Sunday ROW80 check-in

There isn’t much to report, so I’ll keep this a short post. Today hubby and I carved a jack-o-lantern. It’s pretty basic, but here it is:

pumpkin 2 fall 2014

I’m trying to slowly increase my weekly word count. I’ve been hovering around 5-6K, and I’d like that to be more like 8-10K. Any advice on how to do this? I’m thinking of adding in another writing sprint each day, maybe in the morning. If I can show up at the page earlier and write first thing, along with my morning coffee, that might get me to about 2K each day. It would also give me a chance to write before all the other things that fill my days start crowding my brain. Thoughts?

ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals:

1.) Work on the first draft of my YA steampunk novel “The Clockwork in the Stars.” Wrote 5,628 words.

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Continued reading “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Maass.

Social media goals:

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for every day except Thursday.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met.

3.) Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Goal met.

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4 thoughts on “Sunday ROW80 check-in

  1. It’s hard to maintain a solid 8 to 10 thousand words every week, at least it is for me. I found it easier to stick to a time slot. But I guess it depends what I’m writing. If I give myself an hour per day and if the words are flowing I reach my target. I’m sure some of the other Rowers will have better advice, especially the planners 🙂 Have a great week.

    1. I’ve tried having time slots, but I find I do better with target word counts. Sometimes the words are flowing and I can quickly write 1K words. Other times I’m not really sure where I’m going, so it takes me longer to get the same number of words on the page. If I tell myself I have to get a certain number of words on the page each day, for some reason it works better for me–not really sure why. Thanks!

      Have a great week! 🙂

  2. I have no advice on how to increase your words as even 5-6K sounds phenomenal to me! I would be grateful with even half that level of productivity — but overall, your progress looks pretty good, even with time out for a pumpkin! So I’ll add my wishes that you have a GREAT WEEK!

    1. Thanks, Beth! You’re right that 5-6K words per week is a pretty good pace. I’ve made good progress this year with that as an average word count, more or less. When I write shorter works–novellas of 25K–I can finish a story in four to six weeks. Now that I’m working on a novel, I’d like to be writing a little more, though.

      Enjoy your week! 🙂

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