ROW80 Check-In – 3.2: The Road

My “writer’s work” is done for the week. I spent a lot of my writing time during the week in “think” mode instead of “write” mode, and that’s just fine.  I have a tentative publishing plan for the rest of 2017 and I also have a rough idea of the writing projects I’m going to work on for the rest of this year as well as 2018.  Ultimately, what I’m trying to accomplish is this: write a prequel-style novella that introduces the main characters of the full-length novel that will follow.  With that in mind, I’ve got draft copies of my project plan and my publishing plan. I’ll keep tweaking until I’ve got a good road map for the next sixteen months or so.  Not sure where this road will take me or if I’ll veer off or have to take a detour, but it’s a place to start and for now, that’s enough.

Write 7000 words each week.  5272/7000.  Fell a little bit short of my wordcount goal, but this is another thing I’m completely okay with. At the start of the week, my goal was to draft chapters three and four of my current WIP.  I managed to do both.  I also wanted to not rack up any word debt for CampNaNoWriMo.  As of today, I’m still well ahead of the pace.  I’m at 23,216 of 36,000 words.

Journal everyday.  15/15.  I’ve dumped a lot of what’s been weighing on my mind into my journal this week.  I recently read through an article that recommended going back and reading what you wrote in your journal over the past month or past quarter.  This idea makes me shudder a bit.  I prefer to use my journal as a place where I can let go of what no longer serves me, and yet I’m curious.  Do people actually do this? If you journal, do you go back and read the last month or last few months?  What do you get out of that experience?

Read one book a week.  I’m currently reading Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.  Depending on when I finish it and whether or not I have anything to say about it, it could be my next book review.  Stay tuned.

  1. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
  2. This Side of the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  3. Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
  4. Surrender – Lisa Renee Jones
  5. The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Ride Rough – Laura Kaye
  7. Entice Me – J. Kenner
  8. Anchor Me – J. Kenner
  9. Ripley Under Ground – Patricia Highsmith
  10. Demon from the Dark – Kresley Cole
  11. Just One Touch – Maya Banks
  12. Hard As Steel – Laura Kaye
  13. Hard Ever After – Laura Kaye
  14. The Iscariot Sanction – Mark A. Latham
  15. Random – Craig Robertson

Write one book review for my blog each week.  Nothing new to report here.

Walk/Run twelve miles each week. I managed a total of 4.34 miles this week.  It’s progress and I will gladly take it.

  • Tuesday = 2.30 miles / 45 minutes (30/100)
  • Thursday = 2.34 miles / 45 minutes (31/100)

I have spent a lot of this week feeling stressed and out of control.  I think part of this stemmed from the fact that writing daily each morning is my keystone habit.  Four out of five days this past week, that habit didn’t get done.  Yesterday and today, though, I got some writing done, and made good progress on my current WIP.  As a result the last couple of days have been so much better and I’ve felt like my normal self again.

Are you on track and following the road you want to be travelling? Or do you need to take a detour or make a course correction? Or are you simply enjoying the journey and happy with wherever the road leads you?  Wherever you are, happy travels!

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Have a great week!

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