Summer Days: Midweek ROW80 check-in

photo by Debra Kristi, WANA Commons

photo by Debra Kristi, WANA Commons

Summer has arrived in all its glory. What is your favorite part of summer? Making S’mores by the fire, reading a book poolside, firing up the grill, digging your toes into the wet sand, or stargazing on a clear night? Mine is definitely being able to hike on the weekends—a pastime I miss when winter rolls around.

My midweek ROW80 check-in…

1.) Writing:

  • Goal: To finish the second draft of the novella I finished in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Wrote a new scene and made some major changes to the climax of the story, since I felt the good guys had it way too easy in the first version. That was my major project for the first half of the week.

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

  • 4 of 4 books read. Goal met.

3.) Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter daily. On track to meet this goal.
  • Comment on 3-5 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. 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!

How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along for this week? And what’s your favorite part of the season?

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6 thoughts on “Summer Days: Midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. As we get ready for the next round, I’m appreciating how clearly your goals are laid out — and your progress! That writing goal hints at structural editing, always not as easy as it appears. And you check in on Twitter daily!!!!! That’s an amazing goal. Every time I go there, I find something useful that sucks up so much time. But once a day . . . seems almost do-able. Someone once said only do social media at night, after all else is complete. Not a bad idea at all. Have a great end of Round 2.

    • Thanks, Beth. I’m trying to divide my editing up into manageable chunks. I was trying to revise in order, but I’ve rethought that and am working on the scenes that need the most work or even rewriting first and then moving on to other areas–tone, dialogue, character motivation, etc.–after the major fixes are made. That approach seems to be working better.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  2. Looking great with your goals! I tend to make things too easy at times on first drafts myself, and then I have to think, “C’mon, torture your characters! They can take it!” 🙂

    My favorite part of summer? Probably the beach. I just adore being next to the ocean, with my toes in the sand, and the sun on my face…and a good book in my hands.

    • Thanks, Julie. I tend to have some plot holes, character motivations, or world-building details that I gloss over in the first draft. Those tend to be the first things I try to fix on the next draft. I realized in this story that I was being too easy on my characters during the climax scene. I had to throw a few more rocks at them, so to speak.

      I enjoy visits to the beach during the summer as well, though I live in the mountains, so a beach trip takes some planning.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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