I’m tackling a thorough revision of my debut novel, and have been developing the revision outline since mid-November. It’s a scene-by-scene revision of a 400 page manuscript – and it’s my first. So naturally, completing the outline is taking longer than I planned. ROW80 is the perfect challenge to keep me mindful of the finish line. So here goes…

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Goal 1: Complete the revision outline by January 31, and be halfway through my first pass manuscript revision by March 24 (end of ROW80). I’m defining ‘first pass’ as completed scenes (with all scene elements); no placeholders.

Goal 2: To meet Goal 1, I will dedicate at least three hours per day to the project.

Goal 3: Continue my weekly revison posts, which will also be labeled ROW80, so it will be easy to see my progress.
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Join ROW80 with your own goals. Come on…it’ll be fun!

Sign up below, or head on over to the host blog and click the signup link there! At the very least, keep up with us using the #ROW80 hashtag on Twitter, or visit our blogs and leave a comment of encouragement now and then. It would really be appreciated!

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12 Responses to It’s here! ROW80 is here! Round 1 Goals – CathrynLouis

  1. JasonGA says:

    Sounds like a very solid goal Cathryn – good luck with it!

  2. C.Farrell says:

    I can’t wait to read the update posts – it’s nice getting around to lots of blogs I didn’t know about before. 🙂

    Good luck with your goals!

  3. Reena Jacobs says:

    I love how you’ve set yourself up for success with your goals leading toward a common destination.

  4. 365andMe says:

    Love how detailed your goals are!

  5. CathrynLouis says:

    Thanks everyone. I’ve been visiting other blogs as well and it looks like we are all setting ourselves up well. I’m looking forward to the challenge. On your marks, get set, goals! 🙂

  6. Great goals! You sound very organized, which is important, isn’t it?

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Thanks for dropping by. Good luck with your revision outline. Will be dropping by to check on your progress.

  8. CathrynLouis says:

    I agree – organization is very important! Thanks for the good wishes and I’ll also be dropping by to see how everyone is doing.

  9. Revisions–ack! I revised a 175,000 word novel down to 130,000 last year–scene by scene. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

    Best of luck!

  10. CathrynLouis says:

    You’re right about that. I thought in mid-November – with all the holidays coming up – that I would be done with the revision outline by the end of the year. ROFLMAO…I was so wrong! My novel is only 115,000 words – and there’s a lot of extra stuff. But I’m missing transitions and exposition. I’ll probably end up with the same word count – just with different words.

  11. Fantastic goals! G’luck with ROW80. 🙂

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