Monday, September 17, 2007

Monday Check In and Contest

It’s Monday. You know what that means. It’s time to check in with the week’s word count. Word count: 3639. WhooHoo! That’s a bit more like it, for me. :)

As I said in yesterday’s blog (be sure to check it out for last week’s winners), I’m starting a new challenge today. The 100x100 started in our TARA group a hundred days ago. Some joined immediately and some came in later in the challenge. I wrote 58 days out of 100. During that time I added 30,080 words to my current wip. Pretty good, I’m thinking.

Then Julie Leto emails and reminds us in order to have our books completed by the Christmas Party we only have 75 days. OMG, 75 days sounds like plenty of time, to procrastinate and still get it done. Procrastinate: Often my middle name. But it’s not. Not if the needed word count is around 90,000.

She threw out the gauntlet. Anyone who wants to join this challenge has to figure out how many more words needed and then divides by 75. This will give you the amount of words you need each day in order to meet the goal. If you’re not sure of the words needed you can estimate. You can also check out Julie on the Plotmonkeys.

If you are doing the 100x100 and that’s working for you, then by all means stay with it. It’s a great concept and one I’ll go back to when I start working on CI. However, if you want to step it up a notch, add some deadlines, and complete your work in 75 days then this is for you.

Contest for this week:

Whose Number Is Up, Anyway? By Stevi Mittman

This is a signed copy. :) How fun is that. Stevi is an excellent writer, who books are never easy to put down. Make sure you have plenty of time when you sit down to read this book. And to find out more about Teddi and tips check the site. :)

Backcover blurb:

Literally, he's had it for every hour of the day for as long as Teddi's known him. So it's no coincidence that minutes after Teddi stumbles accidentally on a corpse in the deep freeze at King Kullen, Detective Dreamboat is back on the scene. Her supermarket snob (among other things) of a mother will never let her hear the end of it.

Nor will Drew, who has told Teddi time and again she's got to stop messing with murder scenes. Until Teddi goes from material witness to potential next victim…
But the woman whose smarmy ex dubbed her "Long Island's Most Dangerous Decorator" isn't going down without a fight. Or going down alone. Not when she's got an oh-so-irritating, way-too-irresistible cop watching her every move…

where you can read an excerpt and check out href=>Stevi’s website.

Leave your comments this week to be entered.

Tell us, how did you do this week? Did you find time to write, plot, revise, or set any new goals? We need to know. We’ll cheer with you or encourage you, whatever you need.

Oh, I almost forgot! Tomorrow I have the wonderful and talented Karen Lingefelt as my guest blogger. Be sure to stop by and say hi.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,


محمد نظام said...

love to see your paintings...

Danika / OpenChannel said...

Hi Vicki! I've been super busy and absent in blogland. But I have been writing!

last week: 6,889
this week: 3,636
Total: 10,525

I had no idea I wrote so much last week! Woo-hoo!

I'll take that 75 day challenge. Of course, it helps that I'm writing for Middle Grade, so I'm guessing more like 55-58,000 words for my sequel. Which means 600-700 words per day. That's totally doable!

(I failed to put up a writing workout for this weekend, but may get one up this week)

Danika / OpenChannel said...

Hey, I just realized I won last weeks draw. Wow, that's two now. Do you still have my address?

Our librarians are STILL on strike, so getting books in the mail is great.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I'm shooting for the same goal--done by Christmas, more or less. I haven't done the math. I'm just plugging along the best I can. Congratulations to you and good luck with you goal!

Patricia W. said...

Congrats on upping your word count.

I'm shooting for the end of the year too, for a completely polished manuscript. First draft (8ok) to be complete end of this month.

Big push this past week, 12,335 words to bring my total to just over 61k.

Vicki said...

My painting is really more flower pots and that sort of thing.

Danika - awesome word count. :D
I checked and I do still have the addy. The book won't go out until the 2nd week of October though. And then you need to do the review for it once you read it.

And Danika, welcome to the challenge

Alyssa - you can do it by Christmas.

Patricia - Yay!!! Your word count is great.

Looks like we're going to have finished books for Christmas.

Julie S said...

Congrats on the word count!
Wow, 75 days until the Christmas "season" begins? When did that happen? Time sure flies!

tetewa said...

Keep up the word counts! I'm a reader not a writer so none for me.

Anonymous said...

Congrats ladies on your word count!

Another cool book contest!

Terri W.