Jenny Hansen here, giving you another little dose of New Year's writing pep. This is the time of year when many of us writers get overwhelmed. You've been hearing from all of us at WITS on the topic:
- Louisa Bacio's post last Friday described how the holidays crowd her writing time.
- Laura Drake encourages writers to savor the moment and break large goals (like your novel) down into small, manageable goals.
- I talked about the most important writing lesson I ever learned.
Today we're talking about setting realistic writing goals as you enter a shiny new year. It's Wednesday, which usually means a ROW80 Update for me over at More Cowbell.
What? You've never heard of A Round of Words In 80 Days?? But it's the writing challenge that knows you have a life! And it starts again in less than a WEEK...January 2nd, to be exact.
None of that is enough for you to click the link above? Fine. I see you're gonna make me pull out the BIG GUNS.
I'm sponsoring the next round.
That means I get to
slap around cheer on all the ROW80 participants. (Yeah, I'm looking at YOU...) Encourage them with their goals. Visit their blogs and drag them kicking and screaming away from their Boo-Hoo Chair when the writing week has them cowering in the corner behind the couch.
I know you're enticed NOW. I've been part of ROW80 for two rounds now and I'm hooked for life. Why?
- We to like to party...Seriously, we have Rock The ROW parties and contests, etc.
- We engage in writing sprints at the ROW80 hashtag on Twitter and weekly blog hops at the ROW80 blog.
- I promise you will make new writer friends who are worth their weight in gold. Many writers have said they didn't feel comfortable on social media until they joined the ROW80 community.
How do I join?
Direct from the ROW80 website, here's The Rules:
- There are 4 rounds a year, each running 80 days. (You don't have to do all four.)
- Your goal can be anything you like as long as it is measurable (e.g. number of words/pages, specified amount of time to spend on writing per day/week, number of pages edited, etc.).
- Once you have settled on a goal, you write it up on your blog (yes, you must have one) and link to it on the Goals Linky (this is a blog hopping tool - i.e. traffic for your site). The linky will be posted on the ROW80 Blog on check-in days.
- If your goal changes before the end of the 80 days,simply write up a new goals post and link to it on the latest check-in day.
- There are check-ins twice a week on Wednesday and Sundayswhere you will update us the same way (you don't have to check in both days if you're busy).
- On Twitter we use a hashtag of #ROW80 if you wanna come hang out
- And if you happen to find us after a round has begun, just write up your goals post and hop on in whenever. We’re a friendly bunch.
- Be sure to grab the ROW80 badge from the sidebar on the ROW80 Blog. I've placed it at the bottom of this post so you can see how cute it is.
Do you like writing challenges (or hate 'em)? Have you tried ROW80 yet? If not, what has kept you from it? If you've participated, what did you like the most? Do you have goals for the New Year that you'd care to share?