Novel Foundations: #ROW80 #12WeekYear W5 Final Update

 Hey there!

As I write this, four days of NaNoWriMo are in the books, and I’m in the midst of the second of three write-ins I’m attending this weekend.

My progress this week was focused on a few specific goals, while others took a back-burner position, simmering through a waiting week. While I’d love for all of my goals to be at least the green of progress being made, I know this is natural for my transitions between one challenge and another.

Speaking of challenges…

I’m getting to the point where I can feel my characters starting to breathe into their lives and flesh out. They aren’t exactly jumping up and taking over yet, but they are more than I imagined them as in my 25K words of planning and early plotting.

What is different is that last night I had an epiphany regarding the major plot problem of not just this novel, but also the entire series. And here’s the thing – the answer was there all the time – it features prominently in every volume in the series. I won’t have to change anything, and it won’t seem contrived at all when it comes into play later in this novel. As a matter of fact, it’s the kind of realization that makes me wonder why it didn’t occur to me sooner…now that it has, it seems absolutely obvious – and perfect, as far as I can see right now.

Have you ever had this kind of writing epiphany?

If so, has it stood the test of drafting?

If not, what’s your biggest plotting challenge?

Blue with Overstrike: COMPLETED!

Green: Progress Made.

Black: No Progress this week.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete. Weeks: 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%


Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 5-6.

  • Study: 5/5 completed
  • Bedroom: 3/3 completed.
  • Porch: 1/1
  • 9/9
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED! 


Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 59.

  • Driving in local larger cities, in traffic. First roundabouts; busy stores. Doing very well and becoming comfortable at 55mph. 3/3
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

Draft Lises’s first quarter report: Week 5.

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Weeks 5-6.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%


Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Weeks 5- 7.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 5-7.

  • 3 / 3
  • Still quite a ways behind where I’d like to be, but learning a LOT, and moving forward with a better sense of where I’m going and how I’m getting there. New page titles for this blog (private until the pages are revamped), and Jim’s website. Page descriptions started for blog; 2/16
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated): Week 5.

  • Character Arc: 7/7 sheets completed;
  • Romance Arc: 4/7 in early progress.
  • Section 8/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 5 Progress: About 47%

Complete 6,668 words of rough draft: Week 5.

  • 11/1: 2,161 words:    2,161/50,000.
  • 11/2: 1,691 words. 3,852/50,000.
  • 11/3: 2,150 words. 6,002/50,000.
  • 11/4:6,023 words. 12,025/50,000. (Double-Up Saturday!)
  • Week 5 Goal EXCEEDED!

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete poems 29-31. Week 5.

Chef Bluebeard:

Adapt media schedule: Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 56.

  • Contacted 2 holiday venues; considering a third.
  • Received online application from Dec. 2 event; will return by Monday.
  • Week 5 Progress: about 25%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality: 

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 8: Week 5.

  • Made up run from Monday, Oct. 30. Struggled with the 20 minute jogging interval; 1/3 for week.
  • Week 5 Progress: 33%

Tai chi, yoga, and reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class  at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat two vegetable based meals/snacks; Wednesday/Friday: Week 5.

  • Wednesday: Butternut squash and rosemary sage ravioli.
  • Friday: Bell peppers; celery; carrots; strawberries; and hummus.
  • 2/2
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

Personal Expression:

Purchase snow gloves: Week 5

  • Gloves purchased!
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

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