A quick ROW80 check-in:
I haven’t been doing much of anything. Time of year, being out of writing shape, still deeply in the midst of processing my mother’s death. Lots of reasons. I haven’t been able to get my head fully in the game, but I’ve been doing some prep work.
I’ve been setting up my novel notebook for Inheritance. I’ve been going over my notes from the Sufficiently Advanced Magic class I took via StoryWonk in October and revising some of my anchor . And I’ve been trying out word count meters** (the one in the sidebar right now is this NaNoWriMo Word Meter from Language is a Virus, but it clearly works beautifully outside of November, too, and I really like that you can choose your own color for the progress bar).
I’ve decided to try out publicly displayed word counts and publicly stated (here and on Facebook and Twitter) goals to help me stay focused. I always do really well during NaNoWriMo because I work well under a deadline and with an audience, so I’m going to see if I can create some of that feeling outside of November. I’ll have widgets for my novel and for writing practice, because I feel that at least a few 10-minute sessions each week will build my writing muscles better than just working on the novel.
That’s where I am right now. Although ROW80 will be wrapping up next week, I am still going to push to get a sketchy outline (but fuller than the anchor point outline I have now) finished by year’s end so I am ready to write the story come January.
** I’ve been looking at bunches of writing meters, but I still have a few to check out. Once I have a good list, I’ll post it.