My goodness, it’s already the second week in October and time for the final ROW80 round of the year. That came about quickly.
There are now 79 days until Christmas, 85 days until the last day of the year, and 34 days until my 9,000 word parliamentary research project is due. Oh yeah, and 25 days until NaNoWriMo begins.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – shit.
October is traditionally the month the plotters start plotting, the pantsers start arguing that plotting ruins everything (note, it doesn’t), the uncommitted um and ah about participating, and the rest of the world sits there thinking ‘what on earth is NaNoWriMo and why are so many people getting all thingy about it??’.
This time last year, I was half way through writing my first (re)draft of Rebellion. I thrived during NaNo, I managed to write 100,000 words in 25 days, finish the first draft of Corruption (the book that follows Rebellion), and get myself enthused about writing once again after a long period of feeling thoroughly dejected and mopey about writing.
This year, I am one of the uncommitted.
Until a few weeks ago I was super keen for NaNo. I didn’t know what I was going to write (I might have even been one of the famed ‘rebels’ who don’t actually follow the 50k in 30 days brief), and I was pretty sure I would NOT be participating in community events (series of nasty experiences with the Adelaide NaNo community kind of put me off that), but I was sure I’d be doing it.
Now, things have changed.
Here’s the deal: I really want to get Rebellion to the point where I’m happy to share it with beta readers and take another step towards actually having a published book. Desperately. I’ve even been rewriting this afternoon until I took a break for dinner and blog-post-making. I’m feeling optimistic about what I can achieve by the end of this round. I’ve even made a damn schedule (those who were up to date with last week’s productivity will be pleased to know it is somewhat continuing into this week – I felt really unwell today and it’s a public holiday so I wasn’t SUPER productive, but I’m making up for that this evening).
And I’m just not sure I can edit Rebellion and do NaNo at the same time.
I know that heaps of people in ROW80 simultaneously work on new projects and edit old ones very successfully, but I’m just not sure I can do it. I obviously want to focus on Rebellion to make sure it’s not terrible when I tentatively put out the call for beta readers. Then again, I have all these new ideas buzzing around in my head thanks to some pre-editing planning/world building (prequels to Rebellion anyone?). I can type pretty quickly as well, so the 1667 per day NaNo target doesn’t actually take me too long (an hour and a half max if I’m in the swing of things). Perhaps it would be fun to do both, with my NaNo novel a little project on the side I can come back to once Rebellion is all pretty and polished and being beta-read (then again, I also have Corruption to edit and the third book to write/plan/work out). If my schedule goes according to plan I should have a fair few hours a day to dedicate to writing, so in theory I could do both…
Hmm, it seems I’ll need to think about this some more. Any suggestions are welcome!
Well, now that I’ve probably bored you all with my thinking-out-loud ramble, let’s get onto the point of this post – ROW80!
These goals are obviously subject to additions depending on what I decide to do about NaNo, but here we go:
Edit/rewrite Rebellion ready for beta readers.
I’d say this one is pretty self explanatory. I’m still finalising how many chapters (ish) it will have in the end, but I’m basically aiming for a chapter a day when I can, which will have me comfortably finished by the end of the round (including days I can’t write) as there will not be 80 chapters….
Potential NaNo project?
Watch this space.
Read at least four books a month.
This probably doesn’t sound like much, but I have a lot of other stuff to do so I don’t exactly have copious amounts of reading time.
Write at least three blog posts a week.
Two are pretty set in stone: Sunday ROW check in and Wednesday WIPpet/check in. I’m also hoping to make Friday posts a regular thing, probably discussing problems I’m having with my writing and things I’m discovering on my journey. Perhaps I’ll even throw a few book reviews in there. I’m going to see Gone Girl tomorrow night for date night, so perhaps I’ll do a book/movie comparison review thingy at some stage?
Continue to comment on people’s posts and make friends.
I’ve been doing pretty well so far with WIPpets, but I think I need to try harder with ROW80. I also want to start discovering new awesome blogs, so if anyone has any suggestions let me know!
Non-writing related goals
Finish both uni projects.
So far I have 3,500 out of 9,000 words drafted for my parliamentary research project, with a pretty strict schedule to follow to reach this. I also have a 2,500 word history essay to write, but that isn’t too much pressure.
Continue current productivity levels.
Despite today’s slight ebb (I’ll still get everything done, just before my 6pm aim), I’m still pretty on track. This involves waking up at a reasonable time to exercise, working at my desk NOT in bed, completing my uni tasks before lunch, writing after lunch, and NOT getting distracted until after 6pm. I’m actually really enjoying it, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep it going!
Finalise exchange to Edinburgh details.
Again, pretty self explanatory.
So there you have it, they are my goals for this round!
This week, I’m aiming to do the following:
- Edit up to chapter 6 of Rebellion. More is fantastic. Less is unlikely due to aforementioned productivity.
- Work out what to do about NaNo
- Finish reading Harry’s Game
- Write WIPpet blog post and additional blog post for Friday.
- Comment on 10 blogs
- Write an additional 2,000 words for my politics draft
- Research for history essay
- Have exchange subjects prepared for meeting with course coordinator.
Is that a lot? It looks like a lot? But I am optimistic positive Rachel, so I embrace the challenge happily with confidence and enthusiasm!
See you Wednesday!