A new year and another round of A Round of Words in 80 Days hosted by Kait Nolan begins today. The first round runs from today through March 22nd. I already established my goals for the year, now just need to break them down in easy, manageable gulps. One thing I've done is purchased my own name domain name (does that make sense?) and instead of moving everything lock, stock and barrel over there, I may just set it up as my writing site. So I'll be playing around with the idea, the design and what not and see how it goes.
Studying the Craft: I finished my first draft of the 2011 Nano story at the end of December so ready to start editing. I'm great at editing correspondence and business documents but not so great with WIPs. I started looking at the classes offered by Savvy Authors and signed up for two which hopefully will give me the guidance I need. For January I'm taking "What Does Nora Robert Know That You Don't?" which is all about story structure, plotting, and characterization. In February I'll be taking "Editing The Heck Out Of Things: Intensive 4-Week Polishing, Rewriting, Deleting, And Generally Improving The Draft For Submission" So starting off the year running.
Reading about Craft: I have a few books I plan on reading this year and going to start with Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose and Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell.
Writing: I'm going to shoot for writing 1000 words a day which include journaling, story ideas and bits and pieces of the story that keep popping into my head to finish. This week will be my test mile to see if I can maintain that or need to back it down a bit. Plus I need to type up the remaining pages of the first draft
Exercise: I joined Change Write Now which is based off the book The Game On (which I downloaded and reading this week too. I am committing to at least 20 minutes per day of exercise. The plan is to do the treadmill 1 hour every day except Monday and Thursday. I still have to figure out the plan for those days which are my work days - maybe wii fit or yoga.
Networking: Visit 5 ROWer's every day and comment on their posts.
Pleasure Reading: My first book of the year is The Rose Labryinth by Titania Hardie. And reading aloud with my son The Dreamer, The Schemer and the Robe by Jenny Cote.
All this and home school lessons too and committing to staying off the internet until 4:00 p.m. every day until lessons are done.
Check out what the other rowers are doing this row. We have lots of newbies. Brand new year and lots of shiny ideas.