Sunday, February 21, 2010

I'm back and I hate to brag but..

I'm not sure I can say I got a lot accomplished last week, seeing as my kids were home, I worked two days and we had five basketball games on the weekend, but I didn't do too bad.

I wrote 4000 words on my current project bringing the grade total to 33,000 words. I almost have my basement painted and I even managed to color the grey out of my hair. Yes I'm going grey, as my daughter so loudly pointed out to everyone at the basketball games two weeks ago.

Now for the bragging part. I really believe that the first draft of my current project is way better than the first draft of my completed project, which could only mean one thing. I'm getting better. I no longer use adverbs at will. I try to stay away from the passive voice. I watch my dialogue tags by using more action than he said, she said. All in all it's been a good start. That's not to say that I still have to work on the story. I made a list of all the things I need to figure out before starting the draft. I take notes in between games. But all in all, I'm feeling really good about this new book.

In other good news, I've been given the go ahead to play soccer. The last doctor I went to didn't think the injury was as severe, so I went to practice last week. The knee was okay, but the rest of my body sure hurt.

Anyway it's good to be back, and I look forward to catching up with everyone.

30 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

Wow! You've accomplshed alot!
Are you the patti who has posted on my blog? if so, there isn't a link to get back to you!!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Great reasons to brag! I feel the same way about my WIP. Def cleaner and tighter than my first story. Guess that whole practice makes progress theory is true. ;)
Congrats.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I love that getting better feeling.
My sister was a big time soccer player. I brag on her all the time. She also got injured numerous time--redshirted...the whole story.

Bend it like Beckam (sp.)
~ Wendy

Candice said...

I was amazed how much more I like my second book than my first. I guess what they say is true: the first book is mostly practice.

Southpaw said...

That's all great news. Getting better in all sorts of ways. YEAH!

Amber Lynae said...

You are on a roll.... you go girl. Enjoy your return to soccer.

JKB said...

Say it loud and say it proud, amiga! I'm so happy for you!

Kick it to win it!

Bethany Mattingly said...

Wow you rock! Have fun returning to the soccer field!

Carolyn V. said...

Woo hoo! Congrats Patti! You should be bragging! My writing seems to get better the more I write, too. It's awesome. =)

Robyn Campbell said...

Welcome back. I've missed you. And DANG! You really got some work done.

And the big GO AHEAD to play soccer. YAY! YOU GO GIRL! Woo-hoo

And Ivy is always mentioning something about my growing olderness. UGH.

One day she and I were chatting it up and I missed my turn as we headed home. Well her story was this. I'm getting so old, I got lost driving home. Grrrr

Catherine Denton said...

Oh my gosh, I'd say you're unplugged week was successful!
Winged Writer

Melissa said...

I'd say 4000 new words is excellent. Way to go! And congrats on getting the clear to play soccer again:)

Kasie West said...

Awesome, Patti! Congrats. It's fun to see progress in writing. It means we can actually learn. :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yay! for your soccer go-ahead! I know that's a biggie for you. Sounds like you had a good week. It's nice to have you back. :-)

K. M. Walton said...

Nice work - 4,000 words is fantastic. And kudos to getting better at writing.

Lady Glamis said...

Welcome BACK!!!! It's a great moment when you can see you're getting better!

Terri Tiffany said...

Yay! Now I can link back to you:))

jenniferneri said...

I love the way progress happens! Watching our writing grow! Good for you - enjoy it and the soccer.

Elana Johnson said...

Woot! Glad you're back this week, and mucho congrats on your first chapter being better!

paulgreci said...

That's a ton of good news. It definitely sounds like you've taken one of those leaps w/your writing. I love that feeling. And being able to play soccer again, that's gold!

Jessie Oliveros said...

okay, i commented earlier, and i'm not sure what happened to it, but good for you. i want to know what your WIP is about.

patti said...

Patti,
Congratulations! Very proud of you! And praise God!!!!

I missed your posts last week.

Patti

Julie Dao said...
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Julie Dao said...

Congrats, Patti!! What great news :) You deserve to brag. Writing is one of those goals that doesn't really offer instant gratification, but when you take a step back and realize how much you've grown and improved, it's the best feeling in the world. Adverbs and passive voice are two things I am still struggling with, but hopefully someday I will also earn the chance to brag. :)

Jenn Johansson said...

That's awesome on all accounts! I am surprised by how much better the 1st draft of my WIP is than my first book as well... Yay for learning stuff! ;)

lotusgirl said...

That's great about your knee and the writing. It's fun to see ourselves improve.

T. Anne said...

YAY! Me too, I'm avoiding adverb's like the literary plague and good by to passivity. It's a real learning process isn't it. Great work!

Susan R. Mills said...

Your accomplishments are huge this past week! Congratulations. I'm so glad you got the go ahead to play soccer. I know that's important to you.

Heidi Willis said...

Wow! That really was a great week back!!

Congrats on getting back into soccer!

And more so... for getting better at writing. :) It's so funny how that happens. But it does.

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