And like Round 2, I didn’t “finish” all my goals. In fact, in round 3 I downright sucked. I even gave up posting updates because it was all “I suck. I suck. I suck. And I suck…” when it came to my weekly updates.
But I really shouldn’t put myself down like that. No matter how many times I tell myself this though, or my friends (on and off line) tell me to stop it, I do it anyway.
And then I want to smack myself in the face with a frying pan so I stop doing that. I really wish I would just not be so hard on myself all the time. *sighs*
Well, that’s something else to work on…but not here. Here we’re dealing with writing and what I need to do to catch up.
In this instance I am happy to report that I refrained from using kitchen implements to assault myself. And after a review and reflection of my round failures I have decided that Round 4 is all about simple. As in keeping my weekly goals high enough to give myself a high five at the end of the week should I beat them, but not high enough that I berate myself if I don’t hit all my markers. I have a lot of things on my plate, including three jobs, plus my writing, which I also consider a “job” (it’s just one that I love! :D). So that’s four jobs…and with only 24 hours in the day and the need to sleep during some of that time, I need to keep everything in my life manageable.
While I didn’t update my progress in the last round, I was making some progress. It was slow, but it was progress, and for that I’m grateful. This means that I can move forward from Round 3, having completed some of those goals, and move forward on a few of my WiPs. So my goals for the Round (i.e. things I want to have done by the time this round ends) are:
- Publish or Query “Wanted”: this is done. I just have to decide whether to self pub or query it. I’m seriously conflicted on this and all the reading and research I’ve done to try and make the decision easier is not helping. I need to make a decision though and hope to by the end of October.
- Revise “West Merriton”: still no title for this but I’m slogging through the revision process which I started in July. So, yay! I think.
- Revise Ella and Jake’s story: This one I need to print out and take my red pen to it. It’s a disaster, but one I’m determined to slay by Christmas.
- Finish PNR: I’m already 20k words into this. And I have it all planned out in scrivener. This might be my NaNoWriMo project, if I do it. I still can’t decide. Are you doing NaNo?
Since I’m going to be working on different WiPs in their varying stages throughout this round my weekly goals are as follows:
- Attack WiPs for at least 10 hours a week: whether this is me writing scenes/outlines (which is something I do often at work, and then type it up later) or sitting down to the laptop, I’ll count it toward the 10. I need to treat writing like a job, which for me, it is. So this means starting with a 10 hour “writing work week” and going up from there. It will also help me with time management skills and using the blocks of time I have in my schedule to write, between my jobs.
- Walk 5 times per week: it’s getting colder, but I can’t use that as an excuse to not walk. I’m going to walk, and that’s that. *repeats this to self hourly*
- Focus on publishing/marketing ‘stuff’ for 2 hours per week: hopefully this will help me come up with my answer about self pubbing “Wanted” or going the way of the query.
As I said, my weekly goals may change every now and then but for the most part, this is it. I’ve also decided that I’m only going to update once a week given everything I have going on. My work schedule just doesn’t give me enough time to post on Wednesdays, so it’ll be Sunday posts for me!
Are you ROW-ing this round? What are your goals? How do you keep everything organized and manageable during ROW80? Let me know in the comments and Happy Writing!