Book Proposal Update

Wednesday, 25 November 2009
I'm so glad to have you as an accountability partner!  Since I know I have to give updates, I've been working on my latest book proposal more often than I would have otherwise.  So thanks, thanks for the help. 

Last Saturday evening I spent a good 20 minutes (pathetic I know) working on the sample chapter and then Tuesday night, inspired by the new location of my desk, I spent about 45 minutes working on it.  I'm past 4,200 words and that's just the sample and intro.  The 20+ pages of the actual proposal are shaping up as well.

This weekend I'm going on my first writing retreat. 

I will be working Thanksgiving and the day afterwards so I've made reservations for an evening at the coast (historic Nye Beach) as a treat.  My room at Elizabeth Street Inn is comped because I won a drawing for donating an hour's pay to charity United Way every month. 

My plan is to get in at least three solid hours of writing in on Saturday and Sunday.  The rooms at the Inn overlook the Pacific Ocean and come with a gas fireplace so I'm hoping to be comfortable and inspired. 

I don't know anything about "writing retreats" and this one is self-designed so if you have suggestions on how to get the most out of uninterupted time, please post a comment.  I'm reading online articles now about pre-retreat coaching.

5 comments

Anonymous said...

http://jillkellyeditor.com/index.php might help. I discovered Jill when I read her book "Sober Truth:The Making of an Honest Woman". She attends retreats. Good Luck!

Denae said...

Thanks - she has a great website.

Teri's Blog said...

Don't forget snack food!

Tina Lane said...

I am inspired by your writing retreat, and your book proposal. Good luck!

Call me crazy but a little meditation helps me before I sit down for a writing marathon. A relaxed state of mind helps me write honestly and uncensored.

Denae said...

Teri - Snack food - great suggestion. I always get hungry while writing. Tina Lane - Meditation isn't crazy at all. I will probably do some deep breathing to relax and focus.