What is ROW80?
ROW80 is kinda like an online weight loss support group for writers, except that rather than losing anything, we’re here to support each other in gaining more and more words. For a more coherent explanation check out the official ROW80 website.
My ROW80 Round 3 Goals:
Post a ROW80 Check-in each Wednesday: I got sick, missed a few days of work, and got behind on everything last week. Oh well! I’m here now, aren’t I?
Two blog posts per week: See above…
Keep up with Candace Havens Fast Draft group: I’m happy with my progress in this online class which focuses on cranking out what Anne Lamotte famously refers to as a, “shitty first draft.” I’ve quit writing in the early mornings and have begun hopping into Fast Draft for 2 to 2 1/2 hours each night after work. The words are really piling up: 67,531 words, so far. Even though it’s a very, very messy first draft, I’m beginning to feel the shape of the story and its themes, which makes the whole process so exciting!
Continue hosting #StoryDam chat from 8-9pm CST on Twitter each Thursday evening. Even when I think I’m too tired to pull it off, this writing chat always turns out to be a lot of fun. If you’re a writer, please join us. It’s a fun, friendly group and it always leaves me smiling and inspired. If you’re not sure how to participate in a Twitter chat, check out my post, Top Tips for Chatting on Twitter.
Comment on at least 10 other ROW80 blogs each Monday & promote posts that I find helpful: I’ve totally slacked on the blog commenting, but have been promoting other folk’s posts on Twitter.
Comment on commenters: Here again, I am slacking. I need to make time to comment on the blogs of those who comment on mine!
Explore Texas: I’m still doing this each Sunday. Well, this past Sunday, my husband and I explored a nearby bookstore where I splurged on a bunch of books. Speaking of reading, this leads right into two new items that I’m adding to my ROW80 goals:
Engage in Pleasure Reading Every Day: As previously mentioned, I just splurged on a bunch of books. I’m going to read a little bit each evening – just for fun. Daily pleasure-reading is a lifelong pleasure that I’ve been neglecting for the past few years. It’s high time I revived it! Who knows? I may even start reviewing books on my blog.
Keep a Handwritten Diary: This is also something I did for years, but with the coming of the word processor, I began keeping my journal in digital form. Considering how many times I have moved, it makes sense. After all, a digital diary safely stored in a laptop is much more portable than boxes and boxes of handwritten journals of all shapes and sizes. Well, to heck with common sense! As impractical as it may be and as much as I love my word processor, there is just something special about writing by hand. After years of being a digital diary keeper, I finally caved to this niggling inner voice and began a new handwritten journal on Sunday.
That’s how my writing goals are going. How are yours coming along? Here are links to all the other Row80 participants. Check them out: