ROW80 Days: Quick Check-In

QOTD: What basic human need would you rather give up and be void of – sleep or food?

To answer my own Question of the Day, I’d rather be eliminated of my need to sleep. That way, I could get so much more done and could work day and night. Everyone has a “peek hour” in which they feel most productive after all, and mine is unfortunately after-hours. Besides, food is my guilty pleasure. I live to eat–not the other way around! 

Since I just had an exam today in Asian Philosophy, I figured it would do me good to take a break from work and actually blog a ROW80 Days check-in like I promised I would. During the summer, at first when you’re in class it doesn’t seem like the class is being rushed. In fact, pacing seems almost as normal as it usually is during the regular school year–until you go back to study your notes and realize just how much you guys have covered! So much content, yikes! Welp, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. Three more weeks, guys, just three more. 

I have not be able to write as much as I would like, but I get in words when possible. I have made progress on the T-Project, I promise! Here are my ROW80 Days writing goals for this round (which is just halfway over!):

  • write character-driven scenes
  • have a sense of where I want to go with my project – so, created detailed outlines
  • think “big picture” – what themes and main ideas do I want my project to reflect?
  • since I’m writing in first-person, my voice needs to stay in character and be consistent
  • get down at least 500 words every day, no matter how crappy or pitiful the words are
  • blog about my progress every Wednesday and Sunday, in compliance with the ROW80 Days rules 
  • make some progress, either tangible or mental, on the T-Project every day
Hmm, not too bad so far. I am really proud of the outlines I made – they have been really helpful in giving me a sense of direction with my project and where I want to go with my story. And making outlines then helped me figure out the following goal: themes and main ideas. Now I wouldn’t call myself a total plotter, but I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to my outlines to make sure I’m staying on track, and I only made them a couple weeks ago! Once I am not dedicating every moment in time and every bit of energy in my body toward summer school, I would love to create and then share with you my outline template (just the template! ;)) for you as writing tools.

Maintaining a strong voice and character-driven scenes are pretty long-term goals so I won’t be crossing those off for a while–or at least until I think I’ve got those down pat. Though I believe there is always room for improvement! The more tangible goals that would be beneficial for me to work toward is maintaining 500 words a day and, of course, checking in with the blog!

Well, folks, how are you doing with ROW80 Days


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7 responses to “ROW80 Days: Quick Check-In”

  1. Found your blog on twitter. Nice!

  2. I can go without sleep. I need food to function. :)

  3. I too, wish I could eliminate my need to sleep. Sleep and eat… then I would be mega-awesome! ;)

    Keep on keeping on…. you are making progress!


  4. I’m so with you on food and sleep. I wish I could function better with less sleep! I didn’t get as much done this week as I’d have liked, but I’m still making progress. 500 words/day is great, with everything else you have going on! Keep up the good work!

  5. I don’t know. I like to do both. ;D If I didn’t feel tired, probably sleep because I do have sooooo many projects to work on, places I want to go, and people to meet. Glad you’re writing is going well.

  6. Laura Parish says:

    Great progress (especially with everything you’ve got going on)
    Keep going. :)

  7. Stephanie says:

    Sleep I can do without, but food, oh no. That would depress me. I need to have my banana shakes, and mashed potatoes.

    Good luck on that checklist.

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