Because a lot of us post our check-ins on Sundays only, let me be the first to congratulate you all on a Round of Words well written. Good for you!
That said… the round won’t be officially over until Wednesday, so if you feel you need a few more days to get things done, guess what—you have them! And not only that, since this is the official goals post for our upcoming Round 2, you have a whole new round of words to work on those dreams and aspirations, time enough to finish outstanding projects, start news ones, participate in challenges…
You have so very many chances. Make the best of them. The future is wide open… go for it.
And for those of you read with you goals? Here’s the linky:
You knew that, right? You knew that we’ve been closing in on the final week of Round 1 here at the ROW80. It’s time for those of you who are planning on joining us for Round 2 to start preparing your goals lists for the round, thinking about whether you’d like an accountability partner this time, and maybe offering your services as a sponsor for the challenge. (I’m really looking for a few good inspirational posts or images to use here, if you think you can make one.)
Until then, I’d mentioned having the goals post up today… eh, no. I was off by a few days. Silly me. It’s supposed to go out on a Sunday anyway. So, keep your eyes open and your hands writing those words (or typing… that is unless you dictate your stories, that works too).
And let us know how you’re doing in the meantime. Here or in our FB group as always.
As we move toward the horizon, what should appear on the horizon? Can it be? Yes, yes, it is.
We’ve traveled a long ways these past months, RoWers. It’s been quite a journey, and yet, rough seas and all, I’m pretty glad I took it. I hope you are too.
That said, we’re not quite there yet. We still need to ply our trades, execute our best piloting skills… we need to reach the shore, knowing that we can rest and plan our next adventure in ease.
Basically… this post is a heads up that I’ll be posting our goals link this Wednesday so we can start preparing for Round 2. It’s happening sooner than you might think.
So, why not start thinking about how this Round of Words worked for you. Did you try the new Accountability Partner program? Did you like it? Do you think you’d be interested in maintaining a small weekly present on either Instagram or Twitter for the ROW80, posting about the accomplishments or projects of fellow RoWers? Would you be interested in writing a sponsor post for this blog? Or do you have ideas or advice on how we can make the ROW80 even better?
As always, let us know in the comments or via the FB page. You can even email me directly at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com
Oh, and toss us a link or comment about how you’ve been doing in reaching your goals.
This header image that Kait Nolan (the creator of the ROW80) had hiding in the media directory here always appealed to me. I find myself drawn especially to the slightly steampunk feel of the image, but also to the colors, the fonts… There is a sense of mystery and wonder, a light shining in the darkness that suggests no only safety but adventure.
I haven’t used it much for this blog, since it’s suggestive of certain types of writing over others, but I did want to draw it out today because of my Sunday post about inspiration and creativity. How many of you find inspiration in art? Do you go to museums and just sit and stare for a time at the collections? I do when I get the chance.
Sometimes I just sit in a café and just daydream for a time. Or at least I used to…. I wrote a lot then.
Do you find that the words flow better in those quiet moments as opposed to others?
Let us know in your check-in. As always, you can tell us in the comments or on the FB page.
PS: I’m still looking for sponsors for Round 2. Specifically, I’m looking for someone who can help on Twitter and Instagram (I’d like for us to have a presence on those as well).
Sorry to leave you with yet another short check-in today. I promise that I’ll have something more substantial for you by Wednesday. The crazy may not be over, but there is a lull in the fervor for the moment. And I don’t know about you all, but some good discussion about writing, stories, and where ideas come from all sound very good to me.
Interested? Well, then, why not get started by posting a line or two, or maybe an image that you find incredibly inspiring. On Wednesday, I’ll gather up the links for your posts and add them to the Wednesday check-in post for everyone to see.
Who knows? Maybe we can inspire each other in the process.
And, as always, since this IS a check-in, let us know how you’re doing here or on the FB page.
We humans have a tendency to forget things that matter, putting them off until the problem gets too big to handle on our own. Sometimes we’re pleasantly surprised to find that the experts we need to call in to fix our problem won’t require our first-born (along with the arm and leg we amputated to alleviate things). Sometimes we have to promise our second and third sons too. 😉
Okay, okay… so things aren’t often that drastic, but neither shoving problems under the rug nor letting things slide are wise decisions. If you’ve had issues with your ROW80 progress this round of words, this is a great time to pause for a moment and consider what might be the cause. Some you may be able to fix with a simple tweak here or there. Other problems might need a complete overhaul of your plans. There’s a saying about throwing good money after bad… don’t let yourself get caught in that trap. If you see that you’re starting to throw more and more effort at a problem but you still can’t see the end, STOP. Maybe you can’t really salvage that first chapter. Maybe that POV is the wrong one for the story you’re trying to tell. Maybe you have to accept that your short has grown into a healthy robust novella .
Have you experienced a moment when you just had to stop and change course mid-project because you could no longer see your way past the myriad issues that had grown quietly while you were indulging in the writer’s high? Let us know in the comments, in your check-ins or on our FB page. As always, we love hearing from you.