Round 2 ROW80 Wrap-Up

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?

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22 thoughts on “Round 2 ROW80 Wrap-Up

  1. What I see there is progress. Progress, in my opinion, is the best way to measure success. It might not be the ideal amount, but it is moving forward. 🙂 Way to go!

    This round was more productive than I intended, due to last minute writing projects I took on. Now, I did adjust and change goals, so I could meet them. I didn’t want to fail goals just because I was stubborn.

    I hope things go well for you at your in-law’s and while you prepare to move.

    • That’s a good point. Any forward momentum is good, even if we don’t meet all of our goals.

      It’s good that you adjusted your goals for the round. Things always seem to come up–new or old stories demand our attention, or life simply happens, and we need to rearrange things.

      Thanks, Gloria!

  2. good luck for the move – will be tiring summer but it seems like you have made progress this round – all movement forward is movement forward- take care:)

    • Yeah, tiring is definitely the word for it, Alberta! I did make some decent progress this round; I just didn’t get as far as I wanted to, but that happens sometimes. Oh well. Thanks! You too.

  3. “Things this round went much slower than I would have liked.” That pretty much sums it up for me, too! But you still did accomplish a lot, it looks like. It’s tough to get back into a writing routine when I’m away for more than a day or so. If I’m writing new words, I remind myself how much fun it is, and that is often all it takes. Or if it’s really been awhile, read back over my notes and outline, and what I’ve written so far.

    If it’s other stuff, like promo, that’s tougher. I still haven’t figured that one out yet.

    Good luck with the move, and see you next round!

    • I’ve found that reading through what I’ve written so far can really help me get back into a story. I always read through the previous draft and take plenty of notes before I start a new one, and if I’m stuck in a story I’ll print out what I’ve written so far and read through. Sometimes it’s just a matter of reconnecting with our characters and stepping back into their world. Good point!

      I try to treat social media as a day-to-day thing. I don’t actively promote right now because I don’t have any books out, but I know I’ll need even more dedication–blog tours, contacting reviewers, etc.–to keep up with the promotion side. But that’s a little way off yet.

      Thanks, Jennette! 🙂

  4. I like to say that my default is writing. It’s not that I don’t do other things, but writing is that thing I’m doing when I’m not actively doing something else.

    That way, it’s just natural to return to writing, again and again, after the whatever the other thing was.

    It also helps that I keep a variety of projects available, buffet-fashion, so, whatever my energy level, focus, and time availability, there’s something I can do.

    I’ve noticed that during and just after travel, it’s better for me to deal with shorter and less focus-intensive things then (rather than focusing on drafting, today, for instance, has been clearing email from my inbox, blogging, and answering comments. I feel a surge of writing coming on, but I don’t want to rush it, because I’ve got this sense that the rest of this story is about to come clear, and then the words will almost write themselves, where, today, it would be more of a struggle for something that wouldn’t be as good…

    Sometimes things move more slowly than we’d like. Still, it sounds like you made wonderful progress, and, with moving, that’s fantastic! =D

    • “My default is writing.” I like that approach! I also need to get more into the habit of working on more than one project at once. Sometimes I’ll get stuck and what I probably need to do is focus on something else for a little while, but I’ll be so determined to stick with that one WIP that I end up spinning my wheels for a few days. “Ping-ponging” between projects could definitely help.

      Thanks, Shan Jeniah! 🙂

      • I thtink multiple projects work well for my mind – but that they’re not for everyone. Still, you might find having even an extra project or two might make a huge difference…

        What I find is that all these projects tend to feed one another. I may not make as much progress on each as I would if I only had one; but, overall, I feel like each is richer and more deeply textured.

        A matter of style and preference, maybe…

      • Right now, I’m running three – my plotting project (which will soon be my CampNaNo drafting project); blogging stuff, and pre-revision editing notes. In the gaps, I’m weeding through email, answering comments, and hometending.

        Three per day seems to be good for me; but I don’t have any real trouble with rotating to different project focuses on different days…

  5. I was also in the slow camp this round. Life happens! And moving is great excuse for not having enough time for writing projects, as far as I’m concerned. Upheaval is not good for writing — except perhaps later for inspiration. 🙂

    Good luck on the move, and getting back into the routine afterwards!

    • Yeah, it creates a lot of chaos, especially when you work from home and are surrounded by boxes and half-empty shelves all day. But I am excited about the move; ready for the day to hurry up and be here already, though. Slow is okay sometimes. I’d like to finish another project by the end of July, so hopefully I can at least stay on track with that.

      Thanks, Ruth!

  6. Some weeks and months have a different focus. You’re focusing on a move, that’s big. All the stuffs that needs to pack, sort, de-clutter, etc. It’s all part of the great scheme of life. It will fall back into place. Here’s to a break and forth coming Round 3.

    • The great thing about ROW80 is that we can adjust our goals to accommodate big life changes like a move, a new job, etc. I’ve definitely needed that flexibility this round, and certainly will next round, too.

      Enjoy the break!

  7. Pinterest is fantastic for when you move to a new place too, lots of inspiration for decoration and some great DIY ideas… It can be so easy to lose time in there though…

    I’m the same as you, if my routine gets thrown out of whack I really struggle to get back into writing. I need to start the day right or it just doesn’t really happen. It would be nice to be more adaptable!

    • Yeah, I definitely enjoy Pinterest. You can find anything–story inspiration, period clothing, home decor ideas. It’s easy to lose track of time, though.

      I’m working to find a way to make those inevitable setbacks that throw off my routine easier to deal with. I need to remind myself that even if I don’t add words to a manuscript, I can do other things–research, outline, edit, character exercises, world-building background, etc. There’s so much to this profession besides just word count.

  8. I appreciate how your check-in started with what you DID accomplish with steady progress on writing and editing. The move ahead of you is a major one, with really two moves. I hope they both go smoothly. But gold stars to you for recognizing that sometimes we do struggle once our routine of writing is interrupted. May the next round go smoothly despite all else!

    • Thanks, Beth! I’m trying to approach the move(s) the same way I approach writing–by breaking a large task into many smaller ones. I’m packing a few boxes every day so that I’m not scrambling toward the end.

      See you next round!

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