Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Finishing Your Goal with Guest Jordyn Redwood

Wow, do I feel honored being here during Speedbo! How is everyone doing on their goals? Are you reading this for a break? 

If so, let me offer some words of encouragement or some thoughts on how to meet this goal of yours—whatever it might be. Writing a book is flat out—hard work. So one, congratulate yourself for taking on this endeavor. Many people start—few people finish. 

You. Are. Going. To. Finish! 

I have to confess . . . I do set goals every year. I think it keeps us active in this life to be shooting for something . . . whatever it might be in your world. But I’ve learned some things along the way about setting goals that might help you achieve your goal(s) that I’d thought I’d share here during your Speedbo break.

1. Have an overall dream (I’m going to finish my novel!) but then set smaller goals along the path.

For YEARS, I said I was going to finish my book but until I sat down and divided up that elephant into smaller achievable steps, it didn’t happen. What would get you there? Sometimes it’s hard to know HOW to actually do the work of finishing a novel so here’s what I’ve found and I’m not a super-speedy novelist.

Writing 1,000 words a day (when I’m not doing a 12 hour nursing shift) is fairly easy. Writing 2,000 words a day is my general maximum before my brain starts to meltdown. This word count should happen in about three hours (if you stay off social media and generally know what you’re going to write about.) Aim to write 20,000 words/month. Really, that’s just 10 days staying completely on task and getting 2,000 words on the page. Four months of JUST doing 10 days of 2,000 word counts and you have a first draft! Don’t edit yourself. Just get the words on the page. You can’t edit an empty page. And now you have an 80,000 word NYT Bestseller document that will need a lot of work–but you DID IT!

2. Make the goal realistic for you and your life.

I’ve been working out with a personal trainer for a couple of years. I needed to lose some weight (a lot!) and knew I needed the accountability of another person to help me do it. I am almost to my goal and my trainer would like a much faster process than me. He set a CRAZY weight loss goal for December (hello, Christmas cookies) and in my mind I said, it’s not going to happen. And so, it didn’t happen. I did, though, achieve the smaller goal I set for myself. If what I outlined above makes your eyeballs glaze over, cut it in half or one quarter but just get started.

3. Have an accountability person.

It really does help. I’m not talking about a critique partner though those are good, too. What you need is just someone in your corner (thanks, Casey!) who will keep tabs on you and your goal. Send you an e-mail to ask if you’re making progress. Celebrate your victories by posting lots of these (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) on Facebook.

4. Don’t give up.

I was a person who used to give up easily. If I ate bad one day, the whole month could be shot. Everyone has bad days and doesn’t meet their goals. My trainer confessed to me just today about eating handfuls of chocolate covered raisins, pizza AND french fries which made me a little too joyful inside BUT he’s already back in the gym. When you fall off the path . . . the next day . . . sit back down and get back to it. Life happens but don’t let it run you over.


As you’re traveling down whatever goal you’ve set for Speedbo, celebrate the small achievements (making that daily word count goal) and the big achievement (Yes, I DID finish that novel in one month!) with lots of chocolate and then do it again.

Set another goal.

Please, I’d be interested in knowing what goal you’re working toward—please leave it in the comment section.

Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and have been endorsed by the likes of Dr. Richard Mabry, Lynette Eason, and Mike Dellosso to name a few. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at 

Today THREE commenters will receive one of three Poison and Proof two book gift-sets. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.

 Poison -Bloodline Trilogy Book 2
Five years ago, Keelyn Blake's armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father's frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI's hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man's delusions and end the standoff peacefully.

Now, Lucent is back, and he's no hallucination. In fact, he is a very real person with dangerous motives. He has kidnapped Raven's daughter, and--Keelyn worries--maybe has hurt Raven as well. Though she is estranged from her sister, Keelyn feels the immediate need to find Raven and save what family she has left. But when others who were involved in that fateful day start dying, some by mysterious circumstances, Keelyn wonders if she can emerge unscathed a second time.

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Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it's the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find--and punish--her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?

Check out the Speedbo tab for more information!


  1. My goal is to finish the second half of the manuscript I have in progress. Hopefully I'll manage my schedule better now that we have electricity and internet.

    The coffee pot is set to brew and keep all you heavy java drinkers supplied.


  2. My SPEEDBO goal was/is 1000 words a day, but I'm behind. Brother is still in the hospital. It's been a week and his pancreas is not showing signs of improvement. He has been on a liquid diet for a week and today they took that away from him in hopes it will give the pancreas a complete rest so it can settle down. He's only allowed ice chips. His pain meds don't really do the trick, so he's in terrible pain a lot of the time.

    I've been spending every waking hour with him at the hospital, so not getting much writing done. I do love my story, though and will continue with it as I can.

    I know most of this has nothing to do with SPEEDBO, but just had to vent a little. It's been a trying week.

    Thanks for listening and happy writing!

    Ice chips for everyone!

  3. Hi, Jordyn! Thanks for the encouragement.
    My sis is a cardiac monitor tech/ICU secretary and a CPR/BLS instructor, so I understand a little bit about those crazy hours. But writing on top of it. Wow! I'm in awe.

