Round 1 Check-in 1-25

How is everyone doing? Are you feeling creatively blocked or are those ideas flowing fast and free? Let us know by sharing your progress at the linky below.

For those looking for a little encouragement from both sides, here’s a great post by writing coach and author KM Weiland on what Writer’s Block can teach us: 6 Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Writer’s Block as well as an argument for pressing forward and writing now by Mr. Write Now (Khalid Uddin).

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Round 1 Check-in 1-22

And we reach yet another Sunday… How has your Round 1 been going for you? Do you feel like you’re making solid forward momentum? Do you feel you need to make a few adjustments? Let us know in your post on the linky.

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Round 1 Check-in 1/18/23

Typing Away (cred Gfycat)

Here we are… already over a week into our 80 days of Creativity, of words and writing…. of art and Achievement. How are you feeling about your progress so far? Let us know below at the linky.

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ROW80 Reprise, Inc.

Andrew Mocete takes us on a tour of Problem Solving, Inc.

(Please note, this is a repost from our very first sponsor posts of the challenge, Problem Solving, Inc., from January 10, 2011.)

I wish remembered where, but I once read a interview with John Lennon about his song writing process.  What struck me most was he told the interviewer he’ll sometimes stare at his instrument for hours without writing a single note.  The next day might be the same thing and day after that too.  For him, this was being productive because he knew his mind was working things out and eventually the music would come.

For someone highly respected and considered a genius at his craft to have gone through the same aspect of the writing process as I did was huge.

How many times have you stared at a blank page with no idea where the story is supposed to go?  How many times has what you’ve written looked wrong and you knew it needed something more, but didn’t know what?  Well according to John Lennon, this is part of the process.

When we get stuck, we get frustrated because it feels like we’re not getting anything done.  But then there’s that eureka moment where it all makes sense and we wonder why it took so long to figure it out in the first place.

I don’t know why these solutions come the way they do, but I do know there’s a part of my brain working around the clock solving my problems.  And there’s a lot of them.  So how does my staff of diligent neurons decide which of my many issues to work on?  I think it’s a kind of *whatever voice is loudest gets seen first* type of thing.  A problem on your mind will cause you stress which affects your overall health.  It only makes sense to solve that problem first.

If you’re making time to develop your skills as an author everyday, then when a problem does come up, that little section of your brain will keep working until it’s solved.  Conversely, if you only develop your skills when the mood strikes, problems will get solved when and if your brain can get to them.

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.


Andrew Mocete

Round 1 Check-in 3/22/20

Mea Culpa

Hey there ROWers! Sorry for running so late with your check-in today. I did a doozy on my big toe while out walking around the lake yesterday, and the mind was on other things than writing blog posts for the rest of the evening.

Your check-in in here now though. And I have a bit of news for you all as well. Good news!

The delightful Denise Young will be stepping in as your ROW80 blog maven for the upcoming Rounds 2 and 3 (at least).

So, rest assured, your ROWing will be smooth and creative for a long time to come.  And, until then, stay safe, stay heathy and create

Round 1 Check-in 2/10/20


I have a small confession for all you ROWers.  This is going to be my last Round of Words for the near future.  That means I won’t be maintaining the blog or linkys anymore.  I don’t know if these parts of the challenge will be taken up by anyone else at this point.  If there is news of that sort, I’ll post it before the ROWnd ends, or you should be able to find updates on our FB page (which the magnificent Shan Jeniah has been maintaining all this time).

It has been great being part of this challenge, but these past few ROWnds I’ve been unable to participate really at all, and especially these past 80 days I’ve found myself missing check-ins all too often.  So it’s time to bid you adieu.  Well, at least it will be in 16 days when this Round of Words ends.

Until then, however…

It’s Check-in Time.

By this point you must all know how our check-in process works.  You can always just leave us a note or comment below.  You can add a link to the comments or our linky list (click on the blue froggie for that).  You can even leave your check-in (in any form) on our FB thread.  We’re pretty versatile here,

Round 1 Check-in 2/4/20

Salvete scriptores!

Yep!  Greetings writers!

I’m doing a course in Classical Latin. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. Mostly, my interest came out of writing and wordsmithing in general (because of how much of our English language has been influenced by it) but as well because of my love of archaeology and history these days. This isn’t my first time trying.  I picked it up a bit once before, then set it aside.  Finally I’m really doing something about a long term dream, going for it, achieving my goals…  that’s what the ROW80 is about.

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Have you got a class or goal you’ve been putting off for some time because you just didn’t feel you could get to it?  Why not pick it up again, turn it over, look at it close…  Who knows, maybe you might find you’re ready to take it on and go for that personal victory.

And…  even if you aren’t, well, who knows, maybe you’ll at least get closer to that goal than you had been before.

Here’s your linky! Why not share a little bit of some special project you’ve been working on along with your check-in? I’m sure your fellow ROWers would love to hear about it.