“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.”
— Chinua Achebe
If anyone out there needs to here this today:
Keep at it. You got this.
Years ago, I found a quote from a literary agent that said something to the effect of “Sometimes it’s hardest for those who are the best.”
If you’re juggling homeschooling or working your day job from home with writing. If you’re struggling with focus due to anxiety about the state of the world. If you’re having a hard time. If you’re feeling discouraged… Remember:
You are a writer. You have stories inside of you that need to be told. That’s why we’re all here. To cheer each other on!
So, keep at it, ROW80 folks! Share your updates below or on Facebook.
With April in the rear view, we’re cruising right along to summer. Did your crush your goals in April? Any big achievements you want to share? Please post them below.
Looking toward the month ahead: Which big to-do items do you hope to cross off your list in May?
Also, we now have an Instagram account (@aroundofwordsin80days). Expect more details on that shortly! In the meantime, feel free to follow the new Instagram account or tag us in your writing-related posts.
Ideally, Instagram will be yet another way for ROW80 folks to share updates. Simply post a photo (sky’s the limit: your writing space, your WIP, a selfie, your cat, your favorite mug) and tag us.
Feel free to comment with your recent progress post links below or share on the Facebook check-in post. And don’t forget to share your April highlights and May goals in the comments!
I’m running a bit late today, but here’s this week’s midweek check-in.
I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Ellen Dugan’s Legacy of Magick, and I’m reminded that what makes good fiction is the blending of the familiar (a cup of tea, a walk in a neighborhood lined with historic homes and shady trees, a meet-cute with a handsome stranger) and the strange (a family legacy of magick, for example…). I’m talking about paranormal and fantasy fiction in this example, but it applies to all types of fiction. As storytellers, we blend those ordinary, everyday things with something decidedly out of the ordinary, something strange and unusual. And that’s our magic.
As the text in the photo reads, Stories Matter. Stories change us. The ones we love, we carry with us. They become part of our stories, the narrative of our lives. So, keep writing, and remember that stories are vital parts of the human experience.
Share your posts or updates in the comments below! Also, what are you reading–and writing–these days?
The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.
~ Josiyah Martin
Spring is truly a time for new beginnings. We plant flowers and seeds, vegetables and herbs, in hopes that in fall we’ll enjoy a bountiful harvest.
As writers, we’re always doing the same thing. The saying is that “goals are dreams with deadlines.” ROW80 is a way to keep track of our goals, giving ourselves a deadline–a way to make our dreams into our reality.
So, please, post your Sunday update below. As we slide toward May, I hope your spring is off to a lovely start, and the seeds you sow take root!
April is flying by! Have you found your spring stride yet? If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to find your footing in these strange times. I hope the words are flowing, the muses are whispering, and that you are staying safe!
Take care, fellow writers! Share you midweek check-in link below or on Facebook.
Are you battling cabin fever or struggling with the blues? Are you finding your creative stride or leaning into your zen? In these troubled times, it’s okay to face each day wherever you are. Here’s hoping we all find our footing and crush our goals this round!
Share a link to your check-in post in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And remember to share the love and support your fellow ROWers. Stay safe, everyone!