I find sneaky ways to get more manuscript writing in, like launching a whole new blog topic. And you know what? It’s working!
It all began last Thursday night when my critique group gave me serious stink eye. The topic was my lack of sharing on my high-risk pregnancy memoir
Since it’s kind of their job as supremely wonderful writing pals to
shove help me along the road to a finished manuscript, I have to forgive their pushy-shovey methods. But Dang…
Sitting at my dining room table, we brainstormed how I’d get my memoir finished. The final solution? Since blogging is going well, they suggested I get the pregnancy topic launched already and start writing blog posts on high-risk pregnancy. (Dang, they’re smart!)
Speaking of which, big “thank you’s” are in order. I don’t know what I’d do without them or the rest of my support team: ROW80, the Life List Club, my More Cowbell posse, #myWANA peeps…it really seems to take a village for me to get a book done.
What about you? What stops you cold in finishing your stories?
For me, it’s the structure and the depressing parts. It helps that I’ve discovered I’m a scene writer. That means that eventually I get through the depressing parts. Then it’s just the structuring of all those scenes into a completed novel that gets me down.
I’m coming into that stucturing place right now and it’s like pulling teeth.
Have you learned things in the course of ROW80 (or other goal-based programs) that has helped you over the hump when you’re stuck?
My process is soooo different than the rest of my gals at Writers In The Storm that we’re doing a blog series on Linear vs. Non-Linear Writing next week. Wish me luck cuz describing my process might be the death o’ me.
Without further ado, here’s the ROW80 Update. Stay tuned for the contest update at the bottom of this post! (Yowza :-))
- I’m exceeding my blog goals, partly because I’m being sneaky (see next point).
- “Risky Baby Business” – the new Saturday column, and the title of my book, is helping me work out some of the rough patches in the memoir and providing me with valuable input at the same time.
- Along those lines, I’ve written about 1000 new words on the WIP this week and have finalized the four parts of the book, their titles and how it all fits together. I’m stitching in scenes for the second section now.
- So far this week (if we go back to my last Wednesday check-in) I’ve walked 8 miles. I also went to the doc and asked about this crazy shoulder of mine. Who would have thought a baby would give you bursitis.
Note: I swear, the word “bursitis” makes me feel like an 80 year-old woman from the Old Country svitzing in the steam baths and moaning about her aches and pains: “Oy, my shoulder…it’s giving me adjita!”
Addendum Note: That last word is pronounced ah-jih-da, for all of you who aren’t from the East Coast.
What’s going on with the rest of Team Row80? Are the goals going well this week? To find out more about ROW80 or to encourage your team mates, go here.
Last but not least, for those of you who didn’t trot over to More Cowbell yesterday, we’ve got TWO simultaneous contests going on and they are both very groovy.
#1 – Commenting Contest
One lucky More Cowbell reader who comments on yesterday’s Dirty Fighting post (click here to do so) will win a spot in NakedEditor Tiffany Lawson Inman’s October class hosted by Lawson Writer’s Academy. Comment by midnight tonight (8/31) to be entered into the drawing!
#2 – Dirty Fighting Mini-Contest
Why do I call this a mini-contest? It’s only 150 words! That’s barely more than half a page…any writer can do that.
Complete rules can be found at the bottom of yesterday’s post (click here) BUT the prize for THREE lucky winners is either a spot in the October class mentioned above OR a free edit of the first five pages of your manuscript or story. And we know that the first five pages are what help you get your foot in the door! Due date for the mini-contest is midnght on September 6th.
I hope to see the entries pouring in!
p.s. I asked y’all some questions throughout the course of this post (in bold) and I’m dying to hear your answers – you know enquiring minds always want to know on More Cowbell. 🙂