Well, I can’t say “all ends well”. Well is a wishy-washy word anyway.
So it good, the phrase “I’ve made real progress” (that real gives it extra wishy-washy power, I tell you), and a few other words and phrases that I don’t feel like typing in now (*shrugs* I may need to use them later 😉 )
So, how about I just play with some specifics for this ROW80 check-in?
My goals this round are:
- working through three chapters weekly of James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure (including exercises)
- catching up in my local critique group (including submitting something this week)
- typing two pages a day of old notebooks in
- (VIG) Write new words daily! (the Five Sentences)
MAIN GOAL: Assess progress weekly and add more projects as needed.
So what does this mean in real numbers?
- I did one chapter; I should have taken into account that the exercises were likely to get more involved as I went along, and that as a new project, I might need to finish a few other projects first.
- I did nothing there; the group is in something of a hiatus for the April CampNaNoWriMo.
- Overachiever here… Since last Monday, I’ve typed in 43 pages of old story, two pages of gathered notes from recent book research, and two more pages of notes for my (now late) ROW80 sponsor post; obviously, with that kind of typing count (I’m a mediocre typist who manages at best between 38-55wpm according to 750words.com), I have time to redirect to my other goals
- Got this one in the bag too! Even though I only added this goal on Wednesday, I found myself rapidly making up for lost time the rest of this week. My weekly new word count is a bit over 4K (okay, 4031!) Unfortunately this includes more than story words, as I’ve fought with four possible drafts ideas for my sponsor post. Still… new writing is new writing.
In the grand assessment, I see where I can afford to redirect energy. I don’t need to spend so much time typing in old stories and notes. If I dedicate half to Plot & Structure every other day and then use the off days for writing group, I’ll be able to let projects simmer just about the right about to meet those goals no problem.
And now for a few “extras”:
Though it wasn’t in my goals list, I’ve also managed to get a fair amount of reading done this week. I hesitate to set this as a goal, not that I expect my reading list to dwindle in any way. But so far I have:
- The World of Christopher Marlowe
- Mothers Tell Your Daughters (finished today)
- Once a Warrior
- Paul Revere’s Ride
- among others… the stack is in the other room, and these are just the books I started reading already
Already I am grabbing the rare ten minute to luck half-hour sprints here and there where I can. I have a lot of reading I want to get done. So no cuts there, but I’d like to add a touch more fiction to my list. Yesterday at the meeting of the local chapter of the RWA, I got a few suggestions to add to my reading list. Will be checking those out soon.
And another goal/not-goal… I’ve achieved 98 days of French and German on Duolingo. I’ve missed a week of Russian and Spanish. Doing all four languages daily was getting to be too much, so…. balance. I have to find a balance here yet too.
Until then… one of the few things I can write in Russian: Досвидания!
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