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!”