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!!!

7 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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?

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  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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