Row80 Sunday and NaNoWriMo

It’s Sunday, that means it is time for Row80:

  • Writing: The first full week of Nano has just ended. Read below for more on that, but I am at 13,540. Yea!
  • Editing: Finish editing my WIP, Dead in the Water. Finish edits by October 21. Done
  • Submissions: Start submissions October 22  Nov.1, send out 2 a week the rest of the round.  Stop laughing….think positive.  Been busy writing so no news here.
  • Social networking: This is the hardest.  I am bad at just liking a post or a tweet and leaving.  So my goal for this is to respond more to blog posts, even reblogging, and be more involved on twitter. That’s not measurable.  Comment on 3 blogs a week. Check (I think)
  • Blogging: Have 2 nonRow80 blog posts a week.  Done  Teaser Tuesday 11/4   Gun or No 11/6    Authors Answer 11/7
  • Coffee: Master my new coffee pot.  Apparently there is a learning curve.  Done

Nice progress on my goals, I do need to send out more queries.



Like I said the first full week of NaNo has passed.  I am proud of my progress, 13,540 words.  My goal isn’t 50,000.  I will be thrilled to reach 30,000.  Mid-November will be the true test of my endurance.

I’ve learned several things about myself while undertaking NaNo:

  • The first day is a killer.  I sat at the computer staring at a blank screen not knowing how to start.  I have an outline I know where the story begins, I just couldn’t get started.  So I just jumped in with both feet.  When I finish, that first section must be rewritten, the POV is all wrong 🙂
  • I work well in short spurts.  I can allow for 2 hours of writing, anything more than that and I start wondering about household responsibilities.
  • I accomplish more in the hour and a half before work than I do on full days off.
  • Getting up early is a waste of time.  My brain doesn’t function before 7:30 am.  Pass the coffee and be quite, I’m watching the lights on the Christmas tree.
  • Day 6 was a killer.  I had planned on a full day of writing.  Hah!  It was like pulling teeth.  The small word count I had was hard fought.  I stopped early and went Christmas shopping, that was much more productive.

There you have it.  The first week of NaNo.  Can’t wait to see what week 2 holds.

Have good week.  How are your goals and/or NaNoWriMo going?


2 thoughts on “Row80 Sunday and NaNoWriMo

  1. I love that “master the new coffee pot” was one of your goals. 🙂

    The first day of NaNo is rough for me, too. It’s hard to start something that has this much (personal) pressure behind it. But once I get going, the momentum kinda takes over. I hope Mid-November works the same for you!


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