Getting there: Sunday ROW80 check-in

Getting there. That’s how I would describe this week. I go through periods where my routine gets thrown off and it takes me a little while to get back into the groove of things. This week was me getting back to my writing, blogging, social media, other writerly endeavors routine.

And I’ve officially started packing the apartment. We have about a month until we need to be out, so we have time, but I don’t want to be caught in a whirlwind of chaos those last few days. Most of my books are now packed, which feels…weird. I’m so used to having them out and easily accessible. I kept out a few that I know I want to read in the next month or so. And I still have more to go—ran out of boxes. So I’m “getting there” on that front, too.

And then there’s my WIP, “A Prince in Patience Point.” I’d say I’m getting there with this project as well. I did a read-through and realized my poor hero had no character arc. He was there, but he wasn’t very active. Things just sort of happened around him, and he didn’t really change. This week I really worked on figuring out his character. What does he want? What’s his arc? What motivates him? I haven’t answered all of those questions, but I’ve started to.

ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Did a read-through of the first draft of “A Prince in Patience Point.” Currently at 5,613 words in this story, with a target word count of 35K. Also did some planning of future scenes and worked on Prince Neal’s character arc.

Reading: Read four chapters in “Dialogue” by Gloria Kempton. Read three novellas by Nora Roberts (“A World Apart,” “Winter Rose,” and “The Witching Hour”), finished reading “Off the Page” by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, and started reading “Persuasion” by Jane Austen.

Social media: Blogged twice. Checked in on social media and commented on blogs three of five days. I need to get better about daily social-media check-ins. So that’s something to improve.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop.

What did you work on this week? Do you ever have periods of slow progress? Have you ever had trouble getting to know a character? If so, what helped?

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11 thoughts on “Getting there: Sunday ROW80 check-in

  1. I’ve been making slow progress on my WIPs too, but that’s kind of on purpose as I was burnt out and didn’t want to scare my muse away. It’s going pretty well. I doubt I’ll continue this indefinitely, but it’s helping not having any expectations and just writing.

    As for getting to know a character, I do character interviews. Which is pretty much what it sounds like — I type questions out and I have my character answer them. Lots of interesting stuff comes out. Here’s a short example of it, although I have a better one from like 2010 that I can’t find on my blog at the moment: https://erinkendall.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/row80-check-in-12815-and-conversations-with-the-muse/

    That method usually gives me something to work with.

    Or, sometimes I freewrite on a character, asking myself questions. It also works pretty well for me.

    • I totally understand being burnt out. You have to ease yourself back into things.

      Those are great suggestions. I like the idea of character interviews. I have background/worksheets that I use, but I’ve never done an interview before. Thanks!

    • Yeah, sometimes I read a post I like but can’t think of a comment. The nice thing about WordPress blogs is that you can always click “like.” I’ll also share posts I enjoyed on Twitter or Facebook. Thanks for commenting, Damien, and have a wonderful week!

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  3. I’m finding that this week (and the one past) I have been getting into the goals, spending more time writing, even editing, but my organization and productivity at work has fallen off the wagon. Not that I can’t do my job, just feeling overwhelmed. I need to take it slow at work and remember it is just a job, but I should pride in. summertime is our busy season, that’s not the hard part, but out uploading site crashed last week and we are adjusting to a new system and I think it has my boss and me a little MEH at work.

    Anyway, enough of that, my down time at home has increased at least 75%. Trying so hard to keep the rhythm going without burning out or getting bored. So much goodness is happening this summer that I am taking charge of my life and enjoying it.

    Okay I rambled enough…here’s to packing and lovely sunny days! Cheers!

    • Yeah, balancing day job with writing and other creative pursuits can be a challenge. I know when I’m teaching this fall I’ll be trying to maintain a balance without burning myself out. I’ve always felt we only have so much “mental real estate”–it’s hard to prioritize too many things at once. Good luck managing writing/editing with your other work!

      Thanks, Cindy!

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