goals for round 3 of ROW80

It’s time to make goals for my first round of ROW80.  I’m trying my best to keep these goals simple, challenging, and achievable.  So here they are:

  • Write at least 1,000 words each day, six days a week.  One thing I have learned in the last year is the importance of taking at least one day off each week and not doing any work on that day.  I’m applying this to my writing as well.  In the last couple of months I have tried to write on a daily basis, and I’ve noticed that I usually want to take a day off and that when I do I come back to my work-in-progress with more focus and enthusiasm.  Right now, I’m thinking that Saturdays will be my designated day off, but once school begins in the fall I’ll have to see if that day works or if I’ll need to shift my day off to another day.
  • Four new blog posts each week.  I just started this new blog and I want to post to it on a regular basis.  My previous blog was a place for random posts but I want this blog to be more focused and reflective.  I think the schedule I’ve come up with is one that I can stick to even when school begins and life gets a lot more hectic.  Also, I’m trying to keep each of my blog posts under 1,000 words.  Does anyone else have a specific maximum length for their blog posts?  This is part of my blogging goal because I feel that during the process of graduate school and writing a dissertation I lost the power of brevity and the ability to be concise.  This is a first step at getting those back. My tentative schedule for new blog posts is:

Mondays – Book Reviews
Wednesdays – ROW80 Check-in
Thursdays – Deep Thoughts
Sundays – ROW80 Check-in

  • Complete first draft of work-in-progress.  For the last few years I have finished a first draft of at least one work-in-progress, and I think that if I can achieve my first goal, I can also achieve this goal.

That’s it.  Progress reports will be forthcoming.  Good luck to everyone in your Round 3 odysseys!

5 thoughts on “goals for round 3 of ROW80

  1. Dahnya Och July 2, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    One day off a week sounds like a luxury right now… I’m so glad you’ve found the ability to incorporate it into your goals.

    Personally, Fast Draft is keeping me going 7 days a week, but maybe once I’m “graduated” I can adjust it to my life… where one day off a week will be a beautiful thing.

    Good luck to you on Round 3!

  2. mirrorcove32 July 2, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Thanks! I work really long hours in my day job and if I didn’t make it a priority to take a day off I’d have lost my sanity already. I’m interested to read about your experiences with Fast Draft. I think NaNo is hard enough, I can’t imagine anything more intense. Good luck to you!

  3. EM Castellan July 3, 2012 / 10:29 am

    Hello there and thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I wish you the best of luck for this round and happy writing!

  4. laurengarafalo July 3, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    Welcome to ROW80!! You have a great first set of goals. They sound focused and achievable. Lots of luck for round 3!

    • mirrorcove32 July 4, 2012 / 10:40 am

      Thanks, Lauren!

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