ROW80 – Round 4 – Check-in #4

It’s Sunday and it’s time to update you on my ROW80 progress. You can find a list of my goals here.

This week, I got some great feedback from a ton of you about your experiences plotting and getting starting on a WIP. I came away feeling more normal, relaxed, and a ton less pressure to jump in with both feet and be super fabulous!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment and share your words of wisdom and experiences with me. You have no idea how much it meant to me. You guys rock – muah!

Since then, I realized that I am not ready to jump in on the plotting right away. I need to back up a few steps and get my feet under me a bit more. Plotting is for people who have a solid story idea that they are ready to run with. I don’t. After this week of pondering and brainstorming, I have 2 story ideas that are pulling at me strongly and I need to figure out which direction I want to take. They are entirely different genres and both would require a lot of work, obviously, but one would require ridiculously more work than the other. And just when I think I’ve committed to one and I am ready to rock, I waiver to the other. I am like a pre-teen schoolgirl torn between two boys. It’s awful!

The good thing! I’ve learned a lot from reading and following all of you! And I’ve learned there’s no need to rush the process. And writing, whatever it may be, is progress. I am taking the next week or two (or however long it takes) to brainstorm both potential ideas further in the hopes that one makes a definite bid for my attention.

And I decided never having read any writing craft books before (because I was one of those idiots who thought “who needs a craft book when you have oodles of talent?!?!?!”), I would stop doing the exercises in the books and just read a couple to get an overall impression of what’s to come. I want to get some big picture knowledge before I fire out of the gate.

Now that’s a mouthful! So how did I make out this week?

Work In Progress Goals:

  • If pre-planning counts, I definitely got my 5 hours in on my WIP outline:
    • Read 6 chapters and finished Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland….YEAHHHH!!!
    • Started chapter 1: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell.
    • Did a review of 5 favorite movies/books to explore common themes that I like best (write what you’d like to read….thank you Angela Orlowski-Peart!!)
  • Had some great “cheering” emails with my ROW80 Sista – Nancy J. Nicholson who is ROCKING the ROW! Her encouragement and emails have been a life saver and she’s making magic happen on her own end which is a huge inspiration!
  • Downloaded all of Kait Nolan’s resources for writers (can’t wait to check em’ out!).

Blogging Goals:

  • Blogged 6 days (8 posts) this week including this post.
  • I read and commented on over 40 blogs (left my total count for the week at work).
  • I retweeted/tweeted on over 40 blog posts (left my total count for the week at work).
  • I reported on my ROW80 goals on schedule.

And….a little treat after reading through this entire post! Jenny Hansen has put together a little Rock The ROW Party – Photo Finalists and Party RECAP that is uberlicious! Go check it out and VOTE for your fav photo (yours truly is there…in pink hair NO less! Yes…this is shameless self-promotion…I’m not above that…)!

How is your ROW80 progress going thus far?

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