RoW80 – First/Final

Well, this is my final check in of what was my first attempt at Round of Words in 80 days.  And I started it late.  And I didn’t meet all my goals.

My first goal was a specific word count every day.  Yeah, nope.  Didn’t happen.  Not that it was a lot of words everyday, it was just trying to get it in everyday that was brutal.  I work three 12s a week, and they are nightshifts…that is not so conducive for me and writing.  However, it looks like I’m going to be working that shift for the foreseeable future (like at least another year) so I better figure out how to write, work, mom (yes, that’s a verb), and survive (I’ll sneak a shower or sleep in at least once a week 🙂 ).  I changed my word count goal a couple weeks ago. It became more words a day, but not everyday.  And I did better…even if I didn’t hit that word count everyday.  I’m thinking for the upcoming round doing something similar, a few more words a day, but not everyday of the week.

My second goal was to not reread any of my current work.  Nailed it!  Yeah, it was a tad frustrating when I wanted to write some descriptions…did I already write that or just think it through? But for the most part, this goal was cake.  And it allowed me to keep my progress in actually working towards a completed first draft and not just spinning my wheels reworking stuff.

My third goal was to write one flash fiction a week.  Didn’t quite make this goal.  I did write a couple, so that’s good.  I’ll keep this goal in the upcoming round, it’s good for me to work on brevity, getting to the point (being conflict not just description), and thinking about something other than my current project.

All in all, I came to this round late, dipped my toes in the water, and decided to stick around for another go.  Here’s hoping I do slightly better this next round.  I’m also hoping to do NaNoWriMo this year…which means a lot more words a day.  So I need to get those word writing muscles in shape and October sounds like a good month for training 🙂

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3 thoughts on “RoW80 – First/Final

  1. Best of luck for next round. This was my first round too and I didn’t meet some of my goals but the experience has certainly helped me understand how to approach it next time. I look forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

  2. Congrats on finishing your first round! Now, confession time. I don’t know how many rounds I’ve done, but rarely do I meet all of my goals. I do learn so much from reading what others write, though, and one underlying premise is that ROW80 helps us visualize our goals and work towards them. Even being able to say, this is what I want to do over the next 80 days, takes us to a new level of commitment. So celebrate every goal you’ve reached — and get ready for NaNo. It’s going to be fun!

  3. Welcome Row-er!!! As my third round myself, it does take getting used to, but I learned to start small and build up. I am also doing NaNoWriMo. It will be my third year. Gonna be a good year!! Have a great week and I’ll see you around. 🙂

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