wednesday ROW80 check-in ~ #3

My how time has flown since Sunday! My check-in is just going to make it in on time, and that just says so much about the power of a deadline doesn’t it?  Anyway, here’s how the last few days have gone for me in terms of my goals:

  • Goal #1 – Write 1000 words daily.  I’ve met this goal each day since my last check-in.  I actually didn’t think I was going to get anything written yesterday but then last night, all of a sudden, I wanted to write, and it was a great writing session.  All is well here.
  • Goal #2 – Stick to my blog post schedule.  So far so good in that I haven’t yet missed a blog post.  The bad news is that I have a blog post due tomorrow and I have no idea what I’m going to write about (does this happen to anyone else?).  The good news is that I have already written the book review due on Monday.  This is the most challenging of my goals.
  • Goal #3 – Complete the first draft of my WIP. I want to have a full draft of my current WIP by the end of Round 3 of ROW80.  I feel like I’m on track, and the good thing is that I am getting words down now while I have loads of time to write and I think this will help me later in the round when school begins and I have infinitely less time to write.  Since the beginning of Round 3, I have added nearly 17,000 words to my WIP.

I continue to be amazed at how much more engaged I am in this WIP than I was with my CampNaNoWriMo novel.  A part of me wants to say that this is because I don’t have the pressure of writing at least 50,000 words in 30 days, so I can take more time.  But, when I look at my daily progress, I can see that I am still writing at a NaNo pace, even though I’m not intending to do that and even though I’m trying not to write at that pace.  I keep asking myself why it is that I seem to like this WIP more than the other (and I am trying to come up with a title for this WIP but it insists on remaining elusive and playing hard to get).  Not that it matters, I suppose, but it’s still a point of interest to me. I like knowing why I do the things that I do.  My current characters are just more…alive in my imagination and I just want to tell their story more than the others.  I think this is why I have been able to meet my daily writing goal almost each day of the challenge thus far.  I’m just a lot more into this WIP.  It’s more fun.  Which is a bonus since right now, writing is my best way of entertaining myself.

The other thing I have noticed about my writing since the beginning of Round 3 is that I have been much better about plotting out the next chapter, so that I have a road map for where the chapter is going to go, what scenes will make up the chapter, how the plot needs to advance and what needs to be revealed over the course of the chapter.  I started doing this during CampNaNo and I have made a conscious effort to continue doing it now and do it a bit better while working on this WIP.  I have never been an outliner, but the rough outlines that I make for the coming chapter have helped me immensely.  This is true even when I diverge somewhat (or even significantly) from the outline.  I would say that my current WIP is a suspenseful romance, so I find that plotting ahead at least one chapter helps me work out the suspense aspect more clearly in my head.

I suppose this is all to say that these check-ins are helping to illuminate some of my tendencies as a writer that I wasn’t necessarily aware of before or hadn’t thought about. Great! I’m all about self-reflection.

Hope everyone’s writing is coming along.  Good luck to everyone who is working on FastDraft right now.  I have been following your tweets and stand in awe and amazement at your progress and daily successes.  Have a good week and thanks for dropping by my blog!


4 thoughts on “wednesday ROW80 check-in ~ #3

  1. Dahnya Och July 12, 2012 / 8:47 am

    Nearly 17,000 words in two weeks? That’s amazing! Great progress, dear! Keep it up and you’ll be done that draft in no time!

    Next week, I’m going to be posting a really neat method of plotting that I came up with. It’s very creative and lends itself well to pantsing with a little bit of direction. You might want to stop by and take a look!

    (And I’m totally with you on the “oh crud, blog post due.. what do I write?!” I’m trying to get away from that by using DIY MFA’s Editorial Calendar []. It’s super useful!)

    • mirrorcove32 July 12, 2012 / 9:36 am

      I will definitely keep an eye out for the post about the plotting method. It sounds like just the kind of method I could integrate into my writing process. Thanks for the link, too. I’m going to go and check it out right now. Thanks for dropping by my blog and the words of encouragement!

  2. Julie Glover July 13, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Fabulous progress! I have turned pantser to almost plotter, but I have discovered that I like having the overall framework but plotting the next chapter more specifically before I begin. Best wishes with ROW80. It looks like you had a lovely week.

    • mirrorcove32 July 14, 2012 / 11:36 am

      Thanks for visiting, Julie. I like the way you put that–almost plotter. I feel like that’s where I’m going. I still like the element of surprise and to discover the details as I go, but I am definitely beginning to see the benefits of being a plotter. Have a good weekend!

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