Ok, we are four weeks in and I have met all my goals this week! For four weeks I have met all three of my goals each week. For a moment I questioned whether I had challenged myself enough with my weekly goals. Just to recap they are:
* Complete the weekly Fiction Friday prompts from http://wa.emergent-publishing.com/ (on 'our writing prompts' page).
* Spend 30 minutes a day on writing or writing related activities (e.g. planning, researching, revising). So in a week I am aiming for 3 and a half hours of dedicated time. If I miss a day I will try and make up that 30 mins elsewhere in the week.
* Post ROW80 check-ins on Sunday and Wednesdays and also one additional post a week. So three posts a week.
I started thinking I should change my goals, maybe aim for more time spent writing but I have decided against this. I have had to work to reach my goals each week, it hasn't happened easily. I have got up early to write (fairly unsuccessfully I might add!) and stayed up late to write. I have written in coffee shops, in bed, on trains and buses. I have been frustrated when some days have not allowed me to write but have managed to make it up on other days. I am actually writing which I never did before, I just thought about writing. I am going to keep my goals the same but hope to exceed the 3 and a half hours of writing related activity a week. I am going to try and see 3 and a half hours as a minimum, not a limit.
However, I am going to add in another goal which is slightly writing related. I am adding in the goal:
*To exercise atleast twice a week.
I have realised that when I write I eat. I drink a lot of coffee. I snack. I need to start exercising as I do feel sluggish and if I make it a goal here it is a lot more likely to happen!
So, back to check-in and this week. Very exciting development this week is that I have actually started writing the WIP that I have been planning, outlining and developing characters for! The fear was getting huge and I have to say I wrote the first line and thought 'That is hideous!' My plan is to get down the main story in the chapters I outlined but I can tell I am racing through the story and I have to add in lots of detail, dialogue etc. I may go back and edit bits as I go but I am writing it which is a huge accomplishment for me!!! After writing my post on location I have decided to make up a town in my first draft and see how it goes. If it doesn't go well then I can always make changes during editing etc.
On Thursday I spent 40 minutes writing it (need to think of a working title) and wrote 687 words and added some details into my outline. On Friday I spent 10 minutes plotting the timeline of the relationships involved, read through what I had written on Thursday (not editing though) and then 22 minutes writing 608 words.
On Saturday I spent just over an hour writing and wrote 1,249 words making a grand total of 2,544 so far! I am making lots of notes in my WIP notebook as already I want to change the order of chapters and move things around but I am going to persist with writing a bit more before I start editing. If I do any writing today then I will be exceeding my 3 and a half hours (I think I already have by a little bit) so that is a bonus.
Thing are going well but I have some things coming up that may interfere with my achievement streak so am trying to work out how I can still meet my goals. I had a lightbulb moment about when I am away for 5 days. I am going with friends who know nothing about my writing and I am not ready to tell them. I do not want to miss 5 days but I am going to be sharing a room so it may be tricky. I am going to take my WIP notebook and print out my children's stories and maybe what I have for my WIP and maybe do some editing as this can be done anywhere and does not rely on a computer. That is my plan! When I get back I have friends coming to stay so again my writing will be a covert operation. We will see how it goes!
Hope week 4 has been good to you. As usual am off to check out some check-ins!