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Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Round of Words Check-In, 1-8

My progress for this first check-in consists of having sat down, put on my "project management" hat, and sketched out actionable sub-goals with deadlines to achieve my targets. For people who have goals that are more vague than "write x number of words", I think this is a good idea. My results are:

1. Submit 1 book proposal

  • Finish Description: 9 Jan
  • Finish Market Overview: 10 Jan
  • Review and describe competition: 11 Jan
  • Write Outline of Content: 12 Jan
  • Write Sample Chapter: 13 Jan
  • Review: 16 Jan
  • Submit: 21 Jan

2. Publish 1 non-fiction book.

  • Translate all material: 10 Jan
  • Edit all material: 15 Jan
  • Publish: 16-21 Jan

3. Publish 1 non-fiction article or essay online.

  • Finish draft: 20 Jan
  • Submit for editing: 25 Jan
  • See published: Mar issue “Current Intelligence”

4. Publish 1 more short story on Amazon.

  • Finish draft: 1 Feb
  • Editing: 7 Feb
  • Cover art: 10 Feb
  • Trailer: 13 Feb
  • Pre-publication promotion: 14-21 Feb
  • Publish: 21 Feb

As you can see, some of these tasks are running parallel, and some sequentially, as certain items (such as the book proposal) have a waiting period associated with the post-submission results, and others (such as the non-fiction book) strengthen the case for subsequent tasks, i.e., the book proposal.

Looking forward to your thoughts / questions,



  1. Okay, you have the most organized goals I've seen. Which is fantastic! I don't see any issues here and can tell from the way you patterned this out that your odds of success are very high.

    Looking forward to watching your progress.

    Have a great week, Edward :)

  2. Thanks for the note, Gene... I noticed almost everyone else, including yourself, has some other goals oriented toward health, communication, reading, etc, so this list may grow a bit. But I'll probably continue to apply a structured approach, as I've found that to be very useful in my professional life, and believe it may also serve to focus my writing, language studies, and fitness training.

    Have a great week,

  3. With that organization you can't fail! Wishing you the best as you follow through.

  4. I do love how flexible ROW80 is and it works in so many different guises but, for me too, I prefer the more structured approach.

    I haven't got myself to the point where I can attach dates for specific things though but I look forward to joining you on that front.

    Good luck getting through the but I have no doubts you'll do great.

    Happy writing!


  5. I love being organized! It is probably the most helpful thing ever!

  6. You are so wonderfully succinct and precise in your goals. Bravo... I look forward to reading more of your writing successes via #ROW80. You will love this challenge as you move forward. The community here ROCKS!

    (And thank you for commenting on my #ROW80 check in today!)

  7. Hi Edward!

    You have your writing act together, to be sure! I am impressed (and taking notes)!

    I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do this week. Something tells me you absolutely will!

    Great start! Have a super week!

  8. I love how structured you are about everything! Maybe one day I can work on that as one of my goals ;) Have a great week! :)