ROW80 – Round 1 – Check-in #10

Time for Sunday’s ROW80 progress update.

And let’s just say, I put play before words on the page this weekend. Hubby and I saw Jerry Seinfeld on Friday night (who was ahhhmazing…just saying!) and then we heard the camp road was plowed so we loaded snowmobiles and jet-setted to no-Internet land where we played the weekend away. I have limited experience on a sled and hubby was convinced with some training and a sled of my own, I’d love the outdoor sport and wow, was he right! I LOVED IT!!

What that meant for my writing weekend, nada on the numbers. It’s alright though because….well…my story lost a bit of its luster and I wasn’t sure why. So, while cruising around on the snow and enjoying the sun, I realized where the problem was; my main character. Ugh. She’s all wrong!!! I was trying too hard to make her NOT like another character I read in a book (talk about paranoid plagiarism) but now she’s nothing like I wanted.

Fab! Some time away gave me just the perspective I needed and I am ready for a character do-over this week!

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)
    225 words total for this week (I know….)
  • Finish James Scott Bell book (nearly done but stalled because bright, new shiny books arrived)
  • Read 2 other writing craft books
    1/2 way through  Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a ChickLit Novel

Social Media Goals:

  • Blog – post 4 times a week
    4 posts – total word count: 2341
  • 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 (and I worked my butt off at the camp – hubby can confirm!)
  • Maintain a daily food/migraine journal

The wins:

  • Rocked the writing realization.
  • Got a ton of reading in on my craft books.
  • Rocked the social media.
  • Given how sore I am tonight, I rocked my fitness fun.

Where to improve:

  • Gotta get the words on the page even on weeks when it’s sucky.

How are you making out with your ROW80 goals?



  1. I’ll bet you weren’t planning on the weekend fun helping your creativity to flow again. An amazing turn of events! You are consistently having great weeks. You must feel so good about that! Wishing you more of the same!

    • Thanks so much Marcia. I felt a bit guilty playing ALL weekend but it did feel great and I do feel like it helped me get some creative juices flowing. Hubby and I had a GREAT chat about book idea twists and turns that was totally fruitful. He loved some of the new things I’ve been pondering. Now…how to fit them all together?!?! LOL!!

  2. Nat, I’m so glad you got some time away, and also that you and Hubby finally got to celebrate his birthday!! I think some free time totally hleps the creativity. Don’t fret on your character…they will come to you. 🙂

    I’m very interested in “Will Work For Shoes” – will you tell me about it when you’re done?

    • Thanks Jenny. I am totally pumped to get back and start over with my character. I have a much stronger sense and image in my head that I think will help. And hubby and I bounced some ideas around that I am very excited about. I am not sure how to pull it all together but I think with this new character, it’ll come together.
      I will absolutely keep you posted on my thoughts on Will Write for Shoes. Nicole also did a FAB review here if you are interested.

  3. Hey girl, you did awesome for going away this weekend. And you made the ROW check-in? How did you do that? You’re amazing! Just saying!

    I’m reading James Scott Bell’s book now. What I want to know is, were the new shiny books that came this week Pink? lol 🙂

    So keep it up. You are my inspiration. You do know that, don’t ya?

    • LOL – I BARELY got the progress update done Karen. My eyes were two slits as I typed it up and I didn’t even have the energy to visit anyone’s blog. That’ll be my lunch hour today. 🙂
      HEHEHEHE – you know me so well – yip, one of my books is PINK!!!
      Awwwww….thank you so much Karen!!

  4. This sounds productive in a different way! Spending time with loved ones and jumping on life like it’s a trampoline feeds a writer, and also gives you time to process your WIP. Hope you enjoyed your week of fun!

  5. Way glad your hubby is feeling better and able to get out and about. I can relate to you not hitting your writing total this week as I was a little under mine as well, but you spent time having fun with family. We try to balance it all. Family moments win. More power to you and the playing in the snow. I’m a winter baby, but so not a snow fan over here. Kudos on the other goals you not only met, but also rocked. I see you are reading a chick lit craft book now. Is that what your novel will be? I remember you mentioned wanting to write in that genre yet somehow remember you were playing around with ideas in another genre as well.

    • It is a tough balance to walk. I am realizing that I need to take at least one or two evenings a week just for writing so my weekends are free for family time. If I get to write, gravy but I need to make sure I get it done earlier in the week given mine and hubby’s tendency to adventure. 🙂 But I am glad to know I am not alone in my less-than-stellar word count week. Oh well, we all have em’ right?! 🙂 Gotta take the great weeks with the not-so-great weeks. 🙂
      I was never much of a snow gal either Barbara. But given we get so much of the damn stuff, we are trying hard to find activities we can enjoy. If you can’t beat em’, join em type thing. LOL!
      Well that’s the thing, the primary idea I have is more paranormal and it’s seems to fit the best with the plot and structure elements I’ve been reading about. And it’s the idea that has sort of come to me the easiest with the most scene ideas etc. BUT, I WANT to write more women’s fiction/chick lit type books. Thus far, I am not sure if any of my ideas are really strong enough so?!?!?! And they seem so….DONE?!?!?! It’s a conundrum! LOL!
      But, after this weekend with a good visual of my character and some brainstorming with hubby, I’m excited to work on the character development and see where that takes me. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

  6. Encourage…Great job on the fitness and blogging and reading. All excellent things, and wow do I know what you mean about shiny new books being distracting, have a bunch coming this week.

    Tough Love…Here it is: If you can write 2341 for the blog, then you can write 1750 for the WIP. Just sayin’. Totally been there myself. Have the dent in my forehead to prove it. Consider and adjust. *friendly nudge*

    Have a great coming week, Natalie 🙂

    • Love it Gene – encourage and tough love. Just the right combination.
      You are exactly right, if I can get 2341 for my blog, I can easily write 1750/week for my WIP.
      Part of the unbalance in word count is that most of my blog posts are written in advance. I write my Mon, Tue, and Wed posts for the entire month usually in one weekend. Then I just have Friday’s to come up with during the week, plus my row80 (although I don’t count them in my word count).
      Regardless, it’s no excuse. I can do better. And I will. I am realizing that I must put at least two evenings aside each week just for WIP. Non-negotiable. It’s gotta be done.
      It’s quite the trick trying to balance it all but I know it’ll come the more I work at it.
      Thanks again for the WONDERFUL encouragement and tough love. I really appreciate both…equally!
      Have a FAB week!

  7. That does sound fun, Natalie! (Especially to someone who last saw enough snow for a sled several years ago. Texas gal.) It looks like you rocked all of your goals but the word count. Even then, you had that revelation and got something on the page. You’ll be kickin’ it this week!

  8. I tend to be leaning towards the reading and blogging more than writing too. We should keep each other on task this week. 🙂

  9. Although the time spent with hubby talking about the book doesn’t count as words on screen, I think those discussions are invaluable for planning a project. Also playing in the snow is a great alternative to writing. 🙂 We do have to *experience* life in order to actually *write* about it, right?

  10. I love your final summary. I may have to steal it for my next check in.

    I am trying to imagine that much snow. Being a Californian right in the middle of the Central Valley, it is difficult to believe…

    As always, I’m looking forward to more ROW80 updates!

    • Go for it Julie!!! That is the greatest form of flattery and it will get you everywhere with me. LOL!! 🙂
      I wish I was a Californian!! Ahhhh…what it would be like to not know snow like we have here….one can dream! 🙂

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