ROW80 Week 4: Intermission

(other ROW80 participants)

I had time off work this week, but between travelling, house-purchase paperwork, and the things I took time off to get to, I didn’t get any further editing done.

Now, though, the obstacles are cleared away. I’m back at home, the house is just waiting for conveyancing, and my story is mapped out and ready to edit.

(Programming is half caught up, as I went to a hackathon on the weekend.)

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 3: Prospects

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My goal this week was to edit five scenes of a story (one per day). That didn’t happen — but only because I didn’t start by re-writing scenes.

It begun with reading Jim Butcher’s writing Livejournal. He has something I’ve wanted for a while: a system for writing that should go straight to a working approach, instead of throwing nonsense at a wall until something sticks.

Mind you, I haven’t tried it in practice yet:

All those new ideas expanded my goals for the edit. I spent my four days (one short of goal) this week mapping out the current plot, to prepare for future structural changes.

It’s not editing progress yet, but it should give me somewhere to start.

(Programming continues to be neglected).

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 2: Something Had to Change

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This week, I picked up three different projects that all need editing or summarising. Then I set them all aside because I couldn’t count words of progress on them.

It seems I’m scared I won’t do enough editing, and word count feels like a safer choice. So I need a goal I can’t fool.

That will be: edit five scenes (one per writing day).
For this week, word count is irrelevant.

(I also haven’t done any programming, putting me a bit behind on that goal).

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 1: Fearful

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Aiming for writing and sleep together has worked, more or less. I began this week doing no writing and not getting much sleep, but caught up with both goals by the end.

Final word count: 3,800 over 4 days.

I also met my programming goal: I’ve now got a short to-do list for this project, which I can use to measure future progress. My new goal for this is to tick off two features by the end of April.

As to posting a story: I looked through my archives for a draft to edit. This resulted in plenty of inspiration for unfinished projects, but I couldn’t convince myself to start editing anything.

Why not?

Partly, I’m reluctant to edit when I have a word-count goal to keep. That should be an easy fix: I’ll try counting words edited the same as words written, and see if that helps.

Partly, though, I’m just somewhat afraid of editing — possibly as a side effect of some other things that have been stressing me lately. I’m not sure what to do about this, other than just diving into editing it anyway.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW 80 Round 2 2016

(other ROW80 participants)

I can feel myself coming down with a cold this week, so I’m tempted to tone down my goals and declare it a week of rest.

Last time I tried that, though, I ended up with neither rest nor progress. Somehow, I don’t feel ready to sleep if I haven’t done something productive.

Therefore, I’m keeping my writing goal from last round:

  • Write 500 words a day, 5 days a week.

My other goals this round follow from my two objectives for 2016: make programming a goal, and communicate with writers & programmers.

  • Post a short story here this round. Kait Nolan’s start-of-round post has inspired me to work on this. For this week, I’ll aim to choose a story and do an evening or two of editing.
  • Start a feature list for my programming project. Once I list what I want it to do, I can measure progress by ticking off items on the list. I wonder if I should be applying this to my writing as well…

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Summary: Round 1 2016

(other ROW80 participants)

TODO: include stats for last week (need to check from notebook)

I wrote some words in Week 12 — but I then got caught up in Easter and forgot how many.

The house is still plodding along. I freaked out on Thursday when I thought I wouldn’t get the loan approval on time, but it turns out the deadline was bogus. There’s no stress, just another week to wait.

Here’s how I went on my goals from the start of the year:

  • Make programming a proper part of my goals. ROW80 being a round of words, I’ve tended to exclude (and hence ignore) my programming projects. Didn’t happen. I did do some programming, but it never got onto my goal list.
  • Communicate more with my fellow writers (and programmers). Living in a small town, it’s easy to neglect this. Some progress. I got to one meeting of the local writers’ group, and I’m planning on going to a Hackathon (programming event) in April.
  • Prepare for Pathfinder (roleplaying) starting again in February; it’s my turn to run this again. I’ve got some preparation done already, but it will need adjusting for where the game ended up. Each game requires more prep. I’m trying to improvise more to reduce this workload.
  • Participate in my family’s impromptu writing competition (write a love story). This might not produce a good story, but it’s a good chance to write as part of a group. Some progress. I had an idea for this, and wrote about 600 words
  • Lastly, I’ve been considering taking a holiday in February or March, if the situation at work is stable enough to allow it. I went away for a weekend in January, and I’m still planning some sort of holiday in April — although I may spend some of that time moving house.

Which brings me to one not-quite goal:

I am also still looking for a house (indeed, I should be inspecting one this week), but I’m reluctant to make this a goal, since it depends so much on what is there to buy. Significant progress. I haven’t bought this house yet, but almost all that remains is paperwork (plus actually moving in!).

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 11:

(other ROW80 participants)

This week saw house progress, fencing, roleplaying, a work event — and a little bit of writing.

The pre-purchase checks for the house have begun: solicitor, inspections, and final loan application. Results should arrive some time this week.

At fencing, the regular coach is away, so I and another newbie are trying to lead the group. That’s a challenge, but it should become easier with time.

I definitely worry too much about roleplaying. I tried to have everything prepared, failed, and had a great time making it up on the spot.

And work had a movie night, watching The Dressmaker. I was surprised how much I liked the film — it’s not fantasy, but it uses fashion like fantasy would use magic.

My writing is still varied: 1,500 words spread across roleplaying notes, sonnets, and a draft reviving some old ideas.

This week will probably see a similar mix.

Good luck and happy writing!