March Madness Winner and Check In!

Can you believe we’re in the final stretch of March Madness?

We have another winner:

Brandon, please email Denise at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with the prize of your choice:

Advance copy of ARTICLE FIVE by Kristen Simmons (Courtesy of Jaye Robin Brown)

UNRAVELING ISOBEL by Eileen Cook (Courtesy of Shari Green)

OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland (2 e-copies up for grabs!) (Courtesy of Deb Marshall)

DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT by A.J. Hartley (Courtesy of Laura Taylor – Laura kindly offered to get this one signed if you’re willing to wait for it!)

And our awesome Kim Baccellia has donated another ARC: THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer Smith

So….did you make your goal?! What did you learn this month? Was it a new trick to keep moving forward, an insight into your WIP or something else you’d love to share with the Match Madness crowd?

Hope your final Thursday of March Madness is a productive one!

32 thoughts on “March Madness Winner and Check In!

  1. I have learned the fine art of procrastination when it comes to making a spread-sheeted book map. Give me the creative stuff any day over this very orderly, logical, almost mathematical approach to revisions. But. I will persevere. Made it to page 103 – about 170 left to go. Ugh.

    Congratulations Brandon!

    Just a few more days y’all! We can make it.

  2. Congrats, Brandon!

    I thought I would wait until late April to start reading over my draft, but I started yesterday instead. After the read-thru, I’ll let it rest a minute.

    BTW. I did see Angelina’s reply yesterday about checking in at Mary Ann’s blog weekly during the month of April. I’m looking forward to it. :)

  3. What I’ve learned with this WIP (although it’s an ongoing lesson) is patience. I started this one awhile ago and tried to force it; I ended up hating it. So I threw it in a drawer and started on another project. Now WIP and I are happy again. For the moment, at least, I’m sure I’ll hate it again at some point :)

    I threw another WIP in a drawer this month and I’m looking forward to pulling it back out this summer with fresh eyes. I want to fall back in love with it!

  4. Missed a couple check ins and nothing to report other than illness and my birthday, which was the 28th, so I haven’t got much done on the writing front. I’ve had to do a 180 on goals to do a little research an agent asked for. Sounds promising, though I’m not finding much out there that’s much like what I’ve written. I guess that’s both a good and bad thing. Good that it doesn’t seem derivative of a million other works, bad in that I don’t have a lot to compare it to in the new release market. Still, I found a few that I could sort of compare an aspect here and there to, so I hope it’s enough of a start. I’ll go to the next blog for the 29th to add my plans for today, which will hopefully include, get better…

  5. Good morning to Anne and all the wipsters :) I cannot believe we’re coming to a close of March! My biggest change has been to wake up and write. There’s this creative hour in the morning that I’ve been depriving myself of, and it’s when my best ideas have come forth.

    I’ve also learned how important it is to know you have people there to pick you up when needed. I spent too many years being a solitary writer. Support makes a huge difference!

    Wishing everyone a stellar day of creativity and productivity!

  6. This month I learned I can grossly underestimate what I’m capable of accomplishing. ^_^

    Yesterday I finished writing a guest post and a set of interview questions I’d been procrastinating. I’ve read five novels so far this week and plan to finish the rest of my TBR pile by Saturday. Yum!

    Congrats, Brandon and all you dedicated Wipsters. And thank you. I wouldn’t have accomplished this without you.

  7. This month I’ve learned about perseverance. Uh-hum, actually, I’m STILL learning about perseverance. I’m not sure exactly where the end of this manuscript will lead me, but I’m determined to find it in the next couple of days!

  8. YAY, Brandon! YAY, Wipsters!

    I have 7 chapters to go in revisions, so I had better light that fire if I’m to keep my promise. It has been quite a week! I’ll be hosting #wipmadness check-ins on Mondays through April. I’m just starting to think about my new goals now…

    Way to embrace the madness, everyone!

  9. Yay Brandon! Congrats!

    I learned (once again) that creativity can’t be forced. And I learned (yet again) that no matter how scathing the feedback, it often still has useful gems that can make for vital changes to the manuscript.

    I didn’t make much progress yesterday. DH and I went to see a movie right after work, and then I had to buy shoes and get my eyebrows done. (Such girly things, given that I’m a tomboy, but I’m a bridesmaid in my best friend’s Vegas wedding next weekend, so these things needed to happen.) And then we got home and I just plain zonked out.

