The one-year mark: Sunday ROW80 check-in

ROW80LogocopyYesterday marked one year since I left my day job to write full time. I’ve learned a lot over the last year, and I’ve put a decent number of words on the page. There are things I miss—the collaboration, the social aspect of working in an office—but the benefits have been worth it. I’ve grown in leaps and bounds as a writer. I’ve finished four first drafts and one second draft. I’ve read numerous books on the craft of writing. I’ve found my voice as a storyteller.

I still have plenty of room to grow. But I know I’m on the right path, and I’m grateful—more than words can express—to my husband, the best first reader I could ask for, a steadfast supporter of my work, who didn’t even hesitate when I told him I wanted to do this. I’ve always felt called to be a storyteller. And now I’m on that path.

ROW80 check-in…


1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Created a beat sheet for “Haunted Kisses.” Wrote 2,381 words in a new story, “Stolen by Magic.”

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Two of three books read. Finished reading Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat.”

Social media goals:

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Goal met.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met.

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

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14 thoughts on “The one-year mark: Sunday ROW80 check-in

  1. Congrats on one year of being a full-time writer! I wouldn’t mind doing the same, but with a kid in college, it’s not happening. And I’m afraid I’d turn into a hermit LOL. Sounds like you’ve made a lot of that year–keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks, Jennette. I understand. If I had a kid in college, I’m not sure I could afford to do this either. College has gotten so expensive in the last few years, and student loans are the worst.

      It is easy to turn into a hermit when you work from home. I definitely miss the social aspect of working in an office–more than I thought I would, being an introvert. You have to push yourself more to be social when you’re working at home. That was probably the most surprising adjustment. But it’s been worth it.

      Have a great week!

  2. Congratulations on honoring that commitment to BE a writer and on reaching your first year anniversary. I also appreciate that neat short list of goals and reporting you’ve included for ROW80 (I always seem to get mired down in detail and so may just copy your stye!). Your blog post is perfect for Thanksgiving week for it also honors your husband for believing in you! May you write the stories you love.

    1. Thanks, Beth. Yes, I’m incredibly grateful for my husband’s support. I couldn’t have done this without him. It’s been a wonderful year, even if it has flown by. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  3. Congratulations! A year can make all the difference when it comes to writing, doesn’t it? I’m actually reaching my one year anniversary in a couple of months – exactly the same as you I quit my job with my husband’s support to write full time. And same as you when I look back, the difference in my writing, confidence, and understanding of storytelling is quite staggering. I think doing this was the best decision I ever made, no doubt as you feel. We’re very lucky!

    And just think what this next year will bring!

    1. You’re right. A year can make a lot of difference when it comes to our confidence and skill as writers. I’ve grown so much and am so much further ahead on my writing road. Congrats on leaving your job to write full time. It’s great to have a supportive spouse. We are very lucky.

      Thanks, Celine!

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