    I've already hopped on over to your blog and bookmarked it. I always seem to throw something medical in one of my historicals and usually ask one of my sister's coworkers if a scenario is feasible. But sometimes they don't know the answer when I'm talking about something pre-1900. So I'll be keeping an eye on your lovely site.

    My goal is not an entire new book. Instead I need to complete a rough draft manuscript and polish it, adding 10-12K. I've added 5K, added a brand new scene, drastically reworked three chapters and edited about five more. So I'm happy with my progress.

    P.S. Don't enter me in the
    giveaway. I've already got Proof in my TBR pile. :-)

    Jan, I'm praying for you and your brother. (((hugs)))

  4. I working to finish a Civil War story called Finding Middle C and have about 4000 words, not quite where I hoped to be, but it has felt great to get some words down. I'm also editing another book for my editor and will continue plugging away to get this story done.

    Jan, my prayers for and your brother. God be with you. Ice chips sound lovely.



  5. Great advice! I'm not a writer so I don't have any writing goals but when it comes to reading I do have some! My biggest is to at some point have read all of the books I own but since I am constantly getting new books I've set the more realistic goal of by the end of each year not having any books owned in the previous year left. So this year by the time Dec 31 roll around I want to have read all of the books I got in 2012! I just started last year but I did it and I'm hoping for a repeat! I only have 21 left so I should be able to make it!

  6. Up late adding words to the Speedbo goal. :)

    My goal is to finish this manuscript by the end of the month. Have a few K to write yet.

    I was away playing hooky today, so gotta add the words tonight. :)

  7. This is a great post, Jordyn - thank you for the helpful reminders and tips! :) It's so true about making manageable goals and being realistic when setting them. I probably need to work out more, but I've been able to keep up with doing a video work-out three days a week for the last couple of months. It's do-able, and it feels good to do something consistently that's good for my body and my confidence! :)

    Anyway, as for Speedbo, I made it my goal to finish my WIP - adding another 30,000 to 40,000 words to the 30,000-ish I already had. (I'll be happy with adding 30,000, really!) I got a late start, but on Sunday I got around 1700 words, Monday around 1800, and almost 1000 today (Tuesday - I'm typing this Tuesday night). I've been doing #1k1hr's on Twitter, and having others writing at the same time as me, or having others tweeting encouragements, has been super helpful in motivating me!

    Well, I hope everyone is doing well and making some great Speedbo progress! :)


  8. Good morning Jordyn! I have been so blessed this week with the guest bloggers blogging about something I really needed. I've been wondering how I can write my novel while working full time. Well, yesterday I came home and my WIP had stalled. I didn't want to so I just started writing on a short paragraph I had jotted down several weeks ago. What I ended up with was over 1300 words of a medical suspense novel that my characters have started 'telling' me what they want to happen next. It was an awesome feeling!

    Thank you for your post today and I would love to be entered to win your books. Thank you for your generosity.

    Have a blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Yes. Electricity and internet are such a lovely addition to the writing regime, Helen.

    And electricity for coffee pots. Welcome back to 2013.

  10. Finding Middle C. WHAT A GREAT TITLE TINA P! Apparently it's too late to swipe it,huh?

    1. Swipe my title now and suffer the consequences, Tina R.


      Okay maybe the consequences won't be quite so dastardly.


      I seem to recall another title Someone swiped. From Hell to Eternity. Hmmm that could have been me. LOL

  11. I confess I am now officially behind on Speedbo due to current proposal edits. But. With a little help from my 1K1HR pals on Facebook, hope to get back on track Friday.

  12. Gosh Cindy W!!! Way to go! You're the poster child for get the job done!!

  13. With that consistency you will easily meet your goals Amber. Congratulations.

  14. Erica! You're going to be snowed in today, huh? Good writing weather. But that's about it.

  15. Jordyn,

    Great advice! I'm a firm believer in setting goals and making yourself accountable!

    My Speedbo goal is to finish a rough draft of a contracted book. I'm past the half way point in the manuscript.

  16. Hi Jordyn and welcome to Seekerville, What great advice. I love goals and find they are the only way for me to accomplish anything. Goals and lists.

    Its great to set goals because then you tend to work toward them. Your mind gets set.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful advice. Your books sound intriguing.

  17. Hi Jordyn! I just finished Poison and am still looking over my shoulder! LOL. You certainly know how to create a suspenseful ambiance with your words! So don't enter me in the draw since I own and have read both books.

    I appreciated reading this blog this morning because my Speedbo goals have taken a nose-dive the last two days and I was feeling down about that. I did factor in some wiggleroom for non-productive days, just didn't figure on having them all in the first week of March. :-) Today I'm going to take your advice and break my daily goal down even further -- into pint-sized doable portions.

  18. JORDYN!!!!!!!!!

    Great post, girl!

    I'm working on a new MS with no working title [other than SpeedBo 2013 ;)]. I'm way ahead right now and hope to stay that way [or even more] today.

    Mama Jan - Grace, my friend. Life intervenes. Your brother is more important than your word count and you know that. It'll happen when it's supposed to. Praying for all of you.

