No, this is not a post about one of these. This is that part of the ROW80 where we plan for the next Round. Round 1 is done, over… it can’t be changed, for good or ill. But that’s OK.
We have a beautiful new 80 days coming up to achieve something special with our writing lives, and to do that, we need to start out with some goals. What do you want to do, how do you think it will take get there, what will you get when you reach the end… So set yourself some S.M.A.R.T goals and use them.
The image pretty much says it all. S.M.A.R.T goals are:
Specific — work daily on The Greatest Magnum Opus Ever as opposed to write every day
Measurable — do 10 pages of revision each week on TGMOE instead of revising things as they catch your eye
Attainable — set a Test Mile; if you exceed it, great, but plan to do an amount of work you can guarantee to do. I’m a big fan (of course!) of Those Five Sentences, but maybe you’re working on queries or line edits… you can use the same strategy there with a bit of tweaking
Relevant— if you’re trying to write an article on hippos, you may not want to spend your ROWnd researching the craft of iron smelting in Industrial New England (though, with enough time and effort, I’m sure there is a story there!)
Time-based — because our Rounds of Words go for 80 days, there is already a built-in time-frame to your goals, but not everything you do will need that long. Some things might need a day or a week… some might need all year; the point is to make sure you give yourself a time to get those things done
So… now you’ve done it… you’ve created some goals, and you’re ready to ROW80. Well, then add yourself to the linky and share your intentions with your supportive fellow ROWers. That way we can all help you meet those goals… and you can help us meet ours. See you in a week for the opening of Round 2.
Those two words are some of the most powerful a writer can use… The End. Sounds pretty intense, hm?
And well they should. This is the final day of the first Round of Words in 80 Days of 2017, and I don’t know about you all, but I feel like I need at least one or two more of these little darlings before things are working the way I’d like them too. That means goals and plans for Round 2 in 10 days, but no more check-ins until April 2nd. I will post a linky this coming Sunday for people to post their goals at, but there will be no post next Wednesday (unless someone wants to volunteer and write something inspirational 😉 )
Speaking of inspirational… do you know all the great people involved in the ROW80 these days? From our founder, Kait Nolan, to our Facebook admins, Shan Jeniah and Denise Young, to our great members… and even myself, the ROW80 is seething with friendly, inspiring creative types. If you have been peeking into our blogs but haven’t joined, why not do so in our upcoming Round 2?
For now, let’s just do our end-round check-in and assessment of our progress. Just add it to our linky:
We really are in it now. Wednesday’s check-in will be the last one of Round 1. Can you believe it? That means there’s just ten more days after that before Round 2 starts. 😉
Seriously though, this is a milestone whether you realize it or not. You’ve done nearly 80 days of committing to yourself, setting goals and following them through. Or not… Maybe you started the ROW80 late this year. Maybe you discovered you really hated the goals you were trying to achieve and have only been following them out of stubbornness. Maybe you really were just not keeping up with the goals the way you’d planned.
That’s okay. Round 2 is another chance for you to show your stuff. Remember it takes at least 66 days for something to become a habit (not 21).
Here’s the linky: let us know your progress, your plans… basically whatever you need
* Linky trivia for the day: When I cleared out the old links for today’s post, I found that we had had 127 click-throughs to our blogs two weeks ago.
Well, I miscounted it seems. I thought today would be the last check-in of Round 1, but it’s not. We have 8 more days to go. (At least, the grand “X Days to Go” counter on the sidebar seems to be working right.)
The good news is that gives you an extra week to plan your goals for Round 2!
Until then… just give us your progress at the froggie:
I have nothing inspirational for you today. Right now, I am lying on my couch trying to set this up on my tablet with my foot elevated and running a fever (after the medicine), Wish I knew exactly what I did, but…. nope, not a clue.
Since we are now in week 10, it is time to think of goals and plans for next round. For now let’s just share our progress,
This is you. This is me too. It is a rough diamond in the matrix of other stones that diamonds are normally found in. It is one of the rarest gems out there. It is beautiful, bright, shiny… and it is hard, strong—unbreakable. It has been forged under great pressure over a long (very long!) time. That’s why, here at the ROW80, we “challenge” ourselves daily 80 days per round, four rounds a year—because it takes more than pressure to make something as amazing as a diamond. It takes time and the right environment too.
Part of what makes the ROW80 such a wonderful environment is our supportive community. It’s not just about checking in, but also about visiting other ROWers and supporting them. We even have #row80 sprints on Twitter to connect and socialize.
And of course, we have goals…. how are you doing on yours?
Late again, but here… Been thinking about the upcoming ROWnd 2 a bit more than what is left of this one. Which is not doing me any favors, it seems.
A local Zen teacher/friend of mine says, “A lot of our problems come from not being present in the moment.” This is one definite example of that.
And yet, it is time to start thinking of what you want to achieve in the next Round of Words. Maybe the New Year excitement got to you and you set your bar so high that you’ve raced to stay afloat. Maybe you set it so low because you had iffy progress in previous years and now you really want to challenge yourself.
Whatever you want to share with us, future goals, present progress… here is the link to use today: