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Round 1 Week 3 Wednesday

Been reading a lot of posts about how hard it is to get writing this round (yes, yes, I am guilty too).

Well…

If you’re looking for some good “blank pages” 750words.com and Penzu.com are great places to start. I prefer 750 myself, mostly since I like the way it gives you an overview of your writing, but the prompt offering at Penzu is good too.  Both are awesome sites, and I use both as best suits my mood.

For today, my Penzu prompt was this quote by Winston Churchill.  It seemed particularly apt for a group of writers trying to regain their stride:

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”- Winston Churchill

So…  now that you’ve got some new directions to focus your efforts at, here’s your linky! Tell us what you think and how you’re doing: here or at our FB page:

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Round 1 1st Wednesday Check-in

As always, the first check-in of a round can feel a bit… well, pointless might be a good word.  It’s not as if we’ve had time to make serious strides on our goals, nor have we had a chance to see what is working or what isn’t yet… not really.

Thing is, it is important to take stock regularly.  Everyday can be perfect for some people.  Others manage just fine with a once-a-week or monthly schedule.  It’s the consistency that matters.  And…  it also helps to not wait too long before the first review.  The sooner the first chance you take to check in on yourself, the sooner you can see if things are working or not.

The sooner you can figure out if the path you’re on will get you where you are trying to go, or if you’ll have to backtrack a mile or more to find the right exit on the expressway.

Not that missing a turn is always a bad thing either.  Sometimes there are new and fascinating discoveries to be made.

Even then, it helps to know where you were intending to go and how far afield you might be.

So here it is, the first check-in and first linky of a new year.  May you be exactly where you want to be, whether you’re right on target or meandering peacefully for a moment or two.

Oh, and here is a lovely advice/opinion piece a fellow writer from the Facebook iWriteNetwork group posted with an eye to the journey and what it means to be a writer…    Roxanne Gay: Advice to Aspiring Dreamers

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Congrats!

Wow…  A whole year of words!  Who would have believed it?

All of you with that little thought bouncing in the back of your head with the piping voice crying “Me! Me!  I knew it would happen!” should be patting yourselves on the back.  It’s that faith in yourself that will keep you moving forward, in writing and everything else you choose to do.

For those of you who now looking back at all you’ve accomplished with a slight glaze in your eyes, as you realize what an amazing year for your productivity it was despite all the delays and distractions and well, Life… you should pat yourselves on the back too.  You persevered in the face of doubts and misgivings.  You faced up to distractions, and you wrote.

For those of you looking at the years with regrets though…  don’t.  Pat yourselves on the back as well.  Comfort yourself in the truth that Life Happens, things is out of control sometimes and whether we wish to or not, we can get lost in the constantly shifting tides of “busy” that hover around us, waiting for a moment to draw our attention.  Did you write at all last year?  Then build on that.

A new year and a new round of words are both just around the corner.

For now, here’s the linky. Feel free to post your check-in blog post at it, or if you just want to quick update us, a comment on this post or at our FB page works fine too.

Remember, Wednesday is the last day of this round and the final check-in of 2017.  Sunday I will be posting the “goals post” where you can make your plans for the next round.

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Writers Write

So here we are at the end of another wonderful Round of Words (well, pretty close to it).  At certain times, it can seem like 80 days is a long time to be working on a single set of goals.  For myself, I feel I need a full year, and more.

The ROW80 is the challenge that knows you have a life, in part because our goals are directly involved in our lives.  From our choice to be writers and write regularly to our choices to make time in the midst of our busy lives to work steadily toward that goal.  Something like that doesn’t last just a week or even a round…  So, as we approach a new year and a new round, take some time to consider, what steps will bring you just that bit closer to being that writer.  And what steps will keep you one if that is your goal.

And as always…  here’s the linky for your check-in.  Let us know how you’re doing, here on our Facebook page, or both:

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Have you ever tried doing something you’ve always believed you couldn’t do?

How did you feel about that moment when you finally chose to take that step?  Did you even feel like you had a choice?  Was it simply the best choice you could make in a sea of bad choices?  Or did you boldly step forward, knowing that you needed to try this thing, to prove something to yourself or to another.

How did you feel?

This is the place our characters need to be…  maybe they actively want this thing you’re having them do.  Maybe they dread it horribly.

But they need to change, to be frightfully aware that they are leaving their comfort zone.

Because that is where the story is…  and we want to hear about it.

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I don’t know about you all, but…  I’ve got nothing today.  No cute pictures, no witty words of wisdom… it’s just me here, gearing up to write some words and posting a linky.  That’s okay though.  I know you all have plenty of words to write too.  So, here’s to mass scribbling! 🙂

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Sunday I asked you all about whether you were joining the NaNoWriMo challenge or just running steady working on your goals.  There’s no one answer you need to choose, just the one that works best for you in this moment and time.  That’s what being the challenge that knows you have a life means.

Still, if I may insert a small caveat emptor in this, consider what makes a person a writer (or anything else for that matter).  Writing like mad for 30 days does not make a person a writer— even adding plotting time in the months before and editing in the months after.  Writers write… repeatedly.  We may not always publish our work, or even like it, but we write, and we commit to writing.  Not for a month or two, but year round, almost every day.

There is nothing wrong with participating in a NaNoWriMo.  I love these challenges.  There is an energy involved in mass scribbling sessions, and the social connections are awesome too.  But then, I’m one of the lucky ones.  Our local NaNoWriMo ML hosts write-ins every Sunday all year round.  When the world goes a bit cray-cray and it seems impossible to get my head into a story, there’s a place and time set aside to get some words written.

And so I write, repeatedly, long after the rush of November passes.

I hope you will too.

Why not tell us how you deal with writing challenges and maintaining a writing practice here in the comments or at the linky when you update us on

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Just a little reminder that we’re half-way through our third week of this round of words…  it’s bound to be a busy one.

Just our of curiosity: is anyone here also doing the NaNoWriMo in November?  Tell us about your project.  Will you be going full-tilt WriMo or will you be a NaNoRebel (as I will)?  Either way, You know what a huge commitment that challenge is.  Foryunatelu you’ve got the ROW80 on your side to make it work.  Not only do we know you have a life, but we’re here to help keep you afloat when the moment takes over and you cannot resist trying to do that “one more thing”.

Or have to add that extra 1K to your daily wordcount….

You’ve got this, and we’ve got your back while you do.

Let us know what your plans and progress are at the linky:

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Super Sponsors

Yeah, we have them.

Really.  Remember when I said some cool changes were  the works for the ROW80?  Well one of those cool changes went into effect for this Round of Words. We have a great new crew of sponsors intent on helping motivate you ROWers toward your creative heights.

So, if you would join me, let’s raise a cheer for our gallant crew:

These generous folks (and yours truly) will be visiting you throughout the round to cheer you on and support you in your writer’s journey.  Be sure to stop by their pages and cheer them on when you can too.

And in the meantime why not let us all know how you’re doing at the linky?