ROW80 – Round 4 – Check-in #12

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

Work In Progress Goals:

  • 4 hours on WIP (total of 6 hours this week/goal: 5 hours/week)
    • 2 hours reading (first 3 chapters of Jack Bickman’s Scene and Structure and chapter 2 of James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure)
    • 2 hours on James Scott Bell’s exercise 1 in Chapter 2
  • I didn’t check in with my ROW80 Sista, Nancy J. Nicholson (sorry Nancy) but I’ll get in touch with her this coming week.
  • I reported on my ROW80 goals one on time.

More fahhhbulousness to round out the week.

I took everyone’s advice and let go! It felt great. I trust as I “write” things will become clearer. I am really enjoying James Scott Bell’s book. It’s easy to read and makes such sense. And I love tearing loved novels apart against his theories. It helps me to see how it works and everything comes together. I feel like I am learning sooo much and that feels so good. I have no idea why I didn’t start at least reading writing craft books ages ago. Ahhhmazing!

I hope y’all are having a great writing week as well!

Blogging Goals:

  • Blogged 6 days (7 posts) including this post.
  • Read, commented, retweeted/tweeted on over 25 blogs.

I spent about 4 hours this weekend writing up 8 posts to draw from over November so I am super pumped about that.

How is your ROW80 progress going thus far?



  1. You are definitely doing great with those goals, sista! So proud of you. Keep rocking the row 🙂

  2. Nice going! I see you even surpassed your weekly goal with your WIP!
    I’m proud and very, very glad!
    Keep it =)

  3. I’ve heard great things about those books – sounds like they are really working for you! Congrats on kicking butt this week!


  4. Great work! You’re really rocking the ROW 🙂 Best of luck continuing the trend for the upcoming week.

  5. You’re rocking it out this week. Good job! To answer your question about picking the next idea, I keep a folder of all my idea, character and scene snippets. Every once in a while I go through them when I get stuck on a piece or when I’m adding something to it. Out of all the ideas, there’s generally a few that jump up and down screaming “Me next! Me next!”. So I keep a “prioritized” list of those ideas that I want to focus on.

    • Thanks Ryan!
      That’s fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your process.
      I struggle with the prioritizing because they all sounds so good. It feels like I have a commitment phobia when it comes story ideas. LOL. I realize I am at the point where I just need to pick one and run with it. But I love your idea of jotting down points of inspiration (characters, scenes, ideas). That way, I would be building bits to draw from and I could relax and let go knowing the “ideas” are set aside for another time. 🙂

  6. Good job on the WIP and getting ahead on the blog posts, Natalie! I finally got ahead of my blog posts, and it feels so freeing!

    I do something like Ryan does. If a character haunts my dreams, I’ll spend some time outlining the character details, the scene, sometimes even the story, in an idea notebook. It keeps me from freaking out that when I go back to give them more attention, I’ll have forgotten something. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Elizabeth! Wow – it’s a GREAT idea because I think, like you said, it sort of sets you free. You don’t have to worry about it anymore because you’ve jotted it down and can go back to whatever it is you are working on. I love it! An ideas notebook. SWEET!

  7. Great work and progress, Natalie! Yep, the James Scott Bell book is the truth. And working through exercises is great for spurring ideas as well as learning. I’m breaking out a split for you. 🙂

  8. Great job, Natalie! Tell, how in the world did you write 8 posts in 4 hours?! It takes me no less than 2 hrs for posts that don’t need research. Anyway, it’s great to get ahead, isn’t it? I’m working on that myself…trying to get all of Nov, Dec and 1st week of Jan done in the next week, so I can focus on writing. Good luck!

    • LOL! I know exactly how you feel. Blog posts can definitely take a lot of time to pull together!!
      I lucked out this weekend because they weren’t all from scratch. Three were for my twisted Tuesday posts and those always come with a certain amount of information already provided so the jumping off point makes them a bit faster to write up. A fourth was for urban word Wednesday and those are pretty short. The other three definitely take more time but I was lucky to have some draft ideas already jotted down.
      Wow, that’s an ambitious goal and I hope you hit it. Having a blog is definitely important for branding but it does take away from the WIP. Balancing the two is tricky so good luck!! 🙂

  9. I love reading craft books! Usually while reading them, I have my WIP in mind and something I read always sparks an idea. Way to go on your goals, Natalie!! Mwah!

  10. Oooh, you are doing great! I love Bickham — not always as easy as Bell, but so worth it!

  11. kerrymeacham says:

    Great work, Nat. Since we’re on Triberr now, I see your blogs. Woot Woot. No more missing your blog now. 😉 Have a great week, and Rock The ROW!!! ~clink~

  12. Doing awesome! Keep up the great work, Sweetness!

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