Check-in

Round 4 Check-in 8

Short post, courtesy of one of our sponsors (and FB group admins), Shan Jeniah Burton.

The stories are for you to discover, and may that journey be a magnificent one.
Here’s your linky:

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Round 4 Check-in 7

Sunday I asked you all about whether you were joining the NaNoWriMo challenge or just running steady working on your goals.  There’s no one answer you need to choose, just the one that works best for you in this moment and time.  That’s what being the challenge that knows you have a life means.

Still, if I may insert a small caveat emptor in this, consider what makes a person a writer (or anything else for that matter).  Writing like mad for 30 days does not make a person a writer— even adding plotting time in the months before and editing in the months after.  Writers write… repeatedly.  We may not always publish our work, or even like it, but we write, and we commit to writing.  Not for a month or two, but year round, almost every day.

There is nothing wrong with participating in a NaNoWriMo.  I love these challenges.  There is an energy involved in mass scribbling sessions, and the social connections are awesome too.  But then, I’m one of the lucky ones.  Our local NaNoWriMo ML hosts write-ins every Sunday all year round.  When the world goes a bit cray-cray and it seems impossible to get my head into a story, there’s a place and time set aside to get some words written.

And so I write, repeatedly, long after the rush of November passes.

I hope you will too.

Why not tell us how you deal with writing challenges and maintaining a writing practice here in the comments or at the linky when you update us on

Round 4 Check-in 6

Just a little reminder that we’re half-way through our third week of this round of words…  it’s bound to be a busy one.

Just our of curiosity: is anyone here also doing the NaNoWriMo in November?  Tell us about your project.  Will you be going full-tilt WriMo or will you be a NaNoRebel (as I will)?  Either way, You know what a huge commitment that challenge is.  Foryunatelu you’ve got the ROW80 on your side to make it work.  Not only do we know you have a life, but we’re here to help keep you afloat when the moment takes over and you cannot resist trying to do that “one more thing”.

Or have to add that extra 1K to your daily wordcount….

You’ve got this, and we’ve got your back while you do.

Let us know what your plans and progress are at the linky:

Round 4 Check-in 5

Super Sponsors

Yeah, we have them.

Really.  Remember when I said some cool changes were  the works for the ROW80?  Well one of those cool changes went into effect for this Round of Words. We have a great new crew of sponsors intent on helping motivate you ROWers toward your creative heights.

So, if you would join me, let’s raise a cheer for our gallant crew:

These generous folks (and yours truly) will be visiting you throughout the round to cheer you on and support you in your writer’s journey.  Be sure to stop by their pages and cheer them on when you can too.

And in the meantime why not let us all know how you’re doing at the linky?

Round 4 Check-in 4

When Delays Happen…

This Round of Words is all about finding a way to keep going even when things are in flux and myriad commitments (and surprises) take our time.  The fact that this (and the last) post were somewhat late is an example of that.

We keep going, and we get the job done, even though the deadline in passed.  And though there are reasons, we don’t dwell on them.  We just keep plugging away and get something done.

I hope your writing, your editing and marketing—even your ROW80 fitness goals—are all moving along steadily.  But even if they aren’t…  do what you can today and tomorrow.

You’ll get there.

And as always, tell us at the linky:

Round 4 Check-in 3

Courtesy of Memegenerator.net

You all have probably heard the saying “Time flies like an arrow” and its humorous second half “fruit flies like a banana.”  Well, we know how crazy life can get, allowing deadlines to whirl past us at breathtaking speeds.  Heck, I’m writing this post late because I just got caught up with other things.

Life happens.

But Life shouldn’t stop us from writing—not if we’re determined to write, and we love our craft.  Still, it can be hard to find the right words  and sort through the multitude of possible ideas out there into a literary sense.  So we’re offering something new here at the ROW80…  a bi-monthly flash fiction prompt, just to grease the cogs a bit, courtesy of our sponsors.

I’ll start with today’s offering:

It’s the party of the Century… last century, and it’s happening in the wax museum.

Feel free to share your offerings with your check-ins or if you’re shy, keep them to yourself (we hope you share).  Here’s the linky:

Oh, and, if you’re looking for some history on the phrase “Time flies”, here’s a fun Wikipedia entry.