Well, November came and went. And so did December. And now here we are in January and I am just now getting up the courage to announce to the world that I’m a loser. Of the NaNoWriMo variety, that is, not of the ever-popular Biggest Loser variety. Just to make it clear, I DID NOT write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.
Wow, that feels better than I thought it would. I’ve dreaded that confession since, oh, about December 1st.
Instead of focusing on what I didn’t do and feeling worse about it, I thought it would be better to just tell you what I did do. So, what exactly did I do? Well, I had originally planned to complete the novel I’d been working on. I was about 12,000 words in. But 3 days before the start of NaNoWriMo I had a dream. And that dream took me off course. Way off course. Into another genre even. So I made good progress on that. And, you know what? I couldn’t be happier with the direction I decided to take. How healthy is that?!
So in the spirit of moving on from that failure, and to prevent another one, I have joined the first session of ROW80 (A Round of Words in 80 Days). A plan that offers realistic goals (I set my own), accountability (I check in by posting my progress on my blog 2 x a week), and support (an on-line community of both accomplished and aspiring writers).
I’m pleased to announce my goals for the first session of ROW80:
1.) Write something every day no matter what.
2.) Complete at least 1500 words per week on my current WIP.
3.) Make every effort to attend critique group every week.
4.) Read two books – because reading others’ work makes me a better writer and inspires me.
So there you have it. And a heartfelt thanks to everyone for continuing to follow me and cheer me on! I appreciate the support, even more so as I forge ahead.
Happy New Year!