Sunday, 11 March 2012

ROW80 Check-in 11th March 2012

Well since my check in I have not put pen to paper. Or finger to key. I had unexpected nights out on Thursday and Friday and then Saturday turned out busier than expected. Now I don't regret all my lovely social engagements but the old Em would have still found some time. Before work, late at night, she would have found some time. But I didn't. I feel like I have lost my writing mojo.

With only two weeks to go until the end of the round I don't want to waste them therefore I am going to streamline my goals.

1) Test mile - 250 words a day.
2) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge.
3) Review one book a month.

So I have dropped the 30 minutes of something writing related each day and my exercise goal. I am not overly thrilled but neither are happening so I am stripping back in the hope that when round 3 starts I will be back in the game. 250 words a day is achievable and 250 might be small but it is more than the big fat zeros of late.

I am going to review the Hunger Games trilogy as I have read all of them in March and loved them. I have leant the first one to my sister as when I read a great book I pass it on to her straight away so I decided to focus on the whole trilogy rather than the first book as I don't have it here for reference.

My plan today is to read the last few chapters of my WIP as I can't remember where I stopped and make some notes on the way the plot needs to go. I hope to be at sprints even if I read for some of them. Just realised I am staying at a friends tomorrow. Right, will set alarm and do 250 words before work. Slowly slowly catchy monkey.

Hope everyone else is going strong and making a big push to the finish.


  1. I had to streamline my goals too, and it worked out well for me this week! So hopefully it will for you, too. Sometimes we need to be kind to ourselves and dial back on the goals if they just aren't happening. That's what's nice about ROW80 - you can change the goals when you need to! Good luck this week!

  2. There is only one way - only one - to get and keep the writing mojo, and that is: Write. Doesn't have to be good, it just has to be. There is a funny thing about the old "us", there is a new "us" every day, a new set of choices, a new chance to move or not. One small suggestion - don't plot, just re-read and then write straight from where you stopped, just to get the fiction muscles moving.

    Have a great week, Em :)

  3. I hear you Em. I had a less than stellar writing week too but I hit some other areas I'd been neglecting so I feel like it evened out. 250 words per day is an awesome goal because sometimes you just need that little push to get the butt in the chair. Tomorrow is the start of a new week and I wish you the best with it.

  4. Em, I love that you're reaching your reading goals. This round, I've had very pitiful success with mine. Your 100+ books in a year challenge is very inspiring.

    As this next week starts, I'm withing you 250+ easy-to-come words a day. Keep up the great work! :)

  5. Aww sweetie - you know what - I'm so proud of you :) You know why? Because you aren't defeated. You aren't being down on yourself. You aren't wallowing in pity. You're taking action. You're moving on. It's such a healthy reponse.

    And I think 250 words a day is a great way to start the week fresh.

    I have yet to read the second book of Hunger Games - but I've ordered it, so hopefully I can get to that in the next couple of weeks.

    :) *hugs*

  6. I like your strong simple approach. When I read your goals I hear confidence and determination. Good luck.

  7. I've been reading a lot this last few weeks, giving myself some inspiration for the novel. It's ok to have days, weeks, and even months of writing focused words, just don't give it up entirely! (Which it seems you have under control with your 250 words a day goal) Good luck on the rest of your Row80! See you next week!

  8. Looking forward to your reviews of Hunger Games. Seems like everyone is a talking about these books. :) Sometimes its good to cut back on the goals because it takes off some unnecessary pressure and allows you to do more.

  9. Oh, Hunger Games is great, isn't it? I just can't wait for the movie!
    And it's okay to stall on writing, I guess. Life happens and sometimes we're just not in the mood.
    I've been packing--I move to the US in 2 weeks!--so I'm not writing too.
    Hope to see you on round 2 ;)
    Have a great week!

  10. Streamlining goals can be a good thing, especially after a bit of a break. I bet you'll be back in the swing of things in no time given your drive and determination! :) I am going to try and do some sprints this week too (on that scary, scary Twitter lol) so I hope to see you there! And...Hunger Games-I haven't read those books yet but everyone says they are great. I think it might be time for me to download the first book on my Nook!

  11. I'm so happy to see your check in :D You're doing well given all that is going on, and that's really the important thing. 250 a day is a good goal, it's low pressure but still going somewhere. I think it's great that you picked that as your test mile number.

    Don't worry too much about the goals you shed. We all have to do that sometimes. I don't know if anyone even noticed lol, but I didn't give myself a specific writing goal this round because I knew how much of a trial it was going to be (and I still underestimated!) There's no way you possibly could have planned for this, and sometimes it's just needed.

    I'm stoked to read your Hunger Games review, though it may be a few weeks before I can in case of spoilers - me and my SLOW SLOW reading hehe! I'm so glad you liked it! Have a great rest of the week, and see you at sprint time!