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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Come Over to the Finish Line!

Congratulations for finishing the 2008 New Year's 30 Day Challenge! How do you feel? Are you all limbered up and ready to take on 2008 with new enthusiasm? Ready to see your dreams all the way through? Toying with redefining your goals? Inspired by new ideas?

I'm so glad you all joined me in my Challenge. You've all be wonderful sharing your progress and encouragements to one another; it has been awesome. I know I've been pleased with what I've accomplished so far. I've got tons of research, a solid plot line (so far), six chapters of a good beginning, an intriguing outline, and the ending to my story. I also found out I got into a day program of a SCBWI writing retreat, and I'm thrilled...my first writing retreat! Okay, a day program since the actual writing retreat was all booked (lesson to learn here--The early bird gets the worm), but still! I'm on a roll, and I hope to finish up the first draft soon.

What are you waiting for? Comment away and let me know how you did in this 2008 New Year's 30 Day Challenge. For the sake of keeping things simple for me, I'll only enter the names of Challengers who comment by 11:00 pm EST today for a drawing of the surprise Challenge Prize. Tempting, isn't it?

And again, congratulations, everyone, for taking yourself seriously and being true to what you love! Check in tomorrow to find out who won the Challenge Prize!


Christine M said...

I was definitely able to keep myself writing during this challenge. Sending out a query a week did prove a bit more challenging. I did send out a total of four - and I have two other places bookmarked to send to - just haven't gotten there yet.

Thanks for doing this challenge, Vivian.

laurasalas said...

Have a fantastic time at the day retreat! I hope you get lots out of it.

I was able to keep my goal: 30 minutes or more daily on my novel revision. I feel really good about that. I'm also a little overwhelmed because it's made me realize more than ever that what I truly need is a solid 2-4 weeks to devote *all day* to this revision. And even that would only get me to the level where I could get feedback from my crit groups. Oh well. At least I'm in the habit now and will keep slogging away!


HipWriterMama said...

So good to see what you've accomplished so far! Keep sending out those queries. I know you'll find a good home for your manuscripts. Good luck!

Wouldn't that be a dream to have two to four solid weeks of all day writing? You've done great and have progressed nicely. I'm still in awe of your charts you had on your blog. Best of luck with your revisions.

DS Writer said...


Enjoy your writing retreat. I hope it is inspiring for you.

I was able to stick to my main goal of finishing the two chapters of my book proposal. I also wrote a chapter three! I spent roughly 4-5 hours writing and editing and revising pretty much every day except for taking care of hubbie and baby. It was hard hard work, with a ton of sweat. Sometimes I just wanted to plop in a comfy chair or just someone to rub my head telling me it will be alright.

I just received the first line edits from my second reviewer this morning. But the content is pretty much good to go. This means I will probably end up sending the book proposal packet to three publishers sometime next week. I wanted to send it all out today to celebrate the 30 day challenge, but I have learned to not let those factors overwhelm me while still keeping sight of my goals.

You have taught me to think is small bits especially when preparing long(ish) type manuscripts. I loved getting a comment from you. It encouraged me. I thank you so much for this opportunity. It has been a pleasure.I will continue to read your blog regardless of the challenge.
God bless.

PJ Hoover said...

I didn't drink all the water I should have, but I had fun checking in! Thanks for the challenge :)

HipWriterMama said...

You've really packed alot in these 30 days! Well done. Best of luck in with your book proposal packet. I hope you hear good news soon.

Water, water, water! I actually started drinking more water, so thank you!

beckylevine said...

Vivian, First--thanks so much for setting this up. I'm not sure how well I handled the specifics, but I got where I needed to be. The entire nonfiction manuscript drafted & to my co-writer AND, by today, the first three chapters with his main comments and revised a couple of times for the right voice. We're So going to make our deadline! :)

Congrats on the writing retreat. You're going to have such a wonderful time.

Congratulations to everybody else for doing their challenges, too!

HipWriterMama said...

Glad this Challenge helped you. Congratulations on making your deadline--I hope in a stressless manner!

Linda said...

Have fun on writing retreat! I've never done one yet. Someday...
I did pretty well, not 30 poems, but about 20 in various stages. Thanks for inspiring us to journey in the direction of our dream. It's been great reading everyone's comments. I wish you all continued success. Happy writing!

KB said...

Thank you for helping me to get 2008 off to a good start! I didn't complete my goal but I had a great time trying. I did work out more this month than I did all last year! I also re-discovered my dream and started working on it...including just telling people about it! I'm so psyched! I can't wait to do another challenge next month. Looking at things in these small, manageable chunks, makes them seem doable! Again, thanks for the inspiration and the jump start!

Franki said...

Well, I did it! Tomorrow is the last day of the first round of boot camp. It has become a habit. Really. There were several days, I wanted to sleep past 4:45 am but since my commitment was to not skip a day for the month, I made myself go. And, it is getting easier and easier. Really has become a morning habit that I am starting to enjoy!
Thanks for the push and the support!

HipWriterMama said...

So happy you continued to write your poems. You've made good progress. Keep it up!

Isn't it wonderful to share the dream with others? It's quite liberating. Best of luck!

I am in awe of the 4:45am wake-ups to exercise! You are strong, so strong. Good luck with the second Boot Camp!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

HWM: I don't know where my comment went. I posted it this morning and actually saw it published online. This isn't the first time one of my comments has vanished.:(

HipWriterMama said...

I've noticed that Blogger and LiveJournal can eat up comments. I've had that happen to me at a few other blogs. Of course it always seems to happen when I have a creative comment that I can't for the life of me phrase correctly the second time around. Sigh.

Hope your barre chords are sounding better every day!

jmprince said...

I guess I missed the deadline. I didn't know we'd have to do a wrap-up post. I thought the one from Monday was the last official post, so I put all my stuff in there. :-)
Oh, well. I've had a great time and I want to thank you again for the fantastic challenge!

HipWriterMama said...

Glad you made progress on the challenge! Best of luck!