    Yesterday's count: 6014
    Total: 15083

    Don't enter me for the books. I have Proof but I'm still waiting on my copy of Poison :p.

    And we, uh, won't mention my weight loss goals. But it's a bit better than it was ;).

  19. Carol said
    "Yesterday's count: 6014"

    AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! This is amazing.

    If you kept this up you'd have a book in ten days.

  20. Wow Jordyn,

    Pediatric ER and novelist? And I'm sure a bunch of other things too...

    Congratulations on meeting your goals, and apparently weight loss!!!!!!!! (Exclamation point people unite!!!!!! - for good measure)

    My goal is to have a nearly-completed draft to send to my writing coach/editor. It's going to be close, but I think I'll make it. And to not succumb to my previous ways and sublimate with too much food in the process. Thanks for asking.

    Your covers are intriguing, and no doubt the stories are even better!

    YAY HELEN! She's baaaa-aaacckkk!!!

    Alrighty - out to trudge to the barn in the snow, get the rest of the four footers fed, then me, then....... To WRITE! Happy snow day everypawdy!

  21. *If* I could keep it up that long, Tina... But I'm loving the story and where it's going so hoping I can keep at least some momentum ;).

    Hmmm... If I kept it up and got it done by Thursday, I could enter it in Genesis... ;)

    Contest diva and all you know :D.

  22. Welcome to Seekerville, Jordyn! Your post gives not only doable tips for meeting our goals, but also such lovely encouragement. Thank you!!!! Too often we beat ourselves up and wallow in failure instead of moving forward.

    My SpeedBo goal is to write 2000 words five days a week. If I don't quite reach the goal, I have the weekend to catch up. And to refill my creative tank.

    Your books look terrific! Will check out your Web site's historical medical info. Nice of you to share!


  23. Good morning, Jordyn! Great advice to break a book down into bite-sized, manageable pieces. I find, as I know do several other Seekers, that sticking with a daily word count, gets you where you need to be. It makes it seem more DOABLE psychologically. Even those who are unable to write daily due to other conflicts can still give themselves an overall word count goal for the week. Having a realistic word count projection, for me anyway, is like dangling a carrot in front of the horse. On days when I say, "I didn't reach 1000 words this morning, only 800," it gives me incentive to find time later that nightto write 200 more!

  24. This is a fun, encouraging post, Jordyn. Thanks for passing on your realistic wisdom. My goal for this month is that 20,000 word goal. I'm also working on revising a story.

    I'm behind on my goals but I'll get there. Thanks for the exhortation today, Jordyn!

    CAROL--way to go, lady!


    LOVE your statement: " Life happens but don’t let it run you over."

    That could be a bumper sticker, my friend, because it is SOOO true!!

    LOVE your blog today -- very encouraging and inspiring, which is what we all need around here when CAROL M writes in a day what I've pledged for a week!!

    My goal is 1,000 words a day, and I'm meeting it easily, which is amazing since my world is a little crazy right now with impending wedding, book release, and pestilence (don't ask!)!!

    BUT ... I used to have a sign hanging over my desk at work that said, "UNDER PROMISE, OVER DELIVER," so that's what I'm going for because it's a heck of a lot more encouraging to write 2,500 words in a day than the 1,000 you pledged, eh???

    And I may be the only writer who thinks in terms of pages rather than words, kind of like we old-school mothers who think in terms of being three months pregnant rather than twelve weeks!!

    Have a great day, all!!


  26. My goal for the month is 25,000 words.

    I'm behind for different reasons.

    I like what you said about encouraging a friend. It is nice to be encouraged.

    Lots of good info here.

    Jan, hang in there. You're a good sister.

    Jackie L.

  27. Having someone hold you accountable is definitely a PLUS.
    Great motivational post! Thanks. :)

  28. Jules, how interesting. I have that same quote over my computer right now.

    Always under promise and over deliver.

  29. Hey Jordyn! Welcome to Seekerville.

    I love your goal finishing tips, and it's a great subject for Speedbo.

    My Speedbo goal is 40,000 words - 2000 words a day, 5 days a week. The first two days went wonderfully, then yesterday wasn't so hot (think of it as the day you had donuts for breakfast when you should have stuck to the yogurt). But today's a new day...and I have Saturday to catch up if I fall to far below my weekly goal.

    Praying for your brother, Jan, and you, too.

  30. Great post! Thanks, Jordyn!

    My goal this month is 1,000 words a day, so that I will be 30,000 words into my new MS by the end of the month. This is the first time I've ever tried daily word counts besides Nanowrimo a few years ago, but I'm enjoying it! Well, better get started with today's.

    Please don't enter me for the books. I've read Proof (which is fantastic!) and I believe I have Poison on my Kindle somewhere. :)

  31. Hi, Jordyn! Thanks for visiting us at Seekerville! :D

    My goal is 1K a day. Small potatoes, but my life is such right now that I'm struggling to even achieve that. I'm considering cutting it down to 500 or 750 just to keep from getting so down that I give up before the month is out. We shall see.

  32. No way is 1K small potatoes, considering most days that is a struggle.

    Consistency wins this battle.

