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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