#JanNoWriStart — Week Three

Week Three of JanNoWriStart. Here’s the concept from Julie:

A while back, I wrote about #JanNoWriStart. It is a riff off the #NaNoWriMo, but without the firm “rules”. Here are the ones I am using. Adapt them as necessary:

  • Set a daily goal. If you are writing a first draft, make it a word count. If you are editing, make it a number of pages, or a time limit. It needs to work for you. The important thing is, make it achievable on a daily basis.
  • Keep moving forward. If you are on a first draft, just keep writing. If you are editing, and get stuck, make a note to yourself (fix this! research this!) and then move forward. #JanNoWriStart is about building both a habit and momentum.

wordcountMy goal is 500 words a day. “They” say you can form a new habit in 21 days, so we have 10 extra days to make sure it works. I am a plotter, so I have scenes outlined. Now just to get them written.

How many words did you write this week? Readers, be sure to add yours in the comments section!

Julie: The week has not been going well for my novel. For blogs, for emails, for my syllabus, stellar. But for my manuscript, hit the skids. Need to reboot this project, and catch up over the weekend.

Jessie: I’ve had quite a bit of success this week.Thanks to the accountability here I have managed to get to add words every day. My word count hasn’t been as high as I’d like but I’ve written on one project every day and on a second project most days.

Sherry: I didn’t get much down on paper this week. But I decided to adopt Liz’s attitude from last week.  I did the best I could. I’ll do even better next week!

Barb: I knew with being at the Key West Literary festival this would be a tough week. I didn’t write everyday, though I did get a bunch of words done. I’ve been taking an online class through Sisters in Crime New England and took a little time to do those exercises and also to do some brainstorming on my own. So a productive week on the book, but not a big word count week.

Liz: I, too, wrote every day but two. Last weekend I had a good word count, during the week not as great. But a three-day weekend is on the horizon, which means catch-up!

SusansFlowersEdith: I’m right in there with the rest of you. No words on the weekend, for valid reasons (a memorial service and then an out-of-town author event). And the class is taking a lot of my time, too, but also improving both my completed first draft and my new book. The new book is revealing itself, and when I have a clear vision of where it’s going, that’s when I can crank out great word count. Which I’m planning to continue today after I finish the homemade fruit turnovers for my sweetie’s birthday breakfast!

Readers: Any of you joining us on this? How did your writing (or other creative work) goals go this week?

JaNoWriStart — Week Two How Many Words Did You Write?

Last week we started Julie’s JanNoWriStart. Here’s the concept from Julie:

A while back, I wrote about #JanNoWriStart. It is a riff off the #NaNoWriMo, but without the firm “rules”. Here are the ones I am using. Adapt them as necessary:

  • Set a daily goal. If you are writing a first draft, make it a word count. If you are editing, make it a number of pages, or a time limit. It needs to work for you. The important thing is, make it achievable on a daily basis.
  • Keep moving forward. If you are on a first draft, just keep writing. If you are editing, and get stuck, make a note to yourself (fix this! research this!) and then move forward. #JanNoWriStart is about building both a habit and momentum.

wordcountMy goal is 500 words a day. “They” say you can form a new habit in 21 days, so we have 10 extra days to make sure it works. I am a plotter, so I have scenes outlined. Now just to get them written.

How many words did you write this week? Readers, be sure to add yours in the comments section!

Fireworks_in_San_Jose_California_2007_07_04_by_Ian_Kluft_img_9618Barb: Argh! I didn’t keep count exactly, but I know it was well over 1200+ a day. Thanks, Julie for the kickstart for the new year. It felt great to get back in the habit after the disruption of the holidays. This week will be more challenging because I’ll be at the Key West Literary Seminar Friday-Sunday, but I’ll do my best.

i-And-Streamers-At-A-PartyEdith: My goal is at least 1000 per day. I had a couple of low word-count days, but wrote every day, regardless. I made up for them, because I’m at 8046 new words for the week. I finished the first draft of FARMED AND DANGEROUS and started writing a brand new book. Yes, thanks, Julie, for the push!

fireworks-wallpapers-fireworks-the-free-winter-photoJessie: Julie, you’ve got us off to a great start in the new year! I’ve exceeded my word count each day this week except one. And even then I got some writing done so I am well pleased with my efforts. Thanks for thinking this up!

