#ROW80 Check-in 6/21/15

Annnd here we are again with another check-in. I’ve been more productive, which is really good. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

I’m still going slowly wordcount-wise so my muse doesn’t get spooked. I haven’t been able to work on both main WIPs every day, although I think I managed it once. So maybe it’ll end up being a back-and-forth thing, and that’s totally okay. I’m being gentle with myself because things have been rough on me as of late, and I don’t need to hear my Inner Slave Driver screaming at me about low wordcounts. Nope, my ears are plugged.

Here’s the run down:

Survivor – Worked on it today and last Sunday. I’m on page 10 of 831 (!!) but I realized that I messed up a few scenes. Oh, yes. It would have helped to take a glance at my outline and notes beforehand, but now I’ve got it straight. It is SO overwhelming, rewriting this book. But it will be better for it, and I still believe it is worth the work to make it saleable. I also need to distill some of these scenes into the core idea, because I can see how little some of them accomplish story-wise. I’ve learned how to identify that kind of stuff, whereas 11 years ago, I knew nothing. So, progress.

Ever Touched – More work in Hiveword (it is Hiveword, not Hivemind! I frantically searched for it last night — didn’t bookmark the site, duh — and discovered this. Oops? But now I’m straight.) Got some characters named and identified, got a few scenes added to the outline. It’s coming along.

Fireborn – No new words here. I got a bit stuck on where to go next. I know the what, just not the how. I thought about it and I think I have a direction now.

Covenant – 646 more words for a total of 4,810 in draft.

Changeling part 2 – I got feedback and have revised/edited it. One more pass for typos and such, and it’ll be done.

I think that’s it for today. Going to try to get more work done today if I can, in between Father’s Day stuff.

As for the chocolate consumption report, been craving it MADLY and have been eating ALL THE THINGS which is really bad for the waistline. I may need to cut back at some point. 😦

How are you doing on your goals?

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8 thoughts on “#ROW80 Check-in 6/21/15

  1. Sometimes our desire to avoid one thing does make us try to overdo on all the other things to compensate. If you can have chocolate, Erin, maybe allow yourself only a small piece of dark chocolate as a reward for doing things you already want to do anyway?

    As for the lowered wordcounts… I think you’re playing quite smart. Too often we try to do “all the things” and in the end, get nothing done at all.

    1. Thanks, Eden, for the advice. If I can stop at one piece of candy…that would be great. 😉 Yep, it’s tough going in a million directions. We’ll see how this shakes out. 😉

      1. Set out your rewards the night before. And if you have a friend or a spouse who is willing to help, have them hold any extra candy. Or… make a trip and buy the individual candies after you’ve succeeded in your goal; it’s a bit more expensive that way, but you’ll be better able to resist when you’re there at the store. Ghiradelli and Lindt both often are sold by the piece. (A trick I use is go to a local Lindt store and ask for a free sample… they’re give you one truffle).

  2. Writing is going more slowly than I would like, but hopefully I’m able to balance it with other obligations and get back into the swing of things. You’re still moving forward, so that’s what counts. Sometimes we need to go slower and not feel guilty about it.

    Have a wonderful week!

  3. I hope you will be able to find a balance. I’m doing my best not feel guilty. I’m so driven that if I don’t write at least 1k every day I feel like a failure. Bad, bad brain! No cookie.

  4. Ah yes, muses sometimes are like a squirrel trying to eat left over seeds on your porch and gets spooked by the noisy kids playing on when you have to stand up to stretch. Small goals and small words are like muscle s when you exercise, after a time you find you can write more.

    I like Eden’s idea of getting the chocolate when you’ve finish a goals or written some. A good means to check your progress and still give a reward out of it.

    Here’s to a great final wrap up of Round 2. Onward to Round 3…

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