Hello, fellow ROWers!
As my title suggests, this will be my last ROW80 update…for now.
I need to grab every moment available and shut the door on every possible distraction in order to get my writing done. I have a few short stories and the first book in a series to finish.
I’ve been feeling, lately, that I might be incapable of finishing anything. I have to prove myself wrong.
My plan to complete the first drafts of 3 short stories and a novella:
- A deadline of May 31st
- no interruptions on the 21 available writing days
- minimum word daily word count of 2,500
- dedicated writing time begins after breakfast and ends when I’ve reached my goal word count for the day
- 2nd drafts to be completed by June 15th, then sent to beta readers
This is aggressive for undisciplined me. Maybe I will have developed a more serious attitude and diminished the procrastinator in me when I see my four books published in July and August.
As to my progress in ROW80 this month:
- Write on short stories in progress 3 days/week with a weekly goal of 2000 words. Wrote 7,000 words on short stories and book 1 of the trilogy. It’s mostly crap, so I’ll be rewriting some of it.
- Plot outlines of a novella idea. A little plotting done, theme figured out and 1 scene written.
- Begin the publishing process of at least one short story. This should definitely happen in late June.
- Exercise 5 days a week – at least 30 minutes each time. Exercise was almost nil due to foot injury. I expect to get back to regular treadmill walking and DVD exercise within 2 weeks. Still doing upper body weights.
It was a pretty good month with new ideas, working at older ones and reading Stephen King’s, ON WRITING.
King’s plan of dedicated time for writing sang to me. In fact, most of his ideas would work for me. I’ll be putting many of them in practice this coming month.
Social media has bogged me down for too long and it’s time to get it completely under control. This is the plan:
- Visit at least 8 ROWer blogs on Sundays.
- Visit 25-30 other friends’ blogs once a week.
- Visit LLC writers’ posts on Wednesdays and Fridays
- Triberr – 15 minutes every morning
- Twitter – 30 minutes, 3 x a week
- My blog automatically posts on Facebook and Twitter 2 x a week
And for those of you who are a step or so ahead of me in writing:
“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King, November 1973
So, fill me in, people! How was your week?