My first ROW80 Check-in

I set two short-term goals for ROW80:

  • Write every weekday, at least 1/2 hr unplugged, at least 1 hr total
  • Write at least 3 scenes per week.

I’m doing this in the morning, before my day explodes, as I’ve got a gimpy cat to take to the vet, phone calls to make, a phone call to await, an appointment to chat with my TechGuy this afternoon, I have to grab an hour to write today (not sure of the specifics either), I need to do some cleaning, making a ham dinner, and my daughter is home asking me to play something every 5 minutes. (Not a lot for normal moms at home or people who work for paychecks, but I lack coping skills.)

So for this check-in, we’re only dealing with Monday and Tuesday.

On which I did great!

I ended up taking two hours on Monday, writing 1229 words, and finishing the sequence I’ve been working on pretty much the entire month of December. (Which isn’t saying so much, as I had maybe 1 day to myself to actually write stuff in the entire month. See above: lacks coping skills. But that’s what I’m working on.)

On Tuesday I wrote the next scene. 1133 words with an alarming number of swears. Yes, Marco was involved. As well as two characters new to this story who are also pretty bad in that regard. Marco’s thoughts continue to be…let’s just say he should be tried as an adult. Regardless of the conventional wisdom that says teen characters = YA, I’m starting to question the categorization.

I’m thinking about adding in a new idea right now, something to support what’s already there and strengthen a thread that’s weak. So today I’ll probably spend a little time looking down on the big picture.

Anyway, see where my head is? In the story, with the planning and stuff? I think the ROW80 goals are working really well so far. I’ve been letting myself be run by circumstances, waiting for the conditions to be right to do my best work, and getting no work done at all. There’s more to it, but that’s the part that’s my fault and that I can work on.

Writing that post last night, looking back on my attitude as I wrote Hush Money, was very eye-opening for me. Definitely some things for me to think about.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to reading about how the start of the challenge has been for others. Thanks for stopping by.

Blog hoppers, here’s the linky.

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21 responses to “My first ROW80 Check-in

  1. Poor gimpy cat. But yay for the great start. Don’t worry too much about the coping skills, most people have a lack of them but will deny it to the ground if pressed. 🙂

    • Back from the vet and gimpy cat is doing better but not great.
      Ah, I seem to have little trouble seeing and confessing my faults, which I’m sure is a fault unto itself. Must work more on DOING.

  2. Ah, unplugging, that’s the key. I have a heck of a time doing that. 🙂

    • I have tried closing windows and stuff, but the only thing that really works for me is using the wireless function key on my laptop and just disconnecting from the internet entirely. If I didn’t have that, I’d have to yank the cord from the wall for a while.

  3. Wow, you’ve got some momentum going there. Yay for you!

  4. Yay, for the fab start.

  5. Kait Nolan

    Great job!

    There was a post I read somewhere in the last few months that I could not lay my hands on if you held a gun to my head, but that was talking about the issue of teen characters not necessarily = YA. She had a bunch of examples (most of which I hadn’t heard of) and talked about the whys of the ones she considered YA and the ones she considered adult. It was really interesting….

    • I think I know what you’re talking about. It was really some time ago. And I’ve actually forgotten what the distinction was or where I thought my book fell at the time.

      Mostly, I continue to be uncomfortable with teen books being a subset of children’s books, and therefore having my book on children’s charts. Even though it’s on that chart with other teen books with sex, foul language, killing and other violence. And I’ve come to the point where it’s causing me to self-edit. So that Marco thought about bending a character over and showing her, but had to choose another position and wording because I backed off on his thought, because of the YA thing. He still remains plenty evil and foul though.

  6. I’ve been letting myself be run by circumstances, waiting for the conditions to be right to do my best work, and getting no work done at all.
    I’ve been struggling with this exact thing. I’ve found that challenges work for me. I surprised myself with the amount I managed to write during NaNoWriMo just because I had to report my progress every day and had a goal to reach. And so far it seems like Row80 does the same thing. Sometimes one just have to stop waiting and buckle down and get the job done.

  7. I know exactly how you feel.It’s way too easy to let everything else get in the way of our creative endeavors!

    Warm Regards,
    Julie
    http://earthwalker.tk

  8. Glad to hear the goals are going well for you so far! I’ve had (mostly) success with mine too. Here’s for sustainability! 🙂

  9. Awesome! Can’t wait to hear what sludge is coming out of Marco’s mouth. He’s a bad, bad boy.

  10. Gah! I need to get cracking on my goals. Awesome sauce on what you’ve accomplished so far, though!

  11. I found you on Kristen Lamb’s site and you’ve introduced me to ROW80. I’m joining in. Thanks! Good luck on your progress.

  12. Hi Susan. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry to hear about your gimpy cat’s trouble. I have 3 myself (not gimpy). One is often on my lap as I type. (It’s unfortunate that laptop keyboards are so warm–that’s where they really want to be!)
    Good luck with your goals. I’m finding I crank out more words on busy days. On a day like today when I had ‘all the time in the world’ (for a few hours), I found way too many other distractions.

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