Saturday, January 8, 2011

What's Up The Street For Next Week?

If you write something every day you are always moving forward. 500 words a day you will have a 90,000 word novel in a little over 6 months. If you write 100 words every 2 hours you could have those 500 words in a day very easily- 100 words types up fast- especially if you know what you're going to write next.

If you were to write 1,000 words a day you could have a novel written in just a little over 3 months.

Writing a novel isn't daunting, finding the time isn't as hard as you think. The hard part is being willing to plunk thyself in a chair and being willing to let the words flow. You have no excuse for writing a book. Nothing except yourself. Don't stand in your own way anymore.

Hopefully this week on the Alley we will have motivating ideas to jumpstart that new manuscript or a new thought on an old revelation that will turn the corner on your current edits...

Being a mother and a writer has it's own set of challenges, hear what Angie's perspective is in her post This Mama's Writing Habits

Julia has the tips you need for Writing During the Difficult Times

Be prepared to be transported around the world as Sarah takes us to Paris in her post, People Watching in Paris. (yes, she does intend to flaunt that trip)

Let It Stew is the topic of Wendy's post on allowing our ideas for the plot and the characters that will fill them "simmer" before launching off. Sounds yummy (and perfect on a cold day :-)

Make 'em baaad. Well not, bad, but certainly not perfect. Cindy has a post on making your characters flawed and quirky in Tall, Dark...and All Wrong


The winner of Alice J. Wisler and Bethany Pierce's books is...Lgm52!!!!

Be sure and leave a comment for a chance to win two books from the Heartsong line!

Julia has an interview and giveaway on her blog with author, Kathi Macias on Tuesday, don't miss it- 3 books will be given away!

Please be sure and pray for Krista and her family as new devolopments have been unearthed and Annabelle could possibly need a heart transplant.

Check on yesterday's Seekerville post for contest updates around the web for getting your work in front of judges!

ACFW's Genesis contest is now OPEN! You have until 8:00 a.m. pacific standard time on March 4th, to get your entry in. Click above for more details.

Casey is giving away a bracelet on her Facebook Bug's Beads Page. Click to check it out and find out how to enter (you might have to scroll down a short ways)

Adam and Andrea Graham on the featured authors next week on Operation Encourage an Author


Rebecca Bradley said...

I've recently been worrying about my word count and how long it's going to take me to write my wip and then came up with a great solution, which works with your idea of writing short sections at a time.

I've started writing on my iphone. It's easy, it's always handy and I knock off 500 words at the drop of a hat. The words won't be great, but what will be there is the story. Checking everything else will come with the edits.

To marry it up with my current manuscript I will simply email it to myself and pick it up on my laptop. It's working for me, when I'm feeling it a strain to get my laptop out and work.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Hooray! So excited for a new week with you fabulous ladies. And...Shhh, word on the street is that I may be a Genesis judge. I feel a future post brewing.

Gia Cooper said...

Yay! I'm submitting to the Genesis Contest! First time. :)

Keli Gwyn said...

I'm looking forward to next week's posts. I hope Sarah plans to share a few Paris pics. Hint, hint.

Casey said...

REBECCA, very ingenious! Good for you!!

SARAH, no! Really? What catagory, do you know or can you even say?

GINA, good for you, hoping good things come out of it!!

KELI, I think pics are in the works and maybe a video. I know, I hinted too. ;)

Sarah Forgrave said...

I'm not sure yet, Casey. All I heard is that I wouldn't judge any categories that I enter, but I'm not entering this year. So I guess it could be any of them. :)

Casey said...

Sounds like an adventure, Sarah!!

Anyone else here entering? I don't think I am this year.

Ariel Wilson said...

I'm so looking forward to the Paris post :D I'm soooooo jealous!!!!!

Casey said...

You and me both Ariel.

lgm52 said...

Interesting post!
Please enter me to win 2 heartsong books.

Thank you for the last win!

Leanne said...

I'd love to win Heartsong books. They are always wonderful!

Paris? I'm jealous! We can all live vicariously through her. ;-)

Cindy W. said...

I would love to be entered into your giveaway for the Heartsong books.

Thank you for the chance!

Cindy W.


Pepper said...

Great weekend post, Case
Look forward to the week!!

Linda Kish said...

Please include me.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

MaureenT said...

Great giveaway...Love these little books. Bought one recently on CBD for .50¢...loved that find! Please include me!


dunlizzie said...

I would be interested in the Heartsong books. Carman sent me. Would love it if you could include me. Thanks :)

dunlizzies_corner /at/ yahoo /dot/ com

Giveaway Lady said...

I would love to be entered in the giveaway for the Heartsong books! Thanks so much for the chance at winning them:)


apple blossom said...

Cindy's post sounds like it will be intriguing.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Unknown said...

I'd love to win a couple Heartsong books. THanks!


Meredith said...

Can't wait to hear about Paris! Please enter me!


meredithfl at gmail dot com