Officially, the Round ends on Thursday, but that’s mostly because we have to give a few days for everyone to tally their progress (even if I’ve commented on the arrival of the end of the round for weeks now, I’m sure I’m not the only procrastinator here who hasn’t done a solid run-through of their accomplishments).
Truth be told… there’s a lot to be said for any progress is good progress. We have a lot more to do as writers these days, a lot more hats to juggle and a lot more “bosses” (or at least audience members) to answer too. But, hey… Let’s go for broke; let’s aim for a solid 99 and 44/100 % success. Ivory Soap success…
You can do it.
BTW, a cool thing about Ivory soap? It’s easy to carve. You can make a lot of things out of it.
Kind of like the progress you are making on all these goals you’re setting.
End in sight? Not really… It’s a continuing journey (img: Eden Mabee)
As we start steering into the last few days of this Round of Words, it may be time to take stock of how you want to continue your future as a writer (or your future in whatever you choose to do). It might be that there is a new Round 3 approaching, it might be because I’ve been watching the sagging number of ROWers in the linky (I am one of the biggest offenders here, sorry to say). But some of it might be the things we’ve told ourselves as we plan our goals and writing careers.
One of the first things we old-timers probably have all come to accept is… Writing is work, often hard work. It’s definitely gratifying work. But the term “labor of love” starts with labor for a reason.
The reason I bring this up is that I’m often seeing in the exact opposite discussed in social media these days. And of course, there are the challenges like NaNoWriMo that suggest that yes, writing is hard but also suggest that it can be done quickly in a frenzy of energy and caffeine, and probably should… Not bad if you can pull it off, but then we come down to the next important thing to remember about writing: Editing is even harder work, (and it can’t be avoided). Even if it’s just a quick skim-through for consistency, the writer is not done just because she/he write “The End” on a page.
The journey of a writer often starts at those words.
So.. in keeping with this being a writing challenge that knows you have a life, remember when you consider your progress and start planning your goals for Round 3, to leave time for everything that makes you a writer. The easy parts, the hard parts… even the chocolate (follow ROWer Erin Zarro for her regular chocolate report).
Here’s an article on “Follow Your Passions” that inspired some of this post.
And here is your linky….
cred: Me.me (Facebook)
The End is Near
Oooh! Look at that counter (see the right of the screen… well, unless you’re using as phone that doesn’t show the side-bar… then, look down the page). Now… that does look like the round is coming to an end. Or is it? This is the ROW80… and we do this challenge all year round. So… does it ever actually end? (I know that some of our ROWers actually do keep going all year round, even when the challenge is officially on break.
Next week’s Wednesday post will be the last of the Round (though you can still check-in with your goals on the following Sunday when I put out the Round 3 “Goals Post”). Even with my constant panicking about the end coming… it doesn’t really feel like we’re already there.
Does it to you?
Tell us at the linky:
Looks like we’re still having some technical difficulties here at the blog with our linky-tool. Please, let me know at the comments if something isn’t quite right, so I can try to fix it (though… not this evening, but soonish). Otherwise… leave us a linky to your blog so we can come over, say “hi” and see how you’re doing.
And have a happy, sun-shiny Sunday! 🙂
Yes, I know what I said Sunday… but come to find out (after a small discussion over salad with Shan Jeniah, one of our FB page admins), I had been right with my numbering all along. I just was messed up because somewhere in all the chaos that is my head (image is accurate representation), I was thinking that a round of 80 days should somehow equate to 10 weeks. Yeah… I used to be so good at math too.
Anyway, for all the other screw-ups I’ve made lately, I do know I’m right about this… it’s time for another check-in linky (and yes, I know what I did wrong with the last one, and we shouldn’t see that happen again). So here you go. A happy little blue froggie just waiting for you to visit and share your progress.
Have a great Wednesday!
Did someone say “Wibbly Wobbly”?
I really don’t know how it happened, but somehow the counter and I just don’t speak the same language. So according to the counter, we still have one more week to this Round of Words. Great news for those of us who might be a bit frustrated with our progress (or in my case, my near-lack of progress) with words. It might even be a relief to those of you who are doing great and don’t really want to lose momentum during our week-long break between rounds.
Either way… THIS is now the end of the 8th week of Round 2 (which of course means, we’re going to have another Wednesday “week 9” check-in too… Yeah, it seems time travel is a thing). That means a whole new linky and more chances to write, write, write (and edit and market and… you know). Whatever you’ve got going, tell all at the linky. (or at least as much as you’re comfortable sharing)
Warning… this week’s linky is really acting up. You can try it, but if you want, feel free to leave your progress in the comments section or at our FB page for this check-in:
I don’t know if I’ve participated in a Round of Words that has rushed by quite so fast for me. True, nearly three weeks traveling ‘across The Pond’ probably didn’t help my sense of time flying out of control… Even taking that into account, this Round—heck, this year—seem to be in a hurry to be done.
And I feel like I’ve only just started! 😉
Nevertheless, we have only two more weeks before the end of Round 2. How’ve you been doing on those goals you set way, way back at the beginning of April? Progress? Con… I mean regressing? Skating along smoothly? Chugging along fitfully like The Little Engine That Could (like me!)?
No matter where you are… let us know at the linky:
PS: If you’re looking for some other writing-related, social media fun, here’s a Google Docs list of writing-themed events you can participate in daily. I you can think of more, let us know. (credit for the list: Mica Scotti Kole)
I want to mention something this check-in that we normally don’t talk about in the ROW80. Yes, we call our challenge A Round of Words in 80 Days, but we usually focus on the writing end of that ‘word statement’. But… writing needs reading (even if it’s only writing for personal pleasure).
Some of our ROWers make a point in their check-ins to share their RIPs as well as news about their WIPs (Read and Works respectively, of course), but a lot of us don’t. That’s okay… Just wanted to say it’s awesome to hear about your favorite reads too. Or if you’ve enjoyed a new blog or found a cool article on the web, let us know. You might make someone else’s day just a bit more interesting (in a good way, I hope!) for the effort.
For your your wordly progress… here’s your Sunday check-in linky:
PS: for those who might be interested, there is a Wednesday “What Are You Reading” bloghop hosted by Sam at “A World of Words“. Participants share their reading adventures: Past, Present, and Future…
Art is everywhere
We all know that being creative is challenging… especially when it involves trying to make a living on that creativity. But there are good things about being writers and creators to be found in so many places. I took this photo tonight across the state-mandated ‘wet land’ the developers had to provide for drainage between our local Walmart and Lowes stores. It’s a bit of an environmental wreck, filled with litter, but… somehow in this waning sunlight, it was beautiful.
Our stories are like that too. Sometimes we get caught on the flaws and miss the magic of the words we’ve written until just the right light shines through. Then suddenly, we know we’ve got something good. It may need some work… but we’ve got this.
When was the moment you first realized you had something? Tell us about it… and let us know how you’re doing on those goals. Just follow the little blue froggie to the linky:
Round the Bend, Deluge in sight
I’m really starting to feel the end of the round inching its way up toward us already. Wow! How this year just seems to be flying by…. and it seems to only be getting busier and busier.
So how are you doing? Do you have a pet project you are looking forward to as we head into the last few weeks of Round 2? Any news you’d like to share with your fellow ROWers? Leave a comment here or on our Facebook feed, and I’ll add it in upcoming posts.
And be sure to share news, progress and even the occasional giggle here at the linky: