|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
Tricking Yourself Into Writing a Novel by Skylar Kade
The Long Stretch by Kait Nolan
Crit Partner or Beta Reader: Which one are you? by Susan Bischoff
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.