"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ROW 80: Check in #3

My goals:
1.  Write 250 words a day.
2.  Blog frequently (these posts will count towards my daily word count)
3.  Complete 2012's NaNo (ZF), then complete my earlier attempt (DoVH)

My Progress this week:
I did not work on my manuscripts this week.

I am very disappointed to say that I did no writing this week. I got caught up in exercising, knitting, crocheting and all the other things that life threw at me.  That's why NaNoWriMo never works well for me.  That's why I am participating in ROW 80, though, isn't it?  It's the writing project that understands I have a life :)  Maybe next week I will focus more on writing.  We'll see.

What I'm Reading Wednesday: El amor en los tiempos del cólera

Well, I finally finished reading Emma by Jane Austen.  I had a difficult time getting used to the language at first.  It has been a long time since I have read any Austen.  The character of Emma really bothered me.  She is such a snot and a snob.  I almost didn't want her to have a happy ending.  I wanted her to end up sad and alone at the end of the book.
Now I am reading El amor en los tiempos del cólera by Gabriel García Márquez.  I love Latin American literature, especially Márquez and Isabel Allende, and I love reading their books in the original Spanish.  I am already so in love with the main characters!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

IWSG: Spread too Thin?

It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group which was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh and allows writers to vent about their insecurities or lend encouragement to each other.  Go to the link to see what other writers are talking about this month.

This month finds me in the middle of a number of different writing projects.  I am participating in ROW80, which is a writing challenge that understands that you have a life.  You set a goal for each 80 day round and track your progress through blogposts.    My goal for this round is to write 250 words a day.  Blog-writing and work on my two unfinished manuscripts count towards the goal.  The amazing thing is that every day that I have put aside time to write, I end up writing more than 250 words.  Unfortunately, I am only setting aside writing time four days a week.  The weekends are too distracting.  It's hard to keep my focus.

I also signed up for NiNoWriMo, a monthly challenge where you set your own writing goal and track your progress.  I am using the same goal that I have chosen for ROW80; I just like the extra accountability.  I am already in the home stretch with one of my manuscripts and getting ready to tackle the next.

Another project I have signed up for is A Month of Letters.  I will be sending something in the snail mail each day that the US mail runs in February.  It's fun to write real letters again.  I started writing a letter to my sister, expecting to write maybe a page, and ended up writing 6 pages.  My hand actually hurt by the end of the letter.  I am planning all kinds of creative goodies to send through the mail this month.

Am I spread too thin?  Trying too many projects at once?  I don't think so.  I love the accountability and support of writing challenges.  Also, I love all the inspiration I find on the web in these unique challenges.   All in all I am feeling super inspired and motivated this month.

Monday, February 4, 2013

ROW 80: Check in #2

My goals:
1.  Write 250 words a day.
2.  Blog frequently (these posts will count towards my daily word count)
3.  Complete 2012's NaNo (ZF), then complete my earlier attempt (DoVH)

My progress for week #2:

Tuesday: 360 words in ZF
Wednesday:  WOTW blogpost 454 words
Thursday:  254 words in ZF
Monday:  apx. 800 words in a letter

The weekend is difficult for me.  No excuses this week.  I was just unmotivated.  But I did write more than planned every day I wrote.  Writing over 1,000 words in one week is good for me.  I hope I can keep it up.