Midweek ROW80 check-in

After a few weeks of spinning my wheels, I’m now making progress again on my WIP. I’ve also outlined a new project for later this year. My plan is to do character bios, a blurb, and a for-my-eyes-only synopsis before digging into that story, another novella, later this year. I also want to write a fairy tale retelling—something I’ve been itching to do for a long time. Something like that could be a NaNoWriMo project or another goal for later this year. But first, I have a second draft to finish!

I was quite frustrated with myself a couple weeks ago for my slow pace. I figured this year my writing would be zipping along, but a slow period every now and then can’t be helped, I suppose. I made use of time I wasn’t working on my WIP to mull over some new projects, type up some notes, and do outlining on another project, so the time wasn’t wasted.

So far this year, I’ve written drafts of a novella and a short story, and I have a couple more projects that I’d at least like to start. I’m learning to be kind to myself whenever I go through a dry spell and focus on what I did accomplish, not what I didn’t.

ROW80 check-in:

ROW80Logocopy1.) Writing:

  • Finish the second draft of the novella I drafted in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Revised one chapter so far this week. I won’t have a finished second draft by the end of this round, but I’m hoping to hit the halfway mark.

2.) Read 4 books on the craft/business of writing.

  • 4 of 4 books read. Goal met for this round.

3.) Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter daily. Met for Monday and Tuesday.
  • Comment on 3-5 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. So far, on track to meet this goal.
  • Blog 2 times a week. On track.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

What about you? How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along? What do you do when you reach an obstacle in the writer’s road?

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12 thoughts on “Midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. Wow, Denise, it looks like you’re doing great on your goals! Learning to be kind to yourself for dry spells is a very hard lesson to learn. I still struggle with it.

    I’m sure you’ll finish your revision soon. Just don’t let yourself get distra–oooh, pretzels!

    • I rewrite slower than I write, and I’ll probably just have to live with that fact for the time being. I’ll probably get faster as time goes on–or so one would hope.

      Thanks for commenting, Tammy!

  2. You sound very productive to me! You’re meeting writing goals, reading goals and social media goals. Having a lull every now and again is to be expected. Perhaps thinking about it in terms other than “a slow period” would help. It’s the time when you get to fill the well again before bursting into another cycle of creativity.

    Enjoy the rest of the week. 🙂

    • Yes, those periods when we’re filling the well are vital to our creative process. Reading books like Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” is one way to do that–or just getting out of our heads and into the world. Thanks for commenting!

      Enjoy your week, too!

  3. I think it takes us all a while to figure out our natural rates and work from there. If we start by comparing ourselves to writers who manage thousands of words a day, we’re bound to fail. Even my enormously productive, late, great friend Jay Lake didn’t start out that way — he started with the goal of writing a story a week, even if it was only flash fiction. But with every story he wrote during what he regarded as his apprenticeship phase, he wanted to try something new, stretch his wings, add something to his toolbox.

    • That’s a great idea. You’re right that every writer is different. We have to find the process that works for us, not for someone else. Some of us are fast and prolific; others are slow and steady; some writers have periods of both. I also like the idea of an apprenticeship phase. It can take years to master the craft of storytelling, and we need to be patient with ourselves during that process.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Ruth.

  4. Your entry tonight reminded me of that old saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Perhaps as writers, we encounter insights from so many sources that sometimes just the right idea resonates just when we need it. By reading craft books, by persevering through that ‘dry spell,’ and by writing, you’ve continued to meet your goals. Bravo!

    • Yes, sometimes what feels like a “slow period” is really a time of incubation for future ideas. Seen in that light, these times are necessary for our growth as writers. Thanks, Beth!

    • I’ve done my share of procrastinating. I’ve found that when I’m stuck on one project, refocusing on something else–whether something fresh and new or an old project that I’ve missed working on–can get the wheels turning again. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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