Round 4 Check-in 12/4/19

(by soulagain.co)

Often, during the fall and into winter, we feel ourselves settling in, slowing down and wondering if we have enough energy to finish all the projects we signed ourselves up for at the beginning of the year. It can seem daunting, especially as the days get shorter, and we’re drawn into holiday festivities and family gatherings and….

Well, you know. You’ve been there just as we all have.

Thing is, we’ve been there all year, we just let ourselves see the deadline of “The End of The Year” or the upcoming “New Year” as having real value in our decision making.

They’re not, of course.  They’re as arbitrary as most lines in the sand are, tools that help for many situations, but tools we’ve also allowed to rule our lives.  You can set goals, plan for your future, do and achieve your dreams any time you decide to put the effort forth.  Winter chill (or warmth of you’re in the Southern Hemisphere), summer heat (again reversed for those south of the equator)…  they may add their own special flair to the challenges you’ll face, but challenges or no, you’re on your way as soon as you pick up that pen, type those first words, hit send on the manuscript…  or put on your shoes and go for that healthy walk.

You, my ROW80 friends, are the ones who will get your dreams fulfilled.

So let us know how you’re doing today, what your next plans are, and what steps you’ll be taking to achieve them in the comments or on our FB thread.

Round 3 Check-in Aug 21

Every once in a while or so, we here at the ROW80 get requests to add pages to our site for links to writing resources, author pages, general niftiness or all kinds that might help our creative members sift through the web and all its myriad wonders.  And…  every time I get one of those requests, I think “Cool!  Let me see what I can…  oh, this has been done before, and this too, and…so has this…”

Basically, I feel like I would be reinventing every one of the wheels moving our little bus along, and given how time-strapped I’ve been lately, this just isn’t a feasible option right now.

So what I will do for you all is try to add some useful links here and there in our check-ins as they come to me.  Will that help?  I don’t know, but I hope so.  Let me know in your comments and check-ins.

And for our first link…  No Wasted Ink: a weekly collection of writing articles and advice (nowastedink.com)

And for the fun distraction of it…  you may what to check out John Atkinson’s Wrong Hands for writing (and non-writing) related comics

Round 3 Check-in August 14

Oh, the plots we can make…

Ever read a series to find that the author seemed to have reworked the whole story-line 3/4s of the way through and suddenly the characters you had grown to love were no longer the same people you’d enjoyed spending so much time with before?

What do you, as writers, do when this happens?  Do you create your own versions of the stories?  Do you plow through,hoping that the author will once more capture your heart?

Do you set the series aside and/or leave a low review on Goodreads or Amazon?

I had this happen twice recently, once in a TV series I was watching (instant Fanfiction fodder!) and then again, more recently in a book series I’d enjoyed.  I realized that, as a writer myself, I found these shifts harder to bear than a lot of non-writers I’ve spoken to.  And so wondered, is it a result of writing, reading, both or …. something else?

Opinions, and check-ins, appreciated, here in the comments or on our FB page.  As always….