Round 1 Check-in 2/13/19

I thought when I started this post that I had some great ideas for it.  I had two posts on my desktop sitting there that I’d been considering for inspiration, both full of cool ideas I wanted to share.

Now that I’m here in the editor, neither one seems to fit now.  Ever have a moment like that, a time when the words just don’t work anymore?

I could try to whip something up, but really…  this post is for you about you anyway.  It’s your turn to share and shine.  So give us a smile from your blog or in the comments letting us know how you’ve been doing on your goals.  Or, if you prefer, step over to Facebook and leave a note in the pinned post.

And Happy Heart Day!

Hearts in Fireworks (cred. Eden Mabee)

Oh, and if you were curious about the two posts, here they are:

  1. The Real Power of Social Media (Writers On The Storm Blog)
  2. 25 Times Everyday People Spoke Words So Profound They Changed Peoples’ Lives Forever (The Powerful Mind)
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Round 1 Check-in 2/10/19

We’re halfway there!

Well, technically, yesterday was the halfway point for this Round of Words.  That means we’re already heading to the homestretch.  Time to start think, even in just a bit here and there, about what you might want to change or try out in Round 2.

If you’re ambitious, I even put out a call for Round 2 Sponsors this past Wednesday. 😉

Today though I want to ask you all about time.  How much time are you all spending on your writing?  Do you think it’s enough, not enough….  too much and it’s begun to take over your life?

I can hope you’ve found a sweet spot (I haven’t yet), and well…  if you’re struggling with characters who demand all of your time and attention 24/7, I can only suggest diversions of chocolate and bubble baths.  Sorry.

I CAN offer some consolation for those who feel they aren’t spending enough time on their writing.  Little bits add up…  You don’t need to block out a huge expanse of your day for writing to make serious progress.  I’ve mentioned the 10 Minute Novelists group before.  There used to be a great little site called The One Minute Writer that proved to me how much one could accomplish in just 60 seconds (the link goes to the Internet Archive version of the site).  Add a moment or two of planning while exercising or washing the dishes… YES, you can be ‘writing’ while cleaning your desk, sharpening your pencils or getting your groove on with some of your favorite music!  When you work in smaller blocks of time, sometimes you actually do more than if you try to cram all your writing time into a large block.

But what happens with all these little disjointed bits and pieces you might wonder?  Well, sometimes they are disjointed, but often your mind will be working on the story while you’re not putting words on the paper too.  Your mind is still writing, still adding ideas and subtext to the story, and it will help put those together for you the next time you put the words down.

It’s a bit like ‘sleeping on an idea’ but you’re able to get other things done too.  Win win.

As the song says, “If two become one, what is the one the two become?” What can you create in small bursts?  What will the combination of your mind and your busy schedule come up with?

Round 1 Check-in 2/3/19

Sorry this is a bit late for those of you across the Pond.  It’s been a hectic week, and I’m behind here.  Hope you’ve been making great progress on your goals (or at least better on yours than I have).

Keep writing, keep creating, and let us know how you’re doing when you can.  Have a great couple of days until Wednesday.

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 1/27/19

Brief post today.  Between my favorite migraine issues and a massive head cold, I’m all out of fun things to share with you, RoWers.  Hope you’ve had a good couple of days and making good progress on your goals.  Let us know in the comments below or at our FB page.

Round 1 Check-in 1/23/19

How was your week, fellow ROWers?  Time to show us your responses to last Wednesday’s challenge.  How’d it go?  Did you discover anything new about yourself or your writing dreams?  Was the challenge a difficult one, or did you find that you had been set on a course that you’d always known but hadn’t expressed?

Is this you?

It’s check-in time too. Be sure to leave a note about your progress here in the comments or at our FB page and have a great couple of days until Sunday