Round 1 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is drawing to a close. We started out with 75 intrepid souls stating their goals for the world to see. Along the way we lost people (I’m not sure how many) and added others who found out about us after the challenge began. Universally, everybody loves the idea that this challenge allows us to change our goals as Life Happens.
I’ve been the poster child for exactly that. I started out with a goal of 750 words a day on my YA novel Red. The challenge started off well. I wasn’t actually writing every day due to assorted circumstances, but the days I wrote, I was easily exceeding 750 words, such that my January average actually did work out to nearly 750 words a day. I knocked out the short story I needed to write for an anthology. Then February happened. It started with good news—I got an agent, which just totally blew up my brain with the awesome. And then it moved to the bad–my grandmother’s rapid and continued decline and ultimate passing on March 11th.
I started with an adjustment. And then, I just…stopped writing. Sometimes it happens like that. I actually did do a lot of plotting during that span—plotting is how I process stuff that I can’t control in real life—I have to exercise my God Complex in fiction. For any other challenge, I’d be chalking things up as an Epic Fail and probably kicking myself and drowning in negative self-talk.
But not ROW80.
ROW80 is all about the positive. Instead of looking at the failures or what we didn’t accomplish, I want all of you to look at what you DID accomplish. You DID figure out what kind of goals you could reasonably expect to make. You DID learn what it means to be accountable to yourself and your writing. You DID write, probably more than you would have if you hadn’t been checking in twice a week. You DID (I hope) make some new writer friends who will continue to be there as we move forward into future rounds to support and cheer on and commiserate. You DID (I hope) find a writing challenge you can continue to use, month after month, to continue to improve your writing habits and productivity.
Our final check-in for Round 1 goes up on Thursday instead of Wednesday, as the 24th is the actual last day of this round. Remember to write up your final post about what you accomplished and let us know in the Linky.
To all of you who donated to enable our continued use of Linky Tools, THANK YOU. We’re set for the whole year and into part of next year! To all of the Round 1 Sponsors, a big round of applause and an additional THANK YOU for the fabulous inspirational posts you’ve provided throughout this round of the challenge.
Round 2 begins on April 4th and I am now taking volunteers for sponsors! Please email me at kaitnolanwriter (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested.
And if you have any suggestions for improvements we can make to the challenge, please feel free to let me know!