“‘It’s hard to scrape a respectable living out of the burned cinders of a fallen empire,’ said Knolan quietly, before he lifted his chin to cling to whatever dignity remained after a statement like that.”
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my last post of A Round of Words in 80 Days for Round 3! Did I reach my intitial goal of finishing the rewrite of my book? Not even close. Did I maintain my goal of at least a page a day? Nope! Did I even maintain my soft goal of getting to a certain chapter by today? I sure didn’t. Is that okay? You bet your sweet bippy it is!
Because the beauty of RoW80 and its loose approach to goals is that, even though I didn’t make any of my frequently revised goals, I still wrote significantly more than I would have if I hadn’t been trying at all. Even more, I really fell in love with this particular WIP all over again, and, if you ask me, that’s more satisfying than a mere word count, page count, or other conclusively countable measure of progress. This was my first official round of RoW80; I didn’t join the last one until well towards the end, and I have to say, it’s a brilliant experience. Not only have I really been able to connect to my writing through it, but I’ve been able to connect with some really fabulous people, too.
Ultimately, I managed to get through about 80 pages of Serpent in a Cage, which is not as impressive as it sounds because these are small pages in the travel notebooks I like to use. It’s about five chapters, though the original draft, at this point, it was actually twenty chapters, so I’ve been trimming a lot of fat. It’s about one third of the way through the entire plot. I plan on continuing through the break, and hopefully that should get me in a good shape for having finishing it be my goal for Round 4.
So, fellow RoW80s, how’d you do? Did you make your goal or did you have to edit a lot as you went along, like I did? Any plans for Round 4? How was your Round 3? Anything particularly exciting or funny or teaching about it for you? Tell me all about it! Let’s break out some virtual champagne and cake and enjoy the success of another great Round, and many more to come!
Round 4 begins October 3rd! See you there!