First off, I wanted to send a huge “Thank You” shout-out to Denise Young for covering the End of Round post. A family crisis had popped up and.. well, I am truly grateful.
Next, I wanted to remind all of you that next Monday is the beginning of Round 2. If anyone is looking for an accountability partner, you should get in touch ASAP. I will send out msgs this weekend to all people who’ve signed up. That is, unless you would like to keep your ‘old partner’ (that works too). Either way, send me an email or an FB message. Or leave a comment in the thread below.
If you haven’t posted your goals and/or aspirations yet… it’s time. Here’s the linky. Have fun!
Because a lot of us post our check-ins on Sundays only, let me be the first to congratulate you all on a Round of Words well written. Good for you!
That said… the round won’t be officially over until Wednesday, so if you feel you need a few more days to get things done, guess what—you have them! And not only that, since this is the official goals post for our upcoming Round 2, you have a whole new round of words to work on those dreams and aspirations, time enough to finish outstanding projects, start news ones, participate in challenges…
You have so very many chances. Make the best of them. The future is wide open… go for it.
And for those of you read with you goals? Here’s the linky:
As we move toward the horizon, what should appear on the horizon? Can it be? Yes, yes, it is.
We’ve traveled a long ways these past months, RoWers. It’s been quite a journey, and yet, rough seas and all, I’m pretty glad I took it. I hope you are too.
That said, we’re not quite there yet. We still need to ply our trades, execute our best piloting skills… we need to reach the shore, knowing that we can rest and plan our next adventure in ease.
Basically… this post is a heads up that I’ll be posting our goals link this Wednesday so we can start preparing for Round 2. It’s happening sooner than you might think.
So, why not start thinking about how this Round of Words worked for you. Did you try the new Accountability Partner program? Did you like it? Do you think you’d be interested in maintaining a small weekly present on either Instagram or Twitter for the ROW80, posting about the accomplishments or projects of fellow RoWers? Would you be interested in writing a sponsor post for this blog? Or do you have ideas or advice on how we can make the ROW80 even better?
As always, let us know in the comments or via the FB page. You can even email me directly at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com
Oh, and toss us a link or comment about how you’ve been doing in reaching your goals.
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.