Thursday, March 24, 2011

If It Ain't Broke...

To be honest, I'm actually surprised I stuck around to the end of Round 1. But that's the beauty of ROW80: Being able to set your own goals, holding yourself accountable, and getting massive support from other writers. Granted, I didn't always stick to my goals (there was a week that I just didn't do anything), but when it's all said and done, I got what I needed from this challenge.

I joined ROW80 a few weeks into the challenge, but my goals were simple:

So here are my goals for the next 80 53 days:

Write everyday - I don't have many distractions other than work obligations, so I have to condition myself to put in writing time in the morning and at night. I get easily distracted by the t.v....

2. On weekends, spend at least 3 hours writing a day - my weekends, other than Saturday mornings, are are almost always free.

What I hope to accomplish with the first two goals will ultimately lead to my third and final goal.

3. Have the first draft of my WIP completed.


Last night, I finished up the final revisions on my WIP and nervously sent it off to my beta readers! Now, it wasn't the WIP I had in mind when I started this challenge, but nonetheless, I was able to accomplish one of my goals. So I am happy to say that by this time next month, I'll have my first novella published!

Round 2 kick-off is April 4th. I'll probably stick to my original goals and perhaps add a few more to include social networking and marketing.


  1. I'm curious about the beta readers...are they people you know? Or are there sites where we can sign up and find "readers"? I'm curious, since when I wrote my first five novels (published), I had readers from my real life.

    But I'd like to know more about "beta readers."

    Congrats on achieving your goals.

  2. Laurel-Rain...that's a damn good question! I'm pretty new to the process so right now I have my sister-in law reading it (she's a creative writing major from William and Mary) and my best friend who reads like a fiend. I hope their recommendations/critiques will improve my story before I sent it to final edit.

    I don't believe there is any type of website where you can sign up to get readers, but I did tweet earlier today that I was looking for one un-biased beta reader.

  3. I asked that question myself a while back - kept hearing about them - then discovered I already had one - my friend from forever reads, comments, suggests, disaproves, finds echos and repeated words /phrases, everything else - and she's free but not for hire!!!! she's mine all mine - best of luck in April I'll see you all then

  4. You know what I did to get beta readers is start a Q/A group about myself on Goodreads. Then, when I need betas I just put out a post and usually get a little bunch of people who had signed up for my group that volunteer.

    Good luck with your novella! Very exciting stuff!!

  5. I'm jealous. And very happy for you! You came in late and finished strong. Think of what you'll accomplish for the full 80 days.

  6. Good, steady progress! You really jumped on board. Good luck in the next round!

  7. Great progress and congratulations on being so close to publication. I'm glad you saw this through, I feel like it helped me a lot to take part.

    I'm always desperate for beta readers, I tend to find them randomly and they tend to have a major life crisis that makes them unable to finish the job. I'm either a really bad writer or a bad luck magnet. :)

  8. Wow, sounds like a productive time. Can't wait to see what you'll accomplish in Round Two! :)

  9. Thanks for the words of encouragement! Although I don't know how much I actually accomplished with a 10,000 word novella, but publishing it will defintely be a learning experience!

    I did get about 30,000 done on my other novel, plus some editing. That will probably be the focus of the next round.

  10. As usual, I'm happily inspired when I check in with the other ROW-80-ers (yep, I've been gone a few weeks ;-) I think we all learned something good about balance, if nothing else. And, I agree - if it ain't broke.....

    BTW - let me know what you need from a beta reader (as I recall, different than from a crit partner), and if it's pretty doable, I'm happy to help :-) (er, remember, I may call on you for that as well!)

    Take care, see you in April, and thanks for all the encouragement and kind words! You are really on fire!

  11. Thanks Shari! And I just left a comment on your blog!

  12. Congrats on achieving your goals. I think we all need beta readers. Maybe we should make that part of the challenge. Or a benefit of the challenge. See you for round 2

  13. Congrats - you did great! I don't know when I'll need beta readers - I'll probably be rewriting for the next two sessions. Robin's got a great point.

  14. Congratulations on all you accomplished! Hope you get some great feedback from your betas.


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