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.
Apologies for not getting over to visit your blogs, ROWers. It’s been a challenging couple of days. I’ll be making my rounds a bit late, but I’m already buoyed by all the progress I’ve seen mentioned in the comments. Yes! Rowers Rule!
Short check-in, here… as I said, a challenging (not bad, just challenging) couple of days. Hope you all are having a great half-week. Let us know in the comments or at our FB page.
Oh, and a small PS here: Will be announcing plans for the next Round of Words (officially starts on the 31st, but we’ll be doing our first check-in on Jan 2), this Sunday. If you have any ideas or suggestions for things you’d like to have us do, let me know. And have a great week of creativity.
As we get deeper into the holiday season here at the ROW80, some people might be thinking they will have to set aside their aspirations to publish or create to make time for family gatherings, gift shopping, office parties, cooking… Basically, when it comes to writing excuses, it’s far easier to come up with some than it probably should be.
One of those that comes up frequently is “I don’t have time to write.” This really is an excuse, and here’s an example of why:
A recent discussion in our local NaNoWriMo group involved writer’s block and wordcount on a busy schedule. Shan (our FB page maven) mentioned a method she uses to get writing when she’s feeling stuck is to use “teeny-tiny little sprints: 1:11, 2:22, or 3:33“. That’s not a huge time commitment. (And what better way to get an idea down when you are inspired?)
And the best part? These small bursts pack a huge punch. If you happen to be a Writer’s Digest reader, this December issue had a great piece on the 9-Minute Novelist. Author Jeff Somers does the math for you, from nine minutes a day to write (and revise) up to two novels in a year right on down to the One Minute Writer (an 80K novel in around 4.5 years).
As some of us are racing through this month of words with huge wordcounts, there are those of us who are looking at their goals, about to give up and just wait for the next round before they ‘do something’ to achieve their dreams.
If this is you… please, don’t stop. Don’t give up. The 20 or so words you managed to get out before you set the page down in frustration are five words you didn’t have before. And they will make new words easier to discover… simply because you spent the time to get those out, to think of what to write.
The mind works best when it has something to ponder… so ponder, consider and throw a few more words on the page. You have words within you.
As always… let us know how you’re progressing toward your goals in the comments below or on our FB page.
How much does where you are affect your writing where you get down to practicing your craft? Are you able to channel your characters in any setting or are you like Alice Walker who once was quoted to attributing her move from New York City to California as necessary because Celie, Shug and other characters in The Color Purple didn’t feel comfortable enough to settle down and talk to her?
Hopefully your need for the perfect place doesn’t exert its force on your lifestyle to that sort of degree often, but maybe you have a favorite spot that just ‘connects’ you, or maybe you (like me) find certain places trigger the right feelings for special scenes. Maybe you are like a darling lady in our local writing group who writes a certain kind of scene when she orders eggs at Denny’s. We all grin when she orders, because we know more than her dinner will be hot.
We’ve all got our ways of doing things. If you’d like to share your favorite (and maybe even some of your awesome outcomes), post a picture or note about it for our Wednesday (Week 5!) Check-in in your post/comment.
Oh! And it’s that time again for today too… tell us how you’re doing at the linky (or our other ways: Facebook, the comment section, or any mix of the three):
Writing wisdom is a mutable thing. It depends on the person, on the type of writing needed… sometimes it even depends on the time of the year. For example, Sunday I was talking about a Writer’s Digest article I’d read on writing with a “buddy”; today I read opposing advice in The Writer’s Book of Wisdom by Steven Taylor Goldsberry:
Writers prefer this (solitude) arrangement. We are, in fact, like Hobbits, about whom, Tolkien said, “Their elusiveness is due solely to a professional skill.” We perform better that way. Our greatest work for human is accomplished as far from humans as we can get. (p 11)
It does go to show how very personal the writing process can be. So if you’ve ever wondered why the words aren’t coming, if bouts of writer’s block suggested you “just weren’t meant to be a writer”, or myriad other “Writer’s Worries” fill your head… fear not. You don’t have to look far to find some thoughts on the process or the craft or even the business that will be able to help you personally.
The only thing you need to do as a writer is…
And a great way to get started on that is by posting you check-in. We’re already a quarter of a way into this Round of Words. Hope it’s going absolutely smashing for you all. 🙂
And… here it is, the countdown to those two words that fill so many writers with joy (and dread)
But is it really? Writers know that those words are just another step in the journey. If you wrote them for the first, or for the twentieth time, you have something new to start, a new beginning… even a new ending.
That my friends is our prompt for today. This time, I’d like to draw you attention to the lovely photo that Elizabeth Mitchell posted to her blog for the First Friday Photo bloghop I’d mentioned last week) here: Lapidary Prose and write a drabble (a little 100 word story) with the picture and the cycle of endings and beginnings as integral parts of the piece.
And… there might be a small contest involved. If so, there will be a perk, but it will be a surprise.
For now, just write, check-in and visit your fellow ROWers. As always, you can check in here, at our FB page or both: