A Round of Words in 80 Days

November 21, 2012

I was so excited to complete goals number one and two for this week on Monday. I soared. Anything was possible in a week that started out with such industry and accomplishment. I had 1,696 words written at the end of the day. You, go girl!

Tuesday was another successful day. I spent the morning working on two papers that are due this weekend for my online classes. I scheduled my last blog post for November and got the one uploaded for December 1. After lunch, I wrote for 90 minutes on my novel, completing about 1,100 words. Another hour on Wednesday and I should reach my word count goal.

I guess I’ll post this before I do that…so we will all anxiously anticipate the Sunday update to see if I was able to make this final goal.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2012

First of all, I only wrote 3,500 words last week so I was 1,500 words short of my goal. I have to admit the major reason for this is that I’m just plain burned out on reading and writing.

I’ve decided to modify my goals for this week since it’s a holiday week and my sons will be home from college for most of it. These are my goals for the next 7 days:

  1. Read another chapter in Plot and Structure
  2. Submit story or poem to the literary journal at school
  3. Write the rest of the blog posts for November and get them scheduled
  4. Write at least 2,000 words on the novel

I don’t know if even these are doable, but I can’t go too easy on myself. After all, it wouldn’t be a “challenge” if it didn’t look highly improbable on the front side – right?

November 14, 2012

I missed Sunday’s check-in. I had no additional progress to report. My only remarks would have disparaged myself and how would that have motivated me to step up to the challenge?

This week, I’ve managed to write 2,880 words. Less than half of them were directly for the novel. The bulk of them were setting the stage for an origin myth that will play an important role in the story. It’s amazing how much world building is required as a back story in my own mind when I’m creating a fantastical universe.

I do have some homework to finish this week, but I believe I will be able to write for two more hours easily. I should be able to write for four hours and at least 5,000 words this week. Mission accomplished!

November 7, 2012

This week is off to an excellent start. So far I have 2,476 words written toward my weekly goal of 5,000. Even though I’m tired because of the time change, I’m still managing to get some words on the page after 8 hours of work and a couple hours of school each day.

I wrote blog posts on Monday to get most of this month taken care of so I don’t have to worry about writing blogs until after Thanksgiving. Tuesday, I sent my protagonist down a ventilation pipe to rescue some scientists. I’ve been dreaming of all the complications that await her there, so I want to hurry up and get to them. I have to maneuver through the dark tunnel, conjure up a little wind magic and get her into the secret lab first.

I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my words on my WIP this week. Needless to say, I’m going to make my goal.

November 4, 2012

As I feared earlier this week, I wasn’t able to recover from my slow start. Even with a few hours spent adding to my novel, I ended up with a mere 3,100 words for the week.

I hope that with a long weekend from work coming in this next week, I might be able to make up some ground. Of course, I have scheduled research for my two school projects during that short, four-day spell, too.

The good news is that ideas and options for the upcoming “rescue” scene in my novel are flowing in and out of my mind. I’m still undecided about the avenue I will take, and I might even write it two or three different ways and choose the one that fits later on. We’ll see when the moment arrives.

October 31, 2012

I missed the Sunday check-in. It was just a busy weekend. See my post on the main page to get more details about that.

I have a headache. Kids at school are getting sick like crazy. I don’t want to be sick. I don’t feel like writing, or doing homework, or going to work. I feel like going to sleep.

I wrote 660 words on Monday and a few more on Tuesday. It’s not looking like a very good week for meeting my goal. I’d like to say that makes me depressed, but I’m already feeling despondent. Headaches do that to a person.

I’ll be tapping out the two short papers due for my college course, but I would be surprised if I even made 2,500 words this week.

Next week is a new week. I’ll start anew…and meet the challenge.

October 24, 2012

This has been a productive week so far. I’ve written 3,345 words toward my weekly goal of 5,000. Monday, most of the writing was the blog entries for the next two weeks. I still need to finish one for next Wednesday about the Parent Weekend at George Fox University we’re attending with our youngest son this weekend.

Finally, I went back and wrote the missing scene from my WIP. It’s still rough and needs more emotion to up the intensity, but the skeleton is there. Beautification can happen during the rewriting stage. Right now, I’m just trying to get words on a page.

It’s a good thing I’m ahead of schedule for word count because I won’t be home to write on Friday or Saturday. Since my husband is at a class, I should be able to write on Wednesday and Thursday without interruption to get those last 1,655 words written. Only 830 per night. That is completely doable.

October 21, 2012

I’ve logged another successful week behind my writing desk. In fact, I penned almost the full 5,107 words for the week in furtherance of my WIP. Were there days when I felt that most of the words were garbage? Sure. That was exactly how I felt on Tuesday.

I didn’t let the old Negative Nelly (my inner critic) stop me from pushing forward. I didn’t succumb to the compulsion to use the backspace key to destroy all evidence of those less than perfect words.

No, I made myself continue. Fixing things is what I will do in the next stage. This is the time for writing. Until the final word is poured from my mind on to the page of this story, I will move forward. No using the backspace key – well, for more than one or two words at a time.

Onward and forward – that’s how you face down a challenge and meet your goals.

October 17, 2012

Mid-week check-in time and I’m looking good again this week. All but about 500 words of the 2,422 words I’ve written this week have been on my novel. I’m starting to get a better picture of my characters and envisioning the character arcs for each of them. I still have plenty of rounding to do so my male protagonist gains dimension, but the plot points that were hanging me up last week, seem to be ironing themselves out.

I do have some homework to finish before Sunday, but I don’t anticipate anything that will keep me from reaching the word count goal this week. Did I just invite disaster to rain on my parade?

October 14, 2012

Hallelujah! I knew I could do it. A huge thank you to all of you who stopped by to encourage me this week.

It’s the end of the week. I made it to my goal. In fact, I wrote 5,230 words this week. I spent around 5 hours writing over five separate days. Putting all those words on the page feels fantastic. It feels even better knowing I didn’t let myself down this week. Even with work, school, family, homework and life, I managed to put my rear in the chair and write.

“I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me” – Philippians 4:13.

Happy dance…celebration…smiles…and a great feeling that I can do more writing tomorrow.

October 10, 2012

Woo-hooo! I’m more than halfway to my 5,000 word goal for this week. I’ve spent well over two hours so far writing.

It’s only a little disappointing that 900 and some odd words were for my novel. I went back to fill in a gap in action and I’m starting to get ideas for the plot that I was missing before. Otherwise, I spent those words writing in my literary reflection journal and completing the rough draft of my final feature story. These were generally creative writing pursuits, so I counted their words in my count.

Oh, yeah, I’ve written 2,545 words in two days. I’m excited. Am I excited enough for the momentum to carry me through another 2,500 words? I certainly hope so.

October 7, 2012

It’s the end of the week and I didn’t reach my goal of 5,000 words per week. I did manage to write for at least four hours. This week, I’ve written 4,245 words. I fell short by over 750 words – bummer. I blame this on all the homework I’ve had to complete this week. Unfortunately, I don’t see that next week will be much lighter in that department.

Most of my writing has been for my novel or my feature writing college class. I’m at a point where I’m not sure how to proceed next in the novel. I need time to mull over what conflict needs to arise and how to approach the problem my protagonists face. Hopefully, I’ll figure out something soon so I can add more words to the novel next week.

My goal: meet my word count goal next week. Never give up; never surrender.

October 3, 2012
My goal is to write 5,000 words per week. So far this week, I’ve written 2,290 words. I’m on track because I invested two hours, one on Monday and one on Tuesday, specifically for writing. Every word might not be a keeper, but those little beasties are on the page. That’s half the battle.

Most of my writing has been on my WIP, a young adult fantasy novel. I’ve finally gotten to the point in the manuscript where I’m introducing the immortal elf and dragon to the three human protagonists. I don’t think I’ve completely captured their awe and amazement (or is that terrified disbelief?), but it was fun to imagine their reactions.

Only 2,710 words to go by Sunday to meet my weekly goal. If I stick to my schedule, I shouldn’t have any problem meeting the goal this week.

September 28, 2012

Beginning on October 1, 2012, I will be participating in an 80 day challenge. This is a writing challenge called A Round of words in 80 Days.

My personal weekly goal will be 5,000 words per week. I actually set this goal for myself at the end of August and I have met the goal two of the four weeks since I set it.

I’m going to put my weekly check-ins on this page with a link to it from my home page. Here’s to hoping my page will get reams of new visitors and even a few new followers.

I will continue to post on Wednesdays and Saturdays according to the topic schedule I’ve created. Hope you’ll check out the ROW80 blog.

Challenge yourself. It’s the only way to bump ourselves out of a rut.


19 responses

2 10 2012
7 10 2012
7 10 2012

Over 4,000 words is AMAZING. 🙂
So what if it’s short by 750. You still managed 4245.

7 10 2012

Thanks for the kudos and encouragement. That is what this challenge is all about – encouragement. You get an A for that!

9 10 2012

Sharon –

If your goal had been 4000, you would have nailed it!

750 words isn’t so many, and, compared to what you did right, it’s even fewer.

Maybe take it a bit easier on yourself when the homework won’t give. If you are doing a lot of writing there, finding the time and inspiration (not to mention the energy!) to make 5000 might be less important than giving your mond time to just rest and let the characters play.

After this school siege, you might find you are writing a huge amount you just can’t get to right now.

A little touch of a sabbatical is not giving up or surrendering…it’s a chance for renewal. =)

It seems you are 4,245 words to the good, for this week! =D

9 10 2012

Thanks for the encouragement. I am counting some of my writing for school in my word count – if it’s creative writing. For example, I have a profile feature story due this week and I’ll consider that writing toward my goal.

I’m trying to keep it all in perspective. Not that easy for the Type A perfectionist…

10 10 2012
Morgan Dragonwillow

Congratulations on your word counts and working those goals! I haven’t kept track of my words lately. Most of mine have been for posts and editing. I will definitely be keeping track during NaNo though.

By the way, I know a bit about perfectionism (being a perfectionist myself) and have found that it is often related to the fear of making a mistake. At least for me it is.

Peace to you.

10 10 2012

Thanks for commenting. I think I’m afraid to look stupid when I make a mistake. I make mistakes all the time, but not in front of the whole world!

Good luck meeting your goals. It’s such a satisfying feeling.

10 10 2012
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

Sharon, what a great start to the week. I think you should proud of all you wrote, no matter where it goes. Sometimes the reflections seem tangential, but they can pop into play at the strangest times. Sometimes they are just preparing the earth for the garden, but that’s just as worthwhile.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

14 10 2012

Wow 5,230 is brilliant. Well done!

15 10 2012
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

Sharon, that is awesome. I hear you about just needing to put the rear in the chair and write–I’m busy taking classes right now, which takes away from the writing, but will help in the long run.

Keep up the good work!

18 10 2012
Gloria Weber

Congrats on having a good week. I don’t think “positive thinking” (a.k.a. you saying you can meet your goal) necessarily invites disaster. But you did knock on wood, just in case, right?

18 10 2012

Gloria- No, positive thinking is the best.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you meet your goals this week!

18 10 2012
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

Shh! We won’t let life hear that you anticipate no problems–we’ll whisper! LOL. Seriously, it sounds as though things are really coming together for you, which is exciting!

Here’s to a good rest of the week!

18 10 2012

Thanks for the happy thoughts. It’s great to have some successful writing times – although I can’t say I’ve loved every word I’ve written. I’m trying to keep pushing ahead, though. I’ll save the rewriting for the second draft.

25 10 2012
Gloria Weber

Good on you for being head on the game. That always good and allows for hiccups like you’re facing. I wish you the best reaching 5k this week and in the round. 🙂

15 11 2012
Lauralynn Elliott

I think you’re doing fine! Keep up the good work, and good luck for the rest of the week!

19 11 2012
Lauralynn Elliott

I think a lot of ROW80ers will have to revise for the holidays. Just do what you can do!

21 11 2012
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

Wow, such a productive few days! You go, girl, indeed! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy the productive glow.

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