Sunday, 10 February 2013

ROW80 Check-in 10th February 2013

I know I wanted 2013 to be an eventful year but some of the things that are going on are not quite what I ordered. I can't think what I have done towards my goals in the last fortnight so I am not going to look back but instead I am going to look forward.

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 on short story for competition. Prep, reading notes, research and writing all count.

3) Write a ROW80 check-in every Sunday.
So my goals are simple. 1 and 2 are especially simple and I am currently reading book number 8 of the year. By tuesday I should have read book number 12 but I am closing the gap! I have a couple of train journeys next weekend which means quality reading time and I determined not to buy any more books on my kindle until I clear some ofF the 'to be read' pile on my bookshelf.

My last check in was Sunday 27th January and in that check-in I talked about how I felt like I was lacking direction. I have unfinished and finished but unedited WIP's that need editing but nothing was grabbing my interest and therefore motivation was lacking.

So I have taken a different direction altogether and decided to enter a short story competition! I heard from a friend about a short story competition run by Belinda Jones and the winning entry will be published alongside 30 brilliant writers in an anthology. The story needs to be set outside the Uk and have a holiday theme and the genre is romance. The deadline is the 31st March so there is plenty of time *eye twitch* and whilst I am excited I am a bit scared. I have never written a short story so it is a whole new skill to learn but I am going to give it a go. I found a book of short stories on my shelf I have never read which contains lots of my favourite writers so I am going to read that as research and I have been scribbling ideas down for the plot.

So here is to a productive week although I have a wedding on Thursday and a hen weekend all weekend so it could be a struggle at times! I hope everyone is doing well and smashing their goals!


  1. Em, I LOVE the idea of a short story competition! And I hear you about lacking motivation... I am poking at the steampunk and trying to *make* myself interested (and I think I may succeed before long), but working on a project that doesn't grab you just feels like torture. And while I know that writing is work, etc, I don't always want it to *feel* like work. So I am excited to hear about this short story endeavor! Enjoy the hen weekend + wedding!

  2. You're doing great, Em! Especially with all that is going on. Just remember to set a little time aside for yourself amidst all the insanity :D (Sounds like you'll not have trouble with that this week!!) Very excited to hear more about your short story journey. Have a great week and a wonderful time with your friends <3

  3. I think entering a short story competition is a great idea if you're stuck on your other projects. And the "not buying anymore books and read the ones in my TBR pile" plan... yeah, I'm working on that too :) Have a good week!

  4. Sounds like you have a great plan and few fun things in the pipe-line too. Best of luck for the competition and for the week ahead! X

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