Starting Again…

I am coming out of book review fog.  One more to go and I’ll be done.

I haven’t touched any of my writing projects and haven’t hit any of my goals.

It’s challenging to start again.  I’m rusty now.     Of course, there is that fear that I will not start again.  I know logically that that won’t happen, I love writing too much for that too happen, but the thought does cross my mind.  Especially since each day, it can be more challenging to get back in the groove.

The excitement is still there for my writing projects and I feel that’s half the battle.

Oh and I’ve started a writers group with a friend – today is our first meeting.  Nervous and excited about this one, especially since we’ve both never done this before.  We can’t goof up too much, right?  It will be great to have the accountability and the commitment.  We’re both looking forward to having the chance to get together on a regular basis.

Any writer’s group tips you may have or resources, I would love to hear them.  My friend and I are looking to make this group excellent.

Having an amazing week, ROW80ers.  I’ll be checking in with you guys and I’ll let you know how it all goes on my end.


Book Review Madness…

I’m in the midst of book reviews.  I write them for a national magazine and the deadline is tomorrow.  When I’m in the midst of these, I get consumed.  Especially since I’ve received most of the books about a week before the deadline.

I’m totally consumed which has unfortunately affected my writing goals this week.

I knew they would be affected but I was hoping not too much so.  Well, not the case.

I don’t think I’ve hit 500 words per day in about a week and there is very little work on the paranormal thriller revision.

Good news: I’m not down about it – even though I’m working on my birthday (today is that special day).  I believe I will get back in the groove, once this deadline is over. I have to admit though I do get a bit frustrated in moments because my consistency has now been broken.

However, that’s all I will say about that or else I will find myself heading into a downward spiral about it all.

Good news – part 2: I’m reading a lot of books and I keep thinking of that famous piece of advice I’ve received over the years from teachers, workshops and writing magazines alike: “Want to be a better writer, read as much as you can.”  With these book reviews, that’s all I’m doing is reading.

So maybe I am doing something productive for my writing this week, after all.

Wishing all you ROW80ers a good week filled with wonderfully completed goals!

A Little Blip…

So there has been a little blip in my consistency in regards to my daily word count.  I missed hitting 500 this past weekend – Saturday, I was exhausted after a long day of babysitting and one evening seminar.  And yesterday, Sunday, I made an attempt to write but didn’t hit my mark — made it to 336 words.  The crazy thing is it would not have been hard to keep eeking out words to get to the 500 but I rebelled and mentally said ‘no’ to the keyboard and ‘yes’ to my pillow and a book.

But I’m not discouraged.  I think because I understand that if I just sit in front of my computer for about 45 minutes, I can hit that 500 word goal.  Also that once I start writing a scene, it will start to flow naturally — which is what happened with the first 336 words.  So I am looking forward to today when I get back in that groove again.

I’m working on the paranormal revision consistently and that’s been going great.  I’ve outlined about ten additional scenes as I work on the subplot of my story.   It feels good to have a planned outline before I write up the scenes.

This week is my ‘book review’ week – I write book reviews for a national magazine and my deadlines are next Monday.  How it will impact my writing, I don’t know.  There may be a slow down but hopefully not too much of a slow-down.  I am aiming for the same goals this week despite the books I’ll need to review.

Wishing you ROW80ers a wonderful week of writing and achieving goals!

Until next time…

On the Move…


So far it’s been a good start to this first week of Round 1.  Moving along nicely, I think.

I have been making my goal of 500 words per day.  Hopefully that will continue.  The goal is consistency as usual.  I can on average do between 900 to 1200 words in a day but the challenge for me is to hit it every single day.  So if I can write 500 words every day, then I can build on that and eventually hit 1,000 words every single day – automatically, without fail.  We’ll see.

I have been working on the paranormal revision as well.  Doing a read-through these last few days.  It’s been a little slow-going but consistent.  Ah, there’s that word again. :-))

I am also writing out my scenes on index cards so I can go through the story order.  I have about 200 pgs total now and am looking to have between 300 – 350 pages overall so it looks like I will be inserting additional scenes at this point.  I may even need to add another subplot to the story.   We’ll see…

So here I go and continue…hoping for continued progress through the rest of this week.    Wishing all you ROW80ers the same!




Back in the Groove…


I’m ready for 2013. And ROW80 – the writing challenge that knows you have a life.  Round 1 here I come.

This year I’m starting off with a focusing on my revisions.  I have three revisions in the works and I’d like to tackle them in the next six months.  Two are paranormal thrillers and the third is a mainstream novel.  My goal is to get three good drafts of about 300 pages each completed.

My other focus is the Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Writing Competition.  I’m excited about it and slightly intimidated.  It’s been awhile since I’ve submitted to a writing competition.  I’d like to submit two short stories and the first fifteen pages of a script and the deadline is early June.

So this go round, my goals are:

1. Complete the revision of my paranormal draft – working title: New Orleans Story.

2. Draft two short works of fiction  – completing 1st drafts of each.

3. Complete 50 pages of a 120 page script.

4. Write 500 words per day.

I’m jumping up and down with excitement.  I have new goals.  I’m getting back into the groove after about a month of little attention to my writing.  Can’t wait to start.

Wishing all you ROW80ers out there a great first week.  Can’t wait to see your progress!

I’m All In…

So last year, Round 4, I left the round hanging…between other duties, responsibilities, life, kiddos and holiday prep for family coming into town, I turned around and discovered that the round ended before I could catch a breath or even report in my last post.  A first for me.

After a brief pondering on whether last round was a fluke or the norm and should I consider jumping in on Round 1 of this year based on the results and actions by me of last round,  I’ve decided that I’m in.  All in.  Completely.  I intend to participate in the first round of ROW 80 for this year, 2013.

And I’m excited.

So there you have it.  Leaving my past round and all its delayed posts and catching up moments, I will embark again on this wonderful journey.

Looking forward to it, new goals, and sharing all the angst and victories with you, my fellow ROW80ers.

Can’t wait.