ROW80 – Start of Round 3

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ROW 80 provides a special way to encourage/nurture one’s writing – they provide accountability, with the belief that we all have lives, so we do the best we can.
For the past two years I have not been consistent with my writing and have had little contact with ROW 80.

I do need the accountability and support as I so want to resurrect my writing.
What a perfect day to start this third round of ROW80. I had great hopes for Round 2, but life took over and I slipped back into old patterns of inactivity.

Here we are half way through the year. Time to recharge on this Canada Day – a day for celebrating Canada and who we can be.

I am determined to make this second half of the year more productive. I have cut back on the number of goals – 5 writing goals seems doable.

Here are my goals for Round 3:

Writing/revising:
1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily.
2. Write at least one picture book and/or short story a month
3. Write at least 1 other post weekly on my art or writing blog (besides ROW80 posts)
4. Continue to work on memoir.
5. Take part in Camp NaNoWriMo in July – with goal of 30,000 words.

Reading
1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week
2. Read 2 books on writing as well as articles
3. Read often for pleasure.

ART
1. Create daily

Follow Healthy Habits:
1. Walk at least 3x a week
2. Drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day
3. Record healthy eating/exercise in health journal daily.

 

ROW 80 -Round 2 Goals

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ROW 80 provides a special way to encourage/nurture one’s writing – they provide accountability, with the belief that we all have lives, so we do the best we can.
For the past two years I have not been consistent with my writing and have had little contact with ROW 80.
But I need the accountability and support and I so want to resurrect my writing. So, I am diving in and declaring my goals for this round.

Here are my goals for Round 2:

Writing/revising:
1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily.
2. Finish first draft of middle grade novel.
3. Write at least one picture book a month
4. Outline/plot a novel and start work on first draft.
5. Revise at least one novel.
6. Enter at least one writing contest and/or twitter pitch party.
7. Write at least 1 other post weekly on writing blog (besides ROW80 posts)
8. Continue to work on memoir.
9. Write a short story each month.

Reading
1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week
2. Read 2 books on writing as well as articles
3. Read often for pleasure.

ART
1. Create daily
2. Take part in “A to Z April Challenge”
3. Continue with weekly ABC Challenge as well as other creative challenges

Follow Healthy Habits:
1. Walk at least 3x a week
2. Drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day
3. Record healthy eating/exercise in health journal daily.

 

Row 80 – Sunday Check-In

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It is Sunday check-in for Round 4 of ROW80, where it is recognized that everyone has a life and we all do the best we can.

I will make note of what I have achieved after each goal and highlight it.

I have decided to post on Sundays only, until NaNoWriMo starts.

Writing
*Write at least 1000 words a day. Not every day – but I am writing daily!
*Revise Catching Love, through the revision course with Lori Wilde (start the course tomorrow)
*Finish writing Saving Christmas NO
*Win at NaNoWriMo (a November goal, although have started to plan – using Janice Hardy’s Idea to Novel Workshop)

Blogging
*Blog at least 3x a week. YES – counting my 3 blogs
*Write and publish 4 reviews for WOW . More at the end of the month
*Participate in Yoga Challenge at Prevention for next 3 months. YES
*Walk 10,000 steps a day. I’ve achieved this twice in past week.
*Take part in Write 31 Days by sharing my journey with 31 Days of Healthy Practices YES – have done a blog post each day, except for Thanksgiving (the 9th)

Personal
*Read daily. YES
*Create art daily, taking part in several challenges. Not at all (hangs head)
*Continue to declutter. Took 1 bag to Goodwill this week

I will keep writing and working on these goals in the week ahead.

 

Starting Round 2 ROW 80 – Goals

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Today we begin the second round of ROW80 – the writing community that offers support and accountability.

I did not complete Round 1 and though I blogged and did a bit of writing, I did not feel successful. I took part in the March Slice of Life writing challenge last month and I completed all 31 days – writing a post every day. The success of that has energized me and I need to continue daily writing.

I am going to outline my overall goals for the 80 days first and then after this each Sunday, highlight the goals I want to work on that week.

Writing:

  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily.
  2. Take part in CampNaNoWriMo.
  3. Write first draft of novella `Christmas Renewed“
  4. Write first draft of a chapter book
  1. Write at least one picture book a month
  2. Take one online writing course and enter at least one writing contest.

Editing/Revising

  1. Revise/edit “ Catching Love”
  2. Revise/edit several picture books

Blogging

  1. Support my ROW team 2x a week
  2. Take part in A to Z April Challenge.
  3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts.

 Reading 

  1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week
  2. Read 2 books on writing as well as articles
  3. Read for pleasure – often!

Personal

  1. Create daily and post 2x a week on my art blog
  2. Follow healthy habits: ~walk 3x a week   and  ~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day

 

 

Goals for Fourth Round of ROW80

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Today we begin the fourth and final round of ROW80 – the writing community that offers support and accountability

I stepped back from writing near the end of Round 2 and did not participate in Round 3. I have missed the community and the accountability. I am more than ready to get back into a writing routine and participate in ROW80.

Here are my goals for Round 4.:.

