Goals

Round 4 Check-in 13

We’re going into our seventh week of this round, and it’s becoming one of those challenging Rounds of Words that leave one gaping.  That’s why the ROW80 works though.  Because Life Happens.  We don’t always roll smoothly through the tossing and heaving that occurs when the more cataclysmic events take us along for the ride, but we do roll.  We roll, and then we write about the experience…  somehow.

Whatever Life is tossing at you, may the ROW80 help you find the balance to keep rolling.

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Round 4 Check-in 11

Another week, more words…  well, perhaps not a whole week, but that’s no bad thing, is it?  We’ve got words coming, we’ve got holidays coming…  even if the days are getting shorter, there’s a lot of great things to be excited about.

Here’s a huge cheer for you all and everything you’ve done.

Oh, yeah, and a linky too:

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 1

We may be just a few days into this brand new Round of Words, but it’s a great time to check our progress and see if we’ve set goals that will both challenge and inspire us.  Remember, inspiration is action too.

So  whether you’re an old hand at the ROW80, a returning champion, or here to try something new to get your writer’s life off and running, here’s the linky to share your progress.

End of Round 3 Post

Yes, I know that officially Round 3 ends on Thursday, but since we always do out check-in posts on Sundays and Wednesdays, here’s your Heads Up! post.  And while I’m here to update you, let me add a thought for Round 4 and life in general.

As I posted last Wednesday, I’ve been reading Ungifted by Scott Kaufman.  I borrowed it from the library after seeing it quoted in a classroom discussion in a theory of modern education systems MOOC.  The discussion revolved around labels, those given to us and those we give ourselves.  Which matters most?  According to the book so far *, both really, but the labels we accept for ourselves have the greatest power.  They are what inspire and motivate us into creating that reality.  How we do that is pretty interesting to…  it’s not so much a positive affirmation thing (though those can help) as our willingness to think through and act on our expectations of ourselves.

As I asked you last week…  are you inspired?  What does your inspiration tell you about yourself?  And what are you going to do about it?

Think about these questions as you close out your goals for this last day of Round 3.  Round 4 starts October 2nd, and our goal post goes up this Sunday, where you can share all at our linky (or our friendly FB page):

  • it’s a very information-rich book, and with my crazy schedule, I’m moving through it slower than I’d like