Sunday, 14 October 2012

ROW80 Check-in 14th October 2012

I set myself these goals last Sunday:
1) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge (or as much as I can!).

2) Decide on a genre and story for NaNo.

And I have to say I have done pretty well!!

1) I read 'Love Lies' by Adele Parks (one she signed for me at an event I went to, squeal!) and I am racing through 'The Girl You Left Behind' by Jojo Moyes. I had five hours worth of train journey this weekend and I put it to good use and read lots! I am reading book 69 so I still have 30 books to read before January 1st. Can I do it? I have two school holidays (A.K.A. Quality Reading Time) so it might be possible! I am going to try my best!


I decided to stick to what I love most and that is Chick Lit. I have hinted that I might try my hand at fantasy as I have loved some of the recent YA fantasy books I have read but I don't feel I have the preparation time I would need. And, I love chick lit.

The only issue was I didn't have a bright shiny idea waiting in the wings. So on my train journey on Friday I was pleasantly surprised when I suddenly remembered the chick lit idea I had before last year's NaNo that I didn't end up writing! It was a complete lightbulb moment and I like to think not unlike J.K.Rowlings train journey in which she plotted Harry Potter. ;)

So I scribbled some notes and now feel I know where I am heading!! It is going to be such a fun book to write (remind me of this in November!).

So, goals this week are:

1) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge (or as much as I can!).

2) 30 minutes a day of NaNo prep - can include plotting, reading, character development etc.

I feel pretty happy about goal 2 as I know setting aside 30 minutes a day to work on NaNo is a good way for me to work and I am going to try and coincide with the sprints on the #ROW80 hashtag on twitter.

So, full steam ahead! Once I buy a nice new notebook of course! Hope you have had wonderful weeks!!!


  1. Great job on your goals for the week! And yay for light bulb moments! Can you believe that NaNo is going to start in like less than three weeks?! I can't believe it's already here! *starts to freak out* I am so glad I decided to do it this year (and this time hopefully finish!) but it's still scary!

    Good luck this week and hope to see you during some of the #row80 sprints!

  2. Yay! A bright and shiny new idea! And two weeks to plot before NaNo. Very cool.
    I'm going to write a novella during November. It's been inspiring already reading about everyone's NaNo prep, and I know I'll miss being part of it if I don't have my own project going. :)

  3. Did you love Love Lies? I thought it was brilliant. I bought The Girl You Left Behind yesterday, I can't wait to read it!
    Well done getting your idea for NaNo, I guess with only a couple of weeks to go, I should start thinking about it too!
    Good luck with this week's goals!

  4. That's awesome, Em! So happy that things are going great! And that you're sticking to the genre you like the most ;)
    Like we talked on twitter, leave the fantasy for NaNo next year, when ALL OF US write fantasy for nano LOL
    Way to go ;)
    Have a great week!

  5. Congrats on deciding on a NaNoWriMo idea. It's always exciting when the concept finally comes together. Best of luck with your prep and writing time!

  6. Way to go, Em! A train epiphany is indeed a brilliant way to begin the NaNo journey. Have a fantastic week and perhaps I'll see you in sprints :)

  7. That's great news Em! Chick Lit sounds fun and perfect for NaNoWriMo :) Hope you have a good writing/reading week!

  8. Wahoo, I am soooo excited for you! You've done wonderfully well this week, my friend. I can't wait for November!