Choosing to trust

ROW80Hello, ROW80 folks! I’m going to change up my goals for the final weeks of this challenge, because focusing on word count is not working for me right now. I need to edit, which inevitably involves both adding words and cutting them, and so the word count itself doesn’t show the progress being made, or not being made as the case may be.

So I am shifting to one blog post per week, to check in about progress. That may include a word count if significant new words get made. But it may also be hours spent editing, or percent of the manuscript that is roughly finished, or any other measure that seems to work at the time. My over-riding goal remains the same: to finish this one manuscript without stalling or getting distracted by shiny squirrels and popcorn kittens.

I chose to trust my own process towards that goal, so if new words aren’t happening, I’ll focus on what is. That seems like the best way to proceed.

Here’s the blog hop link for this check-in. Hope the work goes well for all of you, and I’ll check in again next week.



Choosing to trust — 5 Comments

  1. Great decision to do this. I’ve often done the same thing and set word count goals when revising. The flexibility of ROW80 is one of the best things about it, though!

  2. Thanks to you both. I’m definitely still figuring out my process and what works.

  3. I too have changed the way I look at progress in this round. I think pushing to make more quantity may degrade the quality of my written work…so I have adjusted how I view progress.

  4. I changed up my goals, too. My laptop had a charging issue, and I had to wait for a new adapter and charger to arrive (warranties are cool!).

    Happy you’re moving forward with the editing – and I’m still giggling about the popcorn kittens and shiny squirrels. I think I’ve met those a time or ten!