Writing/revising:

  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily.
  2. Take part in NaNoWriMo in November and write 50,000 words.
  3. Take part in PiBoIdMo in November and come up with at least 30 pix book ideas.

4.. Write first draft of  chapter book or middle grade novel.

  1. Write at least one picture book a month
  2. Take online writing course and enter at least one writing contest.
  3. Revise at least one novel.
  4. Take part in online study group of “Writing Irresistible Kidlit”.

Blogging

  1. Take part in #31 Days of Writing on my art blog in October.
  2. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts.
  3. Work on updating this blog.

Reading 

  1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week
  2. Read 3 books on writing as well as articles
  3. Read something for pleasure

Personal

  1. Create daily
  2. Take part in AEDM in November.
  3. Follow healthy habits:

~walk 3x a week

~eat gluten/dairy free

~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day

Round 2 Writing Goals for ROW80

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Today we begin the second round of ROW 80 – the writing community that offers support and accountability. I met many of my goals in round 1 but am continuing with several.

Visiting other rowers has been inspirational in a number of ways. Both Fallon and Shan break down their goals by category and this seems so helpful to achieving one’s goals, so I am trying that this round.

Writing:

  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily.
  2. Take part in CampNaNoWriMo.
  3. Write first draft of MG novel “Jack’s Summer”

4.. Write first draft of  chapter book “Hazel”

  1. Write at least one picture book a month
  2. Take 2 online writing courses and enter at least one writing contest.
  3. Outline two other novels

Editing/Revising

  1. Revise/edit “ Catching Love”
  2. Revise/edit “Love Has No Age”

Blogging

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

Personal

  1. Create daily
  2. Complete 2 online art courses.
  3. Follow healthy habits:

~walk 3x a week

~eat gluten/dairy free

~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day

Saturday was the Full Pink Moon and I am returning to creating a full moon dreamboard. For several years I created one every month, but last year year I fell away from the practice. It felt good to create one. Here is my board and a link here to my post on it. As you can see writing is a big focus for the next month (and beyone).

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And, I’ll leave you with a quote from Amelia Earhart – one I need to follow! (created for A to Z Challenge for today)

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Eisenhower’s advice fits as well as we head into round 2:

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All the best everyone as we move into Round 2!

Last Check-In for Round 1 and WIPpet Wednesday

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Each Sunday and Wednesday the ROW 80 community posts their progress from the preceding week. This, really helps us focus on our writing and what goals we want to achieve.

We are now at the end of round 1. It seems to have zipped by. Yes, I did accomplish a number of goals but I felt that overall I could have done better – that I wasn’t consistent with daily writing. I had a roller coaster at times of how I approached writing and several times became discouraged.

Round 2 starts April 6 and I am working on setting realistic goals, but also ones that will stretch me. I do want to improve as a writer but would also like to be published. Big dream!

My goals are listed here for this round in bold, and below each, is the progress for this round as well as my reflection..

  1. Write daily – at least 500-1000 words a day.

Most days I met the minimum and several days I wrote well over 2000 words. I worked on completing several projects but would have preferred to be more consistent.

  1. Take courses.

I took several courses during this round and enjoyed them. Two were through RWA and were quite informative. Several were through writing blogs and were on the craft of picture book writing. I will continue with courses this next round.

  1. Read at least 3 books on the craft of writing as well as articles online

I read 2 of the 3 I planned to read. But I read numerous articles, at least one a day. There are so many wonderful writers who are so willing to share their knowledge and I follow many of them. I will continue this as well.

  1. Finish the first draft of “Catching Love”

Yes, I finished it – over 40,000 words – my first full-length novel. I tend to write novellas so this was a special one. I also loved the characters wo this was enjoyable to write. I have started revisions and my goal is to enter the SYTYCW competition in October through Harlequin.

  1. Finish the first draft of my MG novel

I did not finish this novel. I have continued to brainstorm, plan but writing just wasn’t working. I have started a chapter book and have several chapters written. I hope to work on both next round.

  1. Write at least one picture book a month

Yes, I wrote one a month and have continued to work on revisions of several others. I am submitting one to the SCWBI “Late Bloomer Award” contest by the end of the week. I will continue this through Round 2.

  1. Enter competitions and twitter pitch parties

I have taken part in several twitter pitch parties and have actually received two requests. One I was offered a contract but did not accept it The timing wasn’t right but I still have hopes for that novella. I also submitted a proposal to “Blaze” following their request for manuscripts. Fingers and toes crossed.

  1. Take part in Write1Sub1 and 12 X 12

I am working on picture book writing and revisions for 12 x 12 and am submitting to Rate Your Story for feedback as well as my critique groups. I haven’t participated in Write1Sub1 although I am trying.

  1. Fulfill duties of mentor at ROW80, visiting my team 2x a week

Yes, I have done this and really enjoyed meeting other “Rowers”. I’ve tried to visit others as well.

  1. Write at least 2 blog posts a week (other than ROW80)

I usually write a post for “Slice of Life” on Tuesday” and  one for “30 Words Thursday”. This month I have also taken part in the daily “March Slice of Life”. In April I plan to participate in the daily “A to Z Challenge. I also blog at my art blog and write several posts a week there.

