#ROW80 Round 4 2012: A good week

By the time you read this, it’ll be Wednesday, my usual check-in day for ROW80. And, so far, so good. Here is the status so far:

Write at least one hour every day: Most days, I’ve been writing a couple of hours. I mentioned in my post mortem from the last round that much of what I had written for Fast Draft and Camp NaNoWriMo looked like short stories, and that I would be taking both of them apart and salvaging what I could. I chose one incident from one story as my first project. The more I write, the more I realize, “Hey! I could do this with it!” or “Wonder how this would read from X’s point of view?” or “Wonder what would happen if I did this in first person rather than third?” Not only am I writing a lot every day, I’m finding that this idea provides me with lots of exercise. Not unlike Roger Price’s Droodle, “Man Playing The Trombone in a Phone Booth”:

Seen this way, it’s a man playing a trombone in a phone booth. Turn it upside down, it’s a midget playing a trombone in a phone booth. Rotate it ninety degrees (or π/2 radians) to the left, and it’s a deceased trombone player. Roger Price (the world’s foremost authority on Droodles) said, “Not only is this an extremely clever Droodle but it affords you a certain amount of exercise which you probably need.” (Image from http://www.squidoo.com/oodles-of-droodles; quote from Droodles by Roger Price (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953))

Take the time to visit the blogs of other ROWers and give them encouragement. I follow a number of you who are on WordPress, and have been diligent about stopping by and trying to leave a comment or two. I also have a Blogger account, meaning that I can probably start watching those participants as well. In any event, I have been doing a better job of this.

Spend half an hour, three times a week, on Twitter. This has been easy, particularly as the MLB playoffs have been underway and I follow a lot of players and teams. I have been meaning to separate my follows into lists, and am finding the process touchy and occasionally broken with the web interface. Gene Lempp said (or at least I think he said) that this was easier to do with Tweetdeck, which up until a couple of weeks ago I was unable to use because I didn’t have a 64-bit operating system. I now have it running on my netbook, which is running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I just have to spend time with it.

Learn to read like a writer. I found a book on Amazon that was titled, oddly enough, How To Read Like A Writer, and picked up a couple of pointers from it. I have also been reading Matched by Ally Condie, having fallen in love with the YA dystopian genre, and am currently reading it for the enjoyment of it. On the next pass, I’ll be watching plot and character development. I’ve also been reading PJ O’Rourke’s Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages The Bastards, which expresses the way I feel about the impending election.

So, that’s where I stand.

I got an idea from Jenny Hansen, who in turn got it from Gene Lempp, that I should set goals for myself on a weekly or biweekly basis, instead of setting goals for the entire quarter at the beginning. That seems to make more sense to me, and I considered doing it this week, then realized, I’m already pretty well doing it. Maybe I’m just getting better at this ROW80 business.

Anyhow, have a good week, and I’ll be around to check on you and answer any questions. (Yes, I used to be a trainer; why do you ask?)

6 thoughts on “#ROW80 Round 4 2012: A good week

  1. Love the Droodle. Nice job on the goals, John. The weekly ones do seem to work better, more flexibility and at the beginning of the week – clean slate, you are never behind for long. Have a fantastic rest of your week 🙂


    1. Thanks, Gene. I’ve had the original book of Droodles since I was in grammar school. I swear, the book is older than I am.


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