#ROW80 Check-in 10/21

Hey friends! Welcome to my weekly ROW80 update!

Here is my goals for the past week and how it went:

  • Writing: Just write. Anything. And edit when the next set of HHSW edits come to me. I was BAD. Will explain bellow.
  • Reading: read book #60 of the year. Read book #60 and #61.
  • Social media: I want to spend LESS time on twitter and blogging—so I can get more writing done! Ugh, have been on twitter a lot.
  • Exercising: at least 4x. Six times.

This week was BAD. I think I continued with the burnout from last week, and I also had *something* happening behind the curtains (and it wasn’t entirely nice), which added to my blue mood. My brain, of course, didn’t shut down. It kept plotting and coming up with scenes and dialogues even when I didn’t want to. I wrote a query (and try to revise it, but it still sucks bad), played with beatsheet (plotting), and I created a new board on Pinterest for a novel I want to write in the near future.

But I didn’t do anything that really counted. And I’m not feeling too ashamed of it. I think I needed the break.

Hopefully, I’ll be better tomorrow and will start writing again. For real, this time ;)

Anyway, my goals for next week:

  • Writing: Just write. Anything.
  • Reading: read book #62 of the year.
  • Social media: I want to spend LESS time on twitter and blogging—so I can get more writing done!
  • Exercising: at least 4x.


This week on my blogs:


How was YOUR week?

You can click here and check out the other ROWers and their progress.

Have a great week!


16 Responses to #ROW80 Check-in 10/21

  • Ah! I hear you on the Twitter thing. Lately it feels like I’m one of the only people (among the people that I follow) who’s on Twitter at any given time. Probably means I’m on there *way* too much. I’ve been away from writing for over a month now, and I’m really starting to get antsy about it. I think tomorrow might be the day I get my butt in the chair again too. I need to wrap up revisions on this WIP before I jump headlong into NaNo. :)
    Jaime Morrow recently posted: Review: What I Didn’t Say – Keary TaylorMy Profile

  • Sometimes we all need a break! It’s hard not to feel guilty about it, but we shouldn’t. Your week just goes to show how vital breaks are to refilling our creative well. Good luck getting into the writing this week!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted: ROW80: One Big Goal DownMy Profile

  • Oh no! You used the B word and I don’t mean “bad”. As much as we hate to admit it, sometimes we *do* need a break. Even though your break sounded like work! Good job on the reading and exercise. Good luck this week :)

  • We can’t write non-stop all the time. A break is good now and then.
    Alex J. Cavanaugh recently posted: Two Year Anniversary and Author Nancy S. Thompson – Time to Party! Plus Ninja News.My Profile

  • Sorry to hear your writing week didn’t go as planned. Hope the next one is better and more productive! Join us for the Twitter sprints :)
    EM Castellan recently posted: ROW80 Check-In 3: Bree Despain’s Writing TipsMy Profile

  • my break was enforced but I can feel it has done my brain good – the thoughts coming through are crisper – yup a break is good. all the best this week:)
    alberta ross recently posted: Relatively reassuring! alberta’s updateMy Profile

  • I really am sorry about all your behind the scenes craziness :( I’m confident great things are in store for you!

    I share one your goals for the week…write anything!
    Renita Pizzitola recently posted: What a Week!!My Profile

  • Your muse is waiting for you to truly let go. This is a whole new kind of challenge for you, Juliana. I know you, once she lets you back in your word count will sore. Be ready. And yucky on the bad behind the curtains. (((hugs))). I hope you have a great week.

  • Life frequently likes to interrupt my writing flow, so I totally understand where you’re coming from. But you’re doing exactly what you need to do–being creative even if it doesn’t feel like it’s producing worthwhile results. It keeps your brain going even when you’re having a blue funk of a week. Best of luck on your goals this week, you’ll do great!
    Jessica Fritsche recently posted: ROW80: Jumping in!My Profile

  • You actually got a lot done if your brain kept churning out ideas. It’s not words on the page, but it counts for a lot. And I got a chance to meet you on Twitter, so the time spent there was good for both of us. Have a good coming week.

  • Why does this make me think of Van Halen’s Unchained where one of the band members says, “Dave, gimme me a break,” and David Lee Roth says, “One break…coming up”? Hey, sometimes we all need a break. Too bad yours doesn’t involve Eddie Van Halen playing guitar in your living room, but hey… :) (Wow, can you tell I’m a child of the 80’s or what???)

    You’re still inspiring me on the exercise and reading fronts. Get ready for some progress on my exercise goals next week! And I’m reading as fast as I can…

    Have a MARVELOUS week, Juliana!
    Julie Glover recently posted: Top Ten Ways to Spice Up the Last Debate and #ROW80My Profile

  • Everyone, even writers, need a break from time to time. Keep working around the writing the way you have and before you know it you’ll be back in the flow of things again. Went through the same state/phase recently and that is what worked for me. Press ahead, even if by inches, until the road smooths out again.

    Hope you have a fantastic week, Juliana :)
    Gene Lempp recently posted: ROWing into a New ScheduleMy Profile

  • A break can be good and even though you didn’t ‘write’, you did. Just in non traditional ways (i.e. your creativity was sill flowing through playing around with beatsheet, plotting, and even your pinterest board!) And, you got two books read! And got in some extra exercising. So see, even though you didn’t check off all those goals, you still rocked! Have a great week!
    Kat Morrisey recently posted: The End of a Mediocre Week: A ROW80 UpdateMy Profile

  • There are some apps you can use to force you to not use social media until you’ve written something—if you need to take it that far. There’s Freedom, RescueTime, and Self-Control, which I believe are all free.

    But I agree with the others, sometimes a break is really what you need. We have to sharpen the saw sometimes in order to keep making progress on cutting.
    Jae recently posted: Row80 Check-In Oct 22My Profile

  • I love how much you achieve when you are having a bad week!!! You have done great with the exercising and reading and I can totally relate to the not being able to switch off thing! But all those thoughts will be useful in the end so really they are writing :) I think, anyway!

    Have a wonderful week chica!
    Em recently posted: ROW80 Check-in 21st October 2012My Profile

  • Nothing wrong with taking a break every now and again. And you read two books – that’s useful for your writing too. So I don’t think that accounts to a ‘bad’ week at all. :-)
    Cally Jackson recently posted: Less than a week till The Big Smoke book launch!My Profile

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