Yes, we do know you have a life and you are busy getting words written, networking, editing, marketing… but we’d appreciate if you’d check-in with us so we can cheer you on. Here’s the linky so you can:
Getting to that mid-point… just one more week. It might be a good time to start thinking about how your goals are working for you. Some of you are just finishing up your CampNaNo counts or the A-to-Z blogging challenges. Some of you are just plugging along, doing a bit every day to keep the words flowing.
Whatever you do, may it bring you joy. And then you can tell us all about it at the linky. 😉
Can you believe we’ve already made it through one 80 day Round of Words and are hot into a second? That’s a lot of words, a lot of writing, and a lot of commitment (and a lot of alliteration!). But perhaps things aren’t going as well for you as you’d like… Maybe it’s that blank page in front of you. You know the one I’m talking about, the one without distractions that you are sure will keep you from your writing if you ‘give in’ to the temptation…
Well, far be it from me to say you should do things my way, but maybe what you need is to step away from the page for a moment and indulge your muse a little. Let me invite you to spend a moment with me in the ROW80 archives—way, way back to the very first Round of Words our founder Kait Nolan held—and two posts by our original sponsors:
Staring at that blank page or ugly looking chapter may seem unproductive, but it’s telling your brain what you’re doing is a priority. It’ll get the message and help you reach your goals.
No matter what your writing style is-whether you plot, procrastinate, write 12,000 words a weekend and nothing during the week, we are all taking on the commitment to write something every day for three months.
Remember that this is a journey, not a destination. It’s not how you get there, just that you do. And hopefully you’ll have a little fun while you’re at it.
Tell us about your experience at the linky:
I didn’t post yesterday (though I probably should have scheduled this for last night) because, as always, our new Round of Words starts on Monday, not on a Sunday. We are now officially into Round 2, and our first check-ins (official… I know some people have posted check-ins anyway) will be Wednesday.
If you haven’t set our your goals for this coming round, there is still time to post them at the linky at the bottom of our goals post.
Until Wednesday then… write well.Oh, and as a quick “Thank you” (and if you’re interested in more challenges) check out Lindsay Lovin’ Life who kindly added the ROW80 into her list of 17 Blog Challenges to Try in 2017.
No, this is not a post about one of these. This is that part of the ROW80 where we plan for the next Round. Round 1 is done, over… it can’t be changed, for good or ill. But that’s OK.
We have a beautiful new 80 days coming up to achieve something special with our writing lives, and to do that, we need to start out with some goals. What do you want to do, how do you think it will take get there, what will you get when you reach the end… So set yourself some S.M.A.R.T goals and use them.
So… now you’ve done it… you’ve created some goals, and you’re ready to ROW80. Well, then add yourself to the linky and share your intentions with your supportive fellow ROWers. That way we can all help you meet those goals… and you can help us meet ours. See you in a week for the opening of Round 2.
Those two words are some of the most powerful a writer can use… The End. Sounds pretty intense, hm?
And well they should. This is the final day of the first Round of Words in 80 Days of 2017, and I don’t know about you all, but I feel like I need at least one or two more of these little darlings before things are working the way I’d like them too. That means goals and plans for Round 2 in 10 days, but no more check-ins until April 2nd. I will post a linky this coming Sunday for people to post their goals at, but there will be no post next Wednesday (unless someone wants to volunteer and write something inspirational 😉 )
Speaking of inspirational… do you know all the great people involved in the ROW80 these days? From our founder, Kait Nolan, to our Facebook admins, Shan Jeniah and Denise Young, to our great members… and even myself, the ROW80 is seething with friendly, inspiring creative types. If you have been peeking into our blogs but haven’t joined, why not do so in our upcoming Round 2?
For now, let’s just do our end-round check-in and assessment of our progress. Just add it to our linky: