20131218 ROW80 Check-in

Making Word Count Is Like Doing Crunches

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Making word count is like doing crunches; it’s hard work, but it gets easier. At least that’s what I tell myself. The girl in the photo looks far too chipper and bears no resemblance to myself. I don’t smile like that until I make work count.

I’ve set a goal of writing 5,000 words a week since that will put me close to finishing in late spring, 2014. I aim for 1,000 per day because I know life will interfere at least a couple of times during those seven days.

Today’s interference comes from Daughter Three with probable strep throat and a trip to the doctor. College Girl goes to the dentist’s office tomorrow and the oral surgeon the next day. Saturday, there’s a wedding that will suck up half of the day. And don’t forget Christmas. The tree has lights on it and a cut-out star picture of Nicolas Cage. (Thank you, College Girl.)

5,000 a week is ambitious, but since it’s the first draft, I can write without listening to my inner editor. At least that’s what I tell myself. Sounds good, huh? Tell that to my inner editor; she’s screeching the entire time. I’m trying to drown her out with Pandora music.

Subconscious Writer v. Conscious Writer

ROW80LogocopyAnyway, the 1,000 words per day is hard for me. I know where the story is supposed to go, but getting the characters to do their part is more difficult. I told Daughter Three last night that it’s not the characters who are acting bad, it’s Subconscious Writer (SW) who keeps working on the story without telling Conscious Writer (CW) until it’s writing time.

SW interferes, whispers new lines to the characters, gives them unexpected attitudes, and otherwise messes with the script. Gah! Meanwhile, Conscious Writer–good girl that she is–is still trying to follow the original idea.

CW and SW can get along. At least that’s what I tell myself.

Sunday – Wednesday  PROGRESS:

  • Wednesday’s ROW80 check-in. DONE
  • Comment on other’s blogs. DONE
  • Draft Friday post for author blog by Wednesday. HALF DONE
  • Publish Part III on Christ’s Reflections. ALMOST READY
  • Draft a post for Christ’s Reflections blog for Monday. NOT DONE
  • Social media:
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present) YES
    • Twitter (3X/day) DONE
  • Critique for a member of my critique group on Monday. OOPS
  • Continue work on business plan. YES
  • Complete 2,500 words on WIP by Wednesday. 2,100 as of Noon, I should make it!

Thursday – Saturday GOALS:

  • Sunday’s ROW80 Check-in.
  • Comment on other’s blogs.
  • Complete the blog post for Friday and fire up another one for the following week.
  • Social media
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present)
    • Twitter (3X/day)
  • Continue work on business plan for my new editing business.
  • Complete 5,000 words on WIP by Saturday.

Does your Subconscious Writer interfere with your plans?

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20131215 ROW80 Check-in

A Day Late

In spite of a number of commitments outside the house, I made most of my goals with the exception that posting this status is a day late. I’ll take it!

Image courtesy of Supertrooper at FreeDigitalPhotos.netChristmas is almost here, and I haven’t started. This is typical behavior. To help me get in the mood, parts of my Friday Favorites post concentrated on Christmas-y things like the US Air Force Band Flash Mob at the Smithsonian a few days ago. Their performance was superb. Go see the post; I think you’ll enjoy it.

I also managed to post Searching the Scriptures in Vain – Part II on ChristsReflections.com. Part III is most of the way ready, too.

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But best of all, I made my 5,000 word count goal on the WIP by my Saturday deadline.

This is a major step forward for me. I’m keeping a spreadsheet, now, to help me track the real progress toward the finish line for my second book.

Having to post the count every day makes the progress or lack of progress real, and seeing the word count go up feels so good!

Thursday – Saturday PROGRESS:

  • Sunday’s ROW80 Check-in. DONE
  • Comment on other’s blogs. DONE
  • Complete the blog post for Friday and fire up another one for the following week. DONE  and not yet
  • Social media
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present) DONE
    • Twitter (3X/day) I did better on this.
  • Complete business plan for my new editing business. – NO PROGRESS for the last few days.
  • Complete 5,000 words on WIP. YES!!!

Sunday – Wednesday  GOALS:

  • Wednesday’s ROW80 check-in.
  • Comment on other’s blogs.
  • Draft Friday post for author blog by Wednesday.
  • Publish Part III on Christ’s Reflections.
  • Draft a post for Christ’s Reflections blog for Monday, 12/23.
  • Social media:
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present)
    • Twitter (3X/day)
  • Critique for a member of my critique group on Monday.
  • Continue work on business plan.
  • Complete 2,500 words on WIP by Wednesday.

Is this our last or almost last ROW80 check-in? I’ve lost count. How are you doing on your goals?

20131211 ROW80 Check-in

December 11 – Happy International Mountain Day! Mountain

It’s that time of year again–International Mountain Day, a day when the United Nations General Assembly urges us to: “…to organize events at all levels [their words, not mine] …to highlight [really?] the importance of sustainable mountain development.” According to the U.N., “…mountains have gained an increasingly high profile….” Again, really?

Who writes this stuff? ROW80Logocopy Did the writer really mean to imply that mountains are growing taller? My tax dollars are hard at work, bankrolling the U.N. copywriters.

Blogging Like Crazy

I finished  Searching the Scriptures in Vain – Part 2 And I posted a promised author interview for Tom Blubaugh on my momsread.com blog. Sometimes, I think I keep that blog around just to experiment with HTML.  It looks nice, if I do say so myself. The author interview post has multiple column arrangements, and it looks like a magazine spread.

Sunday – Wednesday  PROGRESS:

  • Wednesday’s ROW80 check-in. DONE
  • Comment on other’s blogs. DONE
  • Draft Friday post for author blog by Wednesday. DONE
  • Publish Part II on Christ’s Reflections. DONE
  • Draft a post for Christ’s Reflections blog for Monday, 12/16. IN PROGRESS
  • Social media:
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present) YES
    • Twitter (3X/day) ALMOST
  • Critique for a member of my critique group on Monday. NOT YET
  • Continue work on business plan. YES
  • Complete 500 word/day on WIP. That’s 1500 words by Wednesday. HALF DONE

Thursday – Saturday GOALS:

  • Sunday’s ROW80 Check-in.
  • Comment on other’s blogs.
  • Complete the blog post for Friday and fire up another one for the following week.
  • Social media
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present)
    • Twitter (3X/day)
  • Continue work on business plan.
  • Complete 5,000 words on WIP by Saturday night, 12/14. I’m going to aim big even though I know my college girl is coming home for break in a couple of days.

How did you spend International Mountain Day?

20131208 ROW80 Check-in

Business Plan Blues

In addition to changing my email providers, as I discussed in my last post, I’m rewriting my business plans to reflect my decision to self-publish. Eventually.

I discuss my reading list for anyone who’s interested in making this decision from themselves in my post: Business Plan Blues. I’d appreciate your feedback in comments on my author blog.

I’ve been fulfilling other obligations this week, trying to clear the decks so I can simply write. Needless to say, my word count stayed at zero. So that goal wasn’t met. 😦

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I did publish a few blog posts. Generally speaking, blogging is easier than writing fiction. I’ve got to make sure that I don’t let it take the place of getting the hard work.

More Hard Work

Writing blog posts is easier, except when I write posts for my Christ’s Reflections blog. I always feel compelled to dig deep to produce my absolute best and to be absolutely clear in the concepts I’m trying to communicate because I believe it’s for a higher purpose. Every post represents hours of research and more than a few hours of heart searching. Then, there’s the artwork. I don’t like to slouch on that, either.

I loved the photo I found for Searching the Scriptures in Vain – Part 1. See what you think:

Thursday – Saturday PROGRESS:

  • Sunday’s ROW80 Check-in. DONE
  • Comment on other’s blogs. DONE
  • Complete the blog post for Friday and fire up another one for the following week. DONE and DONE Friday Favorites #9 (Spiders!!)
  • Social media
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present) DONE
    • Twitter (3X/day) I did better on this.
  • Complete business plan for my new editing business. (I made significant progress, but the process is more involved than I thought at first.)
  • Complete 2,000 words on WIP. NOPE

Sunday – Wednesday  GOALS:

  • Wednesday’s ROW80 check-in.
  • Comment on other’s blogs.
  • Draft Friday post for author blog by Wednesday.
  • Publish Part II on Christ’s Reflections.
  • Draft a post for Christ’s Reflections blog for Monday, 12/16.
  • Social media:
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present)
    • Twitter (3X/day)
  • Critique for a member of my critique group on Monday.
  • Continue work on business plan.
  • Complete 500 word/day on WIP. That’s 1500 words by Wednesday. I know I can do that in a couple of hours, but somehow, they don’t want to flow right now.

What do you put in your business plans as an author?

20131124 ROW80 Check-in

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You know that streak of reality that hits when you’re making good progress that kills your momentum?

That’s the one. 

It all started with a call from College Student Daughter who had to come home for a few days because of strep throat. She’d been to the clinic, and she had her antibiotic so… College Student Daughter drove home and collapsed on the couch for a couple of days.

The evening College Student Daughter leaves home, I get a sore throat. On top of my asthma. Then, High School Daughter gets a sore throat, but her test shows negative. Three doctor visits  and three days (yes, three) later, both High School Daughter and I are on antibiotics. Her diagnosis required two separate tests. Another day passes and Only Son has to miss school due to…strep throat. Another doctor visit and more antibiotics.

All of the local Walgreen pharmacists greet me by name these days.

NaNoWriMo is No Mo. I’m not lamenting too much because I’ve gained a great start on Book Two. The chapters I’ve written should stand the test of time and still be recognizable after revisions. The kick in the behind to start writing already(!!) was just what–wait for it–just what the doctor ordered. hehe

 

If you are still in the NaNoWriMo race, best wishes! I’ll see you on the other side.

Sunday – Wednesday  GOALS:

  • Wednesday’s ROW80 check-in.
  • Comment on other’s blogs. 
  • Draft Friday post for author blog by Wednesday. ALREADY DONE
  • Draft a post for Christ’s Reflections blog for Monday, 11/25. IN PROGRESS
  • Social media:
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present) 
    • Twitter (3X/day) 
  • BOOK TWO: 2,500 words by Saturday, 11/30.
  • BOOK ONE: Begin search for editor.
  • Draft a Momsread author interview post.
  • Critique for someone in my critique group on Monday. I hope to do two critiques.

Thursday – Saturday PROGRESS:

  • Sunday’s ROW80 Check-in. DONE
  • Comment on other’s blogs. DONE
  • Complete the blog post for Friday and fire up another one for the following week. DONE
  • Social media
    • Facebook (reconnect with people from my past and my present)
    • Twitter (3X/day)
  • Continue NaNoWriMo – 27,000 total words by next Saturday, 11/16.

How are you doing on your ROW80 goals?