Round 1 Check-in 1/13/19

courtesy Terri Smith ❤ Stormy

We talk a lot about goals here at the ROW80.  The whole concept of A Round of Words in 80 Days is based on them and ways to achieve them.  And, of course, since this being a writing challenge, the general assumption is that you joined the ROW80 because you want to be a writer…  that you might even want to become a published author.

But…  what if this isn’t the case?

What if this had once been a dream of yours and your dreams have changed?  Are you finding the steps along your path don’t match your vision of where you should be in this journey?

Did you maybe wonder if this wasn’t a good thing?  The world beyond our desks and stories (and hopefully in our stories too) changes constantly.  Why shouldn’t we change and move with it, adjusting our stances and positions to remain stable as we follow the trail before us toward that dream we’ve held?  When there’s a fork in the road ahead, do we just stop, do we turn around, or do we look at our options and choose what seems to be the best course and follow it?

Have you ever questioned your determination to be a writer or author?  Has the desire to create worlds and share your stories overruled your doubts or do you still struggle with this?  Has becoming a writer taken a greater or lesser place in your life plan?

Let us know in the comment thread below or on our FB page.  And have a great week! 🙂

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Round 4 Check-in 12/1/18

I confess…  I added this picture because it reminds me more of my cat, Fluffle than any other reason, but…I do have to wonder at how fast we seem to have passed through this past November.  Even this Round of Words…  heck, even this year has flown by with wild abandon.

I feel like I’ve only just started!

How about you?  Is the nearing end of year feel unnatural to you?  Are you ready to start anew in 2019?

Or are you more like me, seeing this upcoming “end” as really more of a soft bend with angles?  Like a spiral…  I won’t presume what direction your spiral takes, but it’s always moving, always circulating with so many similar points to be hit on its way around.  And yet…  you are never in exactly the same place as you were the last time you passed by this point.

It’s kind of magical actually.

But with only a few more weeks in this Round of Words, and with the upcoming new year, it’s time to start evaluating our progress and start plotting our goals for next year.  And for those of us who just finished NaNoWriMo, it’s time to start editing (or maybe simply finishing) our recent WIPs.

Thankfully some of the best blogs for writers out there have some great advice for us.  Here’s just a small sampling of what I came across today:

And villainous twosome of:

Just a small sampling of my browser tabs (beyond the myriad house links from Realtor.com and Zillow) these days…

Hope you find them helpful in working toward your goals.  Tell us how you’ve been doing on those in the comments or on our FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 11/25/18

As we get deeper into the holiday season here at the ROW80, some people might be thinking they will have to set aside their aspirations to publish or create to make time for family gatherings, gift shopping, office parties, cooking…  Basically, when it comes to writing excuses, it’s far easier to come up with some than it probably should be.

One of those that comes up frequently is “I don’t have time to write.”  This really is an excuse, and here’s an example of why:

A recent discussion in our local NaNoWriMo group involved writer’s block and wordcount on a busy schedule.  Shan (our FB page maven) mentioned a method she uses to get writing when she’s feeling stuck is to use “teeny-tiny little sprints: 1:11, 2:22, or 3:33“.  That’s not a huge time commitment. (And what better way to get an idea down when you are inspired?)

And the best part?  These small bursts pack a huge punch.  If you happen to be a Writer’s Digest reader, this December issue had a great piece on the 9-Minute Novelist.  Author Jeff Somers does the math for you, from nine minutes a day to write (and revise) up to two novels in a year right on down to the One Minute Writer (an 80K novel in around 4.5 years).

Hey, 10-Minute Novelists has been a thriving community online for four years.

Because there is time, and you’ve got this…  just, sometimes it can be hard to remember when Life is throwing everything it has at you.

Or as Zathras says…

 

Round 4 Check-in 11/6/18

Creeping toward the end of the year, meshed solidly in the throes of the word-orgy that is NaNoWriMo, or stuck for ideas…  we’re all somewhere in our ROW80 journey.  And no matter where you might be in your own journey, it’s a good time to be writing.

Courtesy Love Images Collections

Let us know how your writing (and all your progress in achieving your goals) is going, here in the comments, or in our FB group.

Oh, and remember, you don’t need to do it all. Being overwhelmed is counter-productive.

Round 4 Check-in 10/31

Another month finished… only two more for this year, only two more to make those word count goals, to finish that short we’ve been toying with. No trick here… we know what to do. Write every day, even when our muses might be off gorging on leftover candy and some Netflix reruns…

Though today we might be taking time to indulge in festivities and sugar, we know tomorrow we write.  For some of us, it’s because November 1st is the opening of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  For others, it’s because it’s what we, as writers, do…  we write.  Whatever our reasons, we have a plan and we’re moving forward.  You have a plan and are moving forward.  You are a writer, a creator, a dreamer.

Will you have setbacks?  Sure.  But will you write? Definitely.

Because in the ROW80, we are here for each other, and we know that we have to write, have to create, have to appease the muses.  Or at least the little voices in our heads that say…

Failure?

Nevermore.

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Leave your updates in the comments or on our FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 10/27

Sweet!

It’s Sunday!  Another week has passed, more words, new ideas (and some elaboration on the old ones…).

Trick-or-Treating is in full swing here in northeastern NYS, because Halloween falls midweek yet again.  Many organizations are setting up Trunk-or-Treat events to let the kids show off their costumes and gorge on sugary treats without interfering with the school week.  A long way from the mythology of ghosts and goblins upon which the holiday was based…

Both are fertile grounds for evocative stories however, and I hope you all get a chance to enjoy some chocolate (or the sweet treat of your choice) and creative inspiration over the next few days.

No tricks….  just leave your check-in below or on our FB page.

Round 2 Sunday 4

A sense of place….

How much does where you are affect your writing where you get down to practicing your craft?  Are you able to channel your characters in any setting or are you like Alice Walker who once was quoted to attributing her move from New York City to California as necessary because Celie, Shug and other characters in The Color Purple didn’t feel comfortable enough to settle down and talk to her?

Hopefully your need for the perfect place doesn’t exert its force on your lifestyle to that sort of degree often, but maybe you have a favorite spot that just ‘connects’ you, or maybe you (like me) find certain places trigger the right feelings for special scenes.  Maybe you are like a darling lady in our local writing group who writes a certain kind of scene when she orders eggs at Denny’s.  We all grin when she orders, because we know more than her dinner will be hot.

*fans self*

We’ve all got our ways of doing things.  If you’d like to share your favorite (and maybe even some of your awesome outcomes), post a picture or note about it for our Wednesday (Week 5!) Check-in in your post/comment.

Oh! And it’s that time again for today too… tell us how you’re doing at the linky (or our other ways: Facebook, the comment section, or any mix of the three):