Weekly Check In Week 41 + Announcement 10 comments


European honeybee in a blue flower

First up, an announcement: I have several incredibly busy months ahead, so you won’t be seeing me much in the comments here, but fortunately Mark Walker has graciously volunteered to guest host the discussions in the weekly check in, for which I am greatly indebted. Thank you, Mark! You can make Mark’s job easier by replying to  each other, too. And never fear: while I may not have time for a while to respond to everyone individually, I’m still reading all your comments and cheering for you in my heart!

And now, on with the Weekly Check In:

1. Let us know how you fared with last week’s writing goals (whether you shared them with us here or not).

2. Share your goals for the new week.

3. Don’t forget to cheer for each other!

New to the weekly check in? Our first check in of the year includes tips on setting writing goals. But the most important thing to know is that everyone is welcome. If you’d like the moral support of discussing your writing progress with other writers, please join the comments and let us know what you’re working on and how you’re doing.


10 thoughts on “Weekly Check In Week 41 + Announcement

  • Mark Walker

    Hi Shaula, no problem, happy to help!

    And Hi everyone, hope you start to the week is as bright and sunny as mine is this morning!

    My week has largely been taken up with finalising the second draft outline of the novel I am going to write during NaNoWriMo and I have, this morning, started another “outline” splitting it up into bullet points (like scenes I guess) and chapters (sequences?). So it is all coming together – not all that much different from planning a screenplay really! I may even have managed to get a couple of people from work to sign up as well.

    Other than that I finished Season 5 of Game of Thrones, so am now looking for something else to entertain myself in the evenings. House of Cards has been recommended – anything else?

    Oh, and I have nearly managed to come to terms with the fact that I am not eligible to enter Debbie’s “Be a Wild WolfBlood” competition to be on the CBBC show. Apparently just being hairy isn’t enough… and they say Hollywood is ageist! ;-) But seriously, if you have kids who are fans of the show check out the CBBC page – http://bbc.in/1LfOwxp

    In protest I had a shave and cut my hair for the first time in three months at the weekend.

    Anyway, hope you are all well and today is the start of a great and productive week!

    • Shaula Evans Post author

      I’m so pleased to hear you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, Mark–and that you’re prepping for it, first.

      > In protest I had a shave and cut my hair for the first time in three months at the weekend.

      You are now beardless??? Do your children recognize you?

      • Mark Walker

        I’ slowly working out that not planning a novel is even more of a no-no than not planning a screenplay….although I am still icthing to get started – whether I will make 50,000 in the month is debatable, but if you don’t try….

        And, when I say “shave” I guess I really mean “trim the bits in the middle so I still have a hairy chin and big mutton chops” – still not got the hang of this “writing visually” thing….

  • Debbie Moon

    Sorry to disappoint, Mark! :) And glad to hear the novel planning is going well. It’s amazing how many “rules” of screenwriting can be applied to other kinds of storytelling too…

    I’m still plugging away at the same projects. Got some notes on the first draft of the action comedy, which were more positive than I’d first thought, so I have a few revisions to do there.

    And planning my new feature, with the aid of the Go Into The Story online course, is going very well. Got some really positive comments on the concept, which is good. Still a bit uncertain how I’m going to play out the protagonist’s arc, but that will come. It’s only week 3 of a 6 week course, after all!

    And hi Shaula! Hope your busy time isn’t going to be *too* busy…

    • Mark Walker

      Thanks Debbie….I’m learning to live with the disappointment! ;-)

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the 6-week course. Have been tempted myself in the past but haven’t really had the time or the money, so will be interested to hear how you get on.

      I am finding that my novel planning is very similar to my screenplay planning which makes me feel I will be adapting it when it is written! I am also going to have to get my head out of “screenplay” mode when I start writing it, or the novel is going to sound very strange! But it is good to get out of your comfort zone from time to time!

  • Mary

    I am of Slavic origin so I am always hairy ;)

    Still rewriting the script that’s due at the end of the month. I have Act 1 done (will edit later). I’ve started Act 2.
    I am spending the weekend at home writing for 2 days, so I can really cut into the Act two and I’m hoping I get most of it done as during the week I am uber busy with the day job.

    Happy writing everyone!

    • Mark Walker

      And you Mary! It can be really hard with the day job nipping at your heel! Best of luck for hitting the target at the end of the month!

  • Sue Morris

    Hey there everyone. Yay Debbie, Mark and Mary for making progress on your different projects! (Mark, you’ve got me wondering now whether you’re the one on the left or the right in your photo…)

    So this week I read through the sci-fi adventure script, which dates from May. I hadn’t realised it was that long ago since I did that draft. Some of it I was pleasantly surprised by, other parts I could see were dragging so I need to do some tightening up as well as work on the specific notes.

    Also I saw on Twitter a deal for Scrivener, and given Mark’s recommendation last week I went for it. Now I have another objective for the week ahead, which is to go through what is apparently a two hour tutorial so I know how to use it!

    • Mark Walker

      Think of them as “before” and “after” Sue… ;-)

      Oooooh, hope you find Scrivener useful now. The tutorial is pretty good though and worth going through – I think I did it over a couple of days. But if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m not an expert but will help where I can!

      And good luck with the rewrite – taking a bit of time away can really help to see things with a fresh pair of eyes!

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