  33. Jordyn, thanks for the tips. It reminds me of the "peak to peek" principle from Dr. Robert Schuler. When you reach a goal, set a new one.
    My SpeedBo goal is to reach 50K on my current WIP- and I'm at about 15K. The real goal is to become more consistent, even if my writing sessions seem too short.
    I'm checking out your blog. Would love to win the books.

  34. Helen, it's good to have you back, friend. I'll have to pass on the coffee, but could I offer yerba mate to anyone?

  35. Hi Jan C!

    I know how difficult it can be when real life issues sideline us-- in my own life and caring for other families.

    You need a break, too. Even if you just step away from his bedside for 30 minutes-- take your lap top to a quiet corner of the hospital. Even if you don't write on your current ms-- just write something about these feelings you are having about having a sick family member.

    I will be praying for your brother to have a speedy recover.

  36. Clari,

    Just e-mail me with writing related medical questions. I love the challenge!

  37. Great job, Tina. Keep pushing toward your goal.

  38. Jordyn, thanks for the great advice about setting and working toward our goals!

    My Speedbo goal is to add another 20K to my wip, which is about 1K 5 days a week. So far I'm making really good progress. Monday I wrote over 2K, yesterday was around 1.7K, and I don't mind getting ahead of the game because you just never know when life will intervene.

    Amazingly, my March calendar is already filling up with things that can't be put off, but I work really hard to limit appointments and errands to mornings so I keep the afternoons free for writing.

  39. Abbi H--

    What a great goal and one my husband would likely want me to have!!

    I am a book fiend and we have an "official" library and everything. Wow-- I don't know if I'll ever read each and every one. If Tina hosts me again-- I'll have to post a picture.

    Keep reading!!


  40. Amber--

    "Strong work!" as I always say.

    Keep it up.


  41. Cindy--

    Excellent!! A medical suspense novel--- of course I want to know your plot but I'll keep my fingers crossed that I see it in print someday.

  42. Rose--

    Congratulations on your contract! Keep pushing forward.

  43. Hi Sandra!

    I also find lists very satisfying. Crossing things off truly makes me feel I've accomplished something.

  44. Kav--

    One-- thank you for your compliments regarding my writing. That means a lot to me.

    Two-- I've had to do that myself. Nothing is set in stone so if the goal isn't working out-- restructure it and get back at it.

    I have faith you will get to where you want to be.

  45. CAROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great to see you here, friend.

    I can officially say that Kregel assures me influcencer copies have been mailed so you can begin the anxious mail box watching right now.

    Hoping it comes soon!!

  46. Hi May!!!!!!!!

    Yes-- exclamation people unite!! I think they are very encouraging.

    I love the covers, too. I think Kregel did a great job.

    Isn't weight something we women are ALWAYS working on. I've shed about 40ish lbs (give or take a day I'm eating too much chocolate!!). I'd still like to do another 15-- trainer dude says otherwise-- but that's a story for another day!!

  47. Thank you, Janet for your very warm welcome. Sounds like you've set a realistic goal. Keep at it.

  48. Hi Glynna!!

    I'm am sensing a lot of morning people here (said the bleary-eyed nurse slapping her face after working until midnight!)

    I like to have those smaller goals set too because it gives you a stopping point to rejoin the world and your family without feeling guilty. Sticking to the smaller goals means the project will get done.

  49. i love that you share your needs here. Makes for better detailed prayers. Praying for you and your family, Jan, Abbi that you get those books read. Authors that you get those moments of clarity, and that your juices can flow, and God's word can be magnified through your works. Me? that i would win Jordyn's novels.! (haha)
    Have as awesome a day as you are! and thanks for the coffee, Helen. Glad you have electricity again.



  50. Awww, thank you, Julie.

    I know--Carol is quite the word count writer. I am jealous, too!!

    Sounds like you are well on your way to getting your overall goal done. Keep it up.

  51. Jackie--

    Hang in there. Don't get down on yourself. I'm waiting anxiously to be posting lots of these (!!!!!!!) for you.

  52. My goal for the month is 25,000. I"ve divided that up and am writing weekdays. If I get behind then I will catch up on weekends. Yesterday I only wrote about 300 words so I have extra work today. Have a great day everyone.

    Jan I am praying for your brother.

  53. Anna,

    Great goal and thanks so much for the compliments about Proof. Most say they are liking Poison better so it can be your reward for finishing your Speedbo goal!!

  54. Linnette,

    Adjusting goals when life is crazy is a good idea but I LOVE that you are not giving up. Great job.

  55. Ruth,

    Consistency is key, too. One thing I struggle with as well in more than just one area of my life.

  56. Goals are wonderful motivators.

    Thank you so much for today's post and all of your words of wisdom :)

    I would love to be entered to win a copy of one of your books.

  57. Myra--

    Great tip on the calendar organization and trying to protect some writing time. I need to be better at that myself.

  58. BTW, love the covers for both your books Jordyn. Did you have any input? They really did an outstanding job.

    And that chicken part of me wants to ask how you write such gritty topics without having to go hide in the closet.

