I’m trying to get back to making these ROW80 posts on time. Today is a pleasant surprise, lol.
Not much to report since my last Check-In, other than the results of my writer’s group meeting.
As I said last Check-In, I had decided to submit the first 2000+ words of my current work for critique by the group, and I was really nervous about that. Up until this past weekend, I hadn’t let anyone read any part of this project, and it was still in a really rough and raw form.
I did put in a little work into polishing the submission, which was something I was trying to avoid doing until the entire project was finished.
Overall, the meeting went really well. The other members of the writer’s group all said they really enjoyed the piece, and that it was surprisingly well written for a first draft (I didn’t tell them I gave it some polishing beforehand). Most of the critiques were centered around grammar and punctuation, which has never been my strong suit. I did learn a bit from that, and a whole lot of info from high-school English class came flooding back.
The only other real criticisms I got were that I tend to repeat words too often, that I can a bit wordy in my descriptions, and that there were a few instances where I should tell less and show more. Overall the suggestions were very helpful, and I plan to implement those suggestions when I do get around to editing in earnest.
I’m not sure yet when my next turn to submit will come around, and I haven’t decided whether I’ll re-submit the same piece re-written with the suggestions in mind, or go with the next 2000 words. I did cut the piece at a bit of a cliff-hanger, and most of the group seemed eager to find out what happens next, so that may influence my choice.
Otherwise, things have been relatively quiet. I’ve been trying to catch up on a few projects around the house – finishing the next set of cabinet doors for the kitchen, refinishing an old dining-room hutch that we were gifted, trying to work in the yard when the weather permits and doing some maintenance on my computers.
I’m hoping that the weather will improve for the coming weekend, as it’s been really rainy lately and I haven’t had much chance to get outside.
So, on to this Check-In’s Goal Breakdown…
Goal #1 – Get Healthy
I’ve gotten back into my exercise routine, which had lapsed for the last couple of weeks because I was busy with other projects. I am still doing my best to eat healthy, and am hoping I can do better at maintaining and building on these habits.
I have my next A1C blood test coming up in June, so I’m hoping that will show some improvement.
Goal #2 – Finish My First Draft
Since the last Check-In, I’ve written another 2000 words. Since my last Check-In was a day late, that means I am back to writing 1000 words a day for this week. I’m hoping to keep that momentum going so that I can finally finish this draft.
The word count for the draft so far sits at 183,005.
Goal #3 – Write At Least Three Articles/Essays
As before, I’m saving this goal for when I finish the first draft.
At this point, I think it’s better to just plow through and finish this project before I start any others.
Goal #4 – Start Editing
I broke my commitment to not edit until I finished the draft because of my decision to submit a passage for critique to my writing group this past Tuesday.
I did get some great suggestions and advice from the group that I do plan to work into the writing, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to do that. I think I’m going to leave off on editing again unless I decide to submit a passage again until I do finally finish the story.
Goal #5 – Read at least Two Books
I started on Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty, a sequel to his Sherlock Holmes tale The House of Silk. I really liked the first book, and am anxious to read this one.
I’m about 40 pages in so far, and I am really enjoying it.
Goal #6 – Read/Watch One Article/Video on Writing Every Day
I’ve continued to watch/read vlogs and blogs related to the craft of writing since the last Check-In and got some great advice and encouragement from each one. They’re listed below…
The Only Character Questionnaire You Need – Amanda Patterson
3 Things Your Characters Should Not Be Doing – Amanda Patterson