ROW 80 – Week 2 Update

Week two did not go so well.  Okay, I guess I did meet some of my goals.  But I only got up early and wrote  twice (my goal is 30 minutes of writing, five mornings a week).  I definitely failed that challenge.  Why?  I was tired, I didn’t go to bed early enough, I had teaching prep to do a few mornings that took up much of my available quiet time, my kids woke up too early a couple times and my morning quiet time was snatched away….   Week 1 was easy because I was starting after a three-week break and was caught up on all of my normal *stuff*.  Week 2 was a more typical week and finding the time I needed was difficult.  I can see that protecting my writing space is going to be a big challenge.

I was able to write a bit today, so my overall writing time was pretty much made up, but I still failed at keeping a consistent schedule, which I feel is SO important.  The good thing is, I can try again next week.  My first step is to make a list of things I can work on today that will help me make room for writing next week and see what I can check off.

I did make some progress on a couple other goals this week:

  • I read another book this week and wrote a review:  Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino.  This puts me halfway to my goal of reading six books on writing during this 80 day challenge.
  • I wrote up part three of a blog series on The Epic of Gilgamesh.  It felt good to make some progress on my ancient history reading/writing.

So overall, the week wasn’t a complete failure, but I still have some obvious kinks to work out.  🙂

2 CommentsLeave a comment »
  • January 21, 2013 Reply
    Buffy Greentree said:

    Thanks for the clear review of ‘Create Your Writer Platform’. Good to hear that it is motivating!
    As to writing to a schedule, I’m a big fan of it and do promote it quite a bit, but often I don’t ‘write to a schedule’ I just ‘write whenever I can’, even if that includes opening a word document at work and typing in a few ideas between cases.
    If you can develop a routine, great. If not, just try and get set numbers of words done, whenever you can.
    Hope that helps.

  • January 24, 2013 Reply
    Cate Russell-Cole said:

    Hi Virtual Pilgrim, it looks like Kait has hit some trouble and we have no mid-week check-in. So no one is left out, please come over to our Facebook group and leave a link to your check-in post and we will be over to visit. The page address is Alternatively, email me at and I’ll pass your post on. I know Facebook isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!

    Should we have no Linky on Sunday, we’ll just keep working this way until things sort themselves out.

    Cate (Round 1 Sponsor)

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