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?
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
On Wednesday, I challenged you all to share with us an image, in the form of photo, prose…. music video (the options are only limited by your creativity) of what kind of writer you aspire to be. There is a madness to my method here (as always).
You need to know your dream to breathe life into it. The very word aspire implies the act of breathing, the act of living. To aspire toward a goal (and you know how we’re all about those goals here at the ROW80) is the pinnacle of reaching toward, well, a pinnacle. (Don’t believe me, check aspire on Dictionary.com.)
I’m still trying to nail down a vision of “Writer Me”. From our discussion a last Sunday, it seems a lot of us have a similar problem. Something I’ve tried to consider in my own process is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic rewards for writing. For any creating process really. I even peeked back at this great post on the Writers in The Storm blog about How to Restore Your Love of Writing (though a lack of joy isn’t an issue at the moment).
Anyway, why not think on these things and give yourself (and the rest of us) a solid example of your dream… thinking by our Wednesday check-in. And don’t worry if the dream changes in a few years (weeks, days). Just as long as you can see it, dream it… if only for a moment.
For now, let us know how you’re doing. Here in the comments, on our FB page, or both.
We talk a lot about goals here at the ROW80. The whole concept of A Round of Words in 80 Days is based on them and ways to achieve them. And, of course, since this being a writing challenge, the general assumption is that you joined the ROW80 because you want to be a writer… that you might even want to become a published author.
But… what if this isn’t the case?
What if this had once been a dream of yours and your dreams have changed? Are you finding the steps along your path don’t match your vision of where you should be in this journey?
Did you maybe wonder if this wasn’t a good thing? The world beyond our desks and stories (and hopefully in our stories too) changes constantly. Why shouldn’t we change and move with it, adjusting our stances and positions to remain stable as we follow the trail before us toward that dream we’ve held? When there’s a fork in the road ahead, do we just stop, do we turn around, or do we look at our options and choose what seems to be the best course and follow it?
Have you ever questioned your determination to be a writer or author? Has the desire to create worlds and share your stories overruled your doubts or do you still struggle with this? Has becoming a writer taken a greater or lesser place in your life plan?
Let us know in the comment thread below or on our FB page. And have a great week! 🙂
Well, perhaps it’s not morning where you are… it’s not really morning still here either. So that’s “OK”. We’re live now.
Today is the first day of Round 1, 2019. A new day, a new year, new words, new commitments, new ideas… are you ready? Our first check-in comes up Wednesday.
Now, many of you have posted your goals for this round of words (I haven’t… just like this post, I’m running bit off schedule). If you haven’t yet, feel free to go ahead and do so now. The linky and the post will remain active for another few weeks.
If you aren’t sure of where to start and what to do, well, here’s a good place…
Seriously, start writing. Start creating. Or, in the words of my husband, “Do anything, even if it’s wrong.” You can toss out a page of crappy first draft words, you can edit them, you can save and frame them as a memorial to the moment you decided to BE a writer instead of dreaming of one.
Yes, you did read that right. We’re heading into another year of the ROW80, the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life. That’s eight years of words, creativity, community, support, even friendships… It’s been a wild ride, and we’ve changed, evolved, grown, shrunk, and rebuilt the engine a few times along the way.
What we’ve always done is set goals and support each other as we progress toward achieving those goals.
Which comes to today’s post… the super-popular Goals Post! (you have been waiting for it with abated breath, right? 😉 )
Setting goals these days might seem daunting. We’re already so very busy. It’s not the goals… we know where we want to be in by the end of 80 Days (usually), but the “How do I get there?” can overwhelm us. We can know all about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, we can even have some great goals and strategies in mind, but we just-don’t-start.
Goals do us no good when we procrastinate and devote our energy towards things that don’t help us achieve them. So.. may this, along with the links above, give you the tools and the determination to make Round 1 the start of a great new year of creativity.
Because you may wish to refer back to your goals throughout the round, I suggest you leave a link on the linky. But as always, you can leave a comment or post in our FB group.
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.
It’s a little thing we do here at the ROW80 a few times a year (well, four to be exact).
Are you ready to post yours? Have you checked out goal creating strategies—a quick Google search will find you more than a few ways to set them. Myself, I think simple is best, though many people love setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. But if the process confounds you, you can always go back to basic and learn about goal-setting techniques.
Whatever method works best for you, use it. Or as Yoda says:
Not that optimism doesn’t have it’s place, but… it doesn’t get words on the page.
Anyway… here’s your linky. Leave us all a note about what you’ve got planned for the next round, visit a few folks… who knows, you may get more great ideas.