So, how’d I do this past week? Lots of rewriting and research but also some good solid writing. I pulled down 6389 words, just barely besting my 6,000 word/week goal. Still, this could really add up if I applied it in a focused fashion. “You’d have an entire ya novel in 5 months,” said one of my critique buddies.
I honestly hadn’t looked at it that way. Nope, no picture view for me. Just one week at a time and lots of small projects. But I’ve also been mulling over which project to workshop at an upcoming retreat. I don’t have a longer (longer than picture book ready) so I’ll just have to do a picture book.
Wait a minute. If I can do a YA novel in 5 months, I could do a solid draft of the chapter book I’m working on in a lot less than that. Let’s see. 6000 words is approximately 24 pages. I chapter book is 40 – 60 pages. Hmm. If I had nothing else to work on, I could rough out a chapter book in about three weeks. What the heck am I waiting for? I do have two picture books to rewrite but if I can squeeze in even one chapter a week, I could probably have the chapter book roughed by the end of January. Do or I don’t I?
Things I need to do:
- My blog post for Prayables.
- My own blog posts (5).
- One or two book review blog posts.
- Probably another batch of tutorials. I’m waiting for an assignment list.
- A query or two.
- Two picture book rewrites.
- I am very, very tempted to add — a chapter book chapter. My son is getting out of school for Christmas Thursday. That will make my work time even more dear, but if I can get him on board. Maybe I’ll let him read each chapter as I write it. He can be very persistent. Terrier like even.
Noodle, noodle, noodle . . .