Here is a list of things that you can do each week as we work on our novels (suggestions welcomed).
Last Week's Goals
The new project still continues. Going well; picking up speed.
My goals for next week:
I've done more reading, but I still need to take more time for that than I have been.
What did I learn this week?
MAGE STORM: Get started on those revisions.
SEVEN STARS: Get it to first readers and wait.
BLOOD WILL TELL: Finish up the revisions.
Update my blog twice a week.
Yes. Looks like it was a pretty good week.
Next Week's Goals:
On the Shelf:
THE SHAMAN'S CURSE
THE IGNORED PROPHECY
Keep on with the revisions.
BLOOD WILL TELL:
Start drafting a new query letter and look over the synopsis.
Update my blog twice a week.
Who do you use for first readers? I have been using husband and rest of fam but everyone is getting too busy for it.
In this case, it's another writer's group to which I belong. My group on that site focuses on YA and also allows submission of a full novel for volunteers twice a year. I've got five readers.
Other times, and probably in this case for my second batch of readers, I'll ask for a chapter exchange here. Might take a couple of weeks, but you can usually find someone with a story in a similar state of completion to exchange with you.
[This message has been edited by Meredith (edited July 08, 2011).]
I really wish I had a WotF entry for this quarter tho. It's hard to do the novel thing and the contest thing at the same time. Well, with limited time I should say.
Revise 5 scenes and cut word count
Word count down to 121,375 (from 122,716. For anyone keeping track, that's a different number than I quoted last week. Turns out scrivener randomly decided not to count 471 words last week, and just gave them back yesterday. Very disappointing. )
Revise 3 scenes and continue to cut word count (aim for 120k).
Did some work on New MAGE. My MC is out of the pocket universe but she is in her attacker's- the one that tried to rape her- apartment. She wants to find something he has that she can use and I want her to find something she can call the police about. Pot plants is out even though it would have been a natural. Maybe Ecstasy. As soon as she gets home she will finally get rid of that Trick that has been influencing her emotions.
I did some revising on "Storm Born"... First chapter is a bit over one third done. I found two people to read the novel over.
Still working with the critting group with Bright Lights. Chapter five has been revised- hopefully cleaned up too- and sent out.
Worked on "Angel Kin"-- still need another title. The car chase is over and I started chapter four. She may go back to see her friend that has a collection of captive demons. She was rather upset with him the last time they talked.
May start another book this week. I know I have half a dozen ideas and I still need to finish my fantasy.