Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Writer’s Life: It’s a Wrap!

This round of ROW80, that is…not my actual work in progress, which still has a long way to go, but in my humble opinion is definitely off to a strong start. How did I do in achieving my goals for this round? Let’s take a quick look.

1) Consistently write at least 2-3 High Heels & Flip-Flops blog posts each week. Check! I successfully kept up with my blogging schedule throughout the past several months and have every intention to stick with it.

2) Finish reading at least 1-2 novelist advice books to help refine my technique and focus. Check! Though I didn’t quite have enough time to fully complete The Successful Novelist throughout the past week, I did complete Story Structure Architect earlier in the session.

3) Complete the remaining historical research necessary to flesh out my plotlines and ensure their accuracy. Check! I feel good about the key pieces of research I have in place and am confident that I’ll be able to fill in the rest as I write my first draft and later make revisions.

4) Complete 50 pages of solid opening content by the March 22 deadline. Check! Although my content is certainly rough at this stage, I did meet my goal and am pleased to now have on hand a detailed plot outline, a character development guide and several opening chapters to give me a good foundation.

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And there you have it! I’m quite proud of the progress I’ve made throughout the first round of ROW80, since this program was a great motivator and stepping stone as I initially got started. Even though I had originally planned to also join in for round two, I’ve actually decided that I won’t be.

Why? Well, most importantly, with all the changes and potentially big decisions I’ll be facing over the next couple months, I’d really like this project to be something I can work on a bit more quietly and privately, without any pressure to meet a certain number of goals or to consistently share my progress with others. Will I still continue to make time for my WIP? Absolutely, hopefully getting ever-closer to the finish line with my first draft.    

Of course, I may also still share the occasional update with you here and hope to continue talking about my experiences as a writer in general, since I’ve really enjoyed sharing more about that aspect of my life. Thank you all for your ongoing friendship and support, and I hope you’ll keep working hard toward achieving your own goals, whatever they may be! 


  1. Congrats on meeting your goals in this ROW! I look forward to hearing your updates, and about the other changes in your life. This is a very exciting time for you :)

  2. You are just banging it out, girl! I love how you are setting deadlines and meeting them! Nothing more satisfying to us list-makers than a fresh check!

  3. Good job lady! Hope the rest of it goes smoothly and you hit your other goals.

  4. You did such a great job this round! I hope you will continue to update us on your progress. Best of luck, lady!

  5. Fantastic job lady! I know you worked long and hard on this and all the best to you as you continue along your writing career!

  6. You really inspire me, Im still not sure what type of classes I want to take, but I def want to go back to school to educate myself more. Congrats! xoxo

  7. you are always so on top of everything Heather!

  8. Congrats! It always feels so good to get goals accomplished. Now on to the next!

  9. Congrats on meeting all of your goals, how wonderful!

  10. Wow, you are moving along!! Good for you!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings


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