Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday Check In and The Winner of Last Week's Contest

The word count for this week isn't all that great. I thought I might write during conference but nope. Too much to do. Too many new people to meet, hang out with, laugh, and of course the no sleep issue.

I had a great time and I'm excited to say that although I didn't have an actual editor/agent appointment I did get to pitch. I volunteered at the above-mentioned appointments and during that time was asked by two agents to pitch. Both liked the story but one wanted it to be longer. The other person asked that I send her a partial. Yeah!!! I'm not sure what will happen once it's sent but this is the stepping stones of the business.

Last Sunday’s ending word count: 13,478
Ending word count for the week: 15,113
Total new words added this week: 1635

Since today is laundry and catch up on sleep day I'll blog more tomorrow on the conference.

Now for the winner of last week's contest for Diana Peterfreund’s new book Under The Rose. Crystalg!!! Crystalg email me at vickilanewrites at with your snail mail info and I'll send the book to you. Congrats!!!

Check back tomorrow for this week's contest. :)

Now off to laundry and a nap.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,


CrystalG said...

Thank you so much! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats crystalg!

Happy reading!

Terri W.

OpenChannel said...

Hey Vicki!

I'm writing from a conference as well... Women in Film and Television International's Summit in Toronto this year (it rotates cities).

I finished the first draft of my screenplay on Sunday, so my "monday" check in is the final total of 16,595 words. (which means I wrote 4,071 words last week).

You novelists will probably be surprised by that low total number of words and will probably surprised to hear that this is the first time I have ever counted the words for one of my screenplays.

Screenplays go by page count. Because of the strictness of the format, it always comes to 1 page = 1 minute. So, 90 pages of script equals 90 minutes on screen. That's how directors and producers can tell at a glance how long the movie will be.

The low word count is because screenplays are economical. No interior monologue, no detailed descriptions, just enough to keep everything moving. They are primarily dialogue.

Thanks for letting me play along! I might come back when I start my next novel.