Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tuesday Tally

Status of my novel
total words to date: 34,879
pages: 152
completed chapters: 8

Current goals:
  • get out of "telling" rut. all my writing lately has been stale and too much summary, not enough action
  • 1,500 words this week
I didn't hit my count for last week, but I spent a lot of time working on a hook - similar to a book blurb, to hook the editor/agent's interest in the story. I wrote it for a contest. First 250 hooks submitted got critiqued by one of the judges, who would then pick their favorites to send in the first 5 pages of their novel. Best overall gets to send in their first three chapters for review by an actual agent! I didn't make it past the first round, though I'm happy with the feedback (which is really why I entered). If you'd like to read my hook, it's posted on Fangs, Fur, & Fey, mine is number 216. Feel free to leave your own comments, here or there.

See the nifty little progress meter I have up? I saw it on a couple different writer blogs. Liz Fenwick pointed me where to get it for myself. Thanks!

Writing has been stalled the last few days. Two problems - stuck in a rut where I'm telling, not showing; and I hit a scene with a setting I haven't visualized at all. Even though I didn't write as much as I did the previous week, I'm still happy with what I accomplished.


  1. Happy the progree meter worked :-) Good luck on the showing not telling. Best book I have read on the craft of writing so far is Sol Stein's Solutions for Writers... Good luck this week.

  2. Best of luck with the writing, and with polishing your blurb! I read your entry on FFF. Sounds like an intriguing storyline--now all you have to do is whip it into "hook" format! =)