  59. Thanks for the encouraging words, Jordyn. Finish is my word for the year and remembering this motivates me. Kudos and admiration for you and anyone who can write the first draft of a full length novel in one month. But this time around the push to finish this WIP is stronger and I'm working faster to meet my goal. Glad to hear Helen has her computer back. Prayers for her and Jan. Keep up the good work with Speedbo everyone.

  60. great post!
    My goal is 1k a day. I'm a little behind but plan to catch up this weekend.

  61. love this post. another "just keep swimming"Finding Nemo one.

    i bit off more than i could chew for SPEEDBO - wanted to complete a full manuscript (around 55K). which makes for around 1800 words/day.

    i'm way behind (about 2700 words since fri). my toddler begs for attention and I succumb because I feel guilty that I leave him all day with Daddy while I go to work (Daddy works nights).

    i'm trying to keep a positive spin if i can just manage a couple of sentences or maybe a paragraph before the little guy comes back (momma, hold you me?)

    i may not reach my SPEEDBO goal, but i know i'll have more written by the end of the month than i would have if I hadn't signed up for SPEEDBO.

    would like to be in the drawing for your books. the covers are cool.

  62. Welcome Jordyn! Thanks so much for sharing with us---your post is exactly what I needed today. ~ My SPEEDBO goal is a 55k manuscript, and so far I'm doing well (even getting a little bit ahead of my daily goal). But I'm extra tired today, so needed some encouragement (thanks!). ~ Congrats on your successful writing career AND being a nurse--WOW. (my sister is a nurse, and I have soooo much respect for nurses). ~ Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo :)

  63. p.s. @ Jan Christiansen, continued prayers for your brother. ~ Hugs, PJ

  64. Wow! What a great post!!

    I love your books, but I didn't know your weight loss story. I, too, need some accountability in all areas.

    I tend to do okay on the writing (haven't missed any deadlines) but I waste a LOT of time.

    We should have a separate area from the 1k1hr group that is for people who need some whipping/encouragement!

    Although, melissa J tends to call me out on facebook when she sees me pop up in her activity feed on the side and she's going to to write. :)

    That little nudge works wonders!

  65. Oh, JAN!
    Bless you. How beautiful you can be there for him. That's really what matters in the end.

    We're called to love and the book will happen on its own time.

    Praying for him and you. I know God will richly bless you for that sacrifice of your time!

  66. Waving my hand to be entered in the drawings for your books. Poison and Proof sound spooky good. But, alas, I'm a Seeker so no drawing for me...okay, I'll get the books through Amazon! :)

    Thanks, Jordyn, for blogging with us today. Love your medical website! Must head there this afternoon to see what you have added.

    I like doable goals. Too often I think I can accomplish more than what's possible. Then discouragement comes a callin'!

  67. Jan, thanks for the ice chips.

    Sending prayers and love to you and your brother.

  68. Oooh, Jordyn! Cool! Thank you for permission to email. I do have a writing-related medical question that I haven't gotten an answer for yet. I'll send you an email later when I'm not at work. And I promise I won't make a pest of myself, either. ☺

  69. Jordyn, congrats on the 40 lbs weight loss. New body. New book. Such a success story on both counts. I'm in awe!

  70. Your new picture is gorgeous too Jordyn. Good colors for you!!!

  71. So how do you balance work and writing when you work long shifts?

  72. Hi Tina!

    Yes, I did have input in the covers which is so nice! When Proof was designed I said-- I want it to NOT look medical (I wanted to appeal to a broader suspense audience) and do something dark that no one has seen in CBA. I really do think they accomplished. Poison cover was VERY different and I honestly didn't like the first cover at all. But Kregel was very responsive and honestly I think Poison is the best of all three. You can peek at Peril's cover over at CBD.

    I guess by nature my job is gritty so things I'm used to dealing with probably phase others a lot--- like bones sticking out of arms. But there are things I could never do in nursing-- orthopedic surgery being up there. That and dental surgery gives me the willies.

  73. Pat--

    I like your word-- FINISH. My phrase for the year was "BE STILL." and then I got hit with a major personal crisis.

    I wonder about God's sense of humor sometimes.

  74. Hi Deb--

    Yes-- sometimes we need to readjust goals. Just keep moving forward.

  75. Wow, you did have input. Well excellent job because it does appeal to a much wider audience and that's so good for you and your story. Brava.

  76. Patti Jo-- STRONG WORK getting ahead of your goal. That's awesome and thanks for the wonderful southern hospitality. What kind of nursing does your sister do?

  77. Virginia--

    Awww-- so glad you like my stories. I don't talk a lot about my weight loss journey-- probably because my trainer give me so much grief all the time-- but that's a WHOLE other story.

    But I am proud to be where I'm at-- still more work to do.

    And yes-- Facebook is a great way to ensure people aren't goofing off! Almost like being in the hall without a hall pass. You WILL get caught.

  78. Hi Debby!!

    Thanks so much for your comment. How has the writing life been treating you?

  79. No worries, Clari. I look forward to seeing it.

  80. Awww Debby-- thanks. You know it took me like three years to lose that much weight (with still more to go) so I don't know if I'm the poster child for weight loss but thanks for all your compliments. It means a lot.

