Write to the Limit ROW 80 Check In RoW80 – Week 1, Wednesday Check In

RoW80 – Week 1, Wednesday Check In

I guess it’s techniclly Thursday but I haven’t started Thursday’s writing yet. Part of the advantage for something like A Round of Words in 80 Days is the check ins and accountability. I’m setup for Friday evening check ins with my accountability buddy.

So far this week:

  • 1 dog-blog post of almost 700 words with our goals for the year
  • 800 words of fiction that’s more story overview/outline than actual storytelling

I don’t feel like I have accomplished much as far as total words in 3 days but I have written every day, even if the one day it was only 253 words. For the rest of the week, I have a custom erotica PWP short to write for someone (800-1000 words due Sunday) and a website rebrand draft due Friday afternoon when I have the online editing/rewrite time scheduled.

I’m trying to decide if a rebranding counts as writing or not. Basically, I have to take the information on the current version of the page and rewrite it in a different tone that matches what the marketing person wants. It’s not something new or especially creative but it is writing.

I also have a starting scene rattling around in my head that belongs to the story overview I wrote. And someone commented on one of my LitErotica stories asking if I ever wrote the third part. The first two parts have been up for a couple of years now and the third part is started. Maybe I should finish that.

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8 thoughts on “RoW80 – Week 1, Wednesday Check In”

  1. Eden Mabee says:

    I can’t speak for your personal experiences, but I find rewriting and non-fiction writing (blog posts, etc.) sometimes to be more challenging than the fiction itself. And the overview draft you wrote is as much writing as the story itself…. just the “Tell”-y form. Sometimes you have to get those ideas onto the page before the characters start doing their part, living in the terrain you’ve created for them.

    You’ve mentioned feeling like you’re not getting much done because your word counts are low. But are you writing every day? Are you making time for writing even when you are struggling with the words? If so, you’re doing this right

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      I have written every day. I set aside 2 pomodoro sessions a day to write but the way I structure my day, if one runs over the 25 minutes, that’s fine. I’m not tightly scheduled. My shortest day, one of the sessions was as planned and one ended up being a journal. The others went better.

      I find the rebranding fairly easy because the information is already in front of me. I don’t get very attached to that type of work so I just write. Sometimes when I do live edits with the marketing person, I rewrite the same sentence 3 or 4 different ways before she finds one she feels will resonate with the target audience. Non-fiction article style work is the hardest for me because there’s research, hitting the right tone, keyword density considerations, and other things beyond just letting the words flow. Fiction is usually in the middle but it goes best if I already have a plan.

  2. Lila Leigh says:

    It doesn’t feel like much now but it adds up. By your next check-in you will notice your progress.

    Rebranding should count because you’re dedicating time to it. It’s yet another task.

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      Thank you! Even now, I’m feeling like I’m making more progress. If I can write every day for months at a time, that’s a lot of writing.

  3. I say writing is writing, but only you can decide what counts for you.

    I didn’t know what PWP means – and now I do, so thank you for helping me learn something new.

    It sounds like you’re moving along and settling into the round. Welcome!

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      Thank you! I’m trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time. PWP (“porn without plot” or “plot, what plot?” so others don’t have to look it up) will apparently get people tossed in the adult dungeon on Amazon but it can be fun to write. It’s common on sites like LitErotica and in fanfiction.

  4. Rui Chan says:

    Rebranding definitely counts as writing, or at least revising somehow.

    As an erotica writer myself, I’d be interested to know more about your work in that field.

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      A few years ago, I posted a few short stories (more PWP scenes) on LitErotica. LitErotica allows you to post yourself as available as a writer and you can comment in your profile that you’re available for custom work. The first time someone sent me a request, I was a little stunned but it worked out pretty well. Then there were a few more, purely by chance as far as I can tell. We discuss key details and length. I ask them to pay half up front.

      Over time, there must have been word of mouth and there have been repeat customers for things like anniversaries and one adult club’s quarterly newsletter. Posting free stories and interacting on the forums seems to bring in more people with comments and ideas; though weeding out the ones who just want to talk and who actually want to buy can be a hassle. I tried posting it as a gig on Fiverr but too many people tried to turn discussion about story elements into more active sexual chat.

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