ROW80 – Round 1 – check-in 8

Time for Sunday’s ROW80 progress update.

Writing Goals:

  • Complete outline of WIP
  • Write 1750 words a week, on average 250 words a day (can be on WIP or other writings like flash fiction, character development, world building etc)
    1866 words total for this week
  • Finish James Scott Bell book
  • Read 2 other writing craft books
    Save the Cat arrived and Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a ChickLit Novel is on its way (thanks Nicole!)

Social Media Goals:

  • Blog – post 4 times a week
    4 posts – total word count:1959
  • Blog – post ROW80 progress reports twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday)
  • Tweet/Comment on at least 10 blogs a week
  • Comment on 1 new blog per week (ROW80 or otherwise)

Healthy Lifestyle Goals:

  • Cardio – 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
  • BowFlex – 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
    2 this week
  • Maintain a daily food/migraine journal

The wins:

  • Met my writing goals.
  • Finalized my next two craft books – although not sure if I’ll get them read in this round?!?!?
  • Rocked the social media.
  • Nearly killed all my fitness/healthy living goals.

Where to improve:

  • Gotta find a balance between reading fiction and reading craft books.
  • Gotta make sure I get my weights in 3 times!

How are you making out with your ROW80 goals?



  1. I hear you on the fiction/craft reading balance. I go in cycles, LOL. You had a fantastic week, go you. Best of luck this coming week Natalie!

    • Thanks Raelyn. It’s tough to fit it all in but we just keep trying. I guess when you weigh it out over a year-long period, it all balances itself out even if one week you write more and one week you read more. 🙂 Gotta keep the big picture in mind, right?!? 🙂

  2. Great week, Natalie! Rocking good on your exercise goals too! For your question re: the craft books, I suggest using them as a tool to assist the writing so don’t feel like you have to rush to get more of them done. I’m taking my time with the James Scott Bell and really digging in to some parts to improve areas of my writing. I’m also sure I’ll go back and revisit some parts as the novel progresses.

    • GREAT idea Barbara. I am finding in James book that it’ll be more useful once I have more writing done. Without real work to evaluate and adjust, it’s just concepts. I mean, still great to “know” going in but I can see how using it after the fact to make my writing stronger will work beautifully. Thanks honey!

  3. I’m impressed with how much you got done! Save the Cat is my all time favorite book on writing. And it’s a really fun read, too!

  4. I agree with you about best use of craft books, Natalie. I have a better awareness of what the words mean after I’ve actually tried it. Even if it is clumsy attempt, I can learn from it and then can refine my 2nd attempt with the help of the craft book. 🙂

    Great work on those goals girl! Your hubby’s birthday celebration didn’t slow you down one bit, did it? 🙂 Hope he is feeling better!

  5. Woot, Natalie! You kicked ass! So glad you went pass your word count goal 😉
    Way to go, girl!
    Hope your next week is as awesome as this one!

  6. Way to kick it! I’m with you on finding balance with reading craft/fiction. I want to read more craft books, but I find it hard to juggle it. I only have so much time to read, and I’m so much more attracted to the escapism of fiction than the homework-feel of the craft book. Still looking forward to hearing about Will Write for Shoes.

    Hope you have an amazing start to February. Wait, really, it’s February already?!?!

    • Thanks Tia – yeah, it’s hard to get it all done, eh?! I guess we just keeping trying and over the big picture, I think we do pretty good. Nicole said Will Write For Shoes was an easy, quick read so I can’t wait to dig in! 🙂

  7. Well you had a great writing week Natalie! That’s awesome! Good going on the exercise and diet. How are your headaches? Better? Do you see a connection with the food? Oh my, I can see it now. You’ll lose weight because of all this healthy living and Hubby will have to take you shopping again. How will you ever deal? LOL!!! What matters is that you are a beautiful person inside and out! Keep it up! You’re a good example Natalie! Thanks for all your support girl! Have a great week! 🙂

    • Thanks Karen! I haven’t seen a connection really with food yet but my prime migraine time is just coming up so we’ll see if it’s improved with my increased exercise and water along with better eating. Here’s hoping!
      SHOPPING…but of course!! LOL!! It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it. LOL!!
      Thank YOU for all your amazing support Karen – MUAH!!

  8. Woot, Natalie! Way to go, girl! What a fab job this week 🙂

  9. Look at all those DONEs! Woohoo! Great job, Natalie! I do the same thing Barbara does. I rarely read a craft book all the way through. I read parts, take notes, let it sink in. I read fiction almost daily, so I’m really reading craft and fiction at the same time. For fiction reading, I try to hit the bed early enough to have an hour to read and I read for 30 min on my treadmill. Hane a great upcoming week!

    • Fabulous Marcia – thanks for the great tips and tricks. I read fiction before bed every night as well so I get that in no issue. I’ll have to try and incorporate some reading either before or after my writing so I can maybe see how I’d apply it right then and there. Like you said, using it more as a learning tool.

  10. Awesome job! Keep it up, it’s inspiring. 🙂 last week wasn’t a good one for me (too much life happening, not enough writing!) but I have a good feeling about the week ahead.

  11. Excellent surpassing your word goal this week and all the other “domes”. Will write for shoes is relatively short and her writing style makes for a fast read!

  12. That is one awesome week you had! Even seeing the exercise stabilize which is fantastic. On balancing books, I do one craft, then three fiction (although this is not a rigid system) mainly due to time constraints and I prefer to have only one book active at a time.

    Have a super great week, Natalie 🙂

  13. Good grief, Natalie! Can you BOTTLE your energy please? I’ll be the first in line to buy it! What a productive week. But then you usually have productive weeks. Just out of curiosity, what does your average day look like? Clearly you are more organized than I am, lol.

    • HAHAHAHA…I try to really be aware of what I MUST accomplish each day and stay focused on getting that done before getting distracted or lured away by TV. Sometimes it’s harder than other times but I just keep at it. No guilt. No beating oneself up. 🙂

  14. Ooh baby, you are rockin’ the ROW this time! I love those word counts, exercise goals met, and social media stuff. Save the Cat was a great read and probably won’t take long. I love the title of the other craft book. Have another fabulous week!

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