ROW80 Check-in #60 New Challenges

The writing challenge that knows you have a life.

As a pre-published author, I do a lot of writing and studying and waiting. While I wait in submission land, I’m working on the next MS I’ll submit. This pattern could really go on forever. This is good and bad, right?

A benefit of the pre-published is no deadlines, other than the self-imposed. The downside of no externally imposed deadlines is that you can stay in a comfortable pattern and that does not prepare one for the post pre-published days. Sometimes a new challenge can put a skip in your step too. Challenges are exciting. They’ll push you past your comfort zone and this is what I need.Creeping Phlox at our front curb by the mailbox

Between now and the middle of June I plan on writing and polishing a 10k novelette. Eek! I took a look at the schedule and it’s going to be tight. I need to finish the first draft and the first couple of read throughs well before Memorial weekend. Everyday I need to write just over 2k. Everyday. 2k.

I don’t know if I can do this, but I’ll never know unless I try.

Have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately? If not, pick something and go for it. If you have, please share what you’ve learned.

The Goals – week-5 results

  • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters – done.
  • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting – almost done. This was one of those weeks filled with extra tasks and they took up all my Something yellow that blooms next to the phloxwriting time on Monday and Tuesday. Grr. I could have gotten some craft study in the evenings of these two days, but I chose to read a book instead. I started my new challenge on Wednesday. I spent most of of my writing time on Wednesday and Thursday doing character development and plotting. I ended up writing a little over 3k by the end of day Saturday.
  • Workout a minimum of three times a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep, and my calorie limit – not done. The sinus cold did go away. The weather was beautiful here midweek and I went for a walk/run. It felt great, but my calf muslces were not happy the next two days. WEEK 6 PRIORITY
  • Weekly Nia study (i.e. studying the song/movement structure) – not done. WEEK 6 PRIORITY
  • Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities – done. I handled all kinds of things this week from paying bills, deposits, and lots of reports.Pink Tulip
  • Organize something in the house each week – not done. Other than cleaning the house for company I didn’t get to this goal. WEEK 6 PRIORITY
  • Spend time in the Garden – done. I’m continuing with my garden tour with the pictures in this post. Each week, I’ll try and share what’s blooming. I started weeding the beds in the front of the house. My husband finished the job and mulched. Score.

What you might have missed here this week:

Spotlight: Her Master’s Kiss by Vivien Sparx

9 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #60 New Challenges

  1. Hi! You make me so jealous! I wish I could do what you do all the time, and not just when I can steal some time between marking essays and projects and meeting every other person’s needs but my own. I do wish you the absolute very best! I’m just now testing the self-publishing waters…in between all the rest, of course…and I’m glad I came by today, so I could be encouraged by you! Thank you! 🙂

    You’ve won an award, because I nominated you for it. Please drop by here, if you can find the time, to see more…

  2. You’re doing great overall! I’ll be around on Twitter to ask how that 2k is going…and you can hound me on how much editing I’m getting done. 🙂 Best wishes for a great week!

    • Thanks, Julie!! I’m so going to need your hounding, lol. I only got 1k in yesterday. Only. That sounds silly coming from me. I’m putting myself through this for a submission call that’s due June 14th! Knowing how long it takes me to edit, I need the first draft done before this weekend. So, hound away, and you know I’ll do the same. Deal. 🙂

  3. Ah, stepping out of our comfort zone… always good, I think! I like to challenge myself too: can I write more? Every day? Best of luck with your novelette and keep up the good work, you’re doing great on the writing front 🙂

  4. You had a great week. I love how you add priorities where you’ve missed or didn’t hit to your satisfaction. All the best with that 2K a day…pretend it’s NaNo? 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous week!

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