Mar 25, 2011 - Round of Words    9 Comments

#ROW80 Week 12 – The End (Round 1)

Oops. Don’t you hate it when you think you have a few more days than you actually have 🙂

For some reason, when I wrote last Sunday’s post I thought there was still a full seven days left for round 1 of ROW80. Of course, thinking about it that doesn’t make sense, since then it would be 84 days (12 x 7), and not 80 days.

Never mind. I made good progress for my weekly goal of finishing off the short story. I still have a couple of thousand words left (I’ve got to throw out one scene now that I’ve thought about the world more, and made some changes to my initial thoughts), but I should get it finished this weekend. Which was my original goal for the week 🙂

So, now that ROW80 is over, how did I do? Not that great, but not a total failure either.

Write at least X words on my WIP a week – At the start I had a weekly goal for my current WIP (the novel On Ice). I reduced that goal after my vacation ended and I returned to work, then ended up abandoning the goal altogether so I could focus on editing Gears of Wonderland.

Write one drabble (100-word story) a day – This lasted for a month, then I got a bit burned out on writing them. On the plus side, I wrote enough drabbles for one collection, and I’ve got about half the drabbles I need for a second collection.

Publish one drabble collection – This was completed (The Vampire Drabbles – it rocks, go buy it 😉 ).

Complete one short story (~5k words) a month – Not done. I finished one story, and should have a second done by the end of this week. So I don’t consider it a total loss.

Publish at least one short story – Done! Originally I was going to publish the short stories in twin-packs, but in the end I decided to just publish them individually. The first story is out – The Outsider (it also rocks – go buy it as well 😉 )

Finish second draft of Gears of Wonderland – Not even close. I’ve done the first 5 chapters, but I’ve still got a long way to go.

While I can’t tick off most of the goals, overall I’m pretty happy. I managed to get two books finished and released, I’ve almost got a second short story finished, I’ve got a good number of drabbles toward the next collection, and I’ve at least started the second draft of Gears.

I haven’t figured out exactly what my round two goals are going to be. Now that I’ve booked my short stories in with an editor, I have hard deadlines for those (which means I won’t be able to get lax with writing them ;)) I want to get another drabble collection complete and released (the collection of zombie drabbles), and I need to get Gears out to beta readers. I’m still not sure how to structure that goal.

In an ideal world, I’d also like to get back to writing On Ice (I’d like to get it out by the start of December). But I’ll have to think about how I can include that goal.

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  • sounds like you did well on round 1 – with plenty achieved – keep smiling and see you in April

  • @alberta – Thanks, it would have been nice to get a few more solid “ticks” on the list, but I’m pretty happy with what I managed to achieve. Look out round 2! 🙂

  • Wow, you set yourself some lofty goals! I think you’ve really accomplished a lot. Good work!

  • I think you’ve accomplished a lot more than you’re giving yourself credit for. Enjoy your successes and congrats! See ya next round.

  • Drabbles? I might have to try those too. I’ve recently ventured into flash fiction.

    Congratulations on publishing, on the progress you’ve made, and good luck in the next round!

  • @Lauralynn – They were very lofty goals. If only I was still on holidays (12 weeks of holidays sound fantastic 🙂 )

    @Cathryn – I am happy that I got some of my goals done. I’ll know how to set better goals in round two!

    @CMStewart – drabbles are a lot of fun. They are *exactly* 100 words – not a word more or less. I’ve seen some debate whether that includes the title – I don’t, but some people do. Best of luck in the next round yourself!

  • I’ve never heard of a drabble before, that’s pretty cool! How exciting that you got enough of them to release a collection. Did you find it difficult to write them?

  • @Belinda – the first few were the hardest, trying to get the word count down to just 100 words. But after that it became easier. I’ve even written one that was exactly 100 words without editing (that surprised me 🙂 ), and a few that were ~105 words on the first pass. They’re fun 🙂

  • Congrats on what you did achieve, I would be proud. I keep saying I’m going to try a drabble but I seriously doubt I could do it so kudos to you.