Midweek #ROW80 Check-In

Well we’re hardly begun, but I still have a little bit of progress to report.

One of the things I really wanted to do this round is get back into food blogging over at Pots and Plots.  I set a goal of putting up at least 6 new posts this round (which is NOT much, but hey, baby steps). Yesterday, I set up 3 new recipe posts (one a week), so I’m half there on that goal.  I expect I will wind up with more than 6 by the end, which is great.  I started an Evernote notebook for recipe development, where I make notes on recipes I want to convert to allergen friendly (and how), new ideas I have for what might be good.  Or, actually, simply writing up stuff I cook all the time but realize I’ve never made a post about.  So I can get all the text portion of the posts done there, tag them as relevant (ready to post, needs pic, or whatever) and then getting the post actually UP is much simpler than it used to be.  Next up, to actually haul out my good camera and get back to taking professional pics of my dishes rather than snapping stuff with my iPhone.

On the writing front things started well on Monday with 1361 words.  And then yesterday I struggled to get more than my test mile of 500 (574).  Pretty sure I’ve taken a misstep with my current scene.  I’ve learned to trust my gut.  If I struggle for more than a day on something, I’ve done something wrong.  So today’s project once I get to my writing block (or maybe while I do my grocery shopping over lunch) is to sort out what I need to do instead.

I actually looked at my production schedule yesterday, with estimated word counts and projected release dates.  Did some math estimating number of additional words related to revision.  Concluded that I have completely lost my mind.  And we move on.

Seriously, though, I’m going to learn to fast(er) draft this year or bust!

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5 comments

  1. Oh, I know about losing one’s mind with too many projects.

    Being a theatre person, I spent most of 2014 doing some form of theatre: acting, producing, writing, directing, and everything in between, so yeah I completely understand. It let me writing slide, but after learning and falling off the wagon I am starting fresh and am STILL crazy (but in a good writer/theatre way).

    Have a better week, Kait! 🙂

    Something cute and random (Goats): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4A9kNzLE5c

  2. The recipe writing soundfs intriguing. Never been to that blog – but will check it out. Congrats on writing – the amount isn’t as important as the writing itself. All the best this round!

  3. I’m a really slow writer, but I have the same thing when I just can’t get the words down-I’m usually way off piste and barreling down some heli-skiing slope rather than the bunny hill. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has that problem!

    How cool that you have 3 food posts done–way to whip halfway through one goal in two days! I’m fighting the chest cold yuck with an antibiotic that proves the “cure is worse than the disease” saying, in that I can’t stand to eat, but I’m looking forward to trying the recipes when I’m off this stuff. 🙂

    1. I consider it a great lesson learned that I realize now that if I’m struggling, it is 99% of the time because I’ve gone off track with the book, not because of personal headspace issues that I need to fight through. I wasted a lot of time in the past pushing through and trying to write anyway and then having to scrap large chunks. This is much better.

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