ROW80 – December 31, 2018


While browsing through some of my writing-based Facebook groups last night, I stumbled on the page for another writing challenge that I’ve decided to participate in.

It’s called A Round Of Words In 80 Days, and unlike NaNoWriMo, it’s not a word-count based challenge.

For ROW80, you set various writing-related goals, which you’re to accomplish in 80 days time. The goals can be anything, as long as they are related to, well, writing.

You post your goals on your blog and link to that post on their blog or on their Facebook group. Then, twice a week, you update your blog with the progress.

The idea is that other members of the group can follow your progress, and offer encouragement, advice, etc., and you do likewise for them.

The challenge happens four times a year, each for a length of 80 days.

The next round starts today, and I’ve decided to sign up for it, to see if it can help me along with my writing goals.

So, for this first round of ROW80-2019, I’ve set the following goals for myself…

Goal #1 – Finish my First Draft — I’m hoping to have the first draft of the manuscript I started for NaNo finally finished by the end of January. I’ve been posting progress updates for that project on my Facebook page and on this blog since I began it, so if you’d like to find out more about my project and my progress so far, you’re welcome to scroll back and read my posts.  I’m setting this goal at writing another 35,000 words to finish the draft.

Goal #2 – Write at least Three Articles/Essays — Once my first draft is finished, I want to put it away for a bit and work on something else. I don’t want to get into another large project right away, so I’d like to do several small projects instead. I have a few ideas for some articles I’d like to write for some of the blogs I follow, so that’s what I’ve settled on doing before going on to edit my current project.

Goal #3 – Start Editing — Before the 80-day challenge is up, I’d like to be at the editing stage. This manuscript is growing to be quite the monster – I think the rush write 50,000 words during NaNo caused the first half of the manuscript to be extremely bloated with unnecessary exposition. Editing is going to be quite the process, and I’m anxious to get to it. So, for this goal, I’d like to accomplish at least 20 hours of editing before the 80 days are up.

So, there you have it, my goals for the first quarter of 2019. Wish me luck with them, and good luck to you if you’re also participating in ROW80.


EDIT – New Goal

Goal #4 – Read at least Two Books

I’m adding a new goal for this round.

Ever since I decided to participate in NaNo 18, all of the time I would usually spend reading (and then some) has been spent writing. I miss reading, and I have a few books in my queue that I’d really like to get to. So, I’m going to commit to reading at least two books before this round is over.

The two books I’ve chosen are –

Forever And A Day, by Anthony Horowitz, which is a new James Bond, 007 novel. I’m a big Bond fan, and I love all of the original Fleming novels, as well as several of the ones written after his death by other authors. This new one is a prequel to Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in which Bond is first promoted to 00 status. I got it for a Xmas gift, and I’m really anxious to read it.

The Ghost Brigades, by John Scalzi, which is the sequel to his book Old Man’s War. It’s a sci-fi novel, set in the far future, where humanity uses senior citizens and clones to fight their interplanetary wars. That’s a really simplified explanation. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and had started reading this one, but had to put it down when I began getting ready for NaNo 18.

13 thoughts on “ROW80 – December 31, 2018

  1. A nice list of goals here, Rob. I like how you kept things simple and direct with a clear plan, Rob. Just a few small caveats… Round 1 starts today (it’s posted on the sidebar widget of the blog, though if you are using a phone you might have to scroll below a post to see it). You can pt your status updates at the blog itself or on FB… Otherwise, you’ve got it

    Though, I might quibble with the “wannabe writer” too… you definitely are a writer. You write.

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  2. I was going to say the same thing about the “wannabe.” =)

    As admin for the FB page, I check out anyone who requests to join – basically, I spend a few minutes trolling your FB page to be sure you’re not going to troll or spam us.

    I have to say that, for deeply held personal reasons that involve green blood and pointed ears, yours is about the most delightful I’ve ever visited! I was almost beside myself with joy, and I assure you it was all quite logical.

    As are your goals. LLAP – you’ve got this!

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      1. I assure you, I am no Kolinahru!

        I emote all OVER the place, and unabashedly, too!

        However, I do not allow emotions to rule me to the point where I react rather than respond, and I have Spock to thank for that, in large part.

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