Sunday Check-In Row 80


Time for Sunday check-in at Row 80 – the writing challenge that recognizes we all have lives but still want and need to write.

My goals are listed here for this round and in bold is the progress from the past week. I’ve made a few adjustments as I am mostly working on revisions to picture books for June.


  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. Yes
  2. Write first draft of MG novel “Jack’s Summer” –No
  3. Write first draft of  chapter book “Hazel” –No
  4. Write at least one picture book a month –yes for the month, but revising now
  5. Take 2 online writing courses and enter at least one writing contest. –finished “Idea to Plot” through RWA; will focus on “Show not tell” study
  6. Outline two other novels –No – next round


Revising for June will focus on revising a number of picture book manuscripts for the July writing retreat I am attending.

(I will revise “Catching Love” and “Love Has No Age” next round)


  1. Support my ROW team 2x a week –yes
  2. Take part in A to Z challenge – Yes – finished
  3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts.- Yes



  1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week – Yes
  2. Read 3 books on writing as well as articles –read several articles
  3. Read something for pleasure – read 2 novesl this past weekend

Some wise words about goals by Benjamin E. Mays,  to ponder:

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Check-In Row 80

  1. Seems to me that you have a plan and it is going well. I barely can plan two months ahead. Mostly because I add projects or I’m not sure my mood/mind can take doing a certain task (editing) for more than a month straight, so I assess as I go along. I stink at juggling writing and editing all at once.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. I like to goal meme – very true – it’s the having of them, trying for them which keeps us alive and moving forward – winning them is the icing on the cake- all the best for this week:)

  3. Lovely progress in all areas! I like the straightforward way you have of showing progress (my progress reports all seem to get bogged down with too many words AND the goals keep changing). I also find it challenging to write and revise at the same time (three revision projects currently), so I’d love to know how you are writing those 500 words a day. Persevere! And enjoy your progress.

  4. Thanks Beth. I find I write early and save revision for later in the afternoon. I’m not writing as much as I did but even a little is better than none.

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