When I signed up to participate in ROW80 two and a half months ago, it was a spur of the moment decision that I hoped would help me sort out my priorities. For me, ROW80 was a tool to reorganise my writing time and ensure that I could find a way to fit it into my life. Now, at the end of the process, I have the final update for ROW80 Round 3.
I set myself four simple goals: edit, write, blog create. I made sure my goals were manageable, flexible and technically achievable. That said, I feel that I could have been more specific, outlining sub-goals within each main one to ensure my targets were met. This is something I will definitely take into account for the next round.
Edit Queen of Hearts
It currently stands at about 30 chapters. I doubt I’ll finish edits within this cycle but I hope to edit a chapter a week. By the end of this week I should have the feedback from my betas who were kind enough to review the first seven chapters for me so that will hopefully lead to some major overhauls where appropriate.
Editing certainly progressed during this round however due to uni and work etc, I did not get as far through edits as I had planned. The feedback from the betas was beyond helpful and it gave me a lot to work with, to the extent that I haven’t even finished editing the first seven chapters. I hope to have a chance to focus on editing when I have a week break at the beginning of October.
At least brainstorm and plan if not write a short story (between 1500-3000 words) every month so by the end of the cycle I should have three done.
Brainstorming certainly happened. Actual writing did not. Unless you count essays which in word count were approximately equal to 6000 words which works out to 2000 a month. Not fantastic, not horrible. While I didn;t write anything new (apart from essays) I did add quite a few scenes to preexisting works.
Twice a week when I can, no guilt when I can’t.
For the most part, I achieved this goal. I think there were only about two weeks when I only did one post.
While I’ve been on hiatus I’ve been dabbling in language creation, taking the mess of language I’d already created and adding structure to it. I hope to write a post about it in the next few weeks because I find it fascinating and I would love to share it with you.
Throughout the round I have continued to work on and develop my languages. I added a new page to my blog dedicated to language and I have begun to explore the conlanging community online. I look forward to continuing with this and sharing more of my language journey with you. 😀
How did you go this round? Did you meet all your goals? I’d love to know how you found the experience, especially if, like me, this was the first time you participated in ROW80. 🙂