Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Row80 Update: The End of Another Awesome Round

For the last 79 days, I've been working on a set of writing goals via Round of Words in 80 Days. This time around, I didn't do as much updating via my blog, but I was still mindful of my goals and what I hoped to achieve during that period.

Tomorrow is the last day of this round. My major goals were to:
  1. Finish revising my middle grade manuscript
  2. Begin pitching
  3. Write 15k words of a new manuscript
 And despite going off track a few times, I didn't do too shabby! Here's where I'm really at:
  1. Finish manuscript: My three-year-old manuscript is finally in the hands of beta readers. And honestly, I'm so tired of reading it, I really welcome the break I get while I wait for their feedback.
  2. Begin pitching: Revisions took longer than I hoped (per usual), so the query process will likely start in April.
  3. New WIP: This is where I'm most excited. Because my first book took so long to write, I thought I'd be flailing with this new one. Instead, I'm 20k into my newest work-in-progress. Which is about halfway done. Hooray!
 So that's where I'm at! One thing I really like about ROW80 is the scheduling - which keeps me on track. I know it's not for everyone, but it's definitely taught me to plan, set goals, then tweak my goals along the way.

How did this round work out for everyone?

4 comments:

  1. Yay! 20K is awesome!

    In terms of your finished manuscript, I feel the same way. I'm sending it to beta readers on Friday (that's my deadline and I'm sticking to it!) and I seriously can't wait to take a break from this book for a few weeks.

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  2. Hi, Gina! It's great to see you. I know what you mean about being ready for a break from your story. I will proof read once or twice more and then publish. And, honestly, I probably won't read it again for a long, long time. Ha. I love it, but after the writing, the revisions, the editing, the four proof-reads I've already done, and the two I will still tackle. Enough is enough...lol.

    Hope to see you in next round! Have a wonderful few weeks break!

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  3. That's a lot to celebrate! Make sure you do.

    My last 80 days, although I didn't ROW80, are very similar to yours.

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  4. You had a great round Gina! So exciting to get you MS out to readers and be 20K into the next one. Go you! See you in round 2 :)

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