Sunday, 28 October 2012

ROW80 Check-in 28th October 2012

The best way to describe this week is a mixed bag. Here were the goals I set last week:

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.
Goal 1 - I am reading book 71 of the year. Man I hoped to be further ahead by now! I am not at work this week so hope to get lots of reading in but I am away tomorrow for five days with my sis, brother in law and 4 month old nephew and I am afraid cuddles and taking him swimming for the first time take precedence. But I really want to complete this challenge so I will try and read as much as possible.

Goal 2 - On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I managed 30 minutes of NaNo prep. I can't remember when I did what but here is what I have achieved:
* Written list of possible titles and am close to coming up with a working title.
* Written a character list with some small details.
* Written a more detailed (but not complete) description of my main character.
* Chosen famous look-a-likes and printed off pictures to help me with descriptions/visualisation.
* Started a list of 'things to include' when I think of random facts, quotes, points that I want to include.
* Drew a plan of MC's work place.
* Drew up a plot outline including plot points.

I have the main plot points but not many scenes written in. Actually I don't think I have any scenes apart from the ones in which the plot points occur. I need to work out the running order of my WIP as I have always written in a linear order.

So. We go away tomorrow but I will make time to prep. I have to as NaNo starts on Thursday!! So until Thursday my goals remain the same:

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.
And from the first of November I will change goal 2 into a daily word count goal in order to hopefully complete NaNo. I have lots of plans in November. Lots of big, entire weekends away plans but I will work around them and hopefully add extra words on some days. It is going to be crazy, intense, fun, bemusing, exciting and character building no doubt! I can't wait!!!

So from Thursday goal 2 is to write 1,667 words a day atleast. Crikey!

I hope you have all had wonderful weeks and those taking part in NaNo are more prepared then me!!!!


  1. It sounds like your NaNoWriMo prep is going well, that's great! Here is to another good writing week :)

  2. I think you're super prepared to start NaNo!
    Have fun with you fam!
    Have a great week!

  3. Good luck with your NaNo prep. I *may* join this year, but if I do, it's only in a casual way. I know, that is utterly ridiculous, because NaNo is anything BUT casual. I still can't commit to 1600ish words a day right now, though. So, I'll do what I can. :)

    Enjoy your nephew!

  4. Yay! Great job with your goals this week Em! I can't wait for NaNo...I'm both excited and terrified at the same time. Have a great vacation! :)

  5. Em, you have to take advantage of precious moments with your nephew. They grow so fast! Cuddle away!

    It sounds like you're nearly ready for NaNo! Awesome! You're going to have so much fun. :)

    If you want to get the biggest bang out of your prep, here's my suggestion: before you go to bed, focus on the next day's writing goal (character development, or outline, or whatever) for just a couple of minutes, bringing to mind everything you know now about what you want to accomplish. Your brain will do a bunch of work for you overnight, and you'll be ready to handle your "assignment" quickly the next day. Seriously. It works. This is how I manage my level of productivity around two little children, a job, and the rest of life. Best of luck -- you inspired me last year during NaNo. I still remember. :)

  6. Great start, Em! I'm looking forward to doing NaNo with you again this year. I'm sure we'll see each other in sprints (assuming I can remember what time to show up for them...sigh). Have a great time on your trip, enjoy that nephew of yours. All the best :)

  7. All the very best as you dive into NaNoWriMo. Hopefully, you'll be able to come up for air and keep us posted on your progress.

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