Archive | September 26, 2011

ROW80 Round Three Round Up and More

ROW80 Round 3 ended last week. I didn’t do great. No where near as good as Round 2.

My goals was to write 14,280 words over the 80 days – that equates to 250 words, five times a week. Out of the 80 days, there were only 15 days I wrote. 15!!! What the hell is wrong with me? Most of those days I did well, other than 2 days I did more than 250 – sometimes well more than 250. In total I wrote 10,174. It would have been a lot less, had I not have had a last-minute add on of 1368 on the final day. If only I could have achieved that everyday!

I’m really annoyed with myself for not doing better, but I think more annoyed that I don’t know why I’m not doing well.

Since last Wednesday (when the round finished) I had a good session on Friday night (700+ words) and a pretty decent one on Saturday night too (I can’t remember how many words I wrote then, but it was definitely over 500 – I think maybe  more. 800? I can’t remember), so it’s not like I’m completely stuck.

Far from it actually, the story’s coming on ok. Every time I start typing I have no idea what I’m going to write, but then I’ll start and something will come out. I have no idea if it’s something good, ok or rubbish, because I don’t read back what I’ve written (I’m good with keeping the internal editor at bay, but I think only because I never let myself read what I’ve written). The main thing is I’m writing.

The problem is definitely getting down to the writing. Once I start, I don’t have a problem. 1368, 700 and 600 or something words in a day over the last week proves that, but it’s the getting to do it.

We still don’ t have internet at home. I keep thinking this should make me write more, but I think it’s stopping me write as much. If we had the internet, I’d turn on the computer to look on Facebook, or to blog, or something. Then I’d have it on and think about writing. As we don’t, I don’t, so it doesn’t even cross my mind.

I need to get in the habit of turning it on. My boyfriend helped me on Saturday when he pretty much made me sit down and do some writing. I hated him for it, but without it I wouldn’t have done anything!

Thinking about all this… I’ve decided (literally as I’ve been writing this blog) that I will take part in ROW80 Round 4. Every year for the last 2 years I’ve done a writing challenge in October. I feel it’s a good warm up for NaNo (I think I’ve decided I will be doing it, but not 100%. I’ll decide soon and blog about it – promise). This year I’ve got the added incentive that I want to get ‘Holiday’ finished by 31st October.

I don’t know how many words I’ve written since whenever I decided I had to finish it by October. The plan was 40,000 words by then (which should hopefully take it finished – 80,000 is what I’m targeting). I’ve probably got about 30,000 left to write. Agh!

Of course, now I’ve killed my laptop (TBC – boyfriend couldn’t do anything, we’re going to try to get his Dad to look at it when we go up there in a few weeks) I have no way of looking. That’s annoying. I’m trying not to think about it though at the moment.

Goals then for ROW80 Round 4. Well, for 30 of those days I’ll be writing 1,667 words a day. What about the other 50 days? 250 words a day? I think that’s pretty good. And should push me a little more than 250 words a day, 5 times a week.

I think in December I may need a break… but maybe a push to 250 words  a day would be good. I’ve never written anything in December since I started NaNo, so it will be an experience.

To read more about A Round of Words in 80 Days, check out the website here.

So, who’s with me for ROW80 – Round 4? I hope the people who did round 2 and 3 are back in, even though I’ve not interacted with them as much as I would have liked, it’s been great fun getting to know them.