize arsenal today! Today's winner is...

Linda C. Butler!

Congratulations, Linda! Stop by our goal-setting post, and choose your prize from those still listed. Email me at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with your choice and we'll get it out to you as soon as possible.

And if you didn't win, there are still LOTS of great prizes to be won, so keep checking in each day...

Also, I have some other great news! Our own Kim Baccellia (who should have been a March Madness host, but because of my own lapse, I missed her this year - Sorry, Kim!) still wants to donate some awesome prizes, because she believes in the support of March Madness. So these awesome ARC's are being added to the prize arsenal:

Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Going Over by Beth Kephart
Wings by Elizabeth Richards
Embers & Ash by T.M. Goeglein

Thank you, Kim!

But enough about fabulous prizes...let's get to today's check-in post!

Are you a tortoise or a hare writer? For me, to be honest, it was a slow start this month. That's not my usual style. More often than not, when I set goals, I spend the early days going overboard on meeting them, getting ahead, so if obstacles come up, I won't be so worried about them. That didn't happen this time around, due to poor planning and overbooking myself in the early days of March.

But...I'm not letting that stop me. So even if things haven't gone perfectly for you, or the way you had planned, or if you've already let yourself down...don't let that stop you either. A month is a long time to be able to make a difference on a project, and we're not even through our first week yet!

Let's do each other a favor this week. Let's ignore any poor or slow starts to this month. Let's agree together that we still have a lot of time this month to work toward, and even catch up on our goals. Slow and steady can still win the race. Can we do that together, and leave that idea of failure-dom in the dust?

And if you are not dealing with a slow start...if you've been going full-speed-ahead since March 1st, keep going, because you will lead us on and continue to inspire us! I'm so glad to have every one of you along for this March Madness journey, whether you're a tortoise or a hare.

No matter where you are at, keep pushing forward! And I'll see you tomorrow at Tonette's Blog!

35 comments:

  1. Lately, I am quite the tortoise. I think I just have too many ideas and I'm trying to do it all in one fell swoop. I have to keep reminding myself that I love revision! (And I actually do) So when I finally get this freelance job done, I'm going to introduce the tortoise to the hare and see if we can't inspire a little more forward motion.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're still making some progress regardless, Mary Ann. You'll get there. Just keep moving forward, no matter how small the steps, and soon something will ignite. You'll see. :)

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  2. I've gotten off to a relatively good start, but I'm not racing ahead like a hare. It's more steady and reasonable. But without this writing challenge, I doubt I'd be doing anything writing related right now. Thanks for the incentive, D.
    Enjoy the day, Wipsters!

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're getting some regular writing done again, Angi. And I'm especially glad you're here with us.

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  3. I really love the worksheet from yesterday and downloaded it. Used it last night to help with my revision.

    Otherwise I've been a tortoise with my writing. Yesterday got a phone call from doctor's office telling me that son's strep culture came back positive. He's very upset as he hates staying home from his charter school's student center. Then of course the whole MIL drama. But I can't let that slow me down any further, right? Plus, for an incentive I signed up for a day long romance writing workshop. Those always give me a shot of motivation.

    Rock on, Wipsters!!!!

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    1. That romance writing workshop sounds awesome, Kim! I hope it reignites something in you to make the process seem easier...

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  4. I think it depends on the day, but for the most part, I'm a hare. Hop, hop, hopping along and reaching goals each day. My problem right now, is that not even a week into it, I'm starting to worry that even though I'm writing the words, scene by scene, that it's just nonsense and not any good. But that's me. I'm a worrier. And I'm not giving up, either. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is a first draft and that as much as I wish I could get perfection the first time around, well, it's just not gonna happen.

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    1. Exactly! One thing I tell readers in Fast Fiction is that when you're drafting a book, you're in micro mode. You really can't see the big picture clearly. It's not until you finish a draft and can get some distance when you'll be able to effectively judge what works and what doesn't. So just keep moving ahead and trust in the process.

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  5. Some days I'm the turtle, other days, I'm the hare. There are also the days I feel like a zombie. Like today. I hit the wip with such madness on March 1st, I feel exhausted. I haven't even opened the document today! I decided to give myself a break today. I'll work a couple of hours on revisions, but I'm not sitting in the chair all day again. I may even print out a few pages to work on while I sit outside. The weather this afternoon should rise into the 60's.

    Here's to cheering everyone (tortoise or hare) on today!!!

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    1. Yes, sometimes a change of scenery is all we need to re-motivate ourselves. Hope you enjoy the beautiful day!

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  6. Thanks for the pep talk, Denise! For me, getting started on a new project is always a challenge. I second guess myself. A week in, I think 'maybe I should done that idea instead of this one.' The grass is always greener under the idea I didn't pick. But then I remind myself there was a good reason for choosing the project I chose and stick with it. Perseverance pays off. Hang in there everyone and happy writing!

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    1. "grass is always greener under the idea I didn't pick" - I LOVE that, Trudi! Perseverance does pay off, and the shiny new idea will always look like it would be less problematic, but that's just because we haven't taken the time to really look at it from all the angles (not just the shiny ones). Glad to hear you're sticking with your project, and this is wise advice for all of us!

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  7. Today is an exciting day because I’m the prize winner. Yeah!!! Thanks so much Denise for offering this great opportunity to keep us motivated. I have your book and have started reading it and it looks very helpful.

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    1. Yay! Yes, yes, congratulations, Linda. I hope you enjoy your prize and also enjoy Fast Fiction!

