You’re Writing Anyway, Right? By Claudia Lefeve

At the start of each round, I am always excited to see dozens of writers post their first updates. Then after a couple of weeks, the numbers seem to magically dwindle down. Whether writers are still keeping with their goals and are just not posting, or have decided ROW80 isn’t for them, I can’t say.

After reading various writer posts, the consensus among those that decide not to participate or drop out from future rounds is due to a lack of time. Time is a concept that is not lost on me (I have three jobs, including writing), the writer who tends to several kids, or the single mom (or dad) trying to raise a family while holding down a full-time job. We all have to deal with the big beast called Life.

Fortunately, ROW80 is a challenge that is tailored to each individual writer – because you create the goals yourself! And if you’re currently a participant, I’m sure I don’t have to go over the details of how this challenge works, but what I will say is this: if you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day or can’t keep up with your goals…you can always change them! You don’t have to burn out by raising the bar too high with unattainable goals – there are other writing challenges for that. This is a challenge where you can set reasonable goals because you have limited time.
When I first participated back in Round 1, I wasn’t sure if this was something I could commit to. Then I realized the only commitment I had to keep was to myself. If I want to be a writer, I have to set goals, whether it be personal or something I post on a weekly basis. So I have only one major goal and it’s the same one I’ve kept all three rounds and it’s a simple one: write everyday. That’s it. I don’t feel the need to change or update it every round because while simple, it’s not always an easy task.
Now, I’ll admit, this is the only writing challenge I’ve ever participated in, so my experience is limited when it comes to challenges, but I can say without a doubt that I have met some of the most supportive writers/authors by participating in ROW80. For me, that’s what ROW80 is all about. And I don’t mean on a superficial level either. I’ve connected with some very talented authors that I’m honored to call my friends. Through supportive emails, comments, and unconditional support, I’ve been able to get past the “should I really be doing this” to “hot damn, I’m doing this!”
I know I’m preaching to those ROW80 veterans out there, but for those of you who are embarking on this fabulous challenge for the first time, don’t sweat it! You’re writing anyway or else you wouldn’t be here. Sure, there are times when I don’t feel like posting or meeting my weekly goals and most times I don’t and it’s okay.
I just move on to the next week and start all over.
~*~

13 comments

  1. This is my first time with ROW80, and I love it. I’ll be around for awhile, and I look forward to the continued support and learning from all the wonderful participants. I’ve done several challenges, both blog and writing based, and this has been my favorite. Thanks for the great post!

  2. Good post! Thanks for reiterating the flexibility of this challenge. I’ve participated in a number of them in the past couple of years, and this one fits my life better than any I’ve tried.

    I have missed one or two updates, but only because I didn’t need to change anything. My understanding, anyway, was that updates were for changing goals.

    But usually I do one anyway, just to connect.

  3. I have been updating and posting when I can, but I haven’t been adding my posts to the Linky lists. I know it doesn’t take long to do, but it seems that even adding one or two little items to my to-do list derails my writing time. I’m sure not everyone has this issue, but that is why my link hasn’t been there. But I’m still continuing the challenge as best as I can!

  4. I would really reccommend adding your link to the linky list as it is much more likely people will stop by to offer support. The community feeling and support has been the best thing about ROW 80 for me.

    Great post Claudia, I like that your goal is simple but very effective!

  5. Great post claudia. The great thing about row80 is it has helped me to be accountable. It’s provided that extra little push I needed to keep going. Just knowing there are other writers out there, each with their own struggles, somehow makes it easier to keep going. We aren’t alone in this.

  6. I always remember to do the post (most of which have been me utterly failing to even graze my goals lately) but I forgot to add it to the Linky list a few times. Hopefully I’m back on track now!

    The support here really is wonderful. For me it’s more about the support than the goals. You guys are just awesome.

  7. I forgot to link mine last week, and I mostly only do the Sunday updates, but I’m still loving this challenge. The encouragement has been wonderful, and if life causes some stumbling blocks, I don’t get anxious, just get back to the writing as soon as I can.

  8. This is my first time with ROW80, and I have to say I was surprised by the level of encouragement and support. Unless something changes, I foresee signing up for each new round.
    All the best…

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