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.
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.
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.