- Post doable goals. Some ROWers post only a handful of goals and focus on them throughout the round. Personally, I love lists, so my goals are extensive. (That said . . . I don’t mind bumping incomplete goals to the next week—or even the next round—as necessary.)
- Don’t be afraid to change your goals as needed. After all, A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that does acknowledge life happens.
- Check-in regularly. We love to know how things are going and how we can best encourage you.
- And speaking of encouragement, even if you aren’t a sponsor, pop by other sites and see how your fellow ROWers are doing.
- We can all learn from one another, so take the time to not only read but comment on a number of posts published by others. You just might make some new friends.
- Researching. Editing. Submitting to agents and publishers. Reading (especially skills development books). They’re all important, but this is a writers’ challenge, so don’t forget to set aside time for writing. As we all know, it’s too easy to let it slip.
- Include “writing” on your daily agenda. Make an appointment with yourself and keep it. (Make sure it’s written in ink.) Even if you can’t write as long as you would like, making it a daily habit will help keep the creativity flowing.
- Keep a book of writing prompts by your desk. If writer’s block comes calling, take the book off the shelf, open it to a random page, and just start writing.
- If you like to tweet, don’t forget the #ROW80 hashtag. See what your fellow Twitter-loving ROWers are doing.
- Some of us hang out on Facebook. Come join us.
- If increased fitness is on the agenda, we’d love to have you join us on Facebook at ROW80 Fitness.
- Setting a daily word count can help a lot. I know it keeps NaNoWriMo participants on target. All the best for those who will sign on this year. One of these years, I’ll actually join you.