Round 2 Check-in 4/10/19

As we get deeper into the round, we may find our energy ebbs and flows like the tides.  Sometimes the words fill us to near bursting.  Other times, we might need a bit of a push to get moving.

A former ROWer, EM Castellan retweeted this the other day.  April may have already started, but who knows…  this might be just the extra boost to help you get moving toward your aspirations and achieving those goals that get you to your dreams.

What are you doing to keep yourself inspired?  Let us know in the comments or on our FB page.


The End Is Nigh

Shan remembered Throwback Thursday. All the credit to this post goes to her, and Kait Nolan who posted it waaaayy back at the beginning of our little writing challenge’s new life:

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life

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…

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Round 1 Check-in 1/30/19

Ever have one of these moments during a “So what happened next?” moment with your characters?

cred. Tenor

What did you do then? Did you write that story, or did you try to make something that you felt fit your audience or your outline better?

Let us know in the comments or in the FB thread. And as always, let us know how you’ve done since the last check-in, visit a fellow ROWer…  have a great time.

Round 1 Check-in 1/20/19

On Wednesday, I challenged you all to share with us an image, in the form of photo, prose….  music video (the options are only limited by your creativity) of what kind of writer you aspire to be.  There is a madness to my method here (as always).

You need to know your dream to breathe life into it.  The very word aspire implies the act of breathing, the act of living.  To aspire toward a goal (and you know how we’re all about those goals here at the ROW80) is the pinnacle of reaching toward, well, a pinnacle.  (Don’t believe me, check aspire on

I’m still trying to nail down a vision of “Writer Me”.  From our discussion a last Sunday, it seems a lot of us have a similar problem.  Something I’ve tried to consider in my own process is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic rewards for writing.  For any creating process really.  I even peeked back at this great post on the Writers in The Storm blog about How to Restore Your Love of Writing (though a lack of joy isn’t an issue at the moment).

Anyway, why not think on these things and give yourself (and the rest of us) a solid example of your dream…  thinking by our Wednesday check-in.  And don’t worry if the dream changes in a few years (weeks, days).  Just as long as you can see it, dream it…  if only for a moment.

For now, let us know how you’re doing.  Here in the comments, on our FB page, or both.

Problem Solving Inc. by Andrew Mocete

Our very first Throwback Thursday post (#TBT), a new thing started by our FB moderator Shan Jeniah

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life

I wish remembered where, but I once read a interview with John Lennon about his song writing process.  What struck me most was he told the interviewer he’ll sometimes stare at his instrument for hours without writing a single note.  The next day might be the same thing and day after that too.  For him, this was being productive because he knew his mind was working things out and eventually the music would come.

For someone highly respected and considered a genius at his craft to have gone through the same aspect of the writing process as I did was huge.

How many times have you stared at a blank page with no idea where the story is supposed to go?  How many times has what you’ve written looked wrong and you knew it needed something more, but didn’t know what?  Well according to John Lennon, this is part of…

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