Monday, January 2, 2012

My Writing Goals - I'm Excited!

I’m very excited to share my writing goals with you, my blog readers! I’m not sure I’ve ever been this excited about sharing my goals. There are several reasons for that, but I’ll save that for later.

This year I’ll be joining in on A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80). ROW80 is all about setting good writing goals and then achieving them, but there is lots of grace involved, you are free to change your goals and adjust them to meet reality.

I am excited about meeting other writers, and about the accountability involved. I’ll be posting twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday) about how I’m doing with my writing goals. I have put a page up at the top of my blog with my writing goals (or you can click here). That page has it a copy of my spread sheet (I’m all about spread sheets!) but I’ll summarize in this post.

1. Write 750 words a day. I’m doing the monthly challenge (for more on 750words see my post here.) If I write every day for this month I get to buy myself a book! Going back and forth between actually owning Hunger Games, Eden by Keary Taylor, and working on my Terry Brooks collection. Anyway, the 750 might be made up of writing prompts, writing book reviews, working on my books, or just stream of consciousness, but it will happen!

2. Two chapters a week in Jemnath. I’ve projected that out until the end of the 80 days, but I honestly have no idea how many chapters this book will take! I may be done by the end of ROW80 - or I might just be really close. We’ll see. Two chapters equals one long chapter and one short (about a page) chapter. I think that’s attainable and still gives me time to meet my other goals.

3. Editing Misfits. I really don’t know exactly what that’s going to look like past the first read through and going at the book with a hatchet (I’ll post about that on Wednesday). For now I have the first two weeks filled in and the rest is TBD (To be Determined). I’ll expand on my goals once I have a better idea of how the edit is going.

Like I said - I’m really excited about this! I think I’ve set attainable goals that will stretch me, but not too far. It certainly won’t be the challenge NaNoWriMo was, but I think thats probably a good thing in this case. I also feel more confident about meeting those goals than normal, because I’ve learned that I desperately need outside accountability to meet my writing goals, and I think this will be perfect for that. Not to mention, I’m just elated that I’ll be doing so much writing!

What are you writing goals right now? Want to join ROW80? We’d love to have along for the ride!

~ Ruthie ~

Ps. Do you like my writing notebook (see picture)? I love Celtic knot work and leather - so this book is perfect for me! I also love purple and this pen works really well.


  1. I *love* your spreadsheet! It's brilliant! I'm telling you, I learn more and get the most fabulous ideas from ROW80 writers like you. You've got some great goals and you're a planner, like me. Good luck and happy writing, Ruthie!

    P.S. I like your writing notebook. Purple is my favorite color, (I write in purple ink all the time) and the leather looks really soft.

  2. I don't think I can bear to sign up for yet another huge thing, like ROW80. It really does sound awesome, maybe I'll give it a go next year. ;)

  3. Hey, another Ruth! Welcome to POW80, Ruthie. It's a wonderful group and you will meets lots of great people and get a lot done!

    Good luck on your goals and have a great week. :)

  4. Awesome ROW80 goals! I can't wait to read your updates. I wanted to try it myself... but I think I may have to wait until next round.

    And you should get Eden. I am not prejudiced or anything *wink*

  5. I'm liking the new blog and I am very happy to see you around. Also, I am thrilled that you are joining the 2012 Bookmark Break Challenge! Just let me know when you figure out how you want to keep track of your books and how to let me know your progress. I'm very flexible, so whatever suits you best.