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Two Times The Charm #ROW80

Round two starts here!

So in my wrap-up for round one, I gave myself a fail for lack of focus.  This is going to be the basis of my new goals.  And to get that focus, I’m giving myself a deadline.  Arg!  That’s one of the benefits of being an indie.  No stinking deadlines from The Man!  Well, maybe The Man’s got a point with this.  Let me break it down.

Main goal: Finish revisions so I have something to send The Shiznit and Pink Hammer.

Bite size goal pieces: Revise one to two chapters a week.  I’ve got something like ten to go, so this is totally doable.

Daily goals: 250-500 words on workdays and 500-1000 on my days off.  I was against word counts originally, but these are small enough so I don’t want to hang myself and it’ll keep me focused.  (There’s that word again.)  My chapters generally run 2000-3000 words, so at least a chapter a week makes sense.

Side goal: If I ever get stuck or frustrated with the WIP, I’ll switch over to plotting my next story.

Seems I never do anything very well the first time, but by the second, I’m in the groove.  We shall see.

18 comments on “Two Times The Charm #ROW80

  1. Hey there!

    Sounds good! Just one comment about the ‘side goal’: plotting something else can became a serious distraction, at least it is for me.

    Keep us posted. 🙂

    • Thanks Natalie. I don’t expect to be plotting the next book a lot, but I don’t ever want to stop thinking about this series. Plus, the plotting might help with the current story if I do get stuck.

      I’ll be posting updates every Wednesday and Sunday.

  2. When I’m in composing mode, I find that keeping track of word counts and having goals really helps me. I think it’s all about finding a system that works for you. Some authors find word count goals too restrictive, but I feel a deep satisfaction when I meet them, and downright smug when I blow past them.

    Best of luck with your goals, and thanks for visiting my blog this week.

    • You’re welcome, India and thanks!

      I think NaNoWriMo turned me off to word counts because I liked almost nothing of my first draft. Originally, I thought it better to write for a certain amount of time each day and focus on the quality of my writing. Not word count. That didn’t work too well, so I figure a more manageable word count should keep the quality where I want it while forcing me to progress at a better rate.

  3. Ooo I have a nickname now? Cool!

  4. Go Andrew! I’m really up for Round Two (why do I keep capitalizing that?). I think after everyone understood how things went with them in Round One (again with the capitals), we have more of a handle on how to set goals and what to do to accomplish them.

  5. With you totally on that whole focus issue. I feel like my round one taught me what not to do with round two! Good luck to you – sounds like you’ve got a great mind-set to start this off!

  6. Good luck with your goals! I’m doing ROW80 for the first time and I hope to finish my WIP. 🙂

    • Awesome! And same to you with your goals. It’s a great challenge you can continuously tweak to keep yourself on track for your long term goals. Plus, the fantastic support.

  7. I have learnt from round one to keep the goals realistic – good luck Andrew on this rounf – keep smiling (I am always plotting another in the quiet moments of WIP!)

  8. “Witness the freak become a hero,” I absolutely LOVE that.
    Best of luck to you, Andrew. It sounds like you’ve made round one a learning experience and are jumping off from there. But don’t call it a “fail,” because anything you learn from is never really a failure. Just call it an education in the school of hard knocks ;). It looks like you have realistic goals. I find it very beneficial to have a couple things “on the shelf” in case I get burned out. So if I am writing, and my brain just turns to jello, I will pull out some editing work because it uses a different part of my mind. When that gets to be too much, I take some notes on a next story, or do some line editing. Then I go back to my writing. I find that by doing that, I am accomplishing things, rather than just vegging out watching TV or something. It makes me, personally, feel better, and I am able to get back to my writing feeling fresher. I know it does not work for everyone, however, and that’s OK.

    Mel

    • Thanks, Melanie! I wasn’t sure if anyone read the tag. I do love seeing the little guy transform to awesome.

      I’m very hard on myself even though, like you said, it’s part of learning. I guess I’m worried if I give myself a pass, (At least I see it that way.) I’ll get lazy and never accomplish my goals.

      I don’t think my brain could handle too much, I need to stay on one project until it’s done. Plotting’s just a maybe. Very impressed you have all that going on.

      See you in future updates!

  9. Hope you keep your groove to the finish line.

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