Sad-dog-faceSherry: Yep, I’m going to be that person. I didn’t write every day. I looked at it every day but some days I just sat there staring. I’ve written 1450 over the past two days and know owning up every week will keep me going. Julie this is such a great idea.

Gold-StarLiz: I love a challenge – although I get fixated on what I “should” be doing “more” of. With that in mind, I wrote every day this week, even if it wasn’t a knock-your-socks-off word count, and even managed to finish a draft of Tuffy’s story for the Rescue Me anthology due out later this year. I’m working on taking it one day at a time – and making sure writing is a part of each day.

celebration_salute2Julie: I have written every day, and forced myself to keep moving forward. I have written almost 5000 words this week. Hoping to add more this weekend.

#JanNoWriStart

By Julie
In the winter wonderland of Boston

SN853052We’re three days into 2014. How are those resolutions doing? For many of the Wickeds, today is a snow day, and a perfect time to write. Though this being able to actually work at home takes the shine off the whole “snow day” thing.

A while back, I wrote about #JanNoWriStart. It is a riff off the #NaNoWriMo, but without the firm “rules”. Here are the ones I am using. Adapt them as necessary:

  • Set a daily goal. If you are writing a first draft, make it a word count. If you are editing, make it a number of pages, or a time limit. It needs to work for you. The important thing is, make it achievable on a daily basis.
  • Keep moving forward. If you are on a first draft, just keep writing. If you are editing, and get stuck, make a note to yourself (fix this! research this!) and then move forward. #JanNoWriStart is about building both a habit and momentum.

wordcountMy goal is 500 words a day. “They” say you can form a new habit in 21 days, so we have 10 extra days to make sure it works. I am a plotter, so I have scenes outlined. Now just to get them written.

So, who’s in? What are your goals? Let us know–we’ll be checking in every Friday this month.

Let’s start the new year right write!

And Happy New Year!

Ready? Set? JanNoWriStart

First, a confession. I’m a blogging bigamist. Devoted to two different groups of fabulous women. Since 2010, I have been blogging on Live to Write–Write to Live twice a month. On that blog there are a couple of other crime writers, journalists, marketers, nonfiction writers, a literary novelist and a potential romance writer. We had a Google Hangout a couple of weeks ago, and it helped remind me why I am so very fortunate to have met these women via our blog, even though I have yet to met a couple of them in person. LTW–WTL and the Wicked Cozy Authors have made a huge difference in my writing life. But that is another blog post. This one is about resolutions.

When I decided to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November, the goal is to write 50K words during the month), I talked about it (via email) with the Wickeds, and I wrote about it over there. And when I punted on NaNoWriMo, I also wrote about it over there. Yesterday I wrote about my idea for a January NaNo there, and I also wanted to write about it here. JanNoWriStart is a little like NaNoWriMo, but with a different goal.

I have a deadline on a manuscript. I have no doubt that I will meet the deadline, but I want to get it in gear in January. I did a lot of work prepping for NaNo (and as a dedicated plotter, my outline is in excellent shape), but now I need to actually write the book. Which means finding the time to write every day. EVERY DAY. Adding words (or editing) the novel. Blogs don’t count.

So JanNoWriStart is about building the habit. The rules are pretty simple. Make your own rules/goals, make them doable, and stick to them.

If 500 words a day feels reasonable, then that’s the goal. That’s my goal (500-750), with a weekly goal of 5,000 words. Weekends will have a higher word count.

The other “rule” I have put in place (for me) is to keep on moving forward. I’m not going to go back and edit. Just keep writing, and assess at the end of January. The plan is to be very close to finishing the draft.

So we have a little less than two weeks to get ready for JanNoWriStart. We plotters need to set up the scene cards in Scrivener, and sketch out the characters and settings. And think through some red herrings. You pantsers need to think up an idea you can live with for a month, and start telling yourself the story so you can be ready to go.

Who’s in?