Round 4 Check-in 12/9/18


Have to say…  I don’t know what to write to you all today.  The mind wobbles…

If your week has been anything like mine (and it probably has given all I read in your check-ins from last Sunday and Wednesday), your heads are full or goals and plans, and holidays, preparations, discussions, ideas…

So very many things, and here I am asking you to tell us all about them again.  😉

The comment section, Facebook, or your blog… or all three, as usual.

And a quite FYI, the Round 1 2019 Goals Post will go live on Monday the 17th.

Round 4 Check-in 12/5/08

Apologies for not getting over to visit your blogs, ROWers.  It’s been a challenging couple of days.  I’ll be making my rounds a bit late, but I’m already buoyed by all the progress I’ve seen mentioned in the comments.  Yes!  Rowers Rule!

Short check-in, here…  as I said, a challenging (not bad, just challenging) couple of days.  Hope you all are having a great half-week.  Let us know in the comments or at our FB page.

Oh, and a small PS here: Will be announcing plans for the next Round of Words (officially starts on the 31st, but we’ll be doing our first check-in on Jan 2), this Sunday.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for things you’d like to have us do, let me know.  And have a great week of creativity.

Round 4 Check-in 12/1/18

I confess…  I added this picture because it reminds me more of my cat, Fluffle than any other reason, but…I do have to wonder at how fast we seem to have passed through this past November.  Even this Round of Words…  heck, even this year has flown by with wild abandon.

I feel like I’ve only just started!

How about you?  Is the nearing end of year feel unnatural to you?  Are you ready to start anew in 2019?

Or are you more like me, seeing this upcoming “end” as really more of a soft bend with angles?  Like a spiral…  I won’t presume what direction your spiral takes, but it’s always moving, always circulating with so many similar points to be hit on its way around.  And yet…  you are never in exactly the same place as you were the last time you passed by this point.

It’s kind of magical actually.

But with only a few more weeks in this Round of Words, and with the upcoming new year, it’s time to start evaluating our progress and start plotting our goals for next year.  And for those of us who just finished NaNoWriMo, it’s time to start editing (or maybe simply finishing) our recent WIPs.

Thankfully some of the best blogs for writers out there have some great advice for us.  Here’s just a small sampling of what I came across today:

And villainous twosome of:

Just a small sampling of my browser tabs (beyond the myriad house links from and Zillow) these days…

Hope you find them helpful in working toward your goals.  Tell us how you’ve been doing on those in the comments or on our FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 11/28/18

The usual short Wednesday check-in post….  with a question for you all.  Anyone interested in starting up sponsor posts and visits for next year?  I think the ROW80 works best when we’re checking in with each other and offering mutual support.  I know we all have busy lives, but sometimes taking that bit of extra time out to visit a fellow ROWer adds to your energy and your ability to get things done.  Knowing you were able to offer support to a friend is a strong personal boost as well.

Let me know what you think.

And as usual for this ROWnd, leave your updates in the comments or on our FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 11/25/18

As we get deeper into the holiday season here at the ROW80, some people might be thinking they will have to set aside their aspirations to publish or create to make time for family gatherings, gift shopping, office parties, cooking…  Basically, when it comes to writing excuses, it’s far easier to come up with some than it probably should be.

One of those that comes up frequently is “I don’t have time to write.”  This really is an excuse, and here’s an example of why:

A recent discussion in our local NaNoWriMo group involved writer’s block and wordcount on a busy schedule.  Shan (our FB page maven) mentioned a method she uses to get writing when she’s feeling stuck is to use “teeny-tiny little sprints: 1:11, 2:22, or 3:33“.  That’s not a huge time commitment. (And what better way to get an idea down when you are inspired?)

And the best part?  These small bursts pack a huge punch.  If you happen to be a Writer’s Digest reader, this December issue had a great piece on the 9-Minute Novelist.  Author Jeff Somers does the math for you, from nine minutes a day to write (and revise) up to two novels in a year right on down to the One Minute Writer (an 80K novel in around 4.5 years).

Hey, 10-Minute Novelists has been a thriving community online for four years.

Because there is time, and you’ve got this…  just, sometimes it can be hard to remember when Life is throwing everything it has at you.

Or as Zathras says…


Round 4 Check-in 11/21/18

Courtesy: Clip Art Mag


Hope you’re enjoying this week and feeling comfort with your progress toward yours goals as this Round of Words starts moving into its last month of 2018.  For those of us in the US, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time to visit with friends and family, to catch sales and parades on the telly and to overeat sweets and meats.  And hopefully those of us who ROW80 will also find plenty of inspiration for our writing.

Let is know how you are progressing, here in the comments or in our FB group.

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.

Courtesy Sparkpeople

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.

courtesy of Keep Calm-o-matic

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.