Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nothing to Sneeze At

That's an odd phrase, isn't it? Am I the only one who uses it? Anyway, I did not make it to page 300 by the end of last week. I came close, though. I got to 297, and that's nothing to sneeze at. I wanted to blame my lack on dentist appointments, band concerts, and family parties, but the real reason I didn't quite make it was that I came to a scene that kicked my butt for 2 days. I always thought I was more of a seat of the pants writer, but here I learned for certain that I cannot write a scene that has not been adequately planned. Most of the planning takes place in my head, but still, I have to plan it before I can write it. I finally made it through the scene, though I still think it needs some work. All together, I wrote fifteen pages, and decided instead of feeling depressed by the lack of three pages, I will be happy that I wrote that many. That's 50% more than usual! And I intend to make 15 my new weekly goal. I should be to page 300 by tonight (or whenever I get to sit down and write), so that's not bad at all.

Other things not to sneeze at: My dear friend Suzette has an agent! Read all about it on her blog, Shooting Stars. I am so happy for her. She is a fantastic writer. I can't wait until her book is a huge bestseller! Go, Suzy!

My cousin-in-law, Derek Westra, published a childrens story in Knowonder! magazine. His story, "Trains" is on page 12. Go grab your little ones and read it to them. It's darling. Way to go, Derek!


Linz said...

First off - WAY TO GO ON 15 pages! That is awesome!!! You rock! YEA!!!

Congrats to Suzette! That's WAY cool! And congrats to Derek! So much talent!!

Wendy Sparrow said...

I use the phrase "nothing to sneeze at" also, and you're right--it's making less sense to me the more I think about it. Plus, it's a little gross.

Three pages shy IS nothing to sneeze at, though. Congratulations! So, when you finish the book, is the plan to type it into the computer editing on the way?

That's awesome about someone getting an agent. (Whenever I hear about someone getting an agent I get excited. It seems hopeful.)

Nisa said...

You're right! That is nothing to sneeze at! Way to go!! (I love expressions!)

tiff loves kent said...

congrats on getting to 297 thats awsome

L.T. Elliot said...

I hear you about planning out a scene. I can't go somewhere without direction either.

Congrats to Suzette!

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Hey - I sympathize with having to write a scene that kicks one's behind. :-) Good for you for persevering and celebrating your acoomplishment.

Now get up there and kick ITS behind. HA HA! :-)

WindyA said...

Great job on the progress, Angie! A good reminder that the glass is half FULL!

And yep, great news about Suzy! .. plus congrats to Derek.

Angie said...

Thanks for all the comments. To answer your question, Wendy, I am typing as I go. My plan was to type each chapter as I finished it, but right now I am three chapters behind in typing. Yes, I edit it while I type. Once typed, I print it out for my husband to proofread, so hopefully by the time it's all finished and typed, I'll have a decent first draft.

Annette Lyon said...

DEFINITELY nothing to sneeze at! Way to go!

Carolyn V. said...

How awesome for your friend & cousin-in-law!

You are almost at 300 pages?! Better than awesome! Let us know when you're there!

Diana Paz said...

15 pages is great! Hopefully its even more now :) I'm excited about Suzette's great news too! Now, is that something to sneeze at or nothing to sneeze at?