Sunday, 29 July 2012

ROW80 Check-in 29th July 2012

I am not sure how many weeks in to this round we are but I feel I am hitting my stride after meeting my weekly goals again this week. Although everything changes in my Wednesday check-in when I tweak them to fit my CampNaNo word count daily goal in. Easy. Eeeeek!!

My goals are:
1) Until 1st August Spend 30 minutes at least a day on preparing for my new WIP.
2) Think of a name for CampNaNo project!
3) Two ROW80 check-ins a week no matter how short but sweet they are.
4) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge (or as much as I can!).
5) Review one book a month.

Goals 1, 2 and 3 are big ticks and I definitely did read two books this week. I am going to review a book I have read tomorrow so that will be ticked off before we say goodbye to July hopefully. In my 30 minutes each day I have done more research into first and third person and I wrote a little bit of a planned scene from each perspective in the hope it would help me decide on a POV. It hasn't! I also read bits from two books I like, one from each perspective (suggested by Lauren) but I have to admit I am still unsure. I need to decide on this in the next 48 hours so I can start Matchmaker, Matchmaker on Wednesday. Any advice gratefully recieved!!

Now on Wednesday my goals do change because of CampNaNo. The overall goal for August is to write 50,000 words which works out as 1,613 words a day. Deep breath! Now I have done this before in November and I managed it, even getting up before work to write and fitted it around a very busy time at work. This August will be very different as I am not at work as I am a teacher so I don't have to fit writing around my job but I have to say I am slightly worried. It may sound crazy but in a way having limited time to write often makes me more productive. Some days last week I nearly didn't get in my 30 minutes because I felt I had plenty of time and then someone would invite me out to do something and before I know it I am out half the day. I know I could say no but if I can be disciplined I should be able to do my writing and also spend lots of time with family and friends. I think I need to try and get in a habit of getting up and writing in the morning. This is something I don't do when I am working but if I get up and write as much of my daily target as possible then I can be more flexible as the day unfolds. The sprints on the #ROW80 hashtag are great but I know evenings are not going to be the easiest time to write. So that is the plan. I will try and make some sprints as I love the support from my writing friends.

I am a girl with a plan and I hope it works! Hope you have had great weeks and here is to seeing in August with a flurry of words!


  1. A girl with a plan - that's great!
    I'm sure you're gonna do great with CampNaNo ;)
    Have a great week!

  2. You doooo have a plan!! I'm also going to write first thing in the morning. I think it helps take the stress off for the rest of the day. Then I'll probably finish off at sprint time. Or at least, that is this girl's plan :D Good work this week! And OMG WEDNESDAYYYY.

  3. I'll cheer from the sidelines, Em! I am still debating if I'll participate in NaNoWriMo come November. I did it last year, but Oh,Boy! was it ever a challenge. (I still adore that title...excellent choice!)

  4. I definitely know what you mean about writing under pressure - there's something to be said for having to cram a lot into a small period of time! But maybe think about giving yourself a set time-frame for writing, with a timer or something, so you can simulate that pressure for yourself. :P

    I am currently a lady without a plan at the moment, so hopefully I can come up with one in, er, the next couple of days! But this is why I am cheating and going the rebel route with a pre-existing WIP, haha.

    Counting down the minutes and hours till Wednesday!