Make a Strong Finish

By Kathrese McKee | ROW80

On Wednesday, I wrote about using Three Strikes to keep myself moving forward to the end of my first draft. It worked. In fact, I met all my writing goals this week.

I’m not going to belabor the point too much. In a horse race, there are appropriate times to keep the horse from giving  everything he’s got too soon. At the end of the race, however, the horse needs to run at top speed, holding nothing back. I feel like I’m on the last quarter and the finish line is just around the bend. Go full speed ahead, get down and dirty, and make a strong finish. That’s the plan.

How do you keep yourself moving through the first draft?

ROW80 Progress

I’m on a Monday to Sunday work week, and I only post accumulated word count on Sunday evening.


  • Goal 1 – Complete 4,000+ words/week for Twin Kingdoms by Sunday. (Done.)*
  • Goal 2 – Complete one post for Christ’s Reflections by Monday (Done)
  • Goal 3 – Complete one post for by Thursday. (Done)
  • Goal 4 – Complete two posts for (Check and Check)
  • Goal 5 – 4 tweets/day, every day. (Done)
  • Goal 6 – 2 comments/day on other blogs, averaged out from Monday through Sunday. (Done)
  • Goal 7 – Read one non-fiction book/week. (Started two, half-way through both books.)

*Sunday only – Word count as of today is 75,587 (as of 10/14/2012)

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Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.