#ROW80 Round 1 2013: End of the round summary and Round 2 objectives

I feel like I made some real progress this quarter…

  • I wrote most days, and that was what I wanted to concentrate on. Toward the end of this month, I started to slack off some, I think because I wasn’t feeling well. I had a couple of days of the crud this week, but things are better internally as well as externally (after a final fart of winter, as John Powers would call it, the weather seems more like spring), so as I get into the next eighty days (starting Monday; where does the time go?) I’m ready for another fresh start.
  • I didn’t do as much reading as I would have liked. I had planned a half an hour a day and read about half an hour a week, maybe. I think there are times that you need to read more than you write, and other times where you need to write more than you need, and I think the latter was true for me this time around.
  • I did a better job of visiting the blogs of other participants in ROW80. Not perfect, but better.

My objectives in Round 2:

  • Write for an hour every day. I think I mentioned that, in addition to new writing from prompts, I want to look at what I wrote in the first round and choose the most promising ideas for further development, either as short stories or full-length novel projects to be worked on during one of the various NaNoWriMos. Of course, over and above the hour a day, I want to continue with 750 Words (“morning pages”) every morning, and to stay ahead on the blogging as much as possible.
  • Read three non-writing related books. Reading might not be the focus, but not reading at all, or just reading writing books, isn’t a good thing. So I will plan on reading a book a month. I can do more, but that’s what I’m going to shoot for. Any other reading is gravy.
  • Continue to comment on blogs and re-establish presence on Twitter. I’ve neglected Twitter, and as a result I’m not taking advantage of the wisdom available there. This should be easy: With baseball season starting, there will be more of an incentive to check it. I read lots of blogs, but as a rule haven’t commented on many, aside from other ROWers, and I’m sure that the other bloggers would appreciate the attention.

So that’s the plan for April through June. I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge next month, and I hope to see you there.

9 thoughts on “#ROW80 Round 1 2013: End of the round summary and Round 2 objectives

  1. It can be hard to keep up with all the blogs and social media outlets out there. Interesting that you’re using a favorite sport as an outlet to keep you active… Though I guess we all do that in a sense (writing is a sport, right? :-D ).

    Your goals look good, especially the reading goal. I think sometimes finding that intake/output balance can be a hard one to find, but there is one. One book a month sounds like a great place to work from. And trying to visit other bloggers and commenting there would probably make them happy too…

    Speaking of which, thank you for your visits and your kind and encouraging words on my blog.


  2. Looks like you accomplished a lot. It’s always hard to establish goals that are achievable, and focus in on what we’re trying to do. Thanks for visiting my blog.


    1. You’re welcome, and thank you. It’s what Kait was talking about, not beating yourself up over what you didn’t accomplish and instead concentrate on the things you did. It was like when I was in the hospital after a stroke: I was feeling badly that I wasn’t regaining my faculties fast enough, and someone reminded me that I had already accomplished a lot. I think we all tend (to a greater or lesser extent) to see the glass as half empty….


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