What a week for the ROW80 crew! Such exciting news that Kait Nolan‘s (indie) book Red was nominated for DABWAHA. It was also the last full week of this Round of ROW80. Yes we have today, and three days this coming week to bring her home. But for some reason I seem to fizzle out rather than go out with a bang. I’m more of a start out with a bang kinda girl.
So since I check in on Sundays, I think it I should review all my goals just to see how far I’ve come this round.
Goal 1 : Work on my nobel from 8:00pm to 9:00pm Monday-Thursday. So I did better this round in trying to work four days a week instead of three. I probably fulfilled this about 70% of the time, which is an improvement from the last few rounds. Setting a designated time to write really helped be buckle down rather than just telling myself that I should write every evening with no set plan on when. #teamsprinty was also a major boost in terms of word count and fun. We happened to tune in on the #row80 hastag at the same time each day to write together. It really does fuel you to make progress. So yay for #teamsprinty and see you next round when the clocks go forward in Europe! (Because the clocks sprang forward in the US a few weeks before they do in Europe, I’ve been missing the word sprints). This week I wrote 3780 words (out of my weekly goal of 5,000).
Goal 2: Finish my novel. I have to say I’m soooo close. The end is in sight. Its so exciting, yet somehow sad, to see only three plotted chapters waiting to be written. I’ve slowed down on my writing so that (a) the ending doesn’t feel rushed (b) because its hard to write the ending and (c) I think I’m savoring it because after I write “The End” I think I will have a moment of “I can’t believe I did it! I wrote a whole book!”
Goal 3: Blog 3 times per week. I kept up with this for the most part, save for the last few weeks. I think I know that the end is near for the book and its taking more resources so blogging has been reduced for the time being. ALTHOUGH the Literary Genre Blog Series is still in full swing.
Goal 4: Come up with new weekly blog topic. I write travel stories on Mondays, Writing on Wednesdays, Lifestyle/Book Reviews on Fridays and NOW I have finally thought of a new weekly topic. Not sure if I will announce it here yet because I feel it needs a little more pre-meditating before I declare the theme. It will probably be on Thursdays or Fridays.
Goal 5: Maintain ROW80 Sponsor duties. I did pretty good on this front. I tend to visit at least twice as many blogs than required of sponsors on Sundays. It was great reading about everyone’s progress and meeting new ROWers.
Goal 6: Keeping up with social media. I think I’ve improved here a bit. I’m now on Triberr, which I’ve delved into a bit more, but I know I’m not using to its full capacity yet. All in good time. I’ve been reading lots of blogs, but still need to comment more often. I’m one of those silent readers.
I’ve also done lots of reading. Mostly fiction, but I I’m trying to read them as a writer and not to be entertained, which still happens anyway. But it takes some concentration to really think about what the author is doing.
So that’s about it for this round. I will be dropping by the other ROWers check ins and hopefully I will get another chapter or two written in the last few days of this round.
See you in Round 2!