Well, perhaps it’s not morning where you are… it’s not really morning still here either. So that’s “OK”. We’re live now.
Today is the first day of Round 1, 2019. A new day, a new year, new words, new commitments, new ideas… are you ready? Our first check-in comes up Wednesday.
Now, many of you have posted your goals for this round of words (I haven’t… just like this post, I’m running bit off schedule). If you haven’t yet, feel free to go ahead and do so now. The linky and the post will remain active for another few weeks.
If you aren’t sure of where to start and what to do, well, here’s a good place…
Seriously, start writing. Start creating. Or, in the words of my husband, “Do anything, even if it’s wrong.” You can toss out a page of crappy first draft words, you can edit them, you can save and frame them as a memorial to the moment you decided to BE a writer instead of dreaming of one.
Well, technically, I should wait until tomorrow to say that, but… what’s a day or two between friends here?
Not only have you made it through 80 day of words, whimsy… and a fair share of mayhem, but you’ve also made it through a whole year.
Aren’t you just the greatest? (say “Yes”—you deserve it)
So why not take some time to let us know how you’ve done since your last check-in and then, once you’re done with that, pop back to Monday’s Goals Post and start planning for Round 1 of 2019. As we’ve done all round, you can leave your check-ins as comments below or on our FB page.
Yes, you did read that right. We’re heading into another year of the ROW80, the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life. That’s eight years of words, creativity, community, support, even friendships… It’s been a wild ride, and we’ve changed, evolved, grown, shrunk, and rebuilt the engine a few times along the way.
What we’ve always done is set goals and support each other as we progress toward achieving those goals.
Which comes to today’s post… the super-popular Goals Post! (you have been waiting for it with abated breath, right? 😉 )
Setting goals these days might seem daunting. We’re already so very busy. It’s not the goals… we know where we want to be in by the end of 80 Days (usually), but the “How do I get there?” can overwhelm us. We can know all about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, we can even have some great goals and strategies in mind, but we just-don’t-start.
Goals do us no good when we procrastinate and devote our energy towards things that don’t help us achieve them. So.. may this, along with the links above, give you the tools and the determination to make Round 1 the start of a great new year of creativity.
Because you may wish to refer back to your goals throughout the round, I suggest you leave a link on the linky. But as always, you can leave a comment or post in our FB group.
We’re almost there, folks! The end of Round 4… the end of 2018(!) is in sight.
Now, what that means to you with regards to your Round 4 goals and progress… it may mean “End in Sight”; it may mean “Time to get working”….
It might mean relaxation, because you’ve met your goals.
Here, at the ROW80, it means we’re thinking about changes and how to best implement them for next year. Wednesday I suggested a possible change we could try: accountability partners. I’m glad our Mythic Writer, Kim came up with such a cool idea; the response has been enthusiastic.
Since Wednesday though, I’ve fielded a few questions about how this system would work. I will make a page with the rules and the pairs (if they wish to be listed), as well as contact info if you’d like to get an accountability partner mid-round (or in case you feel you need to change partners… hopefully you won’t). Until then… here’s the general groundwork I’ve envisioned:
partners will be paired on a semi-random arrangement
partners are responsible for arranging and agreeing to the level of contact they have between them; we can suggest, but we can’t demand you check-in at least every other day or that you choose to focus on your word count and edit totals over social media engagement
you can request a different partner if you are having problems, but I’d like it if you try to work things out between yourselves first.
That’s it. No more rules unless you set them yourselves.
The intention is for you to feel more inspired by the direct support. Just remember your partner will your support as well. Knowing that someone has your back might get you poking at those Works In Progress more often, editing and even submitting and selling (if that’s your dream). We can all use a little extra support here and there. Hopefully this addition to our regular check-ins and sponsor visits will give you that.
Have a great few days, folks.
As always, leave your check-in in the comments section or on our Facebook page, where Shan does great things with them.
If you would like an accountability partner for Round 1 2019, you can msg me at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com. Or directly on Facebook.
As we close in on the end of this final round of words for 2018, do any of you have any thoughts on what we (your hosts, Shan, Denise and I) could do better to help make the ROW80 better for your needs. Can’t promise we’ll be able to enact any of the suggestions, but who knows… maybe you’ve got the perfect idea for our group.
I had an idea I’d like to toss to you all… Since we have a smaller membership and we haven’t been using the linky, we’ve not needed sponsors for visits the way we used to. We still need to keep supporting each other…. some of us more frequently, some of us a bit less.
So, what about one-on-one accountability partners? People who’d like to be involved in this option would let me know, and I’d randomly pair you with another person who has signed up. You’d set a schedule for checking in with each other (maybe you’d like to send your partner a text with your wordcount and pages of edits each day, maybe you’ll chat in Skype or Twitter about story problems you are dealing with….). The point is, you’ll be boosting each other directly.
I know some of you already do something like this already in various forms. But as our Mythic Writer, Kim noted in her end of NaNo check-in, we may not even know we could be getting this level of support in our group. I’m just saying… let’s do it.
And… as always, we’re here for your regular weekly updates and check-ins too, here or on FB.
Have to say… I don’t know what to write to you all today. The mind wobbles…
If your week has been anything like mine (and it probably has given all I read in your check-ins from last Sunday and Wednesday), your heads are full or goals and plans, and holidays, preparations, discussions, ideas…
So very many things, and here I am asking you to tell us all about them again. 😉
The comment section, Facebook, or your blog… or all three, as usual.
And a quite FYI, the Round 1 2019 Goals Post will go live on Monday the 17th.
Apologies for not getting over to visit your blogs, ROWers. It’s been a challenging couple of days. I’ll be making my rounds a bit late, but I’m already buoyed by all the progress I’ve seen mentioned in the comments. Yes! Rowers Rule!
Short check-in, here… as I said, a challenging (not bad, just challenging) couple of days. Hope you all are having a great half-week. Let us know in the comments or at our FB page.
Oh, and a small PS here: Will be announcing plans for the next Round of Words (officially starts on the 31st, but we’ll be doing our first check-in on Jan 2), this Sunday. If you have any ideas or suggestions for things you’d like to have us do, let me know. And have a great week of creativity.