(Part two of this post follows this one; just look at the next post to read it) For those of you who might have missed it, I am embarking on a writing adventure starting on January 3rd, called “A Round of Words in 80 Days.” In a nutshell, this is like NaNoWriMo, but for people with lives. People who can’t just shut everything down to write like a total maniac for a month. People with kids, with jobs, and with demanding neurotic pet rabbits. NaNo has rules that state you must write a novel of 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. ROW 80 has no rules, other than you need to set SOME sort of measurable goal, attainable by the end of 80 days. It can be research, plotting, writing, editing, whatever sort of writing related goal you can think of.
Well, here it is, folks, my official ROW 80 goal: To write a complete first draft of my novel, Tullia’s Shadow. I have no length requirement, because it is just a first draft and things will be added and taken away as I write subsequent drafts. My only requirement is that is be complete with a beginning, middle, and end, and that it be somewhat coherent. At the end, I want to be able to edit/revise in an organized way. I don’t want to just have this pile of junk that I can’t make heads or tails of, that makes editing a torturous undertaking. I’ve done that with NaNo, and I won’t be doing it again. I have four rough drafts of novels that will never see the light of day because they are such messes I can’t bear to even look at them. It was a waste of time and effort, because I would have to start over from complete scratch with all those ideas. At the end of these 80 days, I want to have something that at least somewhat resembles the end product. I don’t want perfection, but I do want production.
Every week, I am going to post on this blog my goals for that week. I have a basic plan I will be following, and I will follow up the next week with how I am doing, if I reached my goal for that week or not, what I need to do differently, etc.
And to all the other people on an 80 day writing adventure, good luck!!