Time for the midweek ROW80 update. I received such a tremendous response from the Buddy System post that I’ve decided to do a couple more in the future. I’m glad you all enjoyed it and I hope that you will be able to find a buddy you can work with, whether in ROW80 or in any other area of life.
Okay, here is today’s update.
- I’ve added 1900 words to the WIP (Virtual Perihelion) so far this week. I am going through all of the various craft books that I’ve read in the past nine months and putting together the key ingredients, sort of a design guide. Architects use something similar and let’s be honest, writing a novel is very similar in magnitude to designing and building a house.
- I’m back on a 3 day streak for 750words.com and all is well in the universe once more. I’m signed up for the monthly challenge and am convinced that I’ll be one of those still remaining in it at the end of the month. An interesting fun fact, only 33% of last months challenge participants made it to the end out of around 800 that signed on.
- I’m near the midpoint in Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress, page 103 and am loving the great information it offers. Sort of a design structure for character arc with a ton of ideas on how to deepen a character and bring their emotion to life so the reader can experience it along with them.
- No new posts queued in the past 3 days but that was expected. I’ll be adding in at least one and possibly two by the end of the week so watch this change forward on the next post. Currently, at 3 queued.
- The treadmill is going well but I’ve hit the first physical wall. I mentioned that I have (or did have) a nice man gut going. Well that has significantly shrunk and now the muscles underneath are tightening to hold the mid-line drift in check. Today is, as my younger daughter called it, a “man pain day”. Yep those horribly under-worked muscles are complaining but I know that is a sign of improvement which makes tolerating the pain easier.
While not one of my stated goals, I have been involved in Bob Mayer’s Write It Forward class since the beginning of July and as we wind towards the end of the class I’d like to share a little about my experience. It has been fantastic. The class is focused on how we can craft ourselves into the kind of writers that truly succeed. I would highly recommend this class to all ROW80 participants the next time it comes around. I can’t begin to express how much I have learned. I now have fully defined goals to reach my desire of becoming a full-time writer and the keys to adjust myself in order to make it successfully to that point as well. It has been a deep learning experience.
That is all for now, hope your week is going well.