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.
Wednesday Cheer courtesy of me.me
Happy Wednesday… hope you all are feeling energized with progress and creativity today. Let us know in the comments, good or ill (hopefully good, of course, but even if not, we’d like to know so we can be here for you).
A series of goal posts… (cred: Bureau of Land Management via Wikimedia Commons)
Sorry for the delay in posting this, everyone… power issues at home. Now that I’ve relocated to a cafe and some solid wi-fi however, let’s get this post … posed, eh?
Are you all looking forward to the next leg of your writing journey — Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days? I hope so.
So clean off your to-do list and get posting them so we, your fellow ROWers, can help support you along the path. If you need help planning for the upcoming 12-week journey, check out these links:
Once you’ve checked out the resources and devised your persona plan for the upcoming ROWnd, link up your posts here at our goal linky (or our FB page):
Here it is, folks! The moment you have been waiting for…
…well, sort of. Officially, our Round of Words ends tomorrow. But… since we’re creatures of habit here at the ROW80 (favorite pens, favorite coffee shops, favorite songs…), I figured let’s keep to our Sunday/Wednesday check-in schedule and post the E-o-R today.
You can check-in on Thursday if you’d like. 🙂
For those who are fairly new to the ROW80 and want to know what happens next… here’s the plan.
- a ten day “pause” from checking in
- you post you goals for the upcoming round of words (Goals Posts go live on Mondays mid-break)
- check-in mid-break if you’d like…. comments will be open for check-ins as will be the FB page (huge thanks to Shan for maintaining that)
- Round 3 will start on Monday, July 2
That’s all there is to it.
Sounds fun? Time to start plotting those goals then.
And time to check in…
Remember Wednesday when I talked about The End really being a beginning of sorts? All that editing, marketing, and design …
Those things could be your next priority, but what about those of you who are ready to embark on a whole new ROW80 adventure? How do you see your Round3 starting—with a B.A.N.G. or a slow meandering exploration of possibilities?
Why not both?
The acronym above comes from author and writing coach Jill Dearman as part of her “Bang the Keys” workshop (archive is available on iTunes).
Inspired by Toric legend in which the mystical combination of four Hebrew letters: Yud י, Hei ה, Vav ו, and Hei ה) contain the steps of creation — B. A. N. G. stands for:
- B is for Begin with your strongest idea.
- A is for Arrange your material into a concrete form.
- N is for nurture your project with love, so that others may love it too.
- G is for complete it, and let it GO out into the world to live independently.
You can get a mini-example of the process here:
Looked like a fun workshop, and the idea of banging on the keys sounds kind of fun and playful… just the right thing to inspire new words and ideas. I found about this by reading an old copy of The Writer (July 2009), but the date doesn’t matter… I think Ms. Dearman was on to something here.
What steps do you follow to reach your creative place as a writer?
Oh… and before I forget, here is your linky: Hope to hear great things from you. 🙂
As we row along toward our goals, the end now tantalizingly close (you can almost see it, just like it’s right there in front of you, can’t you?), please remember to keep writing, creating and planning. The End is really just a new beginning.
With that in mind, now might be good time to start thinking about what you want to achieve in the upcoming Round 3. Summer is coming (at least for those of us in the norther hemisphere); vacations, gardens, dog days… and words. Ready for it?
If you’re having trouble thinking of what to do, remember the concept of S.M.A.R.T. goals. And remember, when you’re looking at all the things you want to get done, to set aside some time to just “be”. Set aside some time for personal joy.
Your words, and your achievements, will thank you for it.
For now though… it’s check-in time. Here at the linky or in the comments or at our FB page.
It’s starting to feel like summer here in the northern hemisphere. Changes keep coming.
That’s a good thing. New ideas, new stories…
How are your words coming along? Let us know at the linky…
And if you’re looking for a little extra budge, those lovely folks from JuNoWriMo are hosting regular sprints on Twitter via the #JuNoWriMo hashtag all month to help you get those shiny new words on the page.
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley…”
To a Mouse by Robert Burns
Things haven’t been as organized here at A Round of Words in 80 Days as they should, or even could (I fear), be. A lot of the grand plans have gotten mislaid… or even sidelined as life has taken its due. We are, thankfully, The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life.
One thing that doesn’t change however is the way we ROW.
We have goals.
We set our goals. We state those goals. We share our progress in achieving those goals, and then we check-in with our fellow ROWers and offer support and encouragement.
How you go about setting your goals for the next twelve weeks is up to you. Some of us like to establish S.M.A.R.T goals with specific targets in mind. A few take a more casual approach, setting their goals as Life does its thing. Some like to propel themselves forward in small steps, while others leap bravely into the year.
There is no one way to ROW, no “one way to achieve your dream”. You need to set some goals, but then… the rest is up to you.
State your goals here:
Some stuff for today’s post…
First, it’s our second writing prompt (Thank You to Chris and Mike for their Flash Fiction pieces) of the Round.
Also, as we’ve just reached our halfway point for Round 1, methinks it’s time to put out the call for Round 2 Sponsors. You can find most of the specifics to the task here if you are interested. Or you can leave me an email at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com.
Playful Puppies Windows theme: Microsoft
And now for our prompt:
Today let’s play with some poetry. Free verse, sonnets, haikus… the form doesn’t matter, but you will need to add in a sense of stillness (without using the words “stillness” or “still”), and a playful puppy.
Yeah, I figured it should be slightly challenging. That’s okay though. I know you’ve got this. Hope you enjoy the creativity.
Lastly, it’s check-in time. As always, feel free to leave a link to your post or just your progress in the comments, at our FB group, or (my personal favorite) at the linky below.