Row 80 Goals

I’ve just jumped on board with Row 80.  It’s a site set up to help you achieve your writing goals, and it takes into account that different writers have different amounts of time to deal with.  They don’t TELL YOU that you have to write a novel in a month… which to me is just crazy.  Not with grade-school kids, a husband, and a full-time job.

So, here’s the deal.

I am going to write a one-hour per day Monday through Friday.  This week’s goal is to complete the dream sequences, and make sure the new scenes fit correctly into the novel.

I will spend 20 minutes per day Beta Reading or working on contest entries

I will spend 1 hour per night networking (blogging, etc)

I will get at least two pages of my official WEB Site uploaded (Completed my goal to buy and last week)

I will nag my artist to start working on my artwork for my WEB Site.

Upcoming goals:

1.  Decide on which beginning to use for my novel– “Fruit throwing”, or “Stuck in the Closet”

2.  Remove eleven extraneous POV’s from my novel

3.  Cut 18,000 words (to get to 100,000 words for submission)

4.  Do complete read-through for continuity

5.  Send out for a final round of beta reads.

6.  Complete Query

7.  Complete Synopsis

8.  Start Querying

Well, I might not get all my goals complete on time, but now at least I have a game plan!

14 responses to “Row 80 Goals

  1. I like your goals, Jennifer, and I also enjoyed your post about Beta reading. This is a new experience for me…having Beta readers.

    I had one who seemed to be “nitpicking,” but when I reread everything she wrote, I appreciated her thoughts. While I didn’t agree with everything she noted, a lot made sense.

    How does this whole Beta thing work? Two came forward to read one of my manuscripts and they did. And now? Am I supposed to do theirs? Nobody has asked…but it does seem that it should be a quid pro quo thing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • Hello, Laurel! Normally, beta reading is a joint venture. You read theirs, and they read yours. Admittedly, I have read a few recently without sending mine in return, but I would expect when I am ready, I could send and they would not complain.

      Are the people who read for you authors, or friends? You will get the best beta-reads from people you don’t know… especially other writers who have been out there for a while and getting critiqued. They know what to look for.

      Good luck!

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  3. I like how you’ve got future goals–I assume to replace ones you finish? Good luck! 🙂

    • The future goals are really there to help me keep my focus. I need to know there is something out there that I am striving for that is bigger than the “here and now”. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Very streamlined, girl! It sounds very do-able. I’m looking forward to checking in on your progress. Let us know how we can help in any way!

  5. I’m actually pretty thrilled with what I did today. It’s starting to come together!

  6. I canz beta read and cut words? I do for free. To sweeten the deal, why not use a poll for deciding your main title? My vote is the closet one.

  7. So that now you’ve posted your goals, are you going to let us know how you do? Brave, putting this list up here. If you care to share, I’d be interested in the process you use to cut 18,000 words. Have fun while you’re doing this.

    • Yes, actually it’s required to post how you are doing. It helps to make you strive harder to make it happen. I’m hoping to cut some of the 18,000 words while editing out the extra POV switches. After that, it will be very painful, and you will hear me screaming all the way from your boat out in the ocean!

  8. You have quite the list of goals, but they are realistic. Hope you manage to complete most of them in time! I know it isn’t easy when there are so many other things going on in life.

    • I don’t expect to actually finish eveything within this ROW80, but at least it’s a plan for what I need to do. I will decide weekly what I think I can accomplish. It’s great seeing the list. I’m thinking of posting it on my desk as a constant reminder.

  9. That sounds like a great plan. My novel came together with a similar writing schedule, which I set because everything kept getting in the way. If you stick to that writing time, I have no doubt you’ll get your novel done! 🙂