Monthly Archives: February 2011

GYWO: February 2011

Posted 28 February, 2011 by DLWhite in Writers Write 1 Comment

It is that time of month, again! Word Count report… YEAH!

For those that may be new to this blog, I participate in a yearly challenge called Get Your Words Out, through LiveJournal. The idea is that writers only keep and use a portion of words written. So the more you write, the more you use and in return the better your writing skills. The challenge is to set a goal to push yourself further than before, and then to WRITE. I don’t write to a specific word goal, but it does give me incentive to keep moving forward when I want to be lazy. The year before last, I aimed for 200K words. I came in well over 300K. Last year I aimed for 300K and I hit around 350K. This year I am going for the gusto– 350K, or the INSANE level.

Yes, I certainly am quite certifiable.

So, last month I had a banner month to kick off the year, over 3oK words. Most of that was three chapters of my fanfic serial, in an effort to finish it. That effort hung over into February, in which I completed 2.5 chapters and some other smaller projects that I probably won’t complete. However, I wrote the words, so they count. I came in around 24K words in February (not sure of the exact number because I don’t have my spreadsheet with me and the database at the community won’t be updated until the 5th). I’m sure, though, that I have over 50K words down for the year. Only 300K to go.


I was a bit concerned when I finished All I Wanna Do. At about 9800 words per chapter, it has been a main source of word count, for me. For a few days after it was done, my mind was pretty much mush.  I worried that I wouldn’t be able to come up with a new idea that would keep me writing and therefore keep my word count healthy. I hate to start counting blog posts. I’m trying to keep the word count JUST on fiction (or non-fiction, when it comes to Mama Said). I’m happy to say that I do have a couple of ideas rolling around in my head. Now to just get them down on paper, develop characters and story arc and figure out how they’re going to end. I have to know that before I can work back to the beginning.

So, I am excited again about dipping my toes into something new and that the creative vibes coming out!  On to March!

Busy, busy…

I’ve decided to try and get active in the writing community. Finally. Yeah… I’m slightly slow. *chuckle* I’ve been looking at some events going on in the next few months and there are some exciting things I don’t want to miss. I am also looking for some local camaraderie, maybe some writer’s groups, conferences and events. I joined the Atlanta Writer’s Club and the Georgia Writer’s Association. Through these groups, I’ve found a few things going on that I plan to (and am excited to) attend! March 30- Kathryn Stockett is speaking a Savannah College of Art and design. I own The Help in audiobook and eBook, but I WILL buy a […]

#Friday Reads 2/25

#Friday Reads 2/25

It’s that time again! Friday Reads is when we talk about what we’re readin’! My reading has been considerably slower this month than last. I was entirely more productive in January than February, but in my defense, I had a lot of writing I wanted to get done. Since I’ve finished that story  (that was hanging over my head),  I have more time. I wish I could say I’ve filled it with reading, but that would only be a 1/4 truth. Not even a half truth. *shame* On with it! Let’s chat about what I’m reading… these are the books most active in my ‘Currently Reading Pile’. Chocolate and Vicodin: […]

The End of an Era… Now What?

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on the final chapter of All I Wanna Do, my fanfiction serial story. I started writing it in January of 2009. I really wanted to finish it last month, but it just wouldn’t be rushed! I posted the final chapters today and I can’t stop smiling. Is it literary perfection? HA! Hardly. Some of it is really bad. Some of it is boring. A lot of it is unrealistic and just plain reaching, especially to me, and I wrote it! What it is, is 2 years of progress. Two years of writing, two years of practice, two years of improvement. I can definitely see […]

Getting Started on Mama Said…[photos]

Getting Started on Mama Said…[photos]

I did a little bit of shopping today in order to help me get organized with the new project! It was a lot of fun to be taking a step toward getting started: An expandable file so I can sort the entries. Hopefully this will soon become too small to hold them all. All of my materials; pen, file, notebook, post-it flags, a calendar, and…errr…writer’s fuel Then I settled in and got down to business. I’ve printed out all of the entries I’ve received so far: Lots of sayings, a few stories, some advice, and one classified as “other”. Not sure what I’ll do with that yet. My thinking is […]

#FridayReads- The Distracted Version

Ugh, I’ve GOT to get back on my reading schedule! I’ve been so distracted. I’ve hardly read at all and I haven’t finished ONE book this month. My January was way ambitious, but I was more worried about my writing schedule than my reading schedule, so I was trying to get caught up on words. Let’s dig in: I have officially given up on Stiff. I just don’t feel like finishing it. I’m not going to take it off of my reading list but it won’t show up on Friday Reads again until I am actually reading it. Damage: I’m still working on this one. It’s just now getting good, […]

WIP Wednesday on Thursday

Missed yesterday, but I didn’t think it would be that huge of a deal since I am typically only working on one thing– my fan fiction serial story. Since I’ve launched Things My Mama Said, in support of my (hopefully) book Mama Said, I guess I have more to write about, so I decided to catch up. Things are going swimmingly as far as contributions go. I haven’t counted but I am up over 20, I am sure. I sent out an email to folks I know, asking them to pass the link along and encouraging them to contribute. Anyone know of any other ideas to get the word out? […]

I’ve got a book idea and I’m going for it!

There is a long prologue to this entry that involves a few months of ignoring a nagging idea and finally giving in to it and then pushing full steam ahead. It was not the original first piece of publishing I had in mind, but… it’s going to happen! The book I want to write falls in the genre of literary or narrative nonfiction– it’s not made up, but it’s not a memoir.  The idea came about from a visit with my mother and her best friend, who were throwing back and forth these old, southern, black momma sayings that they’d heard all through childhood. I’d heard them to0, and knew […]

Catching Up…

:: waive:: I’m checking in, still here. Alive and such. I had such a bang up January that February is seeming like a slack fest. I’m still catching up on my goal of 1000 words /night. I’m at just under 5000, so about 2000 under but I have another chapter of AIWD to get out before month’s end. I know, I know, I said the last chapter was the last, but I had far too many ends to tie up.  The next chapter will be the last, for sure. Maybe. Okay, that’s my plan, anyway. I haven’t been digging into my books like I’d like to, either. In fact after […]