Goals

Round 4 Check-in 22

Writers Write

So here we are at the end of another wonderful Round of Words (well, pretty close to it).  At certain times, it can seem like 80 days is a long time to be working on a single set of goals.  For myself, I feel I need a full year, and more.

The ROW80 is the challenge that knows you have a life, in part because our goals are directly involved in our lives.  From our choice to be writers and write regularly to our choices to make time in the midst of our busy lives to work steadily toward that goal.  Something like that doesn’t last just a week or even a round…  So, as we approach a new year and a new round, take some time to consider, what steps will bring you just that bit closer to being that writer.  And what steps will keep you one if that is your goal.

And as always…  here’s the linky for your check-in.  Let us know how you’re doing, here on our Facebook page, or both:

Round 4 Check-in 18

Hey there….

I see you peeking.

It’s okay, really.  It’s just it’s Sunday, that’s all.  Hope I didn’t disturb you too much, but since you’re awake now, why don’t you get that check-in post you’ve been writing in your head the last two days on the page?  (Yeah, I know November was a busy month, but look how much you accomplished!  Don’t you want to celebrate that?)

Rest well, but let us know about all your awesome progress via the linky or on our FB page (or as our awesome sponsor, Shan Jeniah says, both!):

Round 4 Check-in 16

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YAY!

Well, at least here in the US, that’s what a turkey might say this weekend, now that national feasting day (otherwise known as Thanksgiving) is done.  For us more featherless peeps, it’s a bit more stressful.  But there are little celebrations going on here and there…  Hopefully you are already planning yours.  And if not…

Well, why not tell us at the linky?

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.

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.