A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 5

So I broke up my #ROW80 goals into months. Let’s see how I did for January and see about a rollover plan for February.

  • January:
    • Market Shadow Cat. I worked my butt off in this area. I’m satisfied I’ve done what I could. If Shadow Cat sinks or fails, it’s not because I haven’t put forth an effort. I think really, it just needs time for reviews to come out and the cover to become familiar to folks. Plus, I need to get another work out there.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. I totally failed this, but I’m learning something about myself. I just don’t like the stress of creating sex scenes. It’s not that I’m embarrassed about them. It’s more that I put so much pressure on myself. I want every sex scene to be unique and exciting. But in my mind, there’s only so much one can do before it because repetitious. And honestly, I skip over a lot of sex scenes when I read. So why am I trying to write erotica when it doesn’t keep me interested? Anyway, I have the scene planned for Regina already, so her story is still a go. But I think after I finish the Striped Ones Series, I’m going to step away from erotica.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. I didn’t finish this either. I started it, but that’s it. I really need to finish this, because it’s a work which really should get out to the public.
    • Continue to chip away at Stray Cat. (200+ words a day) I totally rocked this goal. Started at 20,235 according to last week. January 31, 2011 I was at 22,602.

    Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Another goal I rocked! Last check-in I was at 22,626. As of today, I’m at 24,561. I’m totally loving this book.

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So that brings us to the present.

  • February:
    • Work on Stray Cat
      • Basically just finish the draft I started. I ended January at 22,602 words. And my overall goal was to hit 50k. Honestly, I’m not sure if 50k is going to happen at this point. I have 4 chapters left before I finish the first draft. I still need to go back and fill in parts, though, so we’ll see. Pros and cons to this. 1) It’s already in novella territory so putting it into the world at this length isn’t the end of the world. Right now, I’m envisioning 30-40k when all is said and done. 2) Less of a wait for folks waiting for the sequel to Shadow Cat Woot! 3) The first draft of the final book is written, so perhaps I can get them both out rather quickly. Double woot! 4) I really wanted it to be a full length novel. 🙁 so that’s a rather bummer for me.
      • In order to accomplish my goal of finishing Stray Cat (working title, by the way… I’m leaning towards “Chasing Shadows), I need to write 1k words a day. Day 1 I did well (1,106 words). Day 2, not so well (394 words). So I’m currently at 24,106.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. I think the problem with this is it’s a quickie thing to do. I need to come up with something measurable… choose a date to just do it.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. Same issue here. It’s a quickie. One of those just do it kind of things.
  • March: TBD
    • Might work on Trinity’s Awakening
    • Might edit Alley Cat
  • Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel
    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Still going strong! Last check-in I was at 22,626. As of today, I’m at 24,561. Tonight I’m hoping to hit 25k even though my goal is just 100 words a day.

So that’s it. I’m doing better with some goals than others.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.

0 thoughts on “A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 5

  1. Wow, looking very organized here! My monthly to-do list looks like this:

    –Write something every day, preferably on a WIP, not just on Twitter.
    –Plug books whenever possible.

    But, I’m an underachiever. I also don’t have my shelves organized on Goodreads. 😛

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