ROW80 Check-in for October 16th, 2011

It’s that time again for another check-in.  If you didn’t catch my last post on this, you can learn all about it on my ROW80 page here.  This past week has been a productive one and I’m mostly pleased with the results.  I got a lot of writing and editing done, which was great.  The one drawback is that it took away from my reading time.  Inspiration just struck and everything else went by the wayside as a result. Hopefully, I’ll be better about balancing my time this week!  I’m going to re-state my goals every time I post an update as I seriously doubt anyone can remember them besides me.  That is okay because I know I have a hard time keeping track of all my fellow Rowers goals when I check on them, much as I really try 🙂

Weekly Goals:

1) Write 2,000 words a week.  That comes out to approximately 285 words a day.  If I can do more, that is great, but this is the minimum.

2) Post at least two blogs a week.  I’m not one of those people who can do them every day, but twice a week is reasonable for me.  I will also be posting my two check-ins here in addition to that.

3) Edit/revise at least ten pages of my WIP each week.

4) Read one book a week and write a review.

5) Spend at least two hours working on critiques for other people’s WIPs, if I have any to do.  This one just got added, but will be included in all future posts.


Results for this past week:

1)  I stated on Wednesday that I had already gotten 900 words typed up on my WIP and 1500 for character backstories/bios. Since then I added another 4000 words for a total of 4900.  I also typed up about 3500 more on plotting, world building, and more character bios.  A lot more ideas came to me on how to weave characters and plot together and I wanted to get it all written down while the ideas were fresh in my head.  Nothing worse than losing half of it because I didn’t write it down.  Plus putting it on paper helped me to develop everything further.

2) I got three blog posts up in addition to my two check-ins, so I am ahead of my goals on this!

3) About twenty pages total for this week were edited.  I didn’t keep perfect track of this, but that is close to the amount. This is twice what my goal was, so it works for me!

4) I posted the review I didn’t get done last week, but only got part of the book read that I wanted to focus on this week.  In fact, I didn’t begin reading until yesterday.  Naughty me.  Like I said, the writing had me distracted, but I’m working to finish the book soon and start a new one in the hopes of getting caught up this week.  That means I’ll owe two reviews!  Wish me luck 🙂

5) This goal only started later the week, but I did manage to half-way meet it by spending about an hour working on my critique.  I’m going to try doing extra this week to make up for it, as I have another person’s to critique as well.

Overall, it was highly productive in some areas and not so much in others.  Hopefully, I’ll manage to balance things more in this coming week, though I’m certainly not feeling bad to get further in my WIP!  Thanks to everyone for your encouraging words.  They really do make a difference.

~ by Suzie on October 16, 2011.

26 Responses to “ROW80 Check-in for October 16th, 2011”

  1. Great!

  2. Awesome work Mistress – sounds like you are ahead in several places I am sure you’ll catch up on the few trailing a little but Great Job!

  3. Sounds like you are going great guns! I can completely identify with the writing meanign less reading time….is still something I struggle with as I love to read!

    Hope this next week brings some reading/writing balance and is as productive as the last week

  4. Fantastic job on your goals, hope you manage to get more reading in during week.

  5. Wow, you blew your writing goal out of the water. Good for you! Getting some reading in is a struggle, but it’s so important to what we do with our own writing. Don’t stress about catching up the book review you missed. Just get cracking on this week’s!

  6. Great job on the word counts! And you know, sometimes inspiration just can’t wait, so I think it’s okay you didn’t get quite as much reading done. When you’re on fire, you gotta just go with it! 🙂

    • Thanks Angela. Sometimes we need to hear that falling short of a goal isn’t neccessarily a bad thing of we accomplished a lot in other areas.

  7. fantastic job! i like your goal to read AND write a review. i don’t write enough reviews (or even update my good reads).

    and congrats on your editing goal. my only goal for the next 7 weeks is revising, and it’s such a time suck!!

    • Thanks for stopping by Gina. As for reviews, it is easy to want to skip them and move on to the next book, but a lot of authors and readers appreciate it when we do make the effort. Good luck on your editing. I know it can be the hardest part of writing.

  8. Awesome productive week. Hope you find time to read. I get cranky if I don’t get in my daily reading. 🙂

    • Usually, I get cranky too, but writing this past week was what really made me happy. There is something about having a story unfold in your head and onto paper that can be exciting 🙂

  9. Incredible word count! You are doing fantastic, Suzie. Keep rocking the ROW 🙂

  10. Well done on your word count! Those are a lot of words!

    I finally managed to read a book this week – don’t know how long it’s been since I last read anything because there’s so much I want to read!

    You have a lot of goals so all the best for this week!

  11. Wow, Susan! Way to go on the word count! I really don’t think you need to apologize for coming up short on the reading when you are water skiing through the writing. There’s time to find the balance among them–sometimes I concentrate on one goal for a week, and another that next.

    Have a great week!

  12. Balance is sometimes harder than the writing itself. Just keep at it and you’ll find it.

  13. Congratulations on meeting your writing goal! I think that’s the most important one. Balance is a tricky thing to master. I keep telling myself I’m going to get better at it, but I never do. Hopefully you will!

    • Thanks Sheenah, I appreciate your encouragement. Balance is probably never going to be fully achievable, but if I can at least improve on it, that would be something!

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