Friday, January 1, 2010

My Personal Nine of Oh-Nine

1. I wrote a paranormal romance novel.
2. I drafted and began revisions on a contemporary romance.
3. I mapped out five more contemporary romances.
4. I finalled in a contest.
5. I judged two dozen contest entries.
6. I attended a regional conference and made a live pitch.
7. I meandered through a wild fantasy draft, which I will now sit on for two years.
8. I learned that I'm a "project" person rather than a process person.
9. I found a coherent, organized, simple approach to editing. (Thank you, Todd Stone.)
10. I gained some basic insight into my own goal-setting processes (Thank you, Bob Mayer).

And I accepted that I suck at math.


  1. it's ten. [rubs eyes] Pirates reference? Best in the year to come dear.

  2. Yup. Me and the mathy-stuff again.

    Have a great new year, yourself, Carrie!

  3. What does it mean, to be project not process?

  4. Ann Marie,
    I mean that I have to work in binge cycles: Vomiting out a crappy first draft (like NaNoWriMo style) and editing at a slower, more regular but still consistently focused pace. Projects (and books) for me must have beginnings, middles and ends and I need to push into and through them rather than "write 1000 words a day" processes. I can't do a little every day and stay in the story.

  5. You'd hate my writing process - I write completely out of order and stitch it all together much much later.

  6. That sounds cool, Mari, and completely impossible for me--I am totally stuck in chrono-lineareality.

    (And I hope I just make that term up).

  7. LOL

    When I first got serious about my writing, I thought that's what you were supposed to do - write in chronological order. A two year dry-spell taught me that lesson. If I have a scene in my head, it's *okay* to go ahead and write it down!

  8. I am SUCH a pantser that the scenes just don't come that way--fragments, sure, but I honest-to-goodness cannot see what happens in the specific futures of my characters. It annoys me, actually. I have to write the whole book, then scrap the whole book and fix it all in the rewrite. Plotter-folks are much more efficient. But I accept their diversity anyway (grumble).

  9. I can't plot to save my life.

  10. FUN! It reads like a resume. I think it's a great idea to list personal milestones or accomplishments every year.

    And screw the math stuff! Isn't that why you're a writer? *grin*

  11. Love it Keri! I used to be a panster, but this last book required an outline. I'm not sure what that means about my process now or if it was just specific to these two characters who really wanted to know where they were going.

    Love your list. Math is not my friend either. ;) ANd hopefully, I'll get to see you in Atlanta this year!

    ~Stacia (aka Sybir_

  12. Ro--you know it!

    Sybir--it will be interesting to see if this change carries over into your next book!