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  8. Tortoise start for me, but that's totally normal. I commented to my mom that next year, I'm starting my MM project a week early so I can get through that slow, feeling-out-the-voice stage, and be ready for full-speed-ahead on March 1st. But...didn't do that this year, lol. That's okay. Tortoise works for me. ;)

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    1. LOL, that's a great idea, Shari! But, alas, I don't think I could have managed it either this year. Keep plodding forward. Slow and steady wins the race...

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  9. I'm in the 'It's not a sprint, it's a marathon" mode. Only because from previous experience, sprinting almost caused me to burn out.

    Setting up manageable goals each day makes me feel more accomplished--and actually allows me to accomplish those goals.

    Of course, there's nothing like March Madness and fellow WIPsters to keep me motivated!

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    1. I'm glad you're able to keep making headway on writing, even with all the other stress in your life, Tonette. And I agree, sometimes a slow, more manageable pace is where it's at.

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  10. Congrats to Linda! And how great to have Kim adding to the prize pool. Thanks, Kim.

    I've been in the plodding tortoise mode, but with a new story I always take a while to figure out where it's going and how I'm going to get it there, so I'm not discouraged. In fact, I've now finished the first chapter, and that's a big hurdle behind me.

    Happy writing, fellow Wipsters. Keep moving ahead, regardless of the speed. The original Tortoise and Hare story proved that even if progress is slow, as long as it's steady it can get us to our goal. :)

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    1. Congrats on finishing that first chapter, Carol! That's always the hardest part for me too. I look forward to hearing about chapter two in the coming days....

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  11. I got off to a slower start, too, due to personal commitments and not managing my time properly.

    Having to rewrite the opening to this novel, which I may not actually get 30K written on but the point was more to revise and clean it up and finish it, I've been focused on getting it right, and finding my character's voice. I'm really liking what I have, even if I'm doing it in differently by getting the words out, then steamrolling over them with something better. This so needs to happen right now. :)

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    1. I feel your pain - I rewrite the opening of every novel more times that I can count. It's my nemesis! I'm so glad to hear that you're liking what you have so far. All the best in getting it all polished that way!

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  12. Definitely in camp slow-but-steady, but getting better at the whole persistence thing. The novel I'm working on right now is a longer version of a story I've been tinkering with for the last five years, and it's FINALLY working. YAY. Even when I'm really into a project, it takes me so. dang. long to finish that Shiny-New-Idea-itis strikes often and with a vengeance. I have started just jotting down every seductive new idea into a legal notepad that I am NOT ALLOWED to so much as flip back through until I'm done this freaking draft. I am so close!

    I wrote another chapter and a half today, and am now only three (admittedly jammed-packed) chapters away from typing THE END. I still love the story, but man do i want to get to the last page already!

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    1. I hear you, Kim! Don't worry, we will keep you accountable about not running off with shiny-new-ideas. They can be so deceptive! Like they look like they will be the best thing every, with not a single problem. Ha!

      Anyway, congrats on getting this arduous project working! That's huge. I can't wait to celebrate with you when you finish!

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  13. I've been a hare the past few days, but I think I need to take a tip from the tortoise b/c I stayed up WAAAAYYY too late last night revising and I've been exhausted all day. I just know I'm close to the end and I'm anxious to get there.

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    1. I love having hares around. They inspire me. So go, go, go, Jennifer, and I will be running along in your wake :-)

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  14. I've had a very slow start to this month - the Feb. blahs have stuck around a bit. But got enthused for tackling my MG novel tonight. listened to a webinar tonight and it has charged me up.

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  15. Yikes, first time checking in since last Saturday--I've been deep in this solo writing retreat cave and dealing with a couple of family crises (nothing life or death, but definitely distracting).

    Psyched to report I've accomplished Goals #1 and #3 for this week, which were to brainstorm new ideas and ways to rework unfinished WIPs, decide which novel to fast-draft, and then make a realistic schedule for doing so. There was a clear winner among the ideas, so my month of planning (using Denise's book) will begin Saturday. Then on April 8, the fast draft begins!

    Started the process of self-pubbing a short story (Goal #2) today. There's a ton of information to sort through, so I'm making sure to document the process to keep from getting overwhelmed all over again the next time I do it.

    I don't know about you, but I have a hard time doing the creative work and the business work in the same day. It's like my brain just does NOT want to switch modes.

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    1. Wow, congratulations on already completing some of your goals, Jeri! I can't wait to hear how Fast Fiction works with your new project. (Also, I have a very small amount of experience with self-publishing, so if you need anyone to talk to about it, I'm happy to.)

      And, yes, I have a horrible time flipping back and forth between business and creativity. I usually book specific days to deal with businessy stuff.

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  16. Checking in tonight at 1477words, and may have a little bit more in me tonight before I crawl into bed.
    I'm so enjoying doing this and reading the posts before I turn off the computer. I think I've been slow'n'steady..actually better than my usual pace.
    See you all tomorrow!
    Kat

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    1. You're on a roll, Kathleen! I love watching your increasing word counts. So inspiring!

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  17. Ugh, health and family obligations have conspired against me today and I am just now sitting down with my revisions to try to eke out a few pages before I crash. But tomorrow is a new day!

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    1. Aw, hugs on the health and family issues, Joy. But good for you on making your revision a priority and trying to do a little bit anyway. Those little bits do make a difference!

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  18. Oh Denise I so hear you, and that pretty much sums up my entire week. Missed goals? Check. Missed checking in yesterday? Check.

    I've ended up so over booked that my lovely friend has declared herself the gatekeeper of my time to make sure I write. Love her. So... the short story I'd promised to edit is now edited and my work week is done, but my outline remains untouched - much like my word count. Hoping for bigger and better things tonight.

    Forward ho.

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    1. Oh, it's so good to have friends like that, isn't it, Deana? All the best with getting to that outline this week!

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