Round 4 Check-n 11/17/19

Another day later than planned…  Sorry folks, but I was having a lovely weekend with my family here in Jersey-land and just lost track of time (I didn’t even get any writing done—Eep!).  I wish I could say I regret it more than I do….  after all, I do aspire to be a published writer, and well, writers write.  Thing is, writers also relax, play, sleep…  and generally act just like other people with obsessive compulsive habits and overly curious natures. 😉  They just write the next day and the day after that and the day after….

So don’t feel bad if you have a slack day.  You are probably need those off moments from story telling to recoup your inner story archives, to have enough tools and energy to build those great words you want to share.

Anyway… here now and bringing you our regular Sunday check-in.  You know the drill…  here, in the comments, on your blogs, and/or our FB page.

Round 3 Check-in Sept 11, 2019

Hope you all don’t mind my making this a very quick post, but at the moment, I’m not feeling the words… Not the way I’d like to at least.

Ever have that happen?  How’d you break out of that slump?

Tell all in the comments: your check-in, your hopes, dreams, frustrations… here or on our FB page.



Oops! Round 2 Check-in 6/2/19

It’s a good thing that the ROW80 is The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life, because lately, Life has definitely been doing it best to interfere with writing.

So let me apologize to you all for being late with our Sunday check-in.  Oddly enough, I missed it because I WAS writing…  as in JuNoWriMo started yesterday (I’m being a rebel this year since 50K just doesn’t seem like an option), and I was happily filling notebook pages when I wasn’t sanding the deck or hosting writing sprints.

Forgive me? 🙂  Thanks.

And while we’re at it, let’s check-in in the comment section below and tell each other how we’ve been doing.  Or if you prefer, there’s always our Facebook group maintained by Shan Jeniah.

Round 2 Check-in 4/28/19

You too?

I thought it was only me.  Well, good thing we’re in this thing together.  That’s what the ROW80 is about.  We check-in and support each other when the words are flowing and when they aren’t.  That’s the way we ROW.  So leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing.  Here or on our FB page, whichever works best for you.

Round 2 Check-in 4/17/19

Many apologies for the brief posts lately, but…  life has been a bit extra cray-cray lately.  That said…  the ROW80 is the Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life.  Good thing too, since I’m sure I’m not the only one in this group that’s been busy-busy.

Hope you’re all doing well despite that.

Let us know.  As always, you can leave a note in the comments or on our FB page.  Best words to you.


Round 2 Check-in 4/7/19


Ever find yourself being “Happied Out”?  Like you’ve had so much fun doing things you love that you just need to settle down and work on stuff you don’t, because the fun isn’t fun anymore?  That feeling you get when you’ve had a slightly too long vacation?

It can happen in writing too.  That Zone we all hear about, the place where the words just flow and the characters seem to just flow through the air and onto your page without any real effort on your part…  it does exist.  Not that many of us get there regularly.  We’re the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life, and we know life comes with distractions.  Distractions and the Zone just don’t seem to inhabit the same physical or spiritual plane of existence.

Thing is, we tend to be so very happy when we’re in the Zone.  Things make sense.  They work.  We feel the progress, the creative energy…  we feel powerful.  And we feel like it’s effortless.

Thing is…  when everything is easy, it’s nice for a while, but after a bit…  things lose their wonder; the stories don’t seem as good.  It’s because our brains thrive and develop when we’ve challenging ourselves somewhat.  The stuff we do all the time…  we let go, we give up some of the control and let it all go on automatic…  and we can’t be sure what we’re getting is what we really wanted.

That’s the time our brain is saying “give me something new to do; I need a challenge”.

Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to challenge yourself as a writer.  You could try a new style or genre.  You could switch point of view.  You could try writing articles or copy, poems or screen plays.  Maybe you could try writing a video game (design, not the code….  though you could try that too).

And what if you’ve never found yourself in the Zone…

Well, here are some posts with ideas to try.  Feel free to pick and choose,  The Zone is a fleeting, personal thing.  Sometimes the path to it changes even…  Don’t be afraid to try and try again.

Have you found yourself in the Zone before?  Have you found yourself in need of a challenge?  Tell us what you’ve learned in your check-in, here or in our FB group.