Just checking in…
You know that song “What Does The Fox Say?” Well, at my house, we’ve acquired a new vulpine friend. Things is, he only shows up on ROW80 check-in days. So… I think this fox is saying… “How’s your ROW80 progress so far?”
Tell us at the linky. Quick before Mr. Fox sees that it’s a cute blue froggie.
Here we go again… time to check-in with your fellow ROWers and share how you’re doing! Is everything going awesome? Are the words getting easier or harder as the weather changes? Has the world collapsed around your MC (hint: it should, at least once or twice)?
Tell all at the linky…
I don’t know why, but when I saw this lovely hiding out in the media directory, I just had to post it. Kait had some cool banners that almost never got used. Does anyone have a favorite? Would anyone like to design or add new ones to our challenge pages? Creativity doesn’t just come in words.
And speaking of creative… how are you all doing with your goals? Making progress? discoveries? a mess?
Let your fellow ROWers know so we can cheer you on, hold your hand… and just generally be there for you.
Spring has sprung! At least that’s the case here in Upstate New York… you may have seen such signs for a few weeks now. Or, perhaps they’d come and gone months ago, and you are now looking at brilliant colored leaves and feeling the first hints of snow. I sympathize… after these pretties showed their faces last week, they were chased back into hiding by several days of chill and rain. Then Saturday morning, we woke to an inch plus of snow on the lawn.
Just goes to show how fast things can change.
That’s why, here at the ROW80, we suggest checking in with your fellow ROWers at least once, but preferably twice, a week. So, here’s the linky… tell us about all the new shinies in your creative life:
The Blank Page
Can you believe we’ve already made it through one 80 day Round of Words and are hot into a second? That’s a lot of words, a lot of writing, and a lot of commitment (and a lot of alliteration!). But perhaps things aren’t going as well for you as you’d like… Maybe it’s that blank page in front of you. You know the one I’m talking about, the one without distractions that you are sure will keep you from your writing if you ‘give in’ to the temptation…
Well, far be it from me to say you should do things my way, but maybe what you need is to step away from the page for a moment and indulge your muse a little. Let me invite you to spend a moment with me in the ROW80 archives—way, way back to the very first Round of Words our founder Kait Nolan held—and two posts by our original sponsors:
- a quote from: Problem Solving, Inc. by Andrew Mocete
Staring at that blank page or ugly looking chapter may seem unproductive, but it’s telling your brain what you’re doing is a priority. It’ll get the message and help you reach your goals.
- a quote from: Productive Procrastination by Stacy Wallace Benefiel
No matter what your writing style is-whether you plot, procrastinate, write 12,000 words a weekend and nothing during the week, we are all taking on the commitment to write something every day for three months.
Remember that this is a journey, not a destination. It’s not how you get there, just that you do. And hopefully you’ll have a little fun while you’re at it.
Tell us about your experience at the linky:
I didn’t post yesterday (though I probably should have scheduled this for last night) because, as always, our new Round of Words starts on Monday, not on a Sunday. We are now officially into Round 2, and our first check-ins (official… I know some people have posted check-ins anyway) will be Wednesday.
If you haven’t set our your goals for this coming round, there is still time to post them at the linky at the bottom of our goals post.
Until Wednesday then… write well.Oh, and as a quick “Thank you” (and if you’re interested in more challenges) check out Lindsay Lovin’ Life who kindly added the ROW80 into her list of 17 Blog Challenges to Try in 2017.
No, this is not a post about one of these. This is that part of the ROW80 where we plan for the next Round. Round 1 is done, over… it can’t be changed, for good or ill. But that’s OK.
We have a beautiful new 80 days coming up to achieve something special with our writing lives, and to do that, we need to start out with some goals. What do you want to do, how do you think it will take get there, what will you get when you reach the end… So set yourself some S.M.A.R.T goals and use them.
The image pretty much says it all. S.M.A.R.T goals are:
- Specific — work daily on The Greatest Magnum Opus Ever as opposed to write every day
- Measurable — do 10 pages of revision each week on TGMOE instead of revising things as they catch your eye
- Attainable — set a Test Mile; if you exceed it, great, but plan to do an amount of work you can guarantee to do. I’m a big fan (of course!) of Those Five Sentences, but maybe you’re working on queries or line edits… you can use the same strategy there with a bit of tweaking
- Relevant — if you’re trying to write an article on hippos, you may not want to spend your ROWnd researching the craft of iron smelting in Industrial New England (though, with enough time and effort, I’m sure there is a story there!)
- Time-based — because our Rounds of Words go for 80 days, there is already a built-in time-frame to your goals, but not everything you do will need that long. Some things might need a day or a week… some might need all year; the point is to make sure you give yourself a time to get those things done
So… now you’ve done it… you’ve created some goals, and you’re ready to ROW80. Well, then add yourself to the linky and share your intentions with your supportive fellow ROWers. That way we can all help you meet those goals… and you can help us meet ours. See you in a week for the opening of Round 2.