Writing Surprises and Adventures: ROW80 Round 3 Goals

ROW80LogocopyIt’s hard to believe it, but we’re over halfway through 2015. What goals did you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? And how have they changed?

This year has been full of surprises for me. New stories have revealed themselves, begging to be told. New characters have led me down unplanned paths full of delight and adventure. And off the page, there’ve been a few surprises as well. Hubby and I bought a townhouse. And I’ll be teaching a magazine writing class in the fall.

So 2015 isn’t shaping up exactly the way I envisioned it. But I’m still happy with the direction it’s heading. So, in the spirit of writing adventures, I’m unveiling my Round Three goals. Here they are:

  • Finish a first draft of new WIP, tentatively titled “The Hedgewitch’s Charm.”
  • Finish a second draft of “A Prince in Patience Point.”
  • Read two or three books on the craft or business of writing.
  • Bonus goal: Possibly start a second draft of short story “Midwinter Bride” or a fourth draft of novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.”

What about you? In what ways has 2015 surprised you? Have you found any new stories, embarked on any new journeys? And if you’re a fellow ROW80 participant, what are your goals for this round?

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to read other participants’ goals for this round.

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11 thoughts on “Writing Surprises and Adventures: ROW80 Round 3 Goals

  1. Being a ROW80 sponsor is definitely the current top of the list. I think most years surprise me, because if I knew what was going to happen then where’s the fun. It’s a the adventurous side of me. I have learn to take the good and the bad and make the most of my life. The choice to take a break from theatre this summer was a good one. The choice to travel by myself to a convention is feeling right. Being able to devote more time to my books and writing is awesome.

    • Cindy, I think you’ll really enjoy being a sponsor. I’ve done it a few times in the past and always liked it. I would’ve jumped in to sponsor this round, but with moving, teaching, and being without high-speed Internet for a few weeks, I didn’t think I could swing it.

      What kind of convention are you attending? I’ve always wanted to go to either Dragon Con or Faerie Con but haven’t made it yet. Have fun!

      Sometimes we need to step back from other commitments for a little while to really make progress with our writing. I’m trying to break a habit of committing myself to too many things and burning myself out, so I understand the need to take a break from theater, even if it’s something you love, to devote more time to writing. I hope this is a productive period for you!

  2. Congrats on your new townhouse! Our family just bought a place, too, and I know what kind of an upheaval that can cause for a bit. My goals were slimmed down considerably, but I’m hoping to ramp back up and end the second half of the year productively. Love your ambitious list of goals and looking forward to following along. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kristen! Congrats on your new place. Buying a home is an exciting but chaotic time. I’m excited to be settled in to the new place soon. You’ll notice one of my goals is a “bonus goal.” That way, if I get to it, that’s great, but if not I won’t be too hard on myself, especially with everything else that’s going on. Good luck with your writing!

  3. It’s scary how quickly time flies. so far 2015 happened as I had planned (in that I got my book out there) but it took longer than I thought. If there’s one thing this year has taught me was not to set ridiculous goals and production schedules. Life does still happen and get in the way, even when I’m writing! 🙂

    Hope you’re settling in nicely in the new townhouse 🙂

  4. Congratulations on the townhouse Denise! I hope you and hubby will be very happy there. And look at you go girl. You amaze me with what you’re able to accomplish. I am inspired each time I drop by. Thank you! 🙂

    • Thanks, Karen! We’re looking forward to being homeowners, with all of the ups and downs. Let’s hope, between the move, and teaching, and anything else that pops up this year, that I can still meet my writing goals!

  5. I have to admit that I’m surprised I met some of my writing goals this year. But some have changed since January. I’ve also added some goals, which I hope to accomplish by the end of the year. We’ll see.

    • My goals tend to change throughout the year. Take my current WIP, for instance. It’s just a story that came to me. It wasn’t part of my writing goals for the year, but when I discovered it I knew I had to write it.

      Good luck with your writing goals!

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