Short post today. Usually the middle of a round of words is more sedate, more focused… not this one. I don’t know about all of you, but for me, this year’s first round has been a whirling, spinning, rushing flow of activity. Rapids in the mountains… While some of you all are cheering and shouting “Woo hoo”, I’m the guy in the inner tube at the end.
So let us all know how you’re doing here in the comments or on Facebook and take a moment to visit your fellow RoWers to cheer them on. Or to toss out a life saver… 😀
It’s been a busy week this week here in Upstate NY. How has it been in your part of the world, RoWers? Have you been reaching toward your aspirations comfortably or are you finding each step a struggle?
Hopefully it’s the former, not the later. But if it is… your fellow RoWer, Mike Young has an excellent Flash Fiction Friday prompt for you this week.
Life often sends us challenges that test our character, and patience. I’ve found that in writing, if I have a character I can’t seem to flesh out enough, it can help to throw something at them, to test them and see how they cope with it. Such as a job loss, a new child, a twisted ankle, or a blizzard. —Mike Young
In fiction it’s good to push your characters. Readers like to know your characters are struggling again “all odds” to achieve their goals. What is/are YOUR characters’ greatest obstacles? What challenges can you offer them to bring our their fullest potential?
As always, let us know in the comments or via our FB thread. And if you have a project or event you’d like for us to share, let us know. We’d love to support you. That is what the ROW80 is about too, after all. 🙂
I thought when I started this post that I had some great ideas for it. I had two posts on my desktop sitting there that I’d been considering for inspiration, both full of cool ideas I wanted to share.
Now that I’m here in the editor, neither one seems to fit now. Ever have a moment like that, a time when the words just don’t work anymore?
I could try to whip something up, but really… this post is for you about you anyway. It’s your turn to share and shine. So give us a smile from your blog or in the comments letting us know how you’ve been doing on your goals. Or, if you prefer, step over to Facebook and leave a note in the pinned post.
And Happy Heart Day!
Oh, and if you were curious about the two posts, here they are:
Well, technically, yesterday was the halfway point for this Round of Words. That means we’re already heading to the homestretch. Time to start think, even in just a bit here and there, about what you might want to change or try out in Round 2.
Today though I want to ask you all about time. How much time are you all spending on your writing? Do you think it’s enough, not enough…. too much and it’s begun to take over your life?
I can hope you’ve found a sweet spot (I haven’t yet), and well… if you’re struggling with characters who demand all of your time and attention 24/7, I can only suggest diversions of chocolate and bubble baths. Sorry.
I CAN offer some consolation for those who feel they aren’t spending enough time on their writing. Little bits add up… You don’t need to block out a huge expanse of your day for writing to make serious progress. I’ve mentioned the 10 Minute Novelists group before. There used to be a great little site called The One Minute Writer that proved to me how much one could accomplish in just 60 seconds (the link goes to the Internet Archive version of the site). Add a moment or two of planning while exercising or washing the dishes… YES, you can be ‘writing’ while cleaning your desk, sharpening your pencils or getting your groove on with some of your favorite music! When you work in smaller blocks of time, sometimes you actually do more than if you try to cram all your writing time into a large block.
But what happens with all these little disjointed bits and pieces you might wonder? Well, sometimes they are disjointed, but often your mind will be working on the story while you’re not putting words on the paper too. Your mind is still writing, still adding ideas and subtext to the story, and it will help put those together for you the next time you put the words down.
It’s a bit like ‘sleeping on an idea’ but you’re able to get other things done too. Win win.
As the song says, “If two become one, what is the one the two become?” What can you create in small bursts? What will the combination of your mind and your busy schedule come up with?
Round 1 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is drawing to a close. We started out with 75 intrepid souls stating their goals for the world to see. Along the way we lost people (I’m not sure how many) and added others who found out about us after the challenge began. Universally, everybody loves the idea that this challenge allows us to change our goals as Life Happens.
I’ve been the poster child for exactly that. I started out with a goal of 750 words a day on my YA novel Red. The challenge started off well. I wasn’t actually writing every day due to assorted circumstances, but the days I wrote, I was easily exceeding 750 words, such that my January average actually did work out to nearly 750 words a day. I knocked out the short story I needed to write for an anthology. Then February…
Calling all supportive people in our ROW80 community!
I’m letting you all know that I’m looking for sponsors for Round 2 (which starts on April 1st… funny as that may sound). If you’re interested in doing a little extra for your fellow RoWers, this is an excellent way to get really involved in our friendly writing community. If you’d like to know what being a ROW80 sponsor entails before jumping in, here’s the lowdown as Kait set it up: So you wanna be a sponsor
Don’t feel obligated to jump in and volunteer, but as a community, we are our best when we’re helping each other. We pick each other up, propel each other to greater heights, and we do it because of all the people who care in our group.
Oh, and this is a check-in. Let us know how you’re doing (and there’s thing you’d like changed or fixed in our community). You can let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.