Okay, so that’s a little self-congratulatory. I think it’s called for. The last four days I’ve posted word counts as follows: 1,100; 600; 700; and 1,500. That’s 3,900 words — closer than I’ve come to my 4,000-per-week goal in a long time! I’m getting into the meat of this story and what drives my POV character, and having fun with her voice, her life, her issues. Even when it does flow it isn’t coming out as clean as I’d like, so I do believe revisions on this puppy are going to take me a while. I’m trying not to focus on that, because it makes it feel like too much work. One step at a time, baby… focus on digging those toes deep into the sand. It is this step that matters, this moment, not the road stretching ahead and behind. Right? Editing — not as far along as I’d like, but still on track to finish my edit of the novella Vessel by the end of Round 3. I have four chapters left. I’m definitely coming back for Round 4 of ROW80. This round I’ve engaged in a lot of self-forgiveness; I set my goals high, and haven’t beat myself up when I don’t make them. I figure I make more progress if I always feel like I’m not measuring up. That’s pretty sick, but I’m sure lots of other writers use such tools to force productivity, too. My darling husband pointed out to me yesterday that I still plan to publish my second novella before our youngest daughter turns one in November, and I began my all out sprint toward publication when she was three months old. That is a ton of progress. Somehow I’ve come full circle and I’m back to the self-congratulation. Hope everyone has a productive final ten days! Good luck!!
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