    But today is another day. (Another sword class, too.) I hope to get more done today. And tomorrow I have all night; and Saturday, after sword class and a hair cut, I’m having writing friends over for a write-in, so I hope to finish off the month with a bang. :)

  10. Congrats Brandon and everyone for your progress. I finished my March goal yesterday! I am even a page ahead and I have my first blog post for April done, have some plans to follow the Mad Men and Game of Thrones series in future posts (because why not? its a review site so its super easy to include shows which take a lot less time to get through than books).

    So yup doin good!

  11. I have learned to just go with the flow and how to better evaluate my own work. Case in point, I pulled out a trunk manuscript that I hadn’t read in years. Right away it was obvious that I’d tried to include the whole Act I in the first chapter, because I’d confused inciting incident for the point-of-no-return decision that the mc needs to make at the end of the first act.

  12. I thought I’d learned a while back to “trust my gut”, but this month, I learned that my gut can give me mixed messages, and when it does, that the best way for me to make sense of the messages is to “journal it out” — long rambling pages of figuring out my thoughts/feelings about different aspects of this book that have been giving me trouble. I learned that’s what really works for me. :)

  13. Hi, all! Wow, I missed checking in yesterday! To be fair, I was moving and had no internet yet, but it felt so strange.

    I learned a couple of really important things this month:

    1. I love working on my WIP every day. I’ve taken a full week off from writing to let my ms rest and, well, to move, but I can’t wait to get back at it. I’m definitely one of those people who kind of has to be in it every day.

    2. I love-love-love getting feedback from others. It’s not always pleasant (!), but I’ve gotten more input on this current ms than any I’ve worked on in the past, and each person found something else I hadn’t thought of. It feels so good to be getting this extra feedback now instead of trying to line up rejections and make sense of them.
    I can’t wait to dive back in and attack all the great feedback I received!

    Cheers to everyone racing to the finish line! You can do it!

  14. March Madness has been so amazing for me in so many ways. I’m so glad we will still have #wipmadness on Twitter when it’s over.

    I’ve learned:
    – Just how differing responses can be to the same manuscript, from “I have no clue why you don’t have an agent yet” to strong dislike.
    – That other people’s opinions will not stop me from writing.
    – How important it is to be part of a community.
    – That it is possibly to write every single day.

    I’m so glad I found you all!

  15. No revising today for me. Took a break and finished up a beta read and posted my review on Amazon and my blog. :)

    Also I worked about 2 hours on my new blog project. It’ll be the home where I’ll feature my wips. It’s my first attempt at gathering “readers” of my work. It’ll probably sit there, idle, but oh well! I figure I better have something at least partially started before publication.

    Hope to get in some revisions this evening. Hope everyone had a great day!!

    I’ve gained so much and learned a ton this month! Thanks for all the super support #wipmadness peeps!

  16. Today was able to tackle not one but two revision chapters. Plus I was able to finish my Friday Five blog and do a YABC review. Now let’s see if I can continue with this tomorrow!

  17. I’ve been pretty much echoing my sentiments each day this last week of MM.

    I’m thankful that MM exists and know that whenever I have doubts about my own WIPs, there is a network of like-minded creative folk that continue to inspire me.

    Despite how much you might love a character, concept, or scene in your WIP, it’s okay to let it go–for now. As in life, I’m a bit of a pack rat. I have files on my computer filled with ideas that didn’t pan out or characters that needed to be removed/reworked/reconsidered in my WIPs. While it’s not a place where these things go and die, I keep it as a treasure trove of future possibilities. I keep moving forward as much as I can and if I need to put one WIP aside, I pick up another and keep on writing, keep on creating.

    I look forward to keeping posted on everyone’s blogs. I’ll do my best to do a daily ‘peek-in’ rather than check-in on the blogs to see how everyone’s doing because the refueling of inspiration shouldn’t have to stick to one month, no?

    Thanks for the opportunity. I’m just days away from another month of nonstop writing action. Script Frenzy, I’m just coming off the Madness of March so look out!



  18. I still have tomorrow and Saturday to claw my way closer to my goals, so I’m not tallying up yet. So far I’ve accomplished everything except the balance of my desired 10,000 words. I’ve been learning that not churning out the quantities I intended doesn’t have to discourage me. It’s not a race (unless you have a deadline, and I don’t) but a journey, and I’ll eventually reach the destination as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other.

    Congratulations to Brandon. Judging by the numbers he’s reported, he’s accomplished a lot this month so I’m glad to see him win a little something extra.

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