Okay.  If this doesn’t work out we’re going to put it down to insanity caused by lack of sleep.  Yes, I feel like a zombie today and am already considering trying to take a nap…or several…this afternoon.

But the facts are clear.  I need a kick in the pants to motivate myself.  Well, I suppose I don’t need to be kicked, but I need a push in the right direction.  I’ve been so immersed in learning marketing skills that I’ve let writing pretty much fall by the wayside.


I’m signing up for ROW80, a challenge similar to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  Only instead of committing to writing a 50,000+ word novel in thirty days, I can set whatever goal I want…and have eighty days in which to accomplish it.

What are those goals?

I don’t know!

Just to get back in the swing of things though, I think I’m going to underwhelm myself and say 500 words a day, 5 days a week.  And the blog doesn’t count.  That will be in addition to, not including.

There.  Sink or swim, I’ve laid it out for everyone to see.  Now if I can just remember that I committed to 2500 words a week for then next 80 days when I wake up tomorrow…and the day after that and the day after that and…

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14 Responses to ROW80…Gulp!

  1. asraidevin says:

    Wahoo. Welcome to Row. I loved the last round, gave me a good kick in the pants.

    Your goals are perfect, the first round is always a good time to set yourself up for success, because you can get so excited when you surpass your goal.

    • Thanks, Asrai! I’m glad I joined. It would have been better if I’d remembered on Monday rather than Tuesday, but I intend to catch up before I go to bed (I hope!). Of course I might not have specified M-F so I could still be on track. 🙂

      I’m hoping for that same kick in the pants. It’s time I got back on track again. I get too distracted by life sometimes and I need to focus more. Hopefully the public announcement will, at the very least, humiliate me into being good.

      The setting myself up for success is exactly why I set my sites so low. I’d rather do that and surpass those numbers than set it too high and be disappointed. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Louise! Oh, I know what you mean! I think I’ve tried to blackmail myself a couple of times over the past few months. Post a public goal and then I’ll have no choice…meet the goal or embarrass myself. So far that’s only worked on ONE goal. But I have two books I really want to finish before spring is over and I’m hoping this is just the thing I need to help me get them done.

    I hope you can do everything you want to…but it would be fun to have you join this for the next quarter anyway. 🙂

  3. Good luck Kristy. The last time I posted public goals I promptly refused to work on any of them. So I’m not going to give ROW80 a shot this go round but if I can’t keep my stuff organized andm oving forward then I will join you for the next quarter.

  4. Hello there! Welcome to ROW80!
    500 words per day is a very nice goal. But I do hope you remember about it tomorrow lol
    Good luck!

    • Thanks, Juliana! I’m glad to be involved with ROW80. 🙂

      I think I probably will remember