  81. Tina--

    Thanks. That picture was almost a year ago now. Hoping to take some more pictures this spring to see if I can see a difference weight loss wise.

    I can't write on those days I work 12 hour shifts (I work 11-11.) I only do two shifts/wk. I try to dedicate about six hours on my days off for writing stuff. It tend to be more depending on what needs to get done. What I'm bad at is taking a "rest" day. That's what I'm trying to get better at this year.

    Hmmm--- maybe after my new book proposal is done.

  82. My goal is to finish a current wip, or 30K. I only wrote about 500 yesterday, but I should keep up as long as I don't have many days like that.

    I struggle is if I must write over 1500 words/day so I can't afford to get behind.

    Your books sound wonderful and love the covers!!! Put my name in the drawing. Please.

    Jan, so sorry to hear about your brother. Hope he gets to eat something soon and they can get his pain under control

  83. HI Jordyn,
    You're post gave me a great boost. Thanks!

    My Speedbo goal is 50,000 words to finish my WIP. I have written over 11,000 so far so I'm at about 33,000 on the 70,000 required words.

    If I happen to finish my WIP, I will start on the next WIP that is already 20,000 in the hopper. I plan on getting as much done on those two as possible until midnight strikes on March 31.

    So this month I'm writing all day every day, because TINA said it's Speedbo month and I HAVE to!

    Then I will sleep!

    Jan, lifting your brother up. Blessings!

  84. My sister made me PROMISE to stick to a diet w/her until June 4, her 50th birthday.

    It's not easy to diet while SpeedBo-ing. I want chocolate and carbs.

    Two goals at once takes concentration.

  85. Sitting in the hospital cafeteria thanking God for all you sweet sisters who have encouraged me and prayed for my brother. His pancreatic numbers are still going up, but he seems to be a little more pain free today. Don't know if that's because they finally figured out a schedule for the pain meds or a result of all the prayer, but I'm going with prayer!

    Spent 2 hours this morning adding people to the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers while I sat in his room...wishing I was working on my manuscript.

    Will try to get a few hundred words in now before I go back upstairs to his room.

    Bless you all!

  86. Thanks for your comment, Connie. Get caught up!

  87. Lyndee,

    Great work!! Sounds like you are well on your way.

  88. Connie,

    You are a BRAVE girl to take on both a writing and dieting challenge but I have every faith you can do it.

    Stay strong.

  89. Jan,

    Glad his pain is better controlled. Know I'll still be praying.

  90. LOL. It is so hard to have boundaries as a writer. You feel like you have to always be in the chair.

  91. Laughing a bit over here.

    Just had a long convo on a facebook thread because someone complained that all Christian fiction was Amish and romance.

    Uh, no. So, directed them over here and to your books.

  92. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder, Jordyn. Exactly what I needed to hear today as I'm working to redo two chapters I had just edited yesterday.

    Jodie Wolfe

  93. Hi Connie - Thanks! Before Speedbo my son and I hit the tea store, so I'm filling myself with chocolate flavor teas. Here, tossing some to you!

    Tina, I felt that way about boundaries when I was a Realtor and I had a listing in my neighborhood. The sellers always pointed out when my car was in the driveway. A gal has to see the family and eat sometime!

  94. Lyndee, chocolate flavored teas sound yummy! How's the caloric count?

    LOL about your car in the drive.

  95. Hi Jordyn:

    You’re just what the doctor ordered today! I’m working on a hidden child novella and the child is the only one who knows he’s the biological child of his ‘adopted’ parents. He discovered this by overhearing a conversation about how if the parents knew his true status they would be at high risk of being killed. To keep his parents safe he needs to keep his status, as their biological child, a secret.

    The parents are in the witness protection program with lots of bad guys out to find and kill them. What kind of medical procedure would produce a case like this? Some type of in vitro? Surrogate mother? Do you have any idea what medical circumstance could cause this situation? I mean the most likely one.

    I can do the reason why the child cannot reveal the truth. (The child will probably be needed as a donor for a younger sibling. Should he tell his true status to save his baby sister's life at the risk of his mother and father’s lives?)

    I don’t think this twist on 'hidden child' has ever been done and I’d like to be the one to do it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    P.S. Please put me down for a chance to win a book.

    P.P.S. The mother and father are together only because of the witness protection program cover. The child knows something terrible is keeping them apart and the romance is getting them back as a real loving family.

    P.P.P.S. I came by yesterday to leave a comment but I was greeted by the words “You Should Be Writing -- NO EXCUSES” So I hightailed it out of here and dived right back into Scrivener. I’ ve just now come up for air. Woo.

  96. Virginia,

    That made me laugh because whenever I get the CBD fiction catalog it is usually tradition that I count off to my husband just how many first pages are highlighting Amish fiction. It's MANY pages.

    I'm glad people enjoy the genre but yes-- there IS other stuff. Thanks for pointing to my books.

  97. Jodie,

    Glad I could encourage you today.

  98. Lyndee--

    You are a pea in my pod!! I LOVE tea and I'm intrigued by these chocolate covered teas you found.

