ROW80 Wrap-Up: Lessons learned in Round 2

ROW80LogocopyIt went by in a flash, but round 2 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is over. I met some of my goals for this round, but my main goal, to finish a draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic” is one I didn’t meet. Still, I’m happy with my progress. Here’s the wrap-up:

  • I finished a draft of a short story, tentatively titled “Midwinter Bride: The Goblin Master’s Tale.”
  • About a quarter of the way through revisions to “Good Old-Fashioned Magic,” a novella of about 35K.
  • My goal was to read four books on the business/craft of writing. I read five: “Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World” by Kristen Lamb, “Rock Your Revisions” by Cathy Yardley, “Sometimes the Magic Speaks” by Terry Brooks, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King, and “Revision and Self-Editing” by James Scott Bell (a reread).
  • I didn’t do as well with my social media goals as I did last round, but I’d say I met them 75 percent of the time, which isn’t too bad.

So, I met some goals, and didn’t meet others. But I learned a lot about writing and, more specifically, my writing process during this round:

  • I learned that slow periods are a natural part of the writing process, and that what’s most important is that we keep going.
  • I learned that I need to be kinder to myself when I, being human and imperfect, fail to reach a goal. I can take lessons from a failure without beating myself up. I’m still working on this.
  • I discovered a process of revision that works for me. Instead of revising in order, I’m tackling the scenes with the biggest issues first and working from there. Since I’m bouncing between chapters, it’s harder to track my progress. But as long as every day the manuscript is getting better, I can rest assured I’m heading in the right direction.

I’m almost halfway through my first year as a full-time writer, and I’m happy to see myself growing and improving, mastering new aspects of the writing process and developing a process that works for me.

What about you? What lessons did you learn in round 2? How much progress did you make toward your goals?

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9 thoughts on “ROW80 Wrap-Up: Lessons learned in Round 2

  1. I learned that discipline at just sitting in front of the manuscript is both the most vital and one of the most difficult things to do. That having other people to bounce ideas off of is really great to make a better story, but adds work as I have to integrate and rewrite for all of the good ideas.

    Congrats on meeting so many of your goals.

    See you next round.

    • Thanks, Andrew. Yes, having others to bounce ideas off really helps. I have two wonderful critique partners, and my husband is often willing to sit down with me and hash out a plot problem until I find a solution that works in the story.

      See you next round!

  2. I’ve never heard about ROW. I will have to check it out. I did do JuNoWriMo this month though. I actually hit 50k for the first time, and I think I will finish the novel before July 1. Having goals and meeting them really do help full-time writers complete their objectives in more timely manners IMO. It’s so easy to get distracted by a millions other things when you’re working alone.

    • ROW80 is nice because it allows writers to set their own goals. So, instead of writing a novel in a month, you can aim to write 5,000 words per week or 500 words per day or whatever works for you. It’s also a wonderful, supportive community of writers who cheer each other on.

  3. I started ROW80 at the last minute in Round 2, so I never actually got round to setting goals. Eeek. But one thing I learned is that I have to accept what time I have to write and make the most of it. 15 minute writing tasks are something I’ll be working on and sharing on my blog in Round 3.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I’m looking forward to catching up again at the checkins in Round 3. 🙂

  4. Sounds like you did great! I like the idea of clarifying a revision process that works for you. Hmm, maybe I need to shake up my own methods…
    See you next round!

  5. ROW80. This is the first I’ve heard of it. I’m a huge fan of NaNoWriMo and will be doing Camp NaNo in July.

    Is there a link or website for ROW80?

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