Sunday, 14 April 2013

ROW80 Check-in 14th April 2013

Well, this week has been a mixed bag of success. I think a little goal change is in order!

Here were my goals for this week:

1) Read as much as possible aiming for at least TWO books a week.

2) Read through my chick-lit first draft and make notes. At least an hour and a half of this each week.

3) Write a ROW80 check-in each Sunday.

Goal One
I managed to read two books this week (books 19 and 20 of the year) and am halfway through a third. I have also started a non-fiction book given to me which I will read alongside the fiction one. I got lots of reading done but was hoping for more to make up some ground on my 100 books in a year challenge but I feel happy with how this week has gone with this goal.

Goal Two
This goal hasn't gone so well. I have many issues with myself as a writer. One issue is I am worse at getting things done if I have time on my hands. I haven't been at work this week and yes, I have had plans but I could have done lots of reading of my WIP, but I didn't. I did that age old thing of putting it off till tomorrow and then crammed some in today. I read through 5 chapters of my WIP today in half an hour so I am an hour short for this goal. I do seem to struggle to get in a writing habit unless I am in a NaNoWriMo situation so I think this goal needs some tweaking. I am going to change my goal to reading my WIP for ten minutes each day. This is completely do-able and of course I can do more than ten minutes but that is at least an hour and ten minutes of reading a week and will hopefully help me develop a habit of doing something every day.

Linked to this goal is the good news that I found the end of my WIP in a bag of writing things in my flat. I genuinely have no recollection of handwriting the end of my WIP but I am so relieved I found it! I found some bits I like in my WIP in the chapters I read today but again, lots of painful notes to myself. If I write 'Show don't tell' enough hopefully it will sink in?! My favourite note to my self from this week is 'Needs sexier co-worker then old lady?' Sometimes I amaze myself!

Goal Three

So, not a terrible week but definitely could do better! Here are my goals for the week ahead:
1) Read as much as possible aiming for at least TWO books a week.

2) Read through my chick-lit first draft and make notes. At least ten minutes a day.

3) Write a ROW80 check-in each Sunday.

I hope you all have had wonderful weeks and good luck for the week ahead!


  1. Hey, Em, it looks like you have tackled your weekly goals well enough. Perhaps some tweaking, as you say, but in general, you look like you're doing well there.

    I know what you mean about the way NaNoWriMos can push us to write more. I'm not sure that's all that good though. Maybe instead of a whole month, you could plan weekly binges such as a week-long "Word Race" and do this one week on, one week off until you've gotten used to writing more often for shorter periods of time?

    Just a thought... (one I intend to try myself now).

  2. I love the idea of a word race. I may try it too.
    I know what you mean Em about not writing when you actually have time to do it. I am behind with my writing and I am doing Camp Nanowrimo.
    Great work on your goals and good luck for the coming few days. x

  3. I also have the problem of being less efficient when I'm off work... But you did read a lot, so that's something! Hope you have a great week!