  99. Hi, Jordyn.....your medical blog looks like it will be great information for my future writing! Bookmarked!!!

    My goal is to keep writing during Speedbo--for a total of 21,000 words. I'm at 3039 with a plan to write 1000 to 1500 each weekday.

    And I love to celebrate---my DIL and I go out for tea to celebrate our writing it book contracts (hers) or contest entries (mine). Thank you for sharing your thoughts---and the DO NOT QUIT message!!!

  100. Hi Vince,

    Hmmm, intriguing question.

    I think the easiest way for you to deal with this scenario is that at some point this couple had embryo's made and frozen (a fertilized egg)and somehow these eggs were stolen and implanted into another woman. And then maybe at some point, they decide to adopt because she's been unable to carry a baby and hence they adopt their genetic baby that was born via surrogacy.

    Sometimes-- it's just hard for a woman to get impregnated or carry a baby to term. Some feel the mother's body may attack the egg-- like an autoimmune disease. Could be something like an incompetent cervix. Sometimes there's never an identified cause.

    You're going to have timeline issues-- pregnancies are hard to deal with. Trust me-- I've done it in my books and it can be a challenge!

    The sibling issue will be problematic because how could they not carry one-- this one born via surrogacy-- yet he has a younger sibling. So, perhaps the other child should be older.

    Very intriguing concept. Good luck!!

  101. Great Sherida-- hope you'll find it useful.

  102. Sherida---

    I LOVE tea, too. And chocolate-- but I think I've said that.

  103. Whoop! My goal is 35k for the month. I'm on task so far - and directing a play and started a new job we'll see how tonight goes :).

  104. Great goal finishing tips, Jordyn!
    I really liked your advice on cutting huge goals into bite sized, feasible pieces. I'm going to have a priority conference with myself soon and break down these dreams of mine into workable steps.

    Thanks for the great post!

  105. Jordyn,

    Thank you for your column today. It was the right kick in the pants for me. I am little behind in Speedbo, but thanks to your words of encouragement, I know I will catch up.

    And Deb H, I know it must be hard to keep going when your little guy comes and speaks his precious little sweet. Enjoy him and your Speedbo work at the same time. They grow up too fast.


  106. I have been keeping track on a spreadsheet my progress each month in draft five of my novel. I am at 80%, and would love to have it finished and polished by a May 3rd convention in town.

    the difficulty in making goals for this is the unpredictable nature of how much percent I can achieve each week, and that most of this is a rewrite, especially the ending.

    Okay, I know this isn't my blog, but I'm going to make myself a little cozy here and figure this out.thank you for the hospitality and accountability.

    What I said above about the unpredictable nature isn't entirely true. I have a fairly slim average of between 2 and 3.5% improvement each week, 3.34 avg over the last five weeks (5-6 day work weeks).

    I would like at least two weeks to polish.

    That means I have 44 days to accomplish 20%, at 2.2% a day, which is more than twice what I shoot for, and doesn't include days off.

    That's where I'm at.

  107. I mean .2%, not 2.2%, which is much more reasonable.

    New goal!

  108. .8%? Sorry to flood the comments, I thought I had it the other two times.

  109. Tea drinking friends - If you want the website to order teas online, email me:
    spooler at comcast dotnet

    You'll have to decide if it's a reason to interfere with Speedbo. On the other hand, it's the reason I won't be gaining 30 pounds during Speedbo!

    The three chocolate flavors I'm drinking now are Honeybush Chocolate, Mocha Nut Mate, and Valentines. The other one that I enjoy is Almond, but it doesn't have chocolate.

    Debby, as far as calories, they are not listed, but loose tea is free, and the choc flavor is derived from the tiniest pieces of chocolate - I mean, if you get more than two or three of these little chocolate grains per pot, I'd be surprised. In the opinion of my food scientist daughter, they add nominal calories - under five and more like 0.

    I plan on drinking tea for Speedbo then spending the month of April whitening my teeth! Lol...

  110. Jordyn, since you'd asked about my nurse sister, she was in Labor & Delivery for years, then did Mother/Baby nursing. She LOVES helping new moms learn about their new babies! :) Patti Jo

  111. Way to go, Tim. What publisher are you targeting??

  112. Wow Vince and Jordyn...interesting scenario!!!!

  113. Hi Jordyn -- lovely post. Thanks for sharing, assuring, and motivating.

    My goal for this Speedbo is a novella, something I've never done. I'm not sure yet whether it's harder than a full manuscript, easier, or just different. I am having fun with it, and I think part of that is the relative simplicty since it can't accomodate as many secondary characters, sub-plots, etc. My exercise in self-discipline is to keep this WIP s-h-o-r-t.

    I am so jazzed by how productive all the writers are. Totally cool!

    Nancy C

  114. Patti Jo--- that's awesome. I could never do L&D. Be two worried about losing two lives at once.

  115. Good job, Becky! Keep up the strong work.

  116. Natalie,

    You go, girl. Give yourself a nice talking to and then a pep talk;)!

  117. Piper,

    Glad I could encourage you today. There have been many for me along my path.

  118. Tim,

    Sounds like you've broken it down into very manageable goals. Good luck!!

    I do a spreadsheet as well when I'm starting a first draft to stay on track.

