Sunday, 9 September 2012

ROW80 Check-in 9th September 2012

Well, this is kind of a pointless check-in as I have done nothing towards my goals since Wednesday. Nothing. Ok, here are my goals:

1) Write at least 1000 words five days a week (week total 5,000 words)
2) Two ROW80 check-ins a week no matter how short but sweet they are.

3) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge (or as much as I can!).
4) Review one book a month.

So I have completed goal two by writing this so I guess that is something!

Goal one. Where to start. I wanted to write 5000 words this week but since I haven't written since Tuesday I have only made 2,045 words. Which I know is good but not as much as I wanted. I think I underestimated the impact returning to work would make on my time, my energy, my brain power! In the evening it just seemed too much to try and write 1000 words so I just didn't even try. Believe me I am annoyed at myself. Yes I was tired and yes I had work to do and yes there is some family stuff going on at home but actually I could have written. But I didn't.

So I am not going to change my writing goal. I am going to keep it the same and aim for 1000 words five times a week but even if I sit down and write 100 words then that is progress towards the 5000 words. I feel if I change my goal I will be giving myself an excuse to try less and that is not ok. So let's see how this goes!!

I am reading a book I have really enjoyed and have nearly finished. I cannot wait till the 13th of September when the new Marian Keye's book is out and I should think 'The Mystery of Mercy Close' will be my September review! I just love Marian.

I hope you have all had much more productive weeks than me and hopefully when I check in this time next week I will be reporting a 5000 word week!!!


  1. Returning to work had the same impact on me two weeks ago: I would just come home and do anything but write because I felt tired and without a functioning brain. But this week was much better for me, as I'm sure next week will be for you. I agree with your idea of keeping your goals as they are and to try to slowly ease back into writing. Have a great week and happy writing!

  2. Em, I hear you about the effect of the day job. It takes a bit to get back into the swing of things after a break. I still find that I have to write before work, no matter how horrible that sounds, because I am mush-brained afterwards. Hang in there, you'll start to see better results!

    Also, I have to apologize to you. You commented on my September 2nd check-in, but Wordpress put your comment in spam! I didn't see it until today. I am so sorry for the delay!

  3. Life happens, dear, and I'm glad you're not changing your goals at this time ... I'm sure you can do it, but don't be so hard on yourself, because we don't always meet our goals. You know we don't ;)
    GO, Em, go!
    Have a great week!

  4. I liked what you said about 100 words bringing you closer to that writing goal. Yes! And so will 250 words. Can you write at work -- coffee break? Sneak away once in a while for a writing lunch? Before you went back to work, was a particular time of day more useful? Early or late? I hope the transition goes smoothly and you find a way to write "between".

  5. I have a low daily goal so I don't have that 'Oh but 1,000 is so many, instead of trying them all I'll do nothing.' It works for me anyway.
    Going back to work is always hard, and that's after 2 weeks I can't imagine 6 weeks would be like. I hope you get used to it this week, and get on with your writing goals!