08.03.11

ROW80 Midweek Check-in August 3rd and Procrastination

Posted in Event, Writing at 8:13 pm by Amber

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Happy Wednesday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averages to 125 words a day. I’ve written nothing new this month.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 1204
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

What are your favorite ways to procrastinate from writing? I found myself with a free evening last night. I even told my husband I was going to write.

Instead, I spent time on my desktop (it’s older and needs some more memory so it takes a long time to do stuff on it). Let’s count the ways in which I procrastinated:

  1. Downloaded pictures from my digital camera.
  2. Listened to old favorites on iTunes and listened to samples of new music.
  3. Updated Quicken.
  4. Emailed all of the recognizable ebook files to be added to my Kindle.
  5. Synched up my smart phone.
  6. Charged and synched up my mini iPod.
  7. Added the ebook titles into my LibraryThing collection.
  8. Updated my Niteblade interview spreadsheet.

Four hours gone and not a written word. And I still had things I could do to procrastinate. I guess I’ll do them in a few days. How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

07.31.11

ROW80 Sunday Check-in – July 31st

Posted in Event, Writing at 3:11 pm by Amber

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Happy Sunday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averages to 125 words a day. I’ve been doing some writing this week so I’m still a little behind but have room to catch up.

Someone in their initial ROW80 post said they’d do weekly check-ins but not two as it seemed a bit much. I’ve found that doing a check-in makes me think about doing my writing and that’s something I need during the week.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 1204
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

07.27.11

ROW80 Midweek Check-in – July 27th

Posted in Event, Writing at 1:20 am by Amber

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My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. I did the math and that averages to 125 words a day. As of today I should be up to 3,000 words.

I’ve made some progress in the last few days. Encouraging comments left on my blog let me know I’m not in this alone. Also, I keep thinking about the 5k+ days I’ve put in the last two NaNoWriMos and how painful they were. I don’t want or need self induced stress so I try to minimize it as much as possible. And it turns my right hand into a claw from typing so much.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 1075
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

If one of your goals is to edit a novel, I recommend EditPalooza at Savvy Authors. There is a new one starting in September. It fills up pretty quickly but as they get more editors to agree to work with the group, more spaces become available. I did one earlier this year for another unfinished novel which helped me use different writing muscles.

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goals?

07.24.11

ROW80 Sunday Check-in – July 24th

Posted in Event, Writing at 11:52 pm by Amber

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Happy Sunday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. I did the math and that averages to 125 words a day. Since Wednesday I’ve made some movement in the right direction. I’m behind. It’s still early though, so I am not concerned yet about meeting my goal.

I had Thursday off work and the plan was to spend an hour or two writing. Instead, the wireless network that went on the fritz was fixed and I did a first pass on all the paper clutter in the office. It was truly liberating to get that stuff gone. Eventually I’d like to put a desk in there so I can have my own place to write.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 664
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

07.20.11

ROW80 – Midweek Check-In 7/20/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 7:06 am by Amber

I feel guilty. I didn’t do my Sunday update and I didn’t write anything new this week. I know the point of ROW80 is to be able to have a life while meeting your writing goals. There will be more progress this week. If not, you can call me a yellow-bellied gecko.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 619
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

It’s not too late to participate in A Round of Words in 80 Days.

What writing did you get done in the last few days?

07.13.11

ROW80 – Midweek Check-in 7/13/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 10:00 pm by Amber

I did write a first draft of a short story this week but those words don’t count towards my ROW80 goal. My ROW80 goal is to add another 10k words to an unfinished fantasy novel I’ve been working on. Although I’m behind I’m still happy because I’m making progress.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 619
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

It’s not too late to participate in A Round of Words in 80 Days.

What writing did you get done in the last few days?

07.10.11

ROW80 – Sunday Check-in 7/10/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 3:07 pm by Amber

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Happy Sunday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. I did the math and that averages to 125 words a day. Knowing myself, some days will be more and some days will be less.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 340
Progress: Behind, But Can Still Catch Up

I learned this week I’m really one of those people who needs to schedule in my writing time.

How are you doing so far on Round 3 of ROW80?

07.06.11

ROW80 – Midweek Check-in 7/6/11

Posted in Writing at 7:41 am by Amber

Happy Wednesday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. I did the math and that averages to 125 words a day. Knowing myself, some days will be more and some days will be less. So far so good.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 279
Progress: On Track

I did something crazy. I signed up to write a new short story every week from July 2011 to June 2012. Don’t be surprised if sometime this year you find me incorporating it into my writing goals.

06.24.11

A Round of Words in 80 Days

Posted in Writing at 3:10 pm by Amber

Earlier this year one of my twitter friends was using the #ROW80 hashtag. She was participating in A Round of Words in 80 Days and giving links to her update posts. In addition to blog posts she was tweeting about it.

It was my plan to take part in the last round but I’m making to round 3 which starts on July 4th.

My goal is to write 10,000 words on my unfinished NaNo fantasy project from a few years ago. This year it’s gotten an outline, some revisions, and some new words. But it doesn’t have enough new words. It really needs to be complete before it can get a thorough revision.

01.11.11

Writing Goals for 2011

Posted in Event, Writing at 1:37 pm by Amber

Normally I don’t make goals or resolutions.  For several years I’ve been writing and submitting fiction but not much is getting published.  I’m ready to move on to the next step to get more of my work into the hands of readers.  That means editing and learning from others who have more expertise than I.

  1. Edit one of my (many) NaNoWriMo novels.
  2. Take the second Flash Fiction class taught by Jim Harrington.
  3. Write at least 6 new short stories/flash fiction items this year.
  4. Participate in the 2nd A Round of Words in 80 Days (this will help with goal #3).
  5. Keep Submitting.

On Christmas Eve, one of the gifts I opened was a book.  My Dad asked, “When do we get to read one of yours?”  With some extra work on my part, maybe it won’t be long before he’ll have one of my books in his hands.

Do you have any writing or reading goals this year?

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