A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 9

I have to say, cutting back on emails has increased my productivity greatly. πŸ™‚ Let’s to a February recap before I moved on to March goals.

  • February:
    • Finish the first draft of Stray CatChasing Shadows
      • Write 500 words a day. I started this update at 31,370. I finished February with 32,038 words. I bombed the last few days. πŸ™‚ However, I’m satisfied with the first draft… and frankly, tired of working on it. I’ll be setting aside Chasing Shadows for a few months. I plan to come back to this in May or June for edits. As you can see, it’s a short piece. I think the final version will be about 35k. Until then, you’re welcome to read the first chapter of Chasing Shadows which is in my Free Reads section.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. Didn’t do again this month.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. I did work on it once, but haven’t finished it. I’m not even sure this will get published.
    • Bonus: Work on New Adult Novel
      • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. Last check-in I was at 28,374. As of February 28, I was at 29,708. So I’ve been doing well with this. I have 2-3 scenes left before I wrap this up and start on the next project. Hopefully, I’ll have this finished by the end of the week or next. Another shorty. I’m pretty happy with this first draft. I can see this being about 35k also when said in done.

So here we are in March. Let’s see what we have planned for the last month of #ROW80.

  • March: Edit Alley Cat
    • Alley Cat (working title) has 26 chapters and an epilogue. According outline, I have 4 unwritten scenes. Originally, my goal was to edit one chapter per day or write one scene. Here’s the thing. I absolutely hate editing, that would really push my endurance, and likely lead to a shut down. What I think will happen is one scene per day. I’m going to give myself two months to edit the first draft of this work. My progress thus far. I edited chapter 1, scene 1, but I’m not satisfied with the job I’ve done, so I’ll go back to that. I also started editing chapter 1 scene 2. I’m hoping to get my edited nice and tidy the first time so I don’t have to go through it again before sending it off to critique partners and beta readers.
  • Bonus Goal: Continue working on New Adult novel ~ I Loved You First

    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. I hope to finish this novel this week or early next. πŸ™‚ As of February 28, I was at 29,708 words. Currently I’m atΒ  30,130. So, I’m still doing well with this one.
    • Begin new 100-word-a-day novel. Trinity’s Awakening ~ New Adult Suburban Fantasy

I’m feeling pretty great about March. Even though Alley Cat is the last of the Striped Ones series, the idea of sitting on a finished piece of work is quite exciting. It’ll mean I might be able to release the last two novels fairly close together.

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 9

  1. Yeah, when I pretend my email doesn’t exist, I get lots more accomplished.

    I’m feeling good about March too so I hope the whole month goes well for you. πŸ™‚

  2. One thing for sure, it’s liberating to cut back on emails. Usually the emails fall into the not urgent/not important quadrant, but I’ve been treating it like it’s urgent/important.

    Wishing you much success this month. πŸ™‚ I’m already thinking about goals for the next round.

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