This week I have kicked ass! Well kind of. I have achieved something… I FINALLY finished the first draft of my third picture book. I know, I know, it’s a picture book, and I’m only writing the words, how long could it possibly take? Well, two months.
And it’s just the first draft. Admittedly it hasn’t exactly been the sole focus of my attention these past months but, given that the first draft of my FIRST book took TWO HOURS, it’s a fairly ridiculous length of time. Still it’s done. And although I say it’s a first draft, it’s taken me so much work and re-drafting to get from one end of the story to the other that it’s probably more like a fifth draft so, yay!
In other news, I’ve just set up a private Facebook group for #WhatImWriting. It was kind of prompted by my post last week about the perils of publishing work on your blog, and also by Tanya’s post wondering about getting feedback. I’ve also been thinking for months that it would be nice to have somewhere to chat with you lovely lot during the week. After reading posts on Tuesdays I often wonder how you’re all getting on with your writing plans.
So, we now have a group where people are welcome to share work and ask for feedback: because it’s a private group it doesn’t count as ‘pre-published’ and you can go on to do what you like with it. We can also post links to relevant/useful blog posts (ours or other peoples), inspirational quotes, writing ideas… or just pictures of cats – whatever floats your boat. The group is also (mainly?) for having a chat during the week any time you fancy it. Somewhere to say “Hooray, I wrote this!” or “Argh, I can’t write that!” or just to hone those procrastination skills
Of course no one is obliged to join the group (you might not even be on FB) but it is open to all linkers. I sent out invitations to everyone yesterday (you need an invitation because it’s a ‘secret group’ (I like the Enid Blyton-esque feel of that – like we might solve some mysteries together)) but I did it in a really haphazard way so I definitely could have missed a few people out. If I have, I’m sorry and if you’re reading this and want an invite just leave me a message in the comments!
I’ll admit this isn’t much to report given my claim to have ‘kicked ass’ this week but nothing else I’ve done has really been writing-related. Plus it’s late on Monday night and I want to schedule this post and go to bed. So I will.
I’m looking forward to hearing how your weeks have gone tomorrow!