Sunday, 3 March 2013

ROW80 Check-in Sunday 3rd March 2013

Ok. Here is the honest truth. I have been rubbish this week. Let's just get straight into it.

My goals were:
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.
Goal 1
Ok. So goal 1 has not been great. I barely read last week. I started two different books but couldn't get into either so stopped which is very unlike me. I was tired and not feeling great and I didn't have the energy to read. Very, very unlike me. I am now reading 'A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger' by Lucy Robinson and I am loving it so hopefully I will finish it soon. I have read 12 books so far this year so I am behind but there is lots of time to make it up!

Goal 2
On Monday I wrote 735 words in 30 minutes of the #row80 sprint and Thursday I wrote 552 words in 30 minutes. So I managed an hour of writing which falls well short of my goal but I guess an hour is still an hour? Words are still words? My short story is now at 2,637 words and this week I really need to finish the first draft. I am writing in first person but I am going to try a draft in third after this and decide which one to edit for the competition. 28 days and counting until the deadline!

Goal 3
This one is done! So it isn't all completely bad!

Goal 1 is on track and 3 should be fine for next week so goal 2 is the one I need to focus on.

I have a crazy busy week this week. Lots of meetings at work and things that I need to do which which take up a lot of my time in the evenings. Work friends are staying on Tuesday and Wednesday nights so I won't be able to do anything then and I have plans on Friday. So I am going to tweak this goal.I am going to make my goal for this week - finish draft 1 of short story. So by next Sunday draft 1 in first person WILL be done. I am not going to worry about amount of time spent or number of words. I just want one draft finished! I feel calmer not thinking of trying to fit in lots of time, I just need to write when I can.

So there you have it. Not pretty but not every week can be pretty! Hope you are having wonderful weeks and hopefully I will be here telling you I have a completed first draft of my short story next week!


  1. Work is work is work :) at least you've done SOMETHING, which is a lot better than nothing at all. Best of luck for next week!

  2. You still did great this week and you have a plan for next so in my view you're already half-way there! Keep up the good work and good luck finishing your draft. You can do it! :D

  3. Yes, words are words and one hour of writing is better than nothing! I know what you mean about having a hard time finding books that draw you in, I recently had the same problem... Hope you have a great week!

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