  119. My goal is to take a manuscript that was begun at a NaNo novel in 2011 and make it into about a 25-30K novella to enter into a contest. And to reach that goal I want to do 1000 a day. I've done that except day 1 when I cut 1300 words.

    And woot! I already have my 1000 for today.


  120. Lyndee-- I will be e-mailing and my husband will be rolling his eyes because I have SOOO much tea. Honestly, the apocalypse could come and I think I could serve just about everyone in Heaven.

    But I still like to have MANY option.

    I love STASH tea. Vanilla Cinnamon is a favorite and Teavana has a tea that tastes like Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies-- I kid you not.

  121. Chill N-- good luck with meeting your goal.

  122. Hey Jordyn,
    I am so struggling with this right now and I shouldn't be. It just seems like these past 2 months I've been in such a marketing zone since all three books are out now that I can't get into the writing zone. I think I just need to immerse myself in writing away from home, but I've had such an aversion to going anywhere after I leave work. I should probably just stay at the work office and not go home till I've written my quota. Maybe now that daylight savings time is almost upon us it won't seem like it's time to go to bed at 8:00 at night. :)

  123. Goals tend to escape me but I'm all about accountability! Jordyn you offered such great reasons to finish that book, especially the parallel with your trainer.

    Sheesh, don't I know it!!

    We're writers. We have that desire deep within us. Thanks for the encouragement to finish that book!

  124. BTW, I love your math, too. Four months of 10 days of 2000 words equals an 80000 word rough draft.

    Now that's breaking down a novel into bite sized pieces : )

  125. I like your advice about having a big goal and then dividing it into achievable steps. Sometimes my goals do seem overwhelming. And I agree with you that it's good to have someone to be accountable to. I find it to easy to let time slide if there is no pressure to do the work.

    Enjoyed your post!

  126. Jillian,

    I hear you friend. I need to be writing a book proposal and am finding it hard to get started. I've been in marketing mode since Feb 1.

    I think my mistake was not always working on the next book proposal a little at a time-- so I think right when this one is finished-- I'll just start on the next right away.

    Did you write your next boo proposal?

  127. Audra,

    Glad I could encourage you today. Now get typing!!

  128. Thank you, Laurie. What are you working on?

  129. LOL. You crack that whip well, Jordyn.

    Thank you so much for spending the day with us and for being so patient and encouraging.

  130. My goal for the month is 40,000 or writing THE END on my current WIP. So far I'm on track with just over 10,000 down in the first week.

    Thinking about rewarding myself with chocolate, or perhaps just some movie watching time. :)

  131. Amanda-- STRONG Work. Sounds like you are well on your way and I think that's an excellent way to reward yourself.

    To Tina and the Seekerville Gang-- thanks so much for hosting me. It's always an honor being here.

  132. DON'T QUIT certainly resonates. No hope of success if you do.

  133. Your words are timely for me, Jordyn. I'm following an ACFW program called NovelTrack but the idea is similar to SPEEDBO: set a writing goal and track it. My goals are to write 10,000 words this month and to finish the novel this year. So far I'm off the pace but I'm writing.

  134. Hi Jordyn:

    It may be too late for you to see this comment but your information is a great help. I’ve pasted your response into my Scrivener project on the novella, “What the Child Knew”. The pregnancy itself should not be a problem. It happens off stage. The hero’s twin sister, who he has been told is dead, is the only one in the world who could have the motivation to have the child, (the embryos where made because the wife needed cancer treatments), and then insure that he and his wife would arrange to adopt it, Once he knows she is alive he will know where to look for her and going there will surely get him killed.

    I love medical romances. Can’t wait to ‘taste’ yours. Thanks and I wish you well in your career.


  135. I would love to win,Enter me!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond

  136. First of all LOVE YOUR NEW PIC!!! So beautiful!!!! Love it!!

    Secondly, I can't wait to read POISON! Just got my copy today and am very grateful!!!

    My hubby is a personal trainer so I LOVE how you used it as a comparison. :-) May you sell millions J!!

  137. Great advice, Jordyn! I would just add that ppl should pray for God to stretch them. I'd reached the point where the 1K an hour wasn't enough nor was 1K a day. there was a challenge put out and I accepted it and told God--show me. And He did. I ended up with 30K in 2 weeks which at the time was a miracle as normal output would have been about 10K (10 workdays.) I thank God that recently I've been logging around 3K an hour if I hit it right (on new writing.) Edits, now that's another thing, lol. Thanks again!

  138. Thanks for the great encouragement! I really am going to finish my book this year...I can feel it:)

  139. Thanks for the great encouragement! I really am going to finish my book this year...I can feel it:)

  140. Bonnie,

    You can do it! Let's get caught up!!

  141. Vince,

    Glad I could help and best of luck with your project.

  142. Carrie,

    That is a great point and thanks so much for bringing it up. Wow-- 3k and hour-- that's fantastic.

  143. Hi Jordyn,

    Your covers are absolutely fantastic. Please enter me in your draw.

  144. This is so interesting-- I don't know where you have time/energy to write! But that's the dilemma many of us are in. Thanks for your input!