My 25,000-word Week: #ROW80

25,000 words!!!

Seriously, did you read that title? It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? I am pinching myself. Ouch.

I am HIGHLY MOTIVATED to complete the first draft of this young adult novel. On top of that, I’ve had a short story idea kicking around for a while, for which I’d written a couple of chapters. The rest of the plot came to me, and I finished that first draft by writing 4,488 words on it this week. Along with the 21,199 words on the YA project, I managed to write 25,687 words from Sunday through Friday.

I’m taking the weekend off.

I’d love to share how I managed to accomplish this astounding goal, but I wouldn’t recommend this pace as the usual. What had to give?

  • My house is a bunch of clutter and dirt. I just found my son’s report card from last week on my desk. I had signed it but forgotten to return it to him to take to school. Who knows what else is sitting around here that has fallen through the cracks?
  • I missed two of my older son’s baseball games that I would have normally attended. *sigh*
  • I sat at a coffee shop/restaurant two days for several hours tapping out words and spending money on food and drinks to keep me going.
  • My husband haven’t had much time to spend together.
  • I’ve been a little on the cranky side by evening.
  • I’ve tried to check in on the blogosphere when I can, but I currently have 81 blog posts in my RSS feed to get through. If I haven’t visited you, I’m sorry.
  • I haven’t tweeted or Facebooked much at all.
  • I am way behind already in the Tiffany Lawson-Inman course on YA writing which started just over a week ago.
  • My personal reading has taken a steep dive. And I miss it.

However, I have only a few chapters left before I can declare SHARING HUNTER, First Draft, to be officially done. So I’m excited about that!

Here’s the rest of my ROW80 report:

  • Log 5,000 words per week on young adult novel, SHARING HUNTER. This should result in a completed first draft. 25,687. Oh my gosh.
  • If first draft is finished, edit once through SHARING HUNTER. Waiting on #1.
  • Work on pitch and synopsis for DFW Writers’ Conference (taking place May 19-20). MUST DO THIS WEEK.
  • If I get all of that done, edit through THE YEAR OF FIRSTS, my middle grade novel which is in second draft form and has been gathering dust for a few months. Waiting on 3 tasks above.
  • Read one writing craft book. My choice this round is Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. Took a break from this goal until after the DFW Writers’ Conference.
  • Read through March/April issue of The Writer’s Digest. Why can’t I get to this goal?!
  • Take course from Tiffany Inman Lawson on 77 Secrets to Writing YA Fiction that Sells from the Margie Lawson Writers Academy. Catching up on first assignment and then onto the second lecture.
  • Read 10 books keeping to my At-Least-3 Reading Challenge for 2012. On track. I have read four books so far: The Killer Inside Me; Getting Rid of Bradley; Graceling; and The Man Who Was Thursday. I have started THE HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill, which has me shivering at times already. Gee thanks, Catie, for that recommendation. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Post ROW80 updates on Sundays. Done.
  • Exercise three times a week — length of time to be determined. Thanks to an extra class, I went to Zumba three times last week, so I met this goal.

I’m exhausted just reading this post. I think I need to go sleep.

How are y’all doing with your ROW80 goals? Encourage and inspire my fellow ROW writers HERE.

41 thoughts on “My 25,000-word Week: #ROW80

    1. I’m pitching some motivation your way! I think this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it was pretty amazing to see the final word count. And I actually like the words! Thanks, Jennette.

    2. I should also add that I don’t not currently work outside the home, so I have the unusual opportunity to write all day long (and neglect everything else) if I need to. That will only last so long. I need to start selling some books soon!

  1. You wrote: “Read through March/April issue of The Writerโ€™s Digest. Why canโ€™t I get to this goal?!”

    Um, because you’re a professional writer who wrote over TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND WORDS IN ONE WEEK? Holy crap, woman, you’re scaring me! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Just kidding. Julie, you are an awesome role model for this barely-year-old writer. If I wrote that much in one week, I’d have my hands in braces and be living on ibuprofen.

    Housework will wait. I know! You should see my place! LOL. Between rehearsals from hell and family medical issues (more in my upcoming update), no house work has been done. Writing? hell yes. More on that later.

    Seriously, you rock. xoxoxox

    1. Thanks, Julia! If I’ve inspired you to neglect everything else and write, well, I don’t know what to say to that. LOL. Sorry about the medical issues :(. Best wishes with your writing.

  2. I’m exhausted just reading that post! Congrats on the wordage. That’s half a NaNo in a week — WOW. And you’ve pointed out why I doubt I’ll do NaNo ever again, LOL. Fabulous week. Happy Mother’s Day and I wish you all the best for the upcoming week.

    1. Thanks, Raelyn! What a way to look at it — half a NaNo in one week. Yikes! Have a wonderful week yourself. I won’t be repeating that performance, but it was worth doing once.

  3. Omg, 25k words! That’s what I should be doing LOL Though I know what you mean about “ignoring” the rest, and, yeah, it’s not that good. My hubby always complains when I write too much, especially when he and our daughter are at home with me. And I understand his side, of course. Afterward, I always feel bad when I write instead of spending time with them.
    But I’m glad you’re motivated!
    Have a great week!

    1. I should clarify that my kids are older (preteen/teen), so they spend their evenings doing homework and activities. If they were younger, it would have been impossible to log that word count. Thanks so much, Juliana! Have a great week.

  4. Wow, 25k is very impressive Julie!!! That’s some motivated writer right here ๐Ÿ™‚ Good for you, sometimes it’s just great to write and do nothing else for a few days… Maybe next week you can go back to normal and tackle those other “abandoned” goals. I hope you have a great week!

    1. Thanks! I look forward to normalcy and tackling the abandoned goals. A few of my other duties are starting to wave at me like “over here!” Have a fabulous week!

  5. :):):) soooo good well done you – and forget the housework I say! although maybe not family:( that was a great acheivment and such a boost.

    1. There’s only so long I can neglect the toilet, but some of the other housework duties could definitely wait. And the family…yes, they are getting my attention this weekend for sure. Thanks, Alberta!

  6. Holy wow! That is an awesome word count–Congratulations!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week and good luck at the conference! I am sending all of you going lots of positive thoughts!

  7. Way to go, Julie! I still remember my 25K weeks back in January 2011. ๐Ÿ˜€ The feeling is incredible. I can feel another set of 25K’s coming on this month. Keep going. You can do this!!!

    1. That is amazing, Jolyse. It’s nice now to see the end of my WIP. The mono diagnosis earlier this year really through off my plans, and now I feel back on track a bit. Have a great month yourself!

  8. 25k in a week. I’m impressed. I thought I did well to write 6.5k in about 3days, to finish a 1st draft.

    1. Thanks! It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing! 6.5k is great, so pat yourself on the back and be happy. Congrats on the 1st draft, Crystal!

  9. OMG. impressed doesn’t even begin to express how I’m feeling right now. Those scenes were in you and screaming to get out and they came when called upon…that’s a really beautiful thing,

    1. Thanks! I really did reach a point in the WIP when the tension was high, I knew what had to happen, and the scenes starting spilling out. So it was nice. Have a great week!

  10. ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved this. While I know I cannot keep this sort of pace going often, it heartens me to know that after I get through the grade school years with the Boodle, I’ll be able to pull out some days of longer word counts. Sometimes, I feel powerful getting a few paragraphs in, at least on the WiPs….

    This was an extraordinary check-in, Julie. Though, if your house is anything like mine…the laundry is calling us. ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Oh yes, my kids are older and less demanding. In fact, you also reach the point where they can make dinner for you on Mother’s Day (yum!) — which included hot grease, the stovetop, and the oven, and no first aid kit needed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just keep plugging away for now, Eden. You’re doing great. And yes, that dang laundry is relentless..and loud!

  11. I am jumping up an down for you in my kitchen!!! I AM SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU. (had to caps that ๐Ÿ™‚ ). What an achievement….who gives a rip about the house?

    1. Thank you, Jenny. That means a lot! I’m figuring that my steam-cleaning the living room carpet a couple of weeks ago should totally cover over my lack of housekeeping last week. And I did manage to clean our bathroom one day (when I could no longer stand it). I think I’ll jump a few times too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Wow, that’s an amazing wordcount. I can hear the excitement (it’s jumping off your page). So happy for you. It couldn’t happen to a sweeter, more encouraging writer. Many hugs, and Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you finish the YA soon. I can’t wait to read it!

    1. Oh how kind you are, Tia! Thank you. I’m thrilled to reach the end of my first draft this week…and then come the edits. (I always think there should be a da-da-dah sound effect with the word “edits.”) I appreciate even more encouragement here.

  13. *laughs* Awesome word count and list of “what had to give”. At the beginning of the year I started a “hush hush project” to do 2740 a day and managed (and exceeded) that through the beginning of April when illness finally derailed me. Yes, those three months were an absolute whirlwind and I’m still catching up on other things – would not recommend it for anyone with kids or a day job (I have both). All the same though, it does feel great to look at that number at the end of the week and go “holy cow! how did I do that!”

    Happy Mother’s Day, Julie. Have yourself a super fantastic week ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I am more wowed by those of you with day jobs who manage to kick it with the wordage. Sure, my day job is keeping up the house and kids’ schedules, but if I let a bathroom go one week to write, no one is going to fire me. (I’ve tried to get fired, but to no avail. LOL.) I am definitely having a “Holy Cow” moment! Thanks so much, Gene.

  14. Inspiring progress Julie! It’s funny this past week I’ve been thinking about my goals and how I’m fitting “everything” in and I realized the thing that’s taken the biggest hit (especially since I added blogging and social media to my writing schedule) is my house. The definition of clean now has a new definition. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great week!

    1. Do you think Nora Roberts has a messy house? I’m going with that, Coleen. Or at least it was messy until she could afford the housekeeper. Thanks!

      1. Yes! I bet it was disastrous–and scary. That’s how she moved from romance to romantic suspense! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. When we get into that writing mode – all else fades to black, no? Ha! What a word count, Julie! Cheers all around. I’ve neglected the dusting until I feared for safety from those dust bunnies – now more like dust buffalos…sheesh! My mom claims that they’ll be waiting around for me and to ignore them. Clean a lot or clean a little – either way…next week you’ll have another batch to clean up. I like it when she says stuff like that…lol.

  16. What an AWESOME week, Julie! Who cares about the house, lol! So glad you had such an awesome week and are so close to finishing. I’m hoping to take a page out of your book this week – although I don’t think I can come near 25K. Major congrats:)

  17. Ahhhhmazing word count Julie. WOWZERS! You know, you did have to “sacrifice” a lot to get it done BUT it’s not like you do that every single week. It’s the final drive to the finish and you are ROCKING it out girl…woot woot. Luv it!

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