Monday, 7 January 2013

ROW80 2013 Round One Goals

I wanted a plan. A really concrete, systematic plan with lots of parts and to know where I am heading but I have to say I have fallen a bit flat. Since I moved house in December (I hope never to move just before Christmas again!) I haven't written since November and NaNo and I barely read until the Christmas holidays too. I also have the busiest few months coming up with two hen parties, two weddings, five 30th birthdays (INCLUDING MY OWN!) so I know I need to be sensible in what I set out to achieve. But I still want to achieve.

There are still some paperwork bits I need to get sorted after my move and some clothes I need to unpack...still! But on the whole I feel set up. In fact sitting for the first time at my dining room table I think this will be a great place to write. I have decided to return to my WIP 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker' that I wrote during CampNaNo last year. I am 58,240 words into it and the other day when I finally located it on my laptop I read the last page I wrote and was actually quite liked what I saw! So this is what I will write. I also want to have another stab at reading 100 books this year so I will need a reading goal too. I have managed to read three so far already this year but as I am back to work today my reading time is obviously reduced. Don't you find work always gets in the way?!

But I have to admit that my writing stuff got packed into a big bag and there it remains. I need to sort this stuff and reaquaint myself with 'Matchmaker' and what I had planned for the plot from here on out. Therefore I don't feel I can set a word count goal because I need to do some reading of Matchmaker and work out some next steps. So I think a time goal would be good for now because it can go from time spent preparing to time spent writing hopefully. So here are my goals:

1) Read two books a week in order to read 100 books this year!

2) Spend 30 minutes a day, five times a week on writing related things. Prep, reading notes, research and writing all count.

3) Write a ROW80 check-in every sunday.

I have gone for five lots of writing related time a week to allow for some insanely busy weekends and as always when I set a time goal I am aiming for two and a half hours total a week.

So that is the plan. Hopefully simple and hopefully effective! I hope to make as many sprints on the #ROW80 twitter feed as possible and hopefully visit lots of you fellow ROW80ers as I was really slack about that last round. I hope everyone feels like they know where they are heading and I have a feeling it is going to be a good round!!!


  1. Huge luck for round 1. Great goals.
    Work always gets in my way too. :) x

  2. I find writing in December seems to evade everyone after NaNo, so don't feel you're alone my any means - at least you had a reason.
    Good goals, I'm sure you'll succeed in them.

  3. Nice, sensible goals!! Good god, you're going to be busy. But being with friends and loved ones will keep you engaged and happy which makes for good writing :D Glad you're liking the new flat. Here's to a great round!

  4. My 30th birthday is in the end of the year (Dec ...)
    Great goals, hon. We're gonna keep you on your toes ;)
    Let's do this!

  5. WoW! Two books a week sounds really impressive. Best of luck. Will you let us know whicj ones you go for when you update?

  6. Yeah, happy to see you're joining us again! Best of luck with your goals and see you during the Twitter sprints!

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