I can do this. Right? =) ROW80 Check in for July 27

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Over the past few days, I’ve had a hard time getting to my writing. Once I sit down it comes easily but getting to that place has been difficult. Perhaps I’m tired because the desert heat is sucking my energy away. I don’t know. I’m still managing to write some each day and make my goals. I’m also still way ahead on my word count, which is encouraging this week. I don’t feel like I’m stuck in the story or anything. It’s just one of those weeks I guess.

Pouncer tried to help tonight. However, she was driving me crazy so she’s been forced to shout encouragement from the bathroom. On second thought, she might just be saying “Let me OUT!” I’m pretty sure that’s it.

ROW80 check in for July 24, 2011


So, I slacked off a little bit on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night I didn’t feel well and went to bed early. I think I was just over tired. Saturday I was lured out with the promise of free dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and a trip to the closing sales at Borders. I knew I’d written a lot last week, so I was hoping I was still on track to make my end goal even after missing two days.

Tonight before I started writing I checked my goals to see how much my slacking off for two days hurt, and I was still way ahead. That made me feel slightly less guilty about ditching my characters for two days. Then I more than doubled my daily word goal for today.  Right now I’m way ahead so I’m thinking it might be time to increase the daily word count again.

ROW80 check in for 07/20/11

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Since I started this challenge on Sunday, I’ve doubled my daily goal from 200 to 400 words. I decided to increase it to 400 words today because even when I’m tired I find that I still write way more than I expect to. I have beat my daily goal every day since I started this challenge and as long as it’s coming easily I don’t see any harm in trying to increase the goal a little at a time. I see my story slowly taking shape and it’s exciting.



ROW80 check in 7/17


I overshot my first goal by almost 200 words. Yay me. =)

It was almost too easy to reach the goal, but I don’t want to increase it until I see how I do during the week. I think I could sit here and write all day on the weekend, but during the week I expect it to be harder. If I find that I’m making my goal easily every day even during the week I’m going to increase it.

It was FUN to get back to the story! I missed these people. That sounds funny even to me but it’s true. I successfully resisted the urge to re-read everything I’ve done and was able to just focus on new scenes. I could have kept going all day but I want to go to church. I really need to put down this laptop and go get presentable.

See you all on Wednesday!



I recently discovered the myWANA hashtag group on Twitter. Actually, I’d seen it for a while and wondered what it was. I recently got over myself and posted a note on Twitter, using the hashtag and asking what it is. What I found is an awesome group of writers who hang out and encourage each other over Twitter, using the myWANA hashtag. I’m not going to go into tons of detail about it here but if you’re curious about #myWANA check out Kristin Lamb’s blog at http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com.

As I spent time reading the myWANA posts, I saw another hashtag group, ROW80. ROW80 is a writing challenge where each participant sets personal daily writing goals and sends a progress report to the larger group twice a week. They do the challenge four times a year, with a break between sessions. They’re currently on session three, but it just started and I’m told it’s not too late to jump on board, so I’m going to go for it.

I’m a little nervous, because I’ve never been a big goals oriented kind of person. I did the four-year plan in high school and college because they made me. Once the plans were approved I never saw them again. I’ve occasionally set goals for myself, but I tend to forget about them. I’m going to try again.

I’ve set myself a goal of writing 200 words a day. It doesn’t seem like much to me, but commuting to work makes for long days and I’m usually pretty wiped out when I do finally get home. I’d rather start off small. It’s flexible enough that if I find this goal is too easy I can always increase it later. I’m working on a novel that takes place in Gettysburg, so I’m excited to spend the next 70 or so days there, because I haven’t been there in person for two years.

Wish me well, and please feel free to ask me how it’s going.