Jenkins Rising

ROW80 Week 12: Compromise

(other ROW80 participants)

It’s become clear that the roleplaying group and writing Conkers are going to compete with each other.

I actually got a good bit of writing done this week — a few hundred words on Conkers, two sonnets, and over two thousand words on other projects. While I didn’t get any outlining done, I’m happy with the scenes I wrote instead.

However, it’s looking like my time this week will be taken up by preparation for roleplaying on Friday.

The roleplaying group is something I’ve wanted to do for years, and I really don’t want to miss the opportunity now it’s actually happening; which means I’m committing myself to keeping up with it every second week for the foreseeable future.

That being the case, there’s no way I can manage the pace on Conkers that I’ve been aiming for. On the other hand, I really don’t want to abandon the story; this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and it’s the furthest I’ve ever gotten in the writing process.

With that in mind, I’m reducing my standard goal for Conkers, and adding a more general word-count goal:

  • Write one scene of Conkers a week, or do a similar amount of work on research, outlining, etc.
  • Write at least 500 words of prose aside from that (e.g. for roleplaying), or two sonnets.

Since I only have half a week before the end of the round, I’m just going to aim for 500 words of anything by Thursday.

Regarding Reflection

I’ve had my reflection goal for over a year now, but I’ve only actually done it at most once every two weeks. Part of the problem is that I talk to myself; not normally something that worries me, but I end up talking through the questions I could reflect on without ever writing them down.

To get this goal running again, I’m going to make a commitment to not talk to myself about the situation in Conkers unless I’ve written some reflection about it first.

Good luck and happy writing!


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