I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post for my final ROW80 Round 3 check-in. Mostly because I’m not exactly sure how to summarize my thoughts on what, if anything, I accomplished.
I was chatting with the lovely and talented Sonia G Medeiros on Twitter. She asked if I was going to sign up for Round 4. And I have to say my initial response was, “I’m not sure. I think I need to reevaluate my goals.”
Originally I set out with a goal of writing 750 words per day. Eighty days of 750 words per day would have brought me to the end of my novel. But…that didn’t happen. Mostly because the novel I thought I had planned turned out to not be planned so well. So I took a break for some learning. Here is what I DID do in 80 days:
- Read Save the Cat, by Blake Snyder
- Read Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
- Read Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
- I also read a TON of YA fiction–equally for study and pleasure
- Beta read a high fantasy novel for a writer friend
- Beta read a steampunk novel for another writer friend
- Wrote a beat sheet for two different novel ideas
- Outlined with index cards for two different novel ideas
- Debated over which of those ideas to start writing
- Wrote about 8,000 words on one idea
- Switched and wrote about 7,000 words on the other (and this is the one I’m currently working on)
- Made it a goal to be more consistent with my blogging by committing to three entries per week (which I did successfully for the most part, but not perfectly for sure)
- Became a contributor to a group blog that recommends indie YA books
- It forced me to focus on my writing, even if that meant I had to stop writing in order to get better at it.
- Being plugged into a writing community is a great way to stay motivated. Otherwise this journey is far too lonely.
- What better way to find a consistent writing routine, than to make that one of my goals?
- I did make some progress, and as Kait Nolan said on the ROW80 blog the other day:
“That single step is one step further than you’d be if you had done nothing. So it’s not a failure. It might not be what you wanted to get done, but it’s something and that counts as progress.”
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~Vladimir Nabakov