Round 4 Check-in 11/18/18

We passed the midpoint of this Round of Words a few weeks back, and the midpoint of this NaNoWriMo just a few days ago.  For many, this signifies the real start of the ‘race’ as opposed to that moment we’ve found our stride and are able to hold our pace.  A few of us got a quick start out of the gate and have been able to maintain the lead, but others (*raises hand*) are beginning to stumble and lag.

It’s pretty normal for the middle of November.

Our reactions may be infinite, but so our opportunities.  In this, everyone can win.

Don’t forget to keep us updated on your progress whether to the end of the month, the year, or if you’re in this for the long haul…  Post your update in the comments at our FB page.

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Round 4 Check-in 11/14/18

Just a quick post for today…  hope you’re still writing, still creating, still doing.  Sometimes that’s all it takes….  Doing.

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Really… You’ve got this.

And as always, tell us a bit of how you’ve been getting there in the comments or on the FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 11/11/18

As some of us are racing through this month of words with huge wordcounts, there are those of us who are looking at their goals, about to give up and just wait for the next round before they ‘do something’ to achieve their dreams.

If this is you… please, don’t stop. Don’t give up. The 20 or so words you managed to get out before you set the page down in frustration are five words you didn’t have before. And they will make new words easier to discover…  simply because you spent the time to get those out, to think of what to write.

The mind works best when it has something to ponder…  so ponder, consider and throw a few more words on the page.  You have words within you.

As always…  let us know how you’re progressing toward your goals in the comments below or on our FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 11/6/18

Creeping toward the end of the year, meshed solidly in the throes of the word-orgy that is NaNoWriMo, or stuck for ideas…  we’re all somewhere in our ROW80 journey.  And no matter where you might be in your own journey, it’s a good time to be writing.

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Let us know how your writing (and all your progress in achieving your goals) is going, here in the comments, or in our FB group.

Oh, and remember, you don’t need to do it all. Being overwhelmed is counter-productive.

Round 4 Check-in Sunday 1/4

Short post today:

It’s NaNoWriMo, and I don’t know about all of you, but wow…  my head is spinning with characters and storylines.  So much to write and so little sleep to do it on.  😉

Have fun getting those words down, but if you get a chance, stop in and post a note in the comments about how you’ve been doing on your goals so far.

Round 4 Check-in 10/31

Another month finished… only two more for this year, only two more to make those word count goals, to finish that short we’ve been toying with. No trick here… we know what to do. Write every day, even when our muses might be off gorging on leftover candy and some Netflix reruns…

Though today we might be taking time to indulge in festivities and sugar, we know tomorrow we write.  For some of us, it’s because November 1st is the opening of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  For others, it’s because it’s what we, as writers, do…  we write.  Whatever our reasons, we have a plan and we’re moving forward.  You have a plan and are moving forward.  You are a writer, a creator, a dreamer.

Will you have setbacks?  Sure.  But will you write? Definitely.

Because in the ROW80, we are here for each other, and we know that we have to write, have to create, have to appease the muses.  Or at least the little voices in our heads that say…



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Leave your updates in the comments or on our FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 10/27


It’s Sunday!  Another week has passed, more words, new ideas (and some elaboration on the old ones…).

Trick-or-Treating is in full swing here in northeastern NYS, because Halloween falls midweek yet again.  Many organizations are setting up Trunk-or-Treat events to let the kids show off their costumes and gorge on sugary treats without interfering with the school week.  A long way from the mythology of ghosts and goblins upon which the holiday was based…

Both are fertile grounds for evocative stories however, and I hope you all get a chance to enjoy some chocolate (or the sweet treat of your choice) and creative inspiration over the next few days.

No tricks….  just leave your check-in below or on our FB page.

Round 3 Wednesday Check-in

Midweek check-ins always catch me a bit off kilter.  Do they do that to you too?

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Maybe it’s that “hump day” thing…  or jet lag as the case may be.

Lots of wonderful things happening in the ROW80 community too.  We had a few weeks of upbeat (and very creative) posts thanks to Denise Young, as she kindly covered for me so I could go to Europe for some archaeology and family time.  ROWer Deniz Blevins brought a very new cutie into the world (as per her announcement in May), and he is adorable!  And for some, the fact that NaNoWriMo is approaching just tickles their muses.

This is a busy time of year for us all, but here’s to also making the best of it.  Cheers, joy and lot of words.

And as always, let us know how you’re doing, and if you have cool news to share add that too.  You can post here in the comments or on our FB thread.

Inspiration from Ursula K. Le Guin

So much of the writing world, these days, is about author rankings and sales and marketing. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get our work out there and into the hands of readers who might be moved and inspired by our words.

But if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the focus on sales over craft, I suggest turning to the words of Ursula K. Le Guin. I’m sharing her 2014 acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation Medal:

To the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks, from the heart. My family, my agents, my editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as my own, and that the beautiful reward is theirs as much as mine. And I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long — my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for fifty years have watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists.

Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.

Right now, we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximise corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.

Yet I see sales departments given control over editorial. I see my own publishers, in a silly panic of ignorance and greed, charging public libraries for an e-book 6 or 7 times more than they charge customers. We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience, and writers threatened by corporate fatwa. And I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books, accepting this — letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish, what to write.

Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable — but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.

I’ve had a long career as a writer, and a good one, in good company. Here at the end of it, I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds; but the name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.

Thank you.

Ursula K. Le Guin

November 19, 2014

Copyright 2014, Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Round 3 Week 11 Sunday

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Good Morning!

It’s that time again!  Have you all been planning for Round 4?  Hope so, because it’s almost here.  Wednesday will be the final day of Round 3; then as usual, we’ll take a 10 day break to settle ourselves in for the face to 2019 (also known as Round 4).  Do you need help setting your goals?  Do you want to suggest changes we could implement into Round 4 (or next year)?

Use the comments or our FB discussion group to let us know.  And don’t forget to share your updates,