Revving Up for Round 1

Freshly back from California for the holidays, I am intent.  I am revving up for Round 1 of ROW80.  I am ready to hit the ground running which means I’m officially declaring my intent to join in the first round for 2012.

ROW80 is “the writing challenge that knows you have a life.”  I definitely have a life being a mom to 3 kiddos under the age of 7 and Row80 has been a vital key to the progress I’ve made in the last few months as a writer.  It’s good to be able to make goals, keep them in front of me and have the support of fellow writers who are also accomplishing some goals, too.  It’s good to hear the victories from other ROW80ers and experience a few of my own.  So it is definitely with great excitement that I look forward to beginning a new round…

My mind is still mush from 17 hours in the car with an overnight stay thrown in, so it might be a few hours before I look over my goals again and set the ones for this next round.  The excitement is growing as I type, so maybe it will be less than a few hours…or even, right now.  Hmmm…I have to change a diaper on a baby…so maybe not necessarily in this moment but soon.

I can’t wait (rubbing my hands together in glee).

Looking forward to the next round with my fellow ROW80ers.   See you in a few days with goals in hand. :-))


The Last Check-In…

I’m writing this as the family prepares to leave for California for Christmas.  A road trip.  It’s snowing too.  I can’t wait to get passed it for warmer pastures, though I have to admit the snow is very pretty.

I can’t believe it’s the last check-in for Round 4 (and I’m late).  It’s been a good and productive round what with Nano thrown in.  A little bit of a mixed bag too, since I accomplished more of the writing goals: 6-7 pages a day, though not enough of the tweaking goals (I call them): that paranormal revision still needs completing and I haven’t worked on the two query letters and synopses that I had planned on working on.   Goals accomplished below are in bold.

1. Finish revising the last 20 pages of my paranormal mystery.  Print out and read through draft, making notes.

2. Work on and and complete the query letters and synopses for the paranormal mystery and my cozy mystery.

3.  Write 6-7 pages on each day on a work in progress.  {I’ve actually been working on two so I’ve exceed this goal]

4. Spend 30 minutes of each scheduled writing day (3 per week) developing my Harlem Renaissance mystery idea.

And a bonus goal that won’t take up too much brainpower just fingerpower:

5.  Type up 3 pages a day of existing screenplay into computer until complete.

So more writing happened this round, not as much as the “administrative” portion.   I can’t wait to jump into Round 1 of next year’s ROW80, though I’ll still be plugging away through the holidays – trying to meet those daily word goals.  The laptop is coming with me and I figured 17 hours in a car – I should get something accomplished, right?  I’m hoping to sneak out one morning to a Starbuck’s for a couple of hours: gingerbread latte and writing make for a lovely combination.

Thanks for all your support, ROW80ers.  It’s been fun.  Can’t wait to catch up with you in the next round.

Plugging Away…

Just plugging away on those two novel projects.  There have been a few missed days but I’m still excited about both of them though I’m plodding through some plot points on each.  Just when I think my story is flowing smoothly…

I still haven’t finished that revision.  The shortest amount of work I have to do on a writing project (15 pages left) and it’s taking weeks.  Hoping to close that one out as well as tackle my other ROW80 goals, all in the midst of holiday preparations.

Heading to California next week for Christmas.  You better believe this laptop is going there with me.  Hoping to get some words in while on the road.

Have a great week, ROW80ers.  Can’t believe we’re heading towards the finish line…



I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already.  Time is flying.  And there’s Christmas to prep for.  

The beginning of the week has been fairly consistent, me writing every night, working on the latest novel project and the NaNo project.  I need to switch gears and finish those last pages of the paranormal revision, I’ve been working on.  It’d be great to accomplish that goal before the end of Round 4 of ROW 80.  Along with those synopses that are waiting for me. 

All in all, I’m pretty excited about how consistent my writing has become.  Being a mother of 3 kiddos and easily distracted even without the 3 kiddos in my life, I’m pleased that I am consistently putting words on paper through the busyness of life and my own crazy emotions.  Giving time to my writing is the key for me being successful at it, I think.  Without time, no pages.  Without pages, no books or scripts.  Without those, nothing to send to agents or publishers.  And if the work is not seen, there’s small chance of it being published or optioned or even getting work as a writer.   

It’s something all of us writers face I’m sure.   

So here’s to the rest of the week, whereby I hope to continue to be consistent and I close up that revision.  Wishing you ROW80ers a good rest of the week! 

Ebb and Flow…

It’s been a mixed week…a couple of missed days on the new novel draft though I’ve been consistent with the NaNo writing project, adding more words to the 30,000 that I finished with last month.

I  was hit with my first case of discouragement with new novel draft.  Not feeling excited about my story idea, wondering if it is any good, if it’s too ambitious an idea.  Can I even execute it well?  Ugh! I even started comparing my idea to the storylines of established authors out there, and that discouraged me as well.  How do people come up with such brilliant, fresh ideas?  And will I ever come up with anything as brilliant or fresh?

My new novel idea seemed amateurish compared to what’s out there.  Those missed two days of writing didn’t help encourage me any.  On Day 7 I was ready to throw in the towel.

I found the spark again a little last night as I put down some more words – forced myself to write out a scene.  I’m excited again.  I guess this is all part of the ebb and flow of writing – some highs, some lows.

My lesson: just don’t give up.  Resist the temptation.

I’m thankful this week that I did.

Have a great week ROW80ers!


Checking in…though I’m a bit overwhelmed by motherhood in the moment (the 6 year old had a meltdown an hour ago), the writing has been amazingly consistent.  I am reaching my daily goals with the new novel project: 1,667 words a day with it. I’m also making progress with the recent NaNo writing project hitting close to 1,000 words per sitting.

These two stories have been with me lately, in my head, often, so creating them has been a joy for the most part.  It’s been good.

I just need to finish that paranormal revision and work on those two query letters, especially since we’re getting closer to the end of Round 4 or ROW80.

Now for the rest of my life…


The More I Write, The More I Love…

Coming straight off of a NaNoWriMo experience, with excitement for my story project and momentum built in the writing of it, I am thinking of my ROW80 goals.  So for the second time during this round I will be tweaking my goals a bit:

I will continue to write 6-7 pages each day on an original draft of a novel – a brand new novel idea that’s been sitting with me for the last few months.  I’m excited about it.

I will then write about 1,000 words on the Novel Project I began with NaNo.  I stopped at 30K and so with 1,000 words a day, I should hit another 30K by the end of the month.  Momentum has been built with this project and I don’t want to stop that.  I’m excited about the characters and excited about where the story will go.

There’s something about writing everyday that is really working for me right now.  One of the very positive outcomes of my NaNo experience this year.  With this NaNo novel project, I found that I have fallen in love with my characters – I’m more excited about them now than I was when I first started writing the story on Nov. 1st.  It seems the more I write about them and the more I love.   Go figure.

Wishing all of my fellow ROW80ers a good week this week.