Monday, August 6, 2012

Writing Wreath Update

It’s been about 3 weeks since I last blogged. I never meant to go that long between posts, but I knew I’d be writing 6 more Ghost Detectors books so I spent every extra moment finishing up the novel I started this spring.

As you may remember (if not click here), I began crafting a wreath to mark my writing progress. Then I set up these rules for myself:

Only add a ribbon for 650 or more words a day.

Only add a ribbon for current novel. Blogging doesn’t count. :)

Only add a ribbon for fresh work. Not revision.

I do spend a fair amount of time revising pages for my critique circle. And I rarely write on weekends. So here’s how the wreath is shaping up. (Yes, I changed out the original patterned ribbon. Long boring story.)

Now here’s why it’ll take an eternity to finish. I don’t want to include the Ghost Detectors. Those books are under contract. That’s motivation. I don’t feel a need to mark the progress.

So it seems the next wreath update will be sometime next year. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Feel free to comment.


  1. What a great idea--and it will look so nice when it's complete!

  2. Very neat idea, Dotti! (But I would totally cheat.) Hmmm. I wonder if there's a way to post a wreathe per book, then hang it outside so your neighbors could see, (and know that there's a book out there waiting for them to buy.)

  3. This is so cool--shared it with another writing friend! I like that it's a visual reminder AND encouragement, and the act of tying on a ribbon as an achievement marker is wonderful.

    I also like the idea of 650 words. It's doable, and definitely worthwhile.

    Luckily my daughter works at Michaels (great source for inexpensive ribbon) so I can get started on this right away. Thanks so much!

    1. I'm so glad to be an inspiration. I'd love to see yours when it's done.

  4. Hi Dotti! I think this is so cool that I'm going to share your post on a couple of writing groups I'm a member of...I might even have to steal your idea and make one for myself...;~)

    Donna L Martin

  5. Very creative and motivating. Thanks for sharing, Dotti!

  6. Oooh, so pretty. It feels good to SEE what you've accomplished!

  7. What a great idea, Dottie! You could use it for all sorts of purposes...sending out queries, mss, finishing manuscripts, or any other writer's goals we might have.
    I'll have to tuck it away for the future. Thanks!

  8. Great idea! I love that there are stars! Stars symbolize accomplishment in my mind :•)

  9. Your writing wreath is lovely. I just post on FB everyday. Not the amount of words, because some days I struggle to find a mere 100 words while other days I write pages and pages. But it keeps me in whatever story I'm working on. Love your idea.

  10. Dear Dotti,

    I loved your presentation yesterday. Thank you for showing us the way! I wanted to visit your website right away and I must say your writing wreath is such a great idea to motivate myself to actually write. I am going to start mine today. I didn't notice how long you took to finish yours by December, I hope mine will be done before I die! My energetic beginning should keep it going.

    With all best wishes to your writing zeal,
    Balaka (in case you cannot put my name and face together, I am the one who announced last night that my third book is on the way and it is in another language, Bengali)

  11. Thanks, Balaka! And good luck with your new picture book!