Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Final ROW Check-in for Round 2

Wow!  I can't believe it's been 80 days already!  I have to say, I am so glad I found this challenge.  It has been unbelievably helpful in keeping me going.  The accountability of sharing my goals with a group of supportive people and reporting in every week (okay, I didn't make it every week) has been amazing.  I so appreciate everyone who read my posts and left supportive comments.  I will definitely be back for the next round.  I read many more of your posts than I actually left comments on, but I am going to try to do a better job leaving notes for people next time.

Okay, onward to the goals:

1) Write 25,000 words

I did it!  This week I wrote 3553 words, bringing my total for the round to 25,005.  Whoo hoo!

2) Post on Blog once a week - besides check-in posts
This one I didn't do quite as well on.  I missed a few weeks, and I almost never posted it on time.  Of course, it wasn't really stated in the original goal that I would post on a specific day of the week - that was kind of an internal add-on.  I think I may make that part of the goal official next round - maybe that will make me more likely to meet it.

3) Write first draft of short story
I didn't complete the draft, but I have finally started making progress on this story.  Many of the words I wrote this week were devoted to this project - both the actual draft and brainstorming.  I feel like I actually have an idea where it's going now, so yay!

4) Make progress on Last Words
Progress was made - most of the research and brainstorming variety.  But I feel like I'm moving forward, albeit more slowly than I would like.  And I didn't do something on this every week, as I'd originally planned, but hey, life happens, right?  The important thing is progress.

Overall, I feel pretty good about this round.  My writing habit is developing, I've made some progress on a couple of projects, and I'm excited about moving forward.  One of the things I really need to work on is not spending so much energy beating myself up for the things I didn't do.  That energy is much more productively used doing something now than worrying about what I didn't do last week.

I hope everyone else had a great round!  I'm already thinking about my goals and looking forward to the next one.

Happy writing!


Beth Camp said...

Welcome to ROW80! This is my third round coming up, and so far, so good! I love your optimistic tone; I think we all 'beat ourselves up' far too much. Maybe it's that editorial eye that has us revising and revising. And 25,000 words? That's impressive. Write on!

J.R. Pearse Nelson said...

That's a lot of word count accomplished this round! Great job. I'm glad you're loving the ROW80. Have a fun summer!