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:
We really are in it now. Wednesday’s check-in will be the last one of Round 1. Can you believe it? That means there’s just ten more days after that before Round 2 starts. 😉
Seriously though, this is a milestone whether you realize it or not. You’ve done nearly 80 days of committing to yourself, setting goals and following them through. Or not… Maybe you started the ROW80 late this year. Maybe you discovered you really hated the goals you were trying to achieve and have only been following them out of stubbornness. Maybe you really were just not keeping up with the goals the way you’d planned.
That’s okay. Round 2 is another chance for you to show your stuff. Remember it takes at least 66 days for something to become a habit (not 21).
Here’s the linky: let us know your progress, your plans… basically whatever you need
* Linky trivia for the day: When I cleared out the old links for today’s post, I found that we had had 127 click-throughs to our blogs two weeks ago.
Well, I miscounted it seems. I thought today would be the last check-in of Round 1, but it’s not. We have 8 more days to go. (At least, the grand “X Days to Go” counter on the sidebar seems to be working right.)
The good news is that gives you an extra week to plan your goals for Round 2!
Until then… just give us your progress at the froggie:
I have nothing inspirational for you today. Right now, I am lying on my couch trying to set this up on my tablet with my foot elevated and running a fever (after the medicine), Wish I knew exactly what I did, but…. nope, not a clue.
Since we are now in week 10, it is time to think of goals and plans for next round. For now let’s just share our progress,
This is you. This is me too. It is a rough diamond in the matrix of other stones that diamonds are normally found in. It is one of the rarest gems out there. It is beautiful, bright, shiny… and it is hard, strong—unbreakable. It has been forged under great pressure over a long (very long!) time. That’s why, here at the ROW80, we “challenge” ourselves daily 80 days per round, four rounds a year—because it takes more than pressure to make something as amazing as a diamond. It takes time and the right environment too.
Part of what makes the ROW80 such a wonderful environment is our supportive community. It’s not just about checking in, but also about visiting other ROWers and supporting them. We even have #row80 sprints on Twitter to connect and socialize.
And of course, we have goals…. how are you doing on yours?
Late again, but here… Been thinking about the upcoming ROWnd 2 a bit more than what is left of this one. Which is not doing me any favors, it seems.
A local Zen teacher/friend of mine says, “A lot of our problems come from not being present in the moment.” This is one definite example of that.
And yet, it is time to start thinking of what you want to achieve in the next Round of Words. Maybe the New Year excitement got to you and you set your bar so high that you’ve raced to stay afloat. Maybe you set it so low because you had iffy progress in previous years and now you really want to challenge yourself.
Whatever you want to share with us, future goals, present progress… here is the link to use today:
In addition to posting the linky for today’s check-in, I have a question for you.
I’m looking to set up a Reference Page for Writers here on the ROW80 blog, with link categories that include writing software, other writing support groups, writing sprint groups/links, professional organizations, etc. Are these categories that would be of any use to you all? Would you like any other categories? If so, what ones?