My #WritersLife Goals

Ciao, amici! Checking in with my updates. And an opportunity for you.

I was surprised to be assigned the proofread of the novel I edited that’s over 200,000 words. Proofreads go much faster than line edits, but at that length, they still take a lot of time. So, I didn’t get through my revisions as planned. But I’m almost done with the proof. Here’s hoping I get through my revisions this week.

I did finish the onboarding email sequence. And surprise, I was given another to do, as well. I somehow squeezed those in. Also, I had several discussions and a meeting with the author I mentioned to help with her pre-planning. So, all told, it was a productive week.

And speaking of emails, I want to tell you about one I sent this week.

If you aren’t a subscriber to my newsletter, you missed out on quite an offer. I introduced my readers to author Nolon King and sent them THREE FREE THRILLER NOVELS. If you’re interested in thrillers, you can sign up for my mailing list and get the offer. Just click here and fill out the form.

So that, in a nutshell, was my week. Proofreading, emails, and a special offer. Oh, and another surprise I’m going to share later this week. It’s big and colorful and some of you have been waiting for quite a while for it. Stay tuned…

In the meantime, please share your accomplishments from last week and your goals for this week in the comments below. Let’s cheer each other on.


35 thoughts on “My #WritersLife Goals

  1. Wow, Staci, a 200,000 words novel is pretty long. It reminded me of a fellow classmate in my doctoral program who did a dissertation with 950 pages with the average is about half of that size. Hubby received a novel he ordered and it’s 650 pages.

    You’re doing great with your work and your progress.

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    • That is long for a dissertation! Wow.

      Yeah, the novel was long, too. (And it wasn’t even fantasy.) And reading it twice was a big time commitment. I do have to say it’s an excellent story, one I could easily see on the big screen with A-list stars. If your husband just received a book that long, maybe there is a trend I’m currently unaware of for writers to draft longer works. My current WIP is probably going to come in around 90K, which I think is healthy. But it’s nowhere near those lengths.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      • Wow, Staci. You must have the movie project in mind with your WIP. Someone reread Gone with the Wind, then watched the 4-hour movie and commented that, the movie skipped quite a few interesting details. The origin book has 1048 pages. Her review made me want to watch the movie again!

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        • Oh, I wasn’t clear. I’m sorry. The project in question was a client’s book, not my own. But it would be amazing if it was made into a film. I’d love to think I was even a small part in its success. But it is NOT my work. I’m just the lowly editor. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I always thought the film version of Gone with the Wind was very true to the book—one of the most faithful adaptations I’ve ever seen. I’m stunned to learn so many details didn’t make it from page to screen. That’s shocking to me. I wouldn’t mind reading it again, but my TBR list is already out of control with new-to-me titles.

          I wish someone would invite a time machine. Or at least a time stopper.


          • Haha, a hero behind a hero.๐Ÿ˜Š
            I’m always curious about the film versions. When in doubt, I go back to check the books. I was told the film version of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gibert is better than the book. I only read the book, haven’t seen the movie. The book is not long. The screen writer must have done a bit of work. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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          • I vaguely remember the movie and never read the book, so I can’t weigh in on that one. The comparisons are intriguing, though I often find I like the books better than their adaptations.


    • I’m the opposite. I should only be proofing, but I’m finding things to edit and it’s taking me longer than it should because I’m doing extra work.

      I’ve had a newsletter for years, but I stopped sending it for a while. I’m going to start sending it again. I like to give my subscribers little treats when I can, and I was really bad about keeping up with it over the last year. (Read that to mean I didn’t do it.)


    • Thanks, Jacquie. It’s been so long since I sent a newsletter. I really want to get back into the groove there.

      Working on multiple projects at once is difficult for me. I admire you for being able to do that. And YAY for book covers! That’s always fun. Sounds like you had a great week. Wishing you another one.

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  2. That is a productive week, Staci:) I look forward to your announcement. I got some work done, a little editing and a blog but mainly rested and recovered from being sick. I’m looking forward to getting back to work this week.

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  3. Iโ€™m in a winding down phase right now. I finished all my drafts, and am taking a break. My super awesome critique group still has chapters to see from Mrs. Molony, but those will take care of themselves over the next few weeks. I could dive right into to a new project, but Iโ€™m going to focus on getting two books out the door. Storyboarding always helps me, and I plan on doing some of that while Iโ€™m not drafting new material. Kind of enjoying the idea of some down time, but it wonโ€™t be a complete standstill.

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  4. A writer’s life is a busy life! Congrats on all your accomplishments for the week. That’s awesome stuff! I published two short stories, got the first round of copyedits from my publisher for my new novel, and added words to my current WIP. It was a productive week, I’d say. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing and can’t wait for the colorful news!

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  5. Thanks for the update, Staci. Not too much going on here. I have to start a new WIP but just have had a tough time with motivation. Doing some cleanup work on several things not related to the WIP. Have a great week.

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  6. I didn’t even know you had a newsletter, but I’ll figure out where to sign up for it. I added to my word count – not as much as I’d like, but it’s something. I also have four scenes in my head I need to write. At least 3K words is the goal for this week, but I’m pushing for more. Excited to hear about your surprise!

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    • If you click the link in the body of this post, you’ll be added to my newsletter in addition to being taken to Nolon’s book pages.

      That’s great that you’re adding to your word count. You might actually be brave enough to share an excerpt soon! Rooting for you, Teri. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I don’t usually like to proofread something I’ve already edited because I’m afraid familiarity will make me blind to things I would otherwise see. But so far, it seems to be going well. I’d love to finish it today. We’ll see, I suppose. Thanks, Annika.

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  7. I’m busing editing the first draft of my WIP. Guess I should say partial first draft because the book isn’t finished. I’m fixing the stuff from NaNo before I move forward. Was on “staycation” last week. Back to work today so I probably won’t be as productive this week.

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  8. A great and productive week, Staci!
    Unfortnately, my breathing has taken a nose dive, so my goals for the week are to medicate and take it as easy as I need to. I have an editing job comming in soon but it’s been pushed back, so that gives me some ‘breathing’ space (sorry for the awful pun!)
    Ooh, your bright and colourful news has me on the edge of my seat in anticipation!
    Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

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