Many apologies for the brief posts lately, but… life has been a bit extra cray-cray lately. That said… the ROW80 is the Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life. Good thing too, since I’m sure I’m not the only one in this group that’s been busy-busy.
Hope you’re all doing well despite that.
Let us know. As always, you can leave a note in the comments or on our FB page. Best words to you.
Ever find yourself being “Happied Out”? Like you’ve had so much fun doing things you love that you just need to settle down and work on stuff you don’t, because the fun isn’t fun anymore? That feeling you get when you’ve had a slightly too long vacation?
It can happen in writing too. That Zone we all hear about, the place where the words just flow and the characters seem to just flow through the air and onto your page without any real effort on your part… it does exist. Not that many of us get there regularly. We’re the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life, and we know life comes with distractions. Distractions and the Zone just don’t seem to inhabit the same physical or spiritual plane of existence.
Thing is, we tend to be so very happy when we’re in the Zone. Things make sense. They work. We feel the progress, the creative energy… we feel powerful. And we feel like it’s effortless.
Thing is… when everything is easy, it’s nice for a while, but after a bit… things lose their wonder; the stories don’t seem as good. It’s because our brains thrive and develop when we’ve challenging ourselves somewhat. The stuff we do all the time… we let go, we give up some of the control and let it all go on automatic… and we can’t be sure what we’re getting is what we really wanted.
That’s the time our brain is saying “give me something new to do; I need a challenge”.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to challenge yourself as a writer. You could try a new style or genre. You could switch point of view. You could try writing articles or copy, poems or screen plays. Maybe you could try writing a video game (design, not the code…. though you could try that too).
And what if you’ve never found yourself in the Zone…
Well, here are some posts with ideas to try. Feel free to pick and choose, The Zone is a fleeting, personal thing. Sometimes the path to it changes even… Don’t be afraid to try and try again.
Because a lot of us post our check-ins on Sundays only, let me be the first to congratulate you all on a Round of Words well written. Good for you!
That said… the round won’t be officially over until Wednesday, so if you feel you need a few more days to get things done, guess what—you have them! And not only that, since this is the official goals post for our upcoming Round 2, you have a whole new round of words to work on those dreams and aspirations, time enough to finish outstanding projects, start news ones, participate in challenges…
You have so very many chances. Make the best of them. The future is wide open… go for it.
And for those of you read with you goals? Here’s the linky:
You knew that, right? You knew that we’ve been closing in on the final week of Round 1 here at the ROW80. It’s time for those of you who are planning on joining us for Round 2 to start preparing your goals lists for the round, thinking about whether you’d like an accountability partner this time, and maybe offering your services as a sponsor for the challenge. (I’m really looking for a few good inspirational posts or images to use here, if you think you can make one.)
Until then, I’d mentioned having the goals post up today… eh, no. I was off by a few days. Silly me. It’s supposed to go out on a Sunday anyway. So, keep your eyes open and your hands writing those words (or typing… that is unless you dictate your stories, that works too).
And let us know how you’re doing in the meantime. Here or in our FB group as always.
As we move toward the horizon, what should appear on the horizon? Can it be? Yes, yes, it is.
We’ve traveled a long ways these past months, RoWers. It’s been quite a journey, and yet, rough seas and all, I’m pretty glad I took it. I hope you are too.
That said, we’re not quite there yet. We still need to ply our trades, execute our best piloting skills… we need to reach the shore, knowing that we can rest and plan our next adventure in ease.
Basically… this post is a heads up that I’ll be posting our goals link this Wednesday so we can start preparing for Round 2. It’s happening sooner than you might think.
So, why not start thinking about how this Round of Words worked for you. Did you try the new Accountability Partner program? Did you like it? Do you think you’d be interested in maintaining a small weekly present on either Instagram or Twitter for the ROW80, posting about the accomplishments or projects of fellow RoWers? Would you be interested in writing a sponsor post for this blog? Or do you have ideas or advice on how we can make the ROW80 even better?
As always, let us know in the comments or via the FB page. You can even email me directly at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com
Oh, and toss us a link or comment about how you’ve been doing in reaching your goals.