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WIPpet Wednesday

For those who aren’t familiar, WIPpet Wednesday gives writers the chance to share excerpts from their works in progress (WIPs) on their blogs. The snippet must relate to the date in some way.

Today is March 25, 2015

Today’s math is : 25 – 15 = 10  so chapter 10

20 – 3 = 17 lines

Emma and Flynn have had lunch with Flynn’s mom and now he has to leave. Emma stays.

“I’m sorry I have to desert you, but there’s glitches in this project that I have to work out.”

     “Not to worry Flynn. It will give me a chance to find out all about you.” Emma smiled

     Flynn looked at his mother and grimaced. “Mom, don’t you dare.”

     “I’m a proud Mom. Of course I’m going to tell Emma about you. So many stories to tell and pictures to look at.”

     “Maybe this is a bad idea.” Flynn crossed his arms.

     “Off you go young man. Emma and I will have a most enjoyable visit.”

     Flynn chuckled. “Don’t believe everything she says, Emma. She’s a bit prejudiced.”

     “And so she should be Flynn.” Emma envied the obvious loving relationship these two had. With her own parents, there had been love, but not this affectionate sparring.

     Flynn hugged his mom and then Emma. “I’ll you later. Have a good time.” He headed out.

     “That son of mine seems happier since he’s been with you Emma. Thank you.”

     “He’s made me happy as well. I never knew Flynn was a baseball player until we came here. I still don’t know anything about the sport. I even told him I hated it after we left here because I was so upset he hadn’t told me.”

     “Flynn’s life turned upside down when he had to retire. That injury was horrific. I still get shudders thinking about it. And it wasn’t his first. My son does not do things in a small way. If he couldn’t play, he wanted nothing to do with baseball at all. He hasn’t watched a game since he retired.”

     “He did mention he does things in a big way.”

     

Sunday Row 80 Check-In

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Time to share the progress on our goals for ROW80.

  1. Write daily – at least 500-1000 words a day **** YES – some writing each day
  2. Take courses. Finished week course on Romance writing at RWA
  3. Read at least 3 books on the craft of writing as well as articles online. Read articles
  4. Finish the first draft of “Catching Love” –finished one more chapter and part of another
  5. Finish the first draft of my MG novel No
  6. Write at least one picture book a month Worked on revisions
  7. Enter competitions and twitter pitch parties –Submitted MG first page to January’s First Page Critique
  8. Take part in Write1Sub1 and 12 X 12 worked on pb revisions
  9. Fulfill duties of mentor at ROW80, visiting my team 2x a week -YES
  10. Write at least 2 blog posts a week (other than ROW80) –Yes (between my 2 blogs)

On Jan. 5 I took part in the #JustPitchIt twitter party and had my novella favourited. Then this past Thursday, I had a request to send the full manuscript. This has been the first time I have had a full request. After writing about my doubts about my writing on Wednesday – this was quite a boost. Nothing may come of it, but someone was interested in reading more.

Another big boost was just the outreaching from this community. Thanks to all who definitely helped with their words and caring.

Love this quote by Jeff Goins:

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Sunday Check-In ROW 80

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Here we are – another week and another check-in.

Here are my goals and in bold, what I have achieved this week.

1.Write daily – at least 500 – 1000 words a day.  ******* YES!

  1. Take courses. I would like to focus mostly on plotting and character  I am working on Write a Novel in a Year and have already started plotting a new novel for this course

3. Read at least 3 books on the craft of writing as well as articles online .Read several great articles

  1. Finish the first draft of “Catching Love”  –wrote 1 more chapter this week and have started to edit the first 15
  2. Finish the first draft of my MG novel – No
  3. Write at least one picture book a month – have created some new ideas, and working on a mystery story for Highlights Contest
  4. Enter competitions and twitter pitch parties –none this week
  5. Take part in Write1Sub1 and 12 X 12
  6. Fulfill duties of mentor at ROW80, visiting my team 2x a week YES; as well I submitted my inspirational piece to Kait, on time!

Wishing everyone a great writing week ahead!

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Round 1 ROW 80 2015 Begins!

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The first round of ROW80 for 2015 begins tomorrow.

This community of writers provides a supportive place but also accountability for achieving our writing goals. I know it helped my writing last year and I only did a few rounds.

I am planning to up my writing game this year – more writing, more attention to craft and more submitting.

For this round my goals are:

1.Write daily – at least 500 – 1000 words a day.  *******

  1. Take courses. I would like to focus mostly on plotting and character
  2. Read at least 3 books on the craft of writing as well as articles online
  3. Finish the first draft of “Catching Love”
  4. Finish the first draft of my MG novel
  5. Write at least one picture book a month
  6. Enter competitions and twitter pitch parties
  7. Take part in Write1Sub1 and 12 X 12
  8. Fulfill duties of mentor at ROW80, visiting my team 2x a week
  9. Write at least 2 blog posts a week (other than ROW80)

My word of the year is BLOOM and my goal in writing is to grow and bloom this year. I need to put myself out more and improve my craft.

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 Be sure to check here to visit ROW80 and share your goals.