September 25, 2011

A Flexible Challenge: What Could be Better?

If you frequent my blog, and little makes me happier, you've heard all about A Round of Words in 80 Days. If not, it's time you do.

Kait Nolan's challenge is "the writing challenge that knows you have a life." How grand. I considered joining NaNoWriMo next month, but ultimately decided to wait until the next one (or Camp NaNo next summer). First, Mom and I are committed to finishing the follow-up to Depression Cookies. I am going to be working on my solo YA project when Mom has the book, but know I can't completely commit to it.

ROW 80, however, lets me set goals and change them throughout as necessary. I learned so much from Round 3, my first. See my post detailing those lessons here.

Round 4 runs from October 3 through December 22, perfect for your year-end writing goals. Whether a longtime writer trying to finish a project or a newbie trying to kickstart scheduled writing, you will benefit from this lovely group of writers. And this Round, I am a sponsor.

From the ROW 80 site, a bit of explanation about the challenge:

  • We have 4 rounds a year, each running 80 days.

  • 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.–for more on what makes a measurable goal, see this post).

  • 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 for the Round, which will be posted on the ROW80 Blog.

  • 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.

  • We have check-ins twice a week on Wednesday and Sundays where you will update us the same way (e.g. write up a blog post of your progress and link to it on that day’s linky).

  • 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.

  • I hope you'll join us for Round 4.

    Do you enjoy the accountability of a challenge?


    Julie Glover said...

    I'm signing up for the ROW80 challenge again next week. This will be my third round through. Each time, I haven't completed all of my goals, but I have made great progress, learned a lot, and made connections with others. Thanks for being a sponsor this time, Tia!

    Tia Bach said...

    Thanks for coming by, Julie. So glad you are finally getting my RSS feed.

    I'm so excited to be a sponsor, although I really need to get to work on my guest post obligation. The support part will be easy and rewarding. ;-)