Check-Ins

Round 2 Sunday 3

I’ve been going through my backlog of old writing magazines lately, trying to pare down the excess of “things” about my house for the move we need to make this year.  The stuff we allow ourselves to hold on to when we settle…

Well, I found a nice piece by David Fink in the Inkwell section of this past October’s Writer’s Digest about The Buddy System (not to be confused with a prior Writer’s Digest piece by Kevin Alexander by the same name).  It echoed for me, because I am the kind of person who writes (and works best with face-to-face contact with other creative people.  I don’t need to show my words to anyone else, I don’t need to share key-click time the way Hicks describes, but there is an energy—much like the energy that the NaNoWriMo people capture when they hold write-ins during their November marathons—that comes with writing with other people.

For some,  online sprints via a site like Twitter or Facebook can suffice, but perhaps you aren’t feeling the same magic that a more ‘personal touch’ offers.  Have you thought of using something like Skype or Hangouts to video chat (both ideas Hicks mentions in his article)?  Set up a coffee date with some writing friends where you sip-talk-write-repeat for an hour or so?  However you go about finding your words, may they keep coming.

and coming…

and…

And while you’re at it, it’s check-in time.  You know what to do:

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Round 2 Wednesday 3

Welcome to Week 3 of this Round of Words, folks!  By now you’re probably starting to find your stride, getting a sense of where you can stretch out, and where you might need to ease back and spend a bit more “quality time” with your craft.

Well, I’m here to add another thing to think in this grand process.  Reading…  (yes, really, I said reading).

I probably don’t need to say this, but in case you didn’t know, one of the easiest (and often most fun) ways of becoming a great writer is by being a voracious reader.  It doesn’t have to be “great literature” (though a bit of that stuff has it uses).  Reading works from multiple genres, perspectives, formats…  there is something glean from it all, something that your creative mind will be able to weave into all the other little somethings you’ve gathered before, something to breathe life into those pieces, creating something new and uniquely yours.

So…  what are you reading these days?  Have you found it helps your craft?  In what ways?  Has it hindered you at all?

We’d love to hear your stories… and your updates. Let us know how you’re doing at the linky (or the comments, or on our FB page… you choose):

Oops! ROW2 Sunday 2

Mea Culpa

Oh my!  Time has just been flying, and I have been doing the cray-cray dance for most  of it.  Sorry to drag you all in during one of its many refrains today by not having the check-in posted on time.  The ROW80 is supposed to be about balancing life: dreams and career…  and the general mundane day-to-day.  Thing is that sometimes a great, big monkey-wrench gets thrown into the gears and some things that were chugging away well enough need to be completely rebuilt.

That’s where we are at (and I’d be lying it I said things had been chugging away well enough before this, so…) at my house.  Not that you all should have to worry about the chaos that is Chez Mabee, but just wanted to let you know, I hadn’t forgotten you…  I just got sidetracked for a few hours.

Still, back now and with your weekly Sunday check-in.  You know what to do: here, the linky, the FB page.  Make it happen, Cap’n. 😉

Round 2 Wednesday 2

Pretty stones

Pretty stones, from Flickr (by me)

Well, here we are, now fully invested in this Round of Words, a full week (plus) into things and we’re starting to see where we shine and where we could use some polish.  That’s no bad thing…  there is  amazing stuff hiding there that the world can’t see quite yet.  It may take a bit of work, some careful chiseling, some grinding even, to bring out the beauty of the gem that is your story, but it will be worth the time and effort.

Are you seeing it?  Let us know at the linky… or if you prefer, on our FB page or via the comments:

Round 2 Sunday 1

It’s time for that oh so very unsettling second check-in of the round, the one where the rush of new beginnings have wore slightly and progress hints at lagging….  enthusiasm can go a long way here, but it can also lead us to make some risky choices.

It’s easy to say “I’ll do better next time” and try to plow through, even to the point of trying to catch up on any missed goals at this point.  Thing is…  if you are lagging, it might be wise to pause instead of pursue and take a moment to consider why you might not be hitting the mark.

It could simply be a blip, a freak bad day or something like it that can be made up easily.  Or it could be a sign that you set goals too high.  Maybe you set goals that don’t fit the project you need to be working on…  whatever the reason, you’ll save time and your sanity, if you figure out what happened and work from there instead of pressing forward through a potential mire.

Bad days happen, projects get stalled…  Life happens.  We’re here no matter what, ROWing on toward our dreams.

Here’s your linky… As always… you can check in here, at our FB page or both:

Round 1 Week 12 Wednesday

Mea Culpa

Oops!

Well, this week hasn’t quite gone the way we’d all hoped.  Sorry about that. I didn’t get to check over all the blogs for people’s posts, and I didn’t post the “Goals Post” for the upcoming Round 2 on Monday as I’d planned.

Good news is, that those of you who wanted to take part in the drabble prompt now have until next Monday when I will have that Goals Post finished and ready.

Until then…  it’s our last week of Round 1 and our check-in of the week.  Got news to share?

You know what to do:

Round 1 Week 11 Sunday

Not much news for tonight.  Tomorrow I’ll be posting the “Goals Post” for our upcoming Round 2.  Hope to see you all posting soon-ish there (goals posts stay open for several weeks, so feel free to drop in as you need to update your plans).

Until then, it’s check-in time.  You know the drill: you can check in here, at our FB page or both:

Round 1 Week 10 Sunday

Hopefully this isn’t any of us….

As we come closer and closer to the end of this round of words, it’s easy to feel somewhat overwhelmed, and maybe a little frustrated (hope not!) with one’s progress.  Never fear…  there is another round soon.  You’ve got nearly unlimited chances to learn and adjust… and improve.

But that only works if you do.  That means you need to take stock of what you’ve achieved (and perhaps what you wished to but didn’t), and you need to spend some time trying to figure out how to do better.  Then you need to adjust your behavior or attitude or whatever you feel is holding you up…  maybe you need to buy more of your favorite pens…  whatever it is—and you need to make a point of doing it. And you need to keep doing that for a while, until it becomes a habit.

Who knows…  maybe you’ll even find yourself finishing those half-finished stories from the bottom desk drawer.  😉

Until then…  it’s check-in time.  As always, you have your choice of check-in styles: here – in the comments or at the linky, on our FB page, or some combination of any or all of the above: