"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

9/1/12

Longing for Routine - A Goals/Progress Update

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Summer was good, but I'm ready for the kids to go back (only three days here!) so I can have a bit more quiet to get my stuff done. THOUGH, I really was quite productive this past month. Wanna see? Just keep reading.

So, here are were goals for August, direct from last month's goals/progress post:
  • Do a complete read-through/fix of Ailing Body Nourished Soul to prepare it for two dear friends to look it over/submission to the contest.
  • Look through many of the resources I learned about from my Writing and Researching Historical Fiction class last month, doing some research for Handmaiden to a Princess.
  • Take full advantage of my my one free month at www.bestsellersociety.com (a perk of taking the Jeff Gerke class last month!). Looks like an awesome resource!
Well, I finished my Ailing Body, Nourished Soul read through just this past Thursday (by the skin of my teeth, I tell you LOL), and have sent it off for its "friend edit." I don't need to submit it to the Write Integrity Press contest until the end of the year, so she (and my other friend who will look at it shortly) have  plenty of time.

And I CANNOT say enough amazing things about the Bestseller Society. I learned so, SO much in my month there! Made it through TWENTY-FIVE lessons in 31 days - and took pages and pages of notes. If you can afford it, I truly cannot recommend it more highly (and you can get a 14-day free trial to check it out.). There are classes on fiction, nonfiction, and marketing (and those 25 I took? That's not all of them - there were a few I couldn't get to in both the writing tracks, and I didn't even TOUCH marketing). Be sure to watch for my Writing Craft Recap post with just SOME of what I learned (it should be up this coming Thursday here at my blog). (And no, this is not a paid announcement)

However, with all that excitement (plus it being summer, and a vacation thrown in, I did NOT get to my Handmaiden to a Princess research. Oh well! :)

So, how about September? Well, here we go:
  • Look through many of the resources I learned about from my Writing and Researching Historical Fiction class in July, doing some research for Handmaiden to a Princess.
  • Get as much as I can out of September's free ACFW course: Plodding vs. Plotting - How to Get Your Novel Moving, taught by Henry McLaughlin.
  • Prepare a chapter of Handmaiden to a Princess for the free edit Cindy Vallar (teacher of the writing and researching historical fiction class I took) offered to all her students.
Well, with school starting, and getting back into routines and such, I think that's plenty for me. And I really should be keeping my house clean too ;).

Thanks  for reading, and encouraging me. You guys are wonderful!
 
Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

4 comments:

  1. JO, you amaze me with your organization skills. I know you don't always finish your goals, but you do make progress each month.

    Keep going!

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  2. I echo Vonnie! You inspire me with your accountability and organization. And watching your progress is exciting. We're cheering you on!

    How do I get in on that free ACFW course, btw?

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  3. Thanks, sweet Di!And I emailed ya :)

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