Roaring into ROW80

I can’t believe I’m doing this.  I’m swamped with spring gardening, planning long-term landscaping, trying to make a still-new-to-us house into a home, periodically bouncing back and forth between Indiana and Oregon, and trying to figure out where college fits into the the bouncing back and forth.  And now I’ve signed up for my first round of ROW80.

For those who don’t know, ROW80 is shorthand for A Round of Words in 80 Days, a writerly challenge that takes into account the fact that you actually have a life.  (Read all the details here.)  Don’t get me wrong – I love NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and the group craziness that happens when we’re all trying to write an entire novel in November.  But I missed it the last two years because, well, life was happening.  And I missed the camaraderie that went with it.

Then I took Kristen Lamb’s online class, “We Are Not Alone,” for writers last October, and my blogging group turned out to have a bunch of people who do ROW80.  I’ve loved seeing what their goals are, reading their updates, and watching as they met success. Or as they fell down, picked themselves up, dusted off, and got going again.

I’ve puttered on with my writing through the last year, writing/editing two works-in-progress and posting semi-regularly to my blog.  And I really want to get the middle grade novel sent out and finish drafting my women’s novel, in addition to all the stuff mentioned earlier.  So I figure ROW80 will help me get the stories finished without putting unreasonable pressure on me with everything else going on.  After all, I get to set the goals!

And it doesn’t have to be just writing – many people are including social networking, exercise, healthy eating, or time for reading, as well as their writing goals.  Hmm, maybe I should include a housework goal!

So there you have it, one more thing Jennifer’s committing to.  I’m pondering, writing, and re-writing my goals for the next few days, and I’ll post them next week.  If this were NaNo, I’d say to sit back and watch the insanity.  But for ROW80, I’ll say, “I am writer, hear me roar!”

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6 Responses to Roaring into ROW80

  1. Dahnya Och says:

    Hi Jennifer:

    I’m also a first time ROW80 – just signed up, in fact, and I’m super excited for opportunity. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get to steppin’. For me, April 2nd is the day I start classes again (boo) so it’s going to be a hectic few days.

    Now, excuse me, please, while I go and figure out what my goals are going to be!

    Good luck to you on this challenge!

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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Good luck to you too, Dahnya. My basic goals are set, but late at night I think of tweaks to make to them and I haven’t written those down yet. Hope I can remember them! What do you write?

  2. good for you, Jen!
    I’m holding off on ROW80 and NaNo for now.
    I’ve got myself a deadline at the moment and it’s keeping me moving.

    and, what do they say? Something like, A goal without a plan is just a dream. . .

  3. Kecia Adams says:

    I am really thinking about doing ROW80 this round too. I have two romantic suspense novels in partial completion and I have been piddling. You have inspired me, Jen to get moving. 🙂

  4. SJ Driscoll says:

    Hey, Jen! This will be my first ROW80, too, and I have similar qualms. Let’s keep going!

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