ROW80LogocopyThings this round went much slower than I would have liked. Here’s what I did accomplish:

  • I finished a third draft of “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.”
  • I am just under 8K into a second draft of “A Prince in Patience Point.”
  • I also did a read-through of the first draft of that story and of “Made of Shadows.”

I planned to work on the fourth draft of the latter, but decided I needed to take some time to figure out what direction I want to take that story. It’s an older one, and it’s just so different from what I’m writing now.

I’m about halfway through “Dialogue” by Gloria Kempton, so I didn’t meet my goal of reading two writing books this round—not even close.

On the social media front, I added Pinterest to the social media sites I’m using, and while I missed a few blog posts here and there, I mostly met my goal of blogging twice a week. But I need to get better about my social-media check-ins.

So, all told, this round wasn’t terrifically productive. Moving prep work has taken a lot more time than I would’ve liked, and once we actually move (in July to stay with the in-laws and then in August to move into the townhouse), I’m sure I’ll have to take some more time off. But that’s just life.

We’ll always have slow periods, or times when we get out of our writing routine. One of my biggest challenges this round was how to get back into a routine when something popped up and interrupted me. I’d have a day or two where I didn’t write, then I’d spend the rest of the week struggling to get back on track. I spent a few weeks struggling with one manuscript only to finally move on to another for the time being, and getting back into a daily practice was more difficult than I would’ve liked.

What about you? How did this round shape up for you? What do you do when your writing routine is interrupted? How do you get back on track?

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

See everyone next round!

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