It has been a sad two weeks. Nothing bad happened, don’t worry. But I didn’t write much at all. I really did use these two weeks between Round 3 and 4 to rest a bit. I had also hit a small road block near the end of last round and it threw me for a little loop. I have walked around it for now and I will have to come back and remove it during revisions.
So I’ve started down the long dirt road and I know that its the right road because its on the map and now I can pick up the pace to a light jog with the beginning of A Round of Words in 80 Days Round 4.
My goal last time was 50,000 words total over 80 days. I actually wrote about 45,000 words, plus I plotted 11 chapters and also wrote 3-4 blog posts per week. So in the end I technically reached my goal.
Now I’m trying to set my goals for this round and I was checking out other blogs and I noticed in the last days of Round 3 that I liked how lots of writers gave themselves multiple goals and projects to work on.
So I’ve decided that I will I will include two other goals in my list for Round 4 to give myself a little variety and also avoid feeling guilty if I don’t write 5,000 words per week towards my WIP.
So Round 4 goals:
- Write 50,000 words towards my WIP. (Yes, its the same as last time because I like this number and I hope with winter coming, I might get more writing time).
- Write 3 blog posts per week. (I did this last Round including my Sunday check in because Wednesday’s are booked for Writers’ Uni-Verse-City, but its nice to include it in the goals).
- Read at least one writing craft book, if not two. (I have purchased 4 craft books and its difficult to choose which one to read first. I’m leaning towards “Story Engineering” to help me through Round 4).
So like last time, I will set a fall back a goal. A safety goal so that if don’t manage to make the others, my main one being 50,000 words, then I will still have accomplished what I set out to do even if the numbers don’t reflect that.
My back-up goal is to write my way through Act II. I want to finish the big middle of my book and then I hope the ending is “all down hill” from there.
ROW80 Round 4 starts October 3rd and runs to December 22nd (sign up here). I think I’m gonna try to get most of my writing done before Christmas approaches.
See you at the #ROW80 Twitter Party on October 5th! Details here.