A Round of Words in 80 Days: Swinging Through Week One

Swing dancers

It’s the end of week one of a Round of Words in 80 Days and the beginning of a three-month long journey to turn writing goals into long-term habits. I discussed my goals for this round in this post. So how did I do?

1. Writing.

  • 3000 words did not happen this week, unless you count all the rewrites and revisions I did on the piece I’m submitting as an application for a writers workshop. I didn’t expect it to – but as soon as this piece goes out (tomorrow!) that goal moves to the front burner.  I’m going to put my current WIP aside to breathe, and work on something new. Looking forward to it – and a bit nervous too.
  • Morning pages.  They happened everyday, I’m happy to say – but not always in the morning, unless you’re referring to somewhere over the Pacific just this side of the international date line. Things got better later in the week, when I realized how easy it was to let them slip. It’ best to do them as soon as I get up – both for the subconscious and to get them done. However, on the days when I get up with the kids and I don’t beat them out of bed (no, I don’t mean it THAT way!) I’ll get to them as soon as the house clears, which is around 9am. Not ideal, but not too bad.

2. Blogging

  • I did my Sunday and Wednesday posts, but decided to put off launching a regular Friday piece until May. I have a bunch of other projects going on right now and want to be sure that the new blog feature gets the attention it’s due.  So look for it on the 1st Friday of next month.
  • Check-ins.  Here’s the end of week one and my second check-in. So far, so good!

3. Learning

  • I had to return the library’s copy of the Artist’s Way, but luckily mine arrived on the same day.  I’ve worked through week one and I’m reading the material for week two. I even got in an artist’s date, although not as much of one as I’d hoped. Next week’s is already on the calendar – I’m taking myself to one of the Smithsonian art museums.  I’m so excited!
  • After put this workshop submission to bed, I’m going to start working through Holly’s Course, How to Think Sideways. So that moves to the front burner along with my 3000 words, starting this coming week.

I’d love to write more, but in celebration of finishing our taxes early and meeting most of my writing goals, and the facts that we’ve discovered swing dancing at our favorite local pub AND we have childcare, my husband and I are going dancing as soon as the kids are in bed!

See you on Wednesday.

Danielle Meitiv is an oceanographer by training, an advocate for all things marine and a writer of science fiction and non-fiction. Danielle is also a huge fan and sales affiliate of Holly Lisle’s online courses: How to Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers, and How to Revise Your Novel. Follow @Danielle_Meitiv on Twitter, and on Facebook: Brave Blue Words, and Danielle Meitiv.

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9 thoughts on “A Round of Words in 80 Days: Swinging Through Week One

  1. You’ve got a lot on your “goal plate” Danielle. Even if a few of them fell short, you still made some real progress for the week. Keep it going and you’ll be surprised how much you did in 80 days.

  2. Good luck with your new piece. I’m currently on week 8 of The Artist’s Way. I wish I could go on an artist day to one of the Smithsonian art museums. You live on the cool side of the u.s. Loving the morning pages. Segue right from writing them, into my fiction writing for the day. Great warm up as well.

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  4. Swing Dance Nation

    Hi there,

    I love that picture of those two dancing and the top.
    Is that a picture I can reuse if I would like?

    Thanks,

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