Round 2

That’s A Wrap: End ROW80 Round 3!

Man, this round just FLEW.  FLEW, I tell you!  But it is DONE DONE DONE.  I hope you made great progress on your goals.  And if you didn’t, well, Round 3 begins on July 4th.  Meet back here and be rearing to go!  And if you’d like to join us as a sponsor for Round 3 (starting July 4th), drop me a line at kaitnolanwriter (at)

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Introducing Pacemaker

Usually I’d be ending on some kind of rah-rah high note but I find myself fresh out of specific inspiration this morning.  What I do have to share is glee over a new tool.  It is no secret that I love stats.  I have a possibly unhealthy relationship with my spreadsheets, and I get twitterpated over graphs that show my progress.  So when fellow author Jessica Fox pointed me toward Pacemaker, I might’ve had a full on flail of excitement.  Actually, the flail was mutual because we both love trackers.

What is Pacemaker?   Well, I’ll swipe the about copy from their website:

A Simple Flexible Planner for Writers & Students

Set a Goal

Give a memorable name to your project and determine how much you want to do within your timeframe.

Set a Strategy

Want to start small? How about swallowing the frog and knocking out large workloads right away? Tell Pacemaker when you can commit more or less time to your work and how you want to approach the workload.

Sit Back

Pacemaker calculates a schedule that will help you finish on-time! No need to wrestle with spreadsheets or do manual calculations. Download your plan in iCal format or save your plan to your Pacemaker Account.

Pace Yourself

Start working towards your target. Each day counts! As long as you follow the Pacemaker schedule, you will finish ontime.

Record Progress

Record your progress and Pacemaker will adjust your workload based on how you’ve been doing. Further adjust your plan based on any new changes to your availability.


You did it! Take some time to celebrate this milestone.

Pacemaker is a playful way of making peace with your writing goals. You set a word count goal, chip away at it day by day and finish on-time! You can approach your writing target in various ways to suit your style :

  • Steady – write the same amount of work every day.
  • Rising to the Challenge – start off small and increase your word count quota every day.
  • Biting the Bullet – bite off large chunks of your writing goal at the beginning of your schedule so that the pressure is off at the end of your schedule.
  • Random – each day is a surprise, you may need to complete 5 words or 500! Whether heavy or light, you’ll reach your word count goal at the end of your specified schedule.

One of the big things that Jessica and I both love about it is the setting that allows you to adjust the schedule.  So, for example, I have taekwondo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which means my evening writing time is more or less nil.  So I can’t expect as much of myself on those days.  This allows me to account for that.  If you routinely take a particular day of the week off to mentally rest, you can account for that.  There are a ton of ways to adjust the thing, and since ROW80 is all about setting your own goals, this is a tool that fits right into our mission statement and gives you a way to sort out what you need to do to meet those goals when life happens.

Give it a try!!!


Kait Nolan

Sunday #ROW80 Check-In

:Looks around:  Okay, I heard some rumor about the “lazy days of summer” but I’m pretty sure I haven’t stopped running since May.   Still, getting lots of work done around life stuff.  How about you?  Let us know in your check-in.   And if you’d like to join us as a sponsor for Round 3 (starting July 4th), drop me a line at kaitnolanwriter (at)

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Midweek #ROW80 Check-In

Good LORD, this round has gone fast!  We are just over a week away from the END of Round 2!  Make an effort to have a BIG PUSH toward your goals for the finish.  And if you’d like to join us as a sponsor for Round 3 (starting July 4th), drop me a line at kaitnolanwriter (at)

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Overbooked and Overwhelmed by Lauralynn Elliott

I don’t know where to start. And that’s true for this post AND the circumstances that prompted me to write this post. But start I must!


For the past year or so, I’ve found myself so overwhelmed that I just don’t feel well. It’s taking a toll on me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And if I feel this way, I’m sure many of you are experiencing the same thing. This can lead to total burnout if we’re not careful. We are writers, and sometimes it seems that writing comes after everything else.


So let’s explore what might be happening here. Why am I overwhelmed? And why might you be overwhelmed? Here’s my take on some of my problems (not all of them, but a good sample).


  1. I let my day job get to me. When that happens, I don’t feel like doing things when I get home, so I’m not very productive.
  2. I’m also a line editor, and I have the hardest time telling clients that I’m booked and can they push back that deadline. I have one client who is very prolific, and she’s loyal, so I’m always going to get her books done first. And she gives me plenty of time. But then I try to squeeze other clients in too small of a timeframe because I don’t want to make them wait. This leads to lots of stress because then I’m terrified I won’t meet a deadline. (I haven’t missed one yet.)
  3. I get so stressed about this other stuff that I don’t feel like I have time to get exercise and healthy eating in. So I grab something quick and don’t get on the treadmill.
  4. I don’t take time for my daily Bible reading, so then I feel guilty. Which also leads to lack of productivity.
  5. I can’t say no to anyone, and I end up taking on even more things!


Now think about yourself. Make a list like this for you. Do you see any similarities, or is your list completely different?


Let’s see how I can fix some of these things.


  1. Think of the day job as just a job I go to for a few hours, and don’t sweat it.
  2. When a potential (or current) client asks if I can edit their book, I need to think carefully about time and let them know when I can do it instead of trying to cram it in.
  3. Take at least 30 minutes to exercise. I’ll be more productive if I feel better. Make meals ahead on the weekends so I’ll have them through the week.
  4. Take 15 minutes to read the Bible. It helps me feel renewed.
  5. Learn to say no! The world won’t end!


Okay, now you do the same thing. Look at your list of things that cause you to feel overwhelmed, then list a possible solution for each one.


I already feel better, don’t you? Isn’t there something about lists that make you feel more in control? I would love to hear your thoughts and see your lists.


Lauralynn Elliott

Midweek #ROW80 Check-In

We are really headed toward the end now, y’all!  How are those goals going?

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