Monday, April 2, 2012

Awesome weekend!

The conference was a success, all the way around I think. I spoke with our big-name guest speakers and they all seemed very pleased with their experience here in North Texas. (YAY!)

I got more out of it than I expected, including lunch with Samhain Publishing editor Lindsey Faber. She was very generous with her knowledge and experience. So I think, when the time comes, I'll be submitting to Samhain.

My CPs all had agent or editor appointments or critiques. They all came away from the conference refreshed and encouraged in their writing. Now I have break out my cattle prod and get them all writing.

As for me, I started the weekend (Friday for me) 200 manuscript words shy of my 3K word per week goal. My weeks begin Sunday and end Saturday. Knowing I'd be busy with the conference Friday and Saturday I was mostly prepared to just let those words go. I had written probably 500 to 600 other words fleshing out a couple of random scenes, but that I knew were not manuscript pages. Three people said they did indeed count toward my goal, in which case I was way over. But for me, I dunno, it just felt like cheating. I may chew on that some more, and decide it's not. Anyway, Saturday night after dinner, my roomie and I and one other CP went back to our room and brainstormed for a bit on other CP's story. Then we talked about about mine for a few minutes and lo and behold I was able to eek out those last 200 words, finishing up at 11:44PM! I was really glad that I was able to get those words.

This week it's time to begin revisions--which means 3K words is probably not happening. I'm okay with that, though I suppose I should set a goal to revise a certain number of pages. I'm going to set it sort of high as the first 10 to 20 pages has been gone over multiple times as it is. So my goal this week, rather than writing 3K is revising 30 pages. Whoa!

But it's Monday and the beginning of the month, so I have real work I need to get done before I can wade into revisions.

No time like the present to get started. Have a great week.


Molly Cannon said...

Hi Jen,

I agree the conference was great. I got some writing done, learned new things, saw old friends, and made new ones. What fun!

Jen FitzGerald said...

Hey, Molly!!

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Clover Autrey said...

The conference really was terrific. The quest speakers and contents were top-notch. I got so much out of it.

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