ROW80 Check-in for October 19th

At this point, everyone should be familiar with my participation in ROW80, but if you aren’t, here is the page explaining it in further detail.  My week started off a bit slow, with only getting some reading done on Sunday.  Then for the last two days I worked on my WIP a lot.  Mostly adding to the word count and doing a little revising.  I’m pleased with my progress so far, but just hit a snag on one of my plot points.  Not sure how I’m going to fix it and I’ve been pondering since yesterday.  It will come to me, somehow.  I tried getting my husband to talk it out with me, but he isn’t interested.  Guess I should be happy he supports my writing at all by leaving me alone when I’m working on it (assuming he isn’t hungry or doesn’t need something).  His big solution was to watch a movie and maybe the idea of how to fix my plot hang-up would come to me.  Maybe it isn’t a bad idea, I might try that tonight.  Anyway, here is my list of goals revisited, followed by my progress so far:

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 the first half of this week:

1) Wrote 3500 words total on my WIP.  Well over my goal already, but I’m hoping to get some more in the second half.

2) Posted one blog this week so far where I reviewed “water”.  Apparently that gave a few people a good laugh.  Thanks to those who commented.  I’ll also be posting the writing contest in the next day or two since it is about that time of the month.  That will  be my second post for the week.

3) Edited/Revised five pages on my WIP.  Half-way there!

4) Read some on Sunday, but got distracted by my WIP after that.  Since I’m stuck at the moment, it might be a good time to get some more reading in.

6) Spent several hours working on a critique for someone else’s WIP and got it finished.  She should have received it in her email today!  Now I can work on the other critique I need to do 🙂

That is everything.  A fairly productive week so far.  Thanks to all for your encouragement.  You have no idea how much it helps!

~ by Suzie on October 19, 2011.

21 Responses to “ROW80 Check-in for October 19th”

  1. Way to go Susan! It’s always so much fun to meet and exceed your goals.

  2. Whoa, great job! And we’re are only half-way through the week.
    Keep it up!

  3. Amazing, Susan. You’re really making progress. My only WIP is a tunafish sandwich…I’m in awe.

  4. That’s too bad about your husband. My mom listens to me talk things out, even if she never gives input and I simply answer my own questions. 😛 It will come to you. I had an idea in the car on my way to work this morning. If you need to brainstorm, you know where to find me. 😉

    Btw, I finally got Game of Thrones today. I’m a little concerned about dropping off the face of the earth after you told me your experience reading it. =P

    • Thanks Angela. It is nice to have someone to talk ot out with. I thought of asking you, but it is a huge plot twist that came to me and there is just one kink to it. Since you’re reading along, I hate to ruin that part for you as it occurs about four chapters from where you are now. If it doesn’t come to me soon, though, I may break down and ask!

  5. Looks like you’re going strong. Way to go! I know what you mean by wanting my spouse to be a sounding board but alas, it doesn’t work out that way.

  6. Sounds like you are rockin’ along your goals. Way to go!

  7. wow progress…best of luck 🙂

  8. Well done on your word count so far this week! That is great!

    It is tough when you get to a sticky bit in your plot but I hope mulling things over will come up with something. You could always try out a couple of options if you have thought of a few possible solutions and see which one works best?

    Hope you work your way through it and the word count keeps going up and up!

  9. You’re making great progress, sometimes switching off from a wip allows us time to work out the plot problems. Best of luck for the week.

    • I let it go for yesterday, Katy, but trying to work on the plot problem again today. Hopefully the answer will come. Someone is helping me talk through it, which is nice!

  10. Sounds like you’re on a roll! Keep up the great work!

  11. Sounds like you’re doing very well. Congrats! Sometimes it does help for me to watch a movie, read a book, putter in the garden, etc when I’m stuck on a point of my MIP. Letting the mind wander a little and looking for new ideas.

  12. You had a very productive week! Hang in there.

    I agree with your husband. Sometimes I watch movies. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I just talk through my a particular scene until the solution pops in my head. Writers thrive off input from ALL sources.

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