Sunday, 13 May 2012

ROW80 13th May 2012

Well there isn't much to say but I thought I should check-in so I don't go completely off the rails!

Recap of goals:
1) By end of the round have a finished first draft of my WIP. 
2) Test mile - 250 words a day. (1,750 words in a week)
3) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge. 
4) Review one book a month. 
5) Exercise twice a week.  


Monday started well and I sat down and the words poured out so I wrote well above my test mile at 449 words.

On Tuesday I wrote 276 words so still met my test mile. But man, these words were hard to get down and seemed to take me ages but I persevered.

On Wednesday I was out and stayed out much later than expected so nothing was done. Then Thursday I was shattered from Wednesday and had work work to do in the evening. On Friday I was out and yesterday I was out. Gosh that just seems like a stream of excuses.

I must have had time to write as I read on these days but I just didn't. Sigh.

So I did write a tiny bit but not enough and I really am closing in on the end of my WIP so I can't work out why I am not more motivated. Maybe it is the fear of finishing and having to deal with editing. Who knows! But I hope this week I write more, at least my test mile everyday.

I am reading book 35 of my challenge (which is Insurgent by Veronica Roth which may be my book review this month, I am loving it already!) and I should be finishing book 38 today so I am a few behind but there is a lot of the year left!

Exercise. Let's not go there.

So very mixed bag week and I hope to get into a better routine this week.
I hope you have all had good weeks!!!


  1. You shouldn't beat yourself up, you did manage to write (and read) quite a bit this week so it looks to me that you're still doing pretty well with your goals! I am in the process of editing my manuscript myself and today I have posted a few pieces of advice on the process if you're interested:

  2. Ugh, editing. I hate it and don't blame you if that's the unconscious reason you're stalling to end it ;)
    I didn't have a great week too.
    And Insurgent. Don't tell me about it. Can't wait to read it, but I have like 70 books on my kindle UNREAD, so I won't be buying a new book anytime soon =(
    Don't worry, dear, I'm sure you'll be back in the saddle this next week, because we're here to cheer you on. *shakes ponpons* Go, Em, go!

  3. Hey, it's a new week, you aren't behind, just jump back in where you are! Good luck with the revision too!

  4. it was just a break to admire the scenery - every hike needs a breather to collect thoughts and energy - am sure your get up and go will return in due course so stop with the hairshirt and be kind to yourself:)

    all best for this coming week

  5. I have to read Divergent and am itching to do so, but trying to wait til my birthday at the end of the month to buy it! (gift cards for the Nook, yay!!!) And don't fret, you are doing great and getting words down, that's what counts! Have a great week and maybe see you for a few sprints this week if you can join? I will be trying to pop in for more of them now that school is over! :)

  6. Hi Em! (That used to be one of my childhood nicknames, hehe.) I think one of the hardest parts about a writing session is actually starting! For me, once I summon enough will to open that Word document and start typing, everything else is so much easier. Remember - every word counts! You can do it!

    ~Wendy Lu

    The Red Angel Blog

  7. Some weeks are like that. It can be hard to get going and find your groove. Just keep putting your fingers on the keyboard (or pen to paper) and see what happens. Best wishes for a fabulous week! I love the simplicity and conciseness of your goals. Have a great ROW80!

  8. Well...even if you don't feel great about a few sounds as if your social life is tops! :) Good to see you, Em!

  9. Progress is progress. While the writing could be a psychological block it just as easy could be that your mind just wants something a bit different right now. Go with the flow until things arrive where you want or carve out a new river bed (assess the block) are the only two ways to go. Will not comment on exercise.

    Hope your week is a great one, Em :)