ROW80 Week 3: Average

Here’s my linky for this week.

I kept pretty close to my goals this week, neither running ahead nor falling behind. My 1,500 words took the form of research notes for a non-fiction project. I got slightly ahead by writing a sonnet, but then put up my reflection slightly later than I’d planned. So all that more or less evened out.

As to my other two goals (make progress on Conkers, and read a book a week): not behind yet, but I do need to focus on these a bit more. With three weeks past and nothing at all written towards Conkers, finishing the arc by the end of Round 2 is starting to look less than certain. I did at least look at it again this weekend, but that won’t mean anything if I don’t follow it up.

Accordingly, I’m setting an extra goal for this coming week: Write something towards Conkers, even if only something short.

Reading isn’t so much ‘behind’ as poorly balanced. I did finish a book — a whole book, this time! — on Saturday, but only because I made an effort to catch up on it after falling behind during the week. That isn’t the way I wanted my reading to work. The idea was to add reading to the list of things I normally do in the evening, not to make it a box to tick when I had the energy. I did get started on several other interesting books this week, though, so it may just be a matter of time.

As to what I actually read: it was The Traitor Queen, by Trudi Canavan. The thing I liked most in it was the way scenes were cut to create suspense. There are a few points where a scene ends with a problem of some kind, and by the time we catch up with characters again, they’ve somehow fixed it. The thing is, we don’t find out what the solution was until its consequences start to matter, which lets the suspense of the scene last (I assume) longer than it otherwise would.

3 thoughts on “ROW80 Week 3: Average

  1. Gloria Weber says:

    I have a reading goal as well, though not as ambitious as yours. I’ve been afraid of falling behind, but I am managing to keep it at because the material is appealing to me in an odd way.

    I feel your pain on some goals feeling like they are getting away from you. I think that happens to all us ROWers every round. I hope you manage to sort it all out and pull it off regardless of the bumps you are experiencing now.

  2. Eden says:

    Sometimes by setting myself a reading goal, I find myself reading less. It becomes, as you describe, a box to tick off when I’m tired instead something pleasurable to do when I want to relax or learn something new.

    Maybe setting aside a 1/2 hour each evening for “down time” with no reading demands, but with books visible and “available”, you might get into the habit. A bit of a switch on the classic writing rule: Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard.

  3. I’ve never set a reading goal. I just read. It just comes natural to do it every day.

    Even if your 1500 words ended up being research notes, it was still 1500 words, right? It sounds like you’re pretty much on track with your goals. Good luck for the rest of the week!

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