Because a lot of us post our check-ins on Sundays only, let me be the first to congratulate you all on a Round of Words well written. Good for you!
That said… the round won’t be officially over until Wednesday, so if you feel you need a few more days to get things done, guess what—you have them! And not only that, since this is the official goals post for our upcoming Round 2, you have a whole new round of words to work on those dreams and aspirations, time enough to finish outstanding projects, start news ones, participate in challenges…
You have so very many chances. Make the best of them. The future is wide open… go for it.
And for those of you read with you goals? Here’s the linky:
You knew that, right? You knew that we’ve been closing in on the final week of Round 1 here at the ROW80. It’s time for those of you who are planning on joining us for Round 2 to start preparing your goals lists for the round, thinking about whether you’d like an accountability partner this time, and maybe offering your services as a sponsor for the challenge. (I’m really looking for a few good inspirational posts or images to use here, if you think you can make one.)
Until then, I’d mentioned having the goals post up today… eh, no. I was off by a few days. Silly me. It’s supposed to go out on a Sunday anyway. So, keep your eyes open and your hands writing those words (or typing… that is unless you dictate your stories, that works too).
And let us know how you’re doing in the meantime. Here or in our FB group as always.
As we move toward the horizon, what should appear on the horizon? Can it be? Yes, yes, it is.
We’ve traveled a long ways these past months, RoWers. It’s been quite a journey, and yet, rough seas and all, I’m pretty glad I took it. I hope you are too.
That said, we’re not quite there yet. We still need to ply our trades, execute our best piloting skills… we need to reach the shore, knowing that we can rest and plan our next adventure in ease.
Basically… this post is a heads up that I’ll be posting our goals link this Wednesday so we can start preparing for Round 2. It’s happening sooner than you might think.
So, why not start thinking about how this Round of Words worked for you. Did you try the new Accountability Partner program? Did you like it? Do you think you’d be interested in maintaining a small weekly present on either Instagram or Twitter for the ROW80, posting about the accomplishments or projects of fellow RoWers? Would you be interested in writing a sponsor post for this blog? Or do you have ideas or advice on how we can make the ROW80 even better?
As always, let us know in the comments or via the FB page. You can even email me directly at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com
Oh, and toss us a link or comment about how you’ve been doing in reaching your goals.
This header image that Kait Nolan (the creator of the ROW80) had hiding in the media directory here always appealed to me. I find myself drawn especially to the slightly steampunk feel of the image, but also to the colors, the fonts… There is a sense of mystery and wonder, a light shining in the darkness that suggests no only safety but adventure.
I haven’t used it much for this blog, since it’s suggestive of certain types of writing over others, but I did want to draw it out today because of my Sunday post about inspiration and creativity. How many of you find inspiration in art? Do you go to museums and just sit and stare for a time at the collections? I do when I get the chance.
Sometimes I just sit in a café and just daydream for a time. Or at least I used to…. I wrote a lot then.
Do you find that the words flow better in those quiet moments as opposed to others?
Let us know in your check-in. As always, you can tell us in the comments or on the FB page.
PS: I’m still looking for sponsors for Round 2. Specifically, I’m looking for someone who can help on Twitter and Instagram (I’d like for us to have a presence on those as well).
Calling all supportive people in our ROW80 community!
I’m letting you all know that I’m looking for sponsors for Round 2 (which starts on April 1st… funny as that may sound). If you’re interested in doing a little extra for your fellow RoWers, this is an excellent way to get really involved in our friendly writing community. If you’d like to know what being a ROW80 sponsor entails before jumping in, here’s the lowdown as Kait set it up: So you wanna be a sponsor
Don’t feel obligated to jump in and volunteer, but as a community, we are our best when we’re helping each other. We pick each other up, propel each other to greater heights, and we do it because of all the people who care in our group.
Oh, and this is a check-in. Let us know how you’re doing (and there’s thing you’d like changed or fixed in our community). You can let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Yes, you did read that right. We’re heading into another year of the ROW80, the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life. That’s eight years of words, creativity, community, support, even friendships… It’s been a wild ride, and we’ve changed, evolved, grown, shrunk, and rebuilt the engine a few times along the way.
What we’ve always done is set goals and support each other as we progress toward achieving those goals.
Which comes to today’s post… the super-popular Goals Post! (you have been waiting for it with abated breath, right? 😉 )
Setting goals these days might seem daunting. We’re already so very busy. It’s not the goals… we know where we want to be in by the end of 80 Days (usually), but the “How do I get there?” can overwhelm us. We can know all about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, we can even have some great goals and strategies in mind, but we just-don’t-start.
Goals do us no good when we procrastinate and devote our energy towards things that don’t help us achieve them. So.. may this, along with the links above, give you the tools and the determination to make Round 1 the start of a great new year of creativity.
Because you may wish to refer back to your goals throughout the round, I suggest you leave a link on the linky. But as always, you can leave a comment or post in our FB group.
As we close in on the end of this final round of words for 2018, do any of you have any thoughts on what we (your hosts, Shan, Denise and I) could do better to help make the ROW80 better for your needs. Can’t promise we’ll be able to enact any of the suggestions, but who knows… maybe you’ve got the perfect idea for our group.
I had an idea I’d like to toss to you all… Since we have a smaller membership and we haven’t been using the linky, we’ve not needed sponsors for visits the way we used to. We still need to keep supporting each other…. some of us more frequently, some of us a bit less.
So, what about one-on-one accountability partners? People who’d like to be involved in this option would let me know, and I’d randomly pair you with another person who has signed up. You’d set a schedule for checking in with each other (maybe you’d like to send your partner a text with your wordcount and pages of edits each day, maybe you’ll chat in Skype or Twitter about story problems you are dealing with….). The point is, you’ll be boosting each other directly.
I know some of you already do something like this already in various forms. But as our Mythic Writer, Kim noted in her end of NaNo check-in, we may not even know we could be getting this level of support in our group. I’m just saying… let’s do it.
And… as always, we’re here for your regular weekly updates and check-ins too, here or on FB.