WIP Wednesday - 2nd round of A Round of Word in 80 Days

A Round of Words in 80 Days

Strap yourselves in and restart your engines for the 2nd round of A Round of Words in 80 days has begun. Check in's will continue to be twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday with Mr. Linky available on the ROW80 website.  Least we forget, ROW80 was created by Kait Nolan, hosted by her and helped along by a bevy of sponsors who had oodles to say and inspire us during round one.  I'll tell you a little secret.  I was so busy writing, I missed half of their wonderful posts and have just been reading through them.  There will be new words of wisdom during Round 2 but throwing a big thank you and a bit of linky love for the round one sponsors and their marvelous, sensible advice:

Problem Solving, Inc. by Andrew Mocete
How to Stick to It by Claire Farrell
Productive Procrastination by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Three stages of Writing by Lauralynn Elliot
Writing To The Future by Craig Hansen
The Long Stretch by Kait Nolan

My goal for round one was to complete the first draft of Red Thief.  It didn't happen and I didn't sweat it since the characters still have much to say and changed the direction of the story.  I had previously jumped ahead and wrote a great escape scene and revealed some info to my main character.  But as in all things - in going back to the earlier parts I had been writing and all the in-between parts not written yet, things changed.  Those darn pesky characters.  So, enjoying the journey and round 2's goal is to finish the first draft.  I'm 80% there.   I write everything long hand, so once I done writing the story, it will  need to be typed up.  That will be the other part of my goal during round 2, plus edit/outline as I go. Will worry about that part when I get there.

I'm still in the middle of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.  I'm on week 8 working on name your dream goals previously mentioned.  So part of the weekly goal will be writing morning pages and completing various tasks. I'm in 3 week of my humanities class and tasks this week involve ethics and discussing physician assisted suicide and whether I think it's ethical or not.  That's going to be a fun paper to write.   

How do I plan on meeting these goals. Very simply.  I'm unplugged every day until 4:00 p.m.  I write morning pages while eating breakfast, then work on my first draft. I write at least for half an hour completing one page, front and back. I'm not worried about word count at this point, just writing.  My goal also includes checking in twice a week and I promise to be a bit more succinct.

Check in on how every one else is doing here.  We have lots of new folks joining in for the second round.  Be sure to give them some love by visiting and comments on their posts. 


  1. I think I'm going to take your lead and stay unplugged until a certain time of the day. 4:00pm might be a good time for me as well because I pick the boys up from school at 3:00pm.

    Good luck this round!

  2. Staying unplugged is a GREAT idea, Robin. I wish I had the willpower to do that! I'm also so impressed that you write longhand. There's something so romantic about that idea, but whenever I try it, I get impatient that I can't write with my pen as fast as I can write with my keyboard. Ah, well.

    Good luck and happy writing to you as you work on completing the RED THIEF draft! I look forward to watching your progress through this round of ROW80! :D

  3. I admire your dedication to your writing every day and with not getting too caught up in the details of words!! Keep on!

  4. @Michelle - awesome. Let me know how it goes.

    @Claire - Romantic? Never thought of it that way. Unplugging - sure you have the willpower. We can do anything we set our minds to. ;)

    @Staci - keeping on, keepin on. Thanks!

  5. Similar thing happened to me during Round 1. My characters jumped ship, hijacked another vessel, and took off in the opposite direction. I'm now trying to catch them up. Hee.

    Good luck on finishing the draft this round!

  6. @Soliel - Thanks for dropping by and good luck catching up with your characters.

  7. Unplugging sounds like a great idea - and something I'm really going to have to work on if I want to meet my goals!

  8. That happened to me too - if I hadn't started receiving the ROW80 posts in my email, I might never have had a chance to read them.
    Love the idea of unplugging - I try to do that by getting up at 5 am to write before work, but can't sustain it every day of the week...

  9. Sounds like you've got a lot on, I'll have to look at The Artists way sometime. I sometimes write poetry longhand. Best of luck with your goals

  10. @sophie - unplugging will definitely help.

    @Deniz - 5:00 am. I'd have a hard time doing that everyday too!

    @Katy - Love Artist's Way. Highly recommend it.

  11. Artist's Way sounds like an interesting read; will have to look into it at some point.
    I wish I could write longhand, but like Claire, I get impatient because my hand can't keep up with my thoughts and I can type a lot faster, and also my handwriting is abominable :|

  12. So how are you doing with the unplugging until 4pm? I'm just the opposite, I browse the internet in 5 minute increments during my workday, then try to unplug when I'm home. Key word: TRY. So this is day 5 and I haven't been very successful so far! But today, this afternoon, i will suceed!

    Thanks for those links! Just by the titles I can tell there is some great stuff to help me stay motivated!

  13. @Rebecca - I'm the exact opposite. I sit staring blankly at a computer screen and nothing comes. And when something does finally come, my fingers can't keep up with the thoughts.

    @Margo - wonderful. Getting alot done during the day. It totally takes the stress off and keeps james from asking are we done yet so he can do the computer. Or me from saying just 15 more minutes and then we'll do...fill in the blank. I don't have as much time to blog browse although. The pros outweigh the cons.


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