Monday, September 10, 2007

Day Two, BIAM Challenge

It's late on Monday night and I'm climbing in to bed, but wanted to post this so it would be up when you got up and were ready to write.

First off, thanks to everyone who reported their count last night. I'm proud of all of you! I notice that some of you seem a little glum -- "I only got X amount done" -- but let me point out that it's X more than you had done yesterday. Don't discount any amount of progress, because all progress is good. Every word you write brings you closer to that eventual goal of "doneness." So be proud of your seven-and-a-half words!

For your writing inspiration today, think of how good it's going to feel when this book is done and you're holding the finished manuscript in your hands. Let me just say -- there's really nothing in the world like it. Don't be afraid of fear -- fear is normal. Today when I started, I felt a little apprehensive, thinking, "What if I can't write anymore? What if I can't construct the story the way I want to?" This is my seventh book, and I'm still nervous. So don't worry if you're feeling fearful, but don't let the fear win. You're bigger than it is.

Okay, get going -- I'm rooting for you all the way and look forward to your check-in tonight.

14 comments:

Don said...

I tried. I really tried. I just couldn't stop.

I worked for an hour (cringe - this is going to cost me dearly) and wrote 984 words for a total of 1520 so far.

My original opening chapter was a peaceful, contemplative scene of the protagonist watching the sun rise. [Yawn]

So I've changed my opening to a scene that was in Chapter 13. The fact that I couldn't wait to finish writing it tells me this was probably the right choice.

The sun will have to wait and rise another day.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Okay. I set a goal of completing my proposal and 4,000 words a day after that. I'm 75% done with the proposal and anticipate completion today and a good day of writing as well. There's my report.

~paulette said...

oh... forgot to report here. i reported to myself on my own blog... and actually, i mostly talked about why i chose a time-goal rather than a word-count goal. and now that i've sat back and thought about it more, i personally feel that counting words can restrict your imagination... like putting it into a little box, saying "it has to fit this!" for those of you who are disgouraged with the "numbers", perhaps you should try more of a "scene" goal. Have a goal to write a "moment" in your book, rather than a bunch of words. it makes a difference in the mental approach; trust me... and makes it more enjoyable along the way. Then look back and go, "oh cool... 200 words. awsome!" (or whatever)

Katie Parker said...

Yesterday I wrote 549 words, and today I wrote 609. I've exceeded my goal both days!! (Of course, if I'd set higher goals, that wouldn't have happened.)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for checking in, everyone --it's great to hear of your progress.

Don, I have to say, it's always a good idea to scrap a sunrise in favor of something else. That was a good call. :)

Heather B. Moore said...

Just finished my 1000 words, and squeaked in 200 extra.

Mandi said...

Sorry - I forgot to report in yesterday. The challenge is going great so far. I never realized how freeing it is to just write! It was hard for the first 10 minutes not to give into the temptation to revise and edit, but after I got into the flow, I found I was really getting stuff done, and the story and characters seemed more solid, and really fell into place. Day two done now, and have written 3,209 words!!!

Jaime Theler said...

700 words today. Not too bad for smashing writing in between so many things today.

Lee Ann said...

1000 words or so. Still working on ignoring the internal editor.

[It's crap it's crap it's craaaaaap!]

Esmeralda! Get back in your cage!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Way to go, guys!

LeeAnn, you named your internal editor Esmeralda! That's so funny -- you got an out-loud chuckle from me (which is good because that hardly ever happens.)

Tamra Norton said...

Tristi,

Can I come over and play? I was out of town (and out of the loop) and didn't realize you were doing a BIAM. So I'm 2 days late, but I'll just go 2 extra days.

My goal is 1000 words per day. If I can do that, I'll finish my LDS YA novel...or the first draft of it. I've had other projects in the works and this ms has been sitting half written for waaaaay too long. The only thing that might slow me down is if CFI sends me the galleys for my middle-grade novel in the next 30 days. I'll deal with that when it happens. So here I go...

Marta O. Smith said...

I'm up to 870 words, which is 254 more words than I had yesterday and 254 more than I would have done today were it not for this challenge. It's been one of those days and the pillow monster is calling my name.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Okay, Tami -- you can join late, but only because it's you!

Keeley said...

I don't write except in blogs and journals, but I'm sending encouraging thoughts to you all. I'm in awe of your talent! =)

Lee Ann, I've had to read your comment several times because it makes me laugh each time. I say that to myself soooo many times, and I don't even write! =D =D Esmeralda? ROFL! =D

For some reason, Esmeralda brings to mind a fluffy little hamster scurrying around on wood shavings, occasionally looking up to bare large teeth, attempting to nibble on your confidence. But no! Allow her not! Throw her a carrot or cucumber instead...that'll keep her gnashing teeth busy. =D

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