"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Tada!! A quick book-writing update

Well, here it is, February 1. And those of you who've been here a bit know what that means! Time for a progress report, and new goal setting on Ailing Body, Nourished Soul.

For the month of January, I set the goal of rereading my manuscript thusfar, doing some very preliminary edits if I saw them, and writing 8000 words. I am please to say that I met BOTH of my goals. I'm especially proud of not getting caught up in "fixing" my older chapters. There is a LOT of work to do--but I just wanted a reminder of where I'd been. I added (and subtracted) some words as I went through, but the main focus was remembering what I'd written.

As far as my word count..., well..., here's my ticker as of last night.

8763 / 8000 words. 110% done!

Slow and steady is DEFINITELY working for me!

Now that I'm done, it's time to set my goal for FEBRUARY. And it's a simple one.
By the end of February 2009, I, Joanne Sher, will strive to add 9000 words to Ailing Body, Nourished Soul.
I'm currently at around 34,000 words (you can always check my book progress tab for updated information on that - I up the word count each time I finish a chapter, and I'm in the middle of one there). I'm thinking that, if I keep going at this rate, I MAY be done with the first draft by the end of March (!!!!). We'll see, though.

I'll put up my new goals (and new ticker) on my sidebar this evening, after I get some words written in this new month. Thanks to all of you for your support!

Write on!


  1. Joanne, congratulations on your steady progress! I rejoice with you as I understand how challenging it can be do be disciplined in our tasks toward the larger goal.

    Blessings on your journey:-)

  2. I just wanted to come by and say congratulations for being one of the Internet Cafe's Top 100 Christian Women's Blogs of 2008! You are truly a blessing. Thank you for the many ways that you serve!

  3. Wow, congratulations for meeting you goal!!! I pray the next goal will go just as smoothly.

    Bless you!

  4. Woot! You go, girl!! Watching you move forward is so encouraging...I love it!!

    And congrats on being a top 100! That is just WAY TOO COOL!!

  5. I'm so proud of you! For meeting your goals AND being in the top 100!!

  6. Congrats Joanne on meeting the goals, being a top 100 blog AND...today I chose this blog as a winner of the Lemonade award. You can find more information in my post listed below. http://thesurrenderedscribe.blogspot.com/2009/02/so-sweet-lemonade.html

    Keep up the great work!

  7. Congrats on being a top blogger, you deserve it.

  8. Congrats Joanne on meeting your goals and being in the top 100.

    Great job.



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