A productive week: Sunday ROW80 check-in

ROW80LogocopyGood news: I’ve met all of my writing goals for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days. This means, of course, that I have to decide which projects I want to focus on for the remainder of this round. I have a list of possibilities, but I haven’t narrowed it down yet. I’m going to show up at the page Monday and see where I end up.

It was a productive week: I proofread and did some light editing to a short story and sent it to my critiques partners, finished a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic”, and did some character background work for my novelette “Called by Magic.”

I also discovered a website full of great resources: Udemy. If you’re looking to build your personal brand, revamp your resume, publish an e-book, or, well, anything else you can think of, this site is a great place to start. Some of the courses are free and some are a little pricey. Check it out if you’re looking for ways to gain new knowledge on a variety of subjects.

Sunday check-in…


  • Finish a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Finished! I finished the second draft on Wednesday. I’m going to let it sit for a month or two, do a read-through, make corrections, and then send it to my critique partners.
  • Write a first draft of another novella novelette. Finished!
  • Read a minimum of four books on the business or craft of writing. Four of four books read. Currently reading a fifth book, “Manuscript Makeover” by Elizabeth Lyon.

Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for all days except Monday.
  • Blog two times per week. Target met.
  • Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Target met.

What about you? How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along?

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15 thoughts on “A productive week: Sunday ROW80 check-in

  1. Hurray on completing all your Round 3 goals with three weeks to go! What’s the next step? Some down time while you contemplate the Round 4 goals?
    Well done, and have a good week. 🙂

  2. Wow, you’ve been burning up the keyboard Denise! Wowsers! That is fantastic girl! You inspire me. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jennette. I didn’t expect to wrap everything up so quickly. But I’m on to another project, so hopefully I can make some progress with that over the next couple weeks.

      Good luck with the rest of this round!

  3. Huzzah! Cheers!! Oopah!!! And all those congrats to you!

    This round, I have been productive, somewhat. Learned a lot lot this Round. Have a greater appreciation for what a writer does and a greater sense for what I what to overall accomplish what I want to. It’s been a good ride, and going to be better.

    1. Thanks, Cindy!

      I love seeing how my writing process continues to evolve as I grow and stretch myself as a writer. Every story comes with its own unique set of challenges, and every page we write teaches us something about the writing process We’re always learning something new. I’m glad this round has been so productive for you. 🙂

  4. Huzzah!

    I never really intend to finish all of my goals in any round, but I’ve been making strides in several areas, and I feel that I’ve really lived up to my theme of “Stretching” throughout.

    For this month, I’ve got some long-term projects carrying on, new ones starting, some things wrapping up, and smaller things simmering away…I’m quite pleased with what I’ve accomplished, in writing and in life – and, for me, that’s really the point. I tend to use these 80-day cycles as an organizational structure more than a race to the finish line…

    May the new project delight you, and I hope you take some time to revel in and celebrate all you’ve done and learned this round! =D

    1. Thanks, Shan Jeniah! I also like using ROW80 as an organizational structure–I think of my goals for each round as quarterly goals to keep me on track. I didn’t expect to finish my writing goals for this round so quickly, though, so I’ve just moved on to a new project for the rest of the round.


      1. It’s cool that you finished, and can indulge in something new and exciting.

        With my buffet approach, that’s not likely to happen for me – but I’m okay with that. It works for me. and that’s one of the beautiful things about ROW80 – it’s endlessly adaptable! =D

        Enjoy the rest of the round! =D

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