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Monday, January 7, 2008

First Check In for 2008 New Year's 30 Day Challenge

So, how did you do? Hopefully you all had success in your first five days of the 30 Day Challenge.

I worked on my WIP everyday, though I used one of the days for research and compiling notes rather than actual writing. The rest of the days were spent with outlining and writing. I did find myself getting discouraged when I tabulated the word count the first couple times I wrote. They were less than the 500 I had as my goal. But after I did the word count last night, I was pleased. If I averaged everything out, I met my 500 word a day mark. Nothing like a little justification, isn't there?

So, now's the time for you to share your progress in the Challenge. Leave a comment and let me know how you did this past week. Remember, I need a comment from you detailing your progress each check-in day for you to be considered for the grand prize. I do have Mr. Linky up...if you'd like to leave a link so people can stop by and encourage you, go for it!

The next check-in date is next Monday, January 14th.

25 comments:

Christine M said...

On my first goal - to write for 1/2 hour a day - I far exceeded that most of the week, but am not sure I made it over the weekend. Averages out to okay.
2nd goal - one query a week. I sent out a query - got an immediate rejection. But, at least I sent one out.

HipWriterMama said...

Chris,
I'm glad you were writing! And hooray for sending out the query. I know the rejection bites, but, you sent your query letter and not only that, you're actively working towards your dream rather than sitting around thinking about it.

I wish you the best of luck in this new week. Keep on submitting and writing. You will get published.

laurasalas said...

I am *so* glad I'm doing this challenge. I worked 30 minutes or more each day on my novel revision. And I wouldn't have, except that I publicly committed to it:>)

I've been keeping notes each day to keep track of my process and decisions, since at this point, I'm not even working *in* the ms yet. But I've brainstormed and made some fairly major decisions about plot points that I needed to figure out before I could go any further.

KB said...

I've worked out 3 of the last 5 days and I've been keeping track in an online journal. So far, so good!

N.A. Nelson said...

Oy. Did I say I would write for 2 hours on my brand new WIP? Alright, let's just say I "worked" on my WIP, not "wrote", b/c part of the WIP takes place during the Renaissance period and if one (meaning "ME") isn't even sure when the Renaissance period WAS (let alone sure they are spelling RENAISSANCE correctly (one N, not two) one needs to do research. So, I "worked" on my WIP, every single day. Was it ten hours total? Hmmm, probably closer to eight. Did I stick to my goal of outlining my day? Yes. Did I stick to my outline? Two and a half of five days, yes.

HipWriterMama said...

Laura,
Sounds like you've done important work to get your revisions done. Here's to progress! Good luck this week.
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KB,
I'm glad you're happy with your progress. That is what I like to hear! Good luck with the work outs. I hope you have better discipline with it than I do.
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N.A. Nelson,
Oh, I hear you. The research part is time consuming, isn't it? Sounds like we were in similar places a week ago. Hope your writing continues to go well this week.

PJ Hoover said...

At first I felt bloated and had to go to the bathroom ALL the time. Funny now because I'm thirsty more often!
I'm hanging in there with the water!

HipWriterMama said...

Tricia,
That's funny! Water is great! Good luck this week.

beckylevine said...

Okay, today is my official start day, since yesterday was the last day of vacation. I'm going to write my three hours today, as soon as I finish this blog, and I'm going to push away the thoughts of the paperwork, etc, waiting for me at the end of that chunk of writing time! I've got the music on and the tea hot, and I'm good to go.

Good luck, everyone!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

For my goal of working on barre chords 15 minutes a day, I've started with the F chord which requires the pressing down of the two highest strings with the left index finger and having the other three fingers at their appointed strings. I press down on the strings, play each string individually, and then adjust the pressure. The other chord I'm working on uses the A minor chord shape but goes up the fret-board to B flat, B, C, etc. At this point, I'm working on building the strength in my fingers rather than attempting to play whole songs smoothly with these barre chords. Sometimes I just hold down the strings for a few moments without playing them. I'm starting to see some progress. I remember that for the longest time (2 years?!), the unbarred D minor chord befuddled me, but when I did the methodical practicing of that chord, it came to me, and now I can play "O Come O Come Emmanuel" smoothly.

Thanks for hosting this challenge! Just so you know, I don't need a prize-- If I can get barreing down in one month, that will be prize enough.

ldkulp said...

So far, so good. It has been really motivating for me to know I HAVE to make time to write each day. Some days I've been able to write two or three poems, others I barely got one written, but I did it! Sometimes I get so interested in going back to revise the poems I've written that it distracts me from starting a new one. I'm trying to write the day's poem first then take a look at the others.

Glad to hear about your many successes. I don't have a critique group, so it's fun to have your support! All best to you.

DS Writer said...

Hi there,

I revised my second chapter of my ESL supplementary resource book Teaching At-risk Readers every day keeping a journal of my progress taking special note of those stuck and unstuck areas. (there's always progress to be made)

I sent my story "One Bridge, Two Hands" to four different children's magazine publishers. I queried two others while I worked on a new children's story for my critique group tomorrow. Thanks so much for this opportunity to be heard.

Have a great writing week.

-Dorit

HipWriterMama said...

Becky,
Hope you had a nice vacation. Good luck with your writing this week!
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Alkelda,
Glad you're practicing those barres! I'll probably be asking you for advice for when my nine-year-old starts learning how to play the guitar. The Luna guitar you recommended is so beautiful. Nothing like having a blue guitar with mermaids. Thank you! Good luck with your practicing this week!
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Linda,
You must find a critique group. They are amazing! I'm glad your writing went well this week. Good luck for the rest of the week!
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DS Writer,
Wow. You did alot last week. That is so awesome! Best of luck with your writing this week.

monica said...

Passable. Not the writing frenzy I was hoping for, but at least it's something.

HipWriterMama said...

Monica,
Any bit of progress is good. Keep it steady and you'll get there. Good luck with your writing this week!

Blink said...

Checking in with a great week behind me. One hour per day with one day off for??? (???= no real reason.) Use to run lots of miles years ago and one day off was part of the week for recovery. However, now it seems wimpy considering I mostly walk, or ride a LifeCycle and recovery isn't required. Old habits really do die hard. Thanks for the virtual high five HWM.

wuggienorple said...

Yikes - I could be generic and say I'm making progress (because I am) but my pants would be on fire (well, at least glowing a little bit) because I haven't really done the 30 minutes of new words every day since we started the challenge. :o/ But, really, I am so glad we are doing this and supporting each other!

Anonymous said...

Chris,
I had to write something to you. Don't give up! Keep sending out those queries and writing. The published authors are the ones that kept persevering.

Best of luck!

Franki said...

Today was the first day of Boot Camp and I did it--didn't really enjoy getting up at 4:45 am but I am thinking that might get easier...I will post my updates on my blog (http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2008/01/hipwritermamas-30-day-challenge-im-in.html)if you want more details but so far, so good. I made it through the whole workout and am still awake at 7:12 pm. Not bad for day one:-)

Ms. Mize said...

Here goes! I memorized 16 of the Presidents and I went through 2 chapters in the book about history. I have to keep in mind that it was only a 5 day week this time. I am hoping to do a bit better next week.

Ms. Mize said...

Hey congrats to all of you working toward your 30 day challenge. I should have said that in my other post.

jmprince said...

I've revised for at LEAST 30 minutes every day this week, with some days including over 3 straight hours worth of revision. I'm pretty proud of that. Thanks for the challenge!

Congratulations to all of you on your hard work. I can see how much effort everyone is putting in and that's really inspiring!

Sara Latta said...

OK, so I didn't meet my goal of 333.33 words per day. I spent a good amount of time re-working and massaging the beginning of a novel I'd started before. But as the days slipped by, I just couldn't make it work. I liked one of the main characters tremendously, but couldn't make the plot work. I had another manuscript in which I liked the plot, but thought the main character was boring. So now I'm experimenting with substituting the quirky, edgy MC into the more interesting (and very different) plot. The good news is that, in the end, I may be able to achieve my 10K goal by doing this Vulcan mind meld between these two manuscripts. The weekend, alas, completely slipped away from me.

Congratulations to all of you who HAVE achieved your goals!

HipWriterMama said...

Blink,
Good job! Hey, as far as I'm concerned, any time you can get the body moving, is a good thing. Here's another high five for great progress this week!
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wuggienorple,
What a fun name you have! And any day you work on your writing is progress. It's what is gonna get you to your finished manuscript. Good luck this week!
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Anonymous,
You wrote such a great thing, and you didn't leave your name. But I totally agree with you. Perseverance is key.
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Franki,
4:45 am! You are a goddess! I'm so glad you did well. Keep on going!
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Ms. Mize,
That's great that you memorized 16 of the Presidents. You're almost halfway there. Keep up the memorizing!
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jmprince,
You are moving along nicely. Great job! Hope this week works out well!

HipWriterMama said...

Sara,
Vulcan mind meld. Love it! You may not have written those 333.33 words a day, but you probably did something even more important by working on the plot.

Good luck with your writing this week!