Another week starting… hope you’re ROWing along smoothly:
Hi, and welcome to a bit of a retro-ROW Sunday.
If y’all will come with me as I meander throw some of the delight archives of inspirational posts we have here at the Round of Words in 80 Days, savor with me as well, these lovely pieces of advice…
First, from Belinda Kroll in her lovely piece Live the Life You Imagined:
A Round of Words in 80 Days is meant to remind us writers that we have lives outside of writing. Not only that, but the life outside of writing is often what inspires us to write in the first place! My inspirational post will be short today because I want to practice what I preach. I want to get out there and live.
The image of a writer (and the wardrobe, given the sheer number of hats we have to wear) has gone through several shifts in the past decade. The good thing about this… we get to set what that image will be for ourselves. The bad news is, of course, we get to set what that image will be for ourselves. Since it’s the same cup, half-empty or half-full, why not focus on the positive. Claim your status as a writer and how you want the world to see you.
Make that who you are.
Secondly, Alice McElwee reminds us of the most important part of being a writer in her post It’s Not About Quality OR Quantity:
Ignore the word count. Ignore the grammar. JUST WRITE.
It doesn’t matter if you write 50 words and they are all misspelled, as long as you write. And while you’re writing, write every day. Five minutes, twenty minutes or an hour – doesn’t matter how long, how much or how bad – just write.
Writing is the only way our stories will get finished. Worrying about our word counts and grammatical problems isn’t going to finish our story. Click-clacking at our keyboards, however…
Writers write. It’s a phrase we toss about in the ROW80 so often it’s become almost a joke, but it’s what we do. And if that isn’t you yet… make that who you are too.
Lastly, it’s check-in time once more. How’s that writing (and all those other things that make your writing life the wonder that it is) going for you? Let us know at the linky:
Hi, all! I’m still looking for your suggestions and favorites to add to the ROWriter’s Resource page that I’m setting up for the site. Beyond a few references I use a lot, Beth Camp and Elizabeth Anne Mitchell have offered a few, but not so many others yet.
I know y’all are out there. Toss me a word or two. What resources have you found extra helpful in your writing processes? These can cover the gamut from initial planning to copy-editing and networking… We’re writers and author here, and we’re going to all use a few of these somewhere along the line.
Oh, yeah, and it’s Sunday… time for another check-in and a linky:
Howdy, howdy creators and explorers of words and worlds…
Welcome to week 2 of this third Round of Words for the year. Who knew it would take this long to regain our stride after the passing of the reins last fall? I mean, really… it’s blogging. isn’t it?
Well, no, and yes. Maintaining this page is blogging, but the ROW80 is so much more that. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Which is why I and some of our other dedicated volunteers, many who you’ve met as sponsors in previous years, are working to bring you some changes in the next month for our community. Some of the changes that will be coming:
- a monthly Featured Author, because we have so many wonderful creative people in our community
- a Writer’s Resource Page of ROWers, these are your choices of pages and resources you’ve found useful
- a services offered by ROWers page are in the works, because many of your fellow ROWers offer those services we all need, copy-editing, marketing, beta-reading … and who knows? You might find your perfect match in our friendly community.
…and if you have other suggestions, let me know.
For now, it’s time to check-in with the linky (here and/or on our Facebook page) and your fellow ROWers. Letus know how you’re doing on those goals. And let us know if you have ideas for the new pages or would like to be one of our monthly Featured Authors either in the comments or via email: mousefir at gmail . com
We’re now into it, ROWers. And that’s a good thing (really!), because now is a perfect time to consider our goals and our progress for the rest of the round.
It’s also a good time to think about how we made our goals. We all know about making our goals S.M.A.R.T., but sometimes even that isn’t enough. Life gets crazy on us. It’s like water in some ways, always able to find those empty spaces where we thought we could catch a breather…. Does this mean we should have to schedule every moment we want some freedom to write, or even to relax?
But we should schedule some. That way, even when Life gets a little punchy, there are moments set aside solely for ourselves and for our craft… for the job we’ve chosen (or, if you’re like most people I know who write, the job that chose us). Because it matters, and because we matter. It’s how we ‘work’.
And speaking of how we work… how are things working for you? Tell all at the linky:
Wow! This year just seems to fly by faster and faster every time I look at a calendar. …which is why I probably should have kept slightly closer track of how fast the days were passing when I wrote that mini-notice on Sunday, to remind you all of today’s check-in.
Instead… I got distracted with lots of family gatherings this (for the US) holiday weekend. Oh! And house-cleaning… There was a lot of house cleaning.
But here it is, better late than ever… your very first linky of Round 3! Tell us how you did since Monday and what you’ve got planned for the rest of the week if you want to. We’d love to hear from you!