ROW 80: Check-In 10/9/11

Sunday, October 9, 2011

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Okay, first week update:

1. Spend 1 hour every day working on a story task, whether writing new material on any WIPs or revising RRH.
--First half of the week: I kept up. Last part of week: weak. Too much going on and feeling vaguely unwell.

2. Read and comment on a minimum of 5 posts each check-in.
--Success! Checked 8 blogs for Mon check-in, 7 for Wed's.

3. Post on my blog 3 times a week, 1 of which must be a check-in.
--Got 2 of them in: Mon (check-in) and Fri (song/book feature).

4. Critique at least 2 posts each week on the SF/F crit forum over at Writer's Digest.
--Halfway there, got one done.

5. Have a specific smaller goal each week regarding my primary project.
First week's goal: Finish writing the beginning of RRH and connect it to the existing draft.
--It was a bit rushed at the end, but I did finish the scene. Next scene will be right before she goes into the woods, which is essentially where I originally started. Much happier with this draft. My crit group made some minor suggestions of things I overlooked, gave me some ideas on adding more description (my weak area), and pointed out where the scene ending was lacking. I'd call this a success.

This next week's goal: Take suggestions from crit group and revise first scene.


mistressofthedarkpath said...

Looks like you are off to a fairly good start! Squeezing an hour in can be tough, but at least it isn't totally unreasonable. Hopefully, you'll have better luck with it this week.

As for critiques, they are most definitely helpful in letting us see where we are going wrong so we can improve. I have no idea how any writer can become good without some feedback from others to guide them!

Joshua said...

Sorry you weren't feeling well. Hope you're doing better now!

Jaleh D said...

Thanks, mistress. I hope to do better, but at least my goals are clearer for seeing how I'm doing. And my crit group is fantastic. It's not always the same people, so I get a diverse range of opinions from various specialties.

And yes, I'm feeling better, Joshua. Thanks.

mistressofthedarkpath said...

That is nice that you are getting a wide range of opinions. Always helpful to know how your writing will be received by different people!

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