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#LeapAheadWritingMarathon Day 5: Self-Evaluation, Word Count, Awesome Accomplishments, and Terrific Tidbits. It’s SWAT Day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leap Ahead Marathon LogoIt’s Friday! That means it’s time to check in with your progress in the marathon.

On Fridays, I want to know about your full writing week. What were your greatest successes during the week? What was your favorite line/bit that you wrote? What did you learn about yourself, your characters, and/or your story during the week’s work? What are you most proud of yourself for doing this week when it came to your writing? What are you proud of yourself for accomplishing?

That means it’s SWAT Day!

Check in with your progress on your story and share, if you feel like it, the following:

  • Self-Evaluation (how do you think you did? what can/do you want to do differently next week? what did you learn about yourself as a person or as a writer? what didn’t you do or finish that you wanted to? etc.)
  • Word count (total for the week, Saturday through today)
  • Awesome Accomplishments (breakthroughs, discoveries, highest daily word-count ever, etc.)
  • Tidbits too good not to share

If you don’t want to share this stuff publicly, that’s okay. You can add a section to your Story Bible or start a journal (or add this to your existing journal) to keep track of this. But don’t skip doing this—I think that in the future, when you look back either on what you accomplished during this marathon or (heaven forbid) why you gave up on it, the insights you’ll gather later with hindsight on your thoughts during the challenge will be invaluable.

Happy writing!

  1. Friday, February 5, 2016 3:44 pm

    Self-Evaluation: I wrote this in a discussion about this project on my Facebook page earlier this week: “It’s been like pulling teeth for me to remember how to write. And this is definitely going to need major rewrites and revisions once the first draft is finished. But I’m finally starting to remember that I once used to enjoy doing this.” I’ve also remembered just how lazy I am and how easy it is to procrastinate and not get any writing done (yesterday). Also, I’m thinking about changing my heroine’s name. Pippa just isn’t working for the character I want her to be.

    Word-count total for Monday–Thursday: 5,466

    Awesome Accomplishments: I did write every day this week—even though I didn’t actually do any writing on my story on Thursday, I did write a 1,500+ word book review and I did some research and background/setting work on the story. I’ve also published a new blog post every day this week.

    Tidbit(s) to Share:
    “Miss Stanhope, might I offer you a walk about the deck before you retire to the big cabin for the evening?” He could have stomped on his own foot for making the offer. The last thing he needed was for her to think he was sweet on her. The last thing he needed was to be sweet on her.

    He was only doing it out of a sense of obligation—duty. He’d have made the same offer to any woman traveling with him.

    Wouldn’t he?


  2. Friday, February 5, 2016 10:28 pm

    Woohoo! In my writing sprint tonight, I outdid myself. In one hour and seven minutes, I wrote 2,001 words!


    • Friday, February 5, 2016 10:52 pm

      And a total of 2,600 words in 90 minutes tonight.



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