We’re drawing to the end of a marvelous inaugural year here at A Round of Words in 80 Days. I started this challenge because I was tired of the one size fits all nature of all the other challenges out there and I wanted something where I could set my own goal and adjust it as life blew up in my face (as it often does) and the support of other writers to get me through the rough patches and encourage (or horsewhip) me into producivity. Over each of the four rounds this year, our community has grown. By now many nascent writing challenges have disappeared (oh 70 Days of Sweat, where are you? Evidently your domain has lapsed.). ROW80 shows no signs of waning. More and more writers join us with each round, retreating from universal goals and embracing the idea that goals are personal and that it’s better to tailor to suit your own life and celebrate those successes, than to strive for the unrealistic and wallow in failure. Because being a writer is not about “winning” some arbitrary challenge. It’s about fitting writing into your life each and every day throughout the year, project after project. That’s what being a professional is all about.
So if you didn’t happen to quite make your goals, celebrate what progress you did make. You’re ahead of those who never even started. And maybe you’ve learned something about what constitutes a manageable goal for you. Once we finish up Round 4, enjoy your holiday! But be sure to come back here and join us on January 2nd for Round 1 of 2012! It’s going to be a year of success!
And if you’ve got a hankering to be a sponsor,
I’ve still got 4 slots left, we’re full up for Round 1, but I’m happy to put you on the list for Round 2. Check out the FAQs above and dash me an email at kaitnolanwriter (at) gmail (dot) com.