Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Writing Life

I actually got some writing done Friday night. And yesterday afternoon and evening. And maybe I'll even get some done in awhile if I don't decide to take a nap. If I could only take an hour nap...well, that would be something. But I have a feeling I would decide to sleep and sleep and not wake up until 7 p.m.

Mom and I went to church this morning and I enjoyed the sermon - about St. Peter. Then we went out for lunch afterwards and had a nice time just visiting. I'm so glad she lives closer to me now - just right across town - and we now have the opportunity to do a lot more things together.

I'm really enjoying my novel right now - it's an inspirational historical, set in World War II. I love the research involved - I'm using actual letters written by a soldier and he turned up as a major character in my book - and I can feel myself becoming immersed in this world.

I've also decided that as my RWA chapter's president, I need to implement some kind of motivational program for my members to get them to write. I'm toying around with a few ideas.
While I am happy with my position as president, I don't think I'll take on the duty again. It has a way of sucking the joy out of the meetings for me since I am the one in charge of everything. But on the other hand, it also affords me the opportunity to introduce new ideas and new concepts for my group.

Tomorrow is work already. Yuck. I'm not ready for that at all. Where did my weekend go? If I had a four-day work week like I did last week, I could deal with it. A three day weekend every single week? Wow. That would be terrific!


  1. Great job on the writing!!

  2. I think that's a great idea re motivating the chapter. I know we instituted a goals loop where each week we post our writing goals and check in with each other to see how we're doing. Then at week's end we post how we did and our goals for the next week. I find it really helps knowing you said what you were going to do and now are accountable!

  3. Your new ms sounds so cool! And aren't letters such a wonderful research resource?

    In my old chapter, we used to do a Writing Challenge - people would post to the main listserv the number of pages they were pledging to write/edit that day/week, then report in. After a few weeks, we'd all go out for dinner to celebrate our progress :-)

  4. Kelly and Tess, those are some great ideas. I'm anxious to hear what other chapters do to motivate one another.

  5. My two chapters do a BIAW. They only do it once a month and it is done my Yahoo group. Once a month, you challenge yourself to write every day with a set goal for each day. Sometimes the spark lasts the whole month, sometimes it doesn't, but it does make you think about your WIP for a week.

  6. Hey--well done on the writing!! Commiserations on work!!!

  7. At our chapter meetings we're given a small piece of paper where we write our goals for the month. If we meet them by the next month's meeting, our names goes into a drawing to have either the Golden Heart or the RITA fees paid for.

  8. We also read these goals aloud at meetings.

  9. I love it when I love what I'm writing. And I think it's wonderful that you want to inspire your members to write more. I know that for me, knowing someone else expects to hear what I've accomplished keeps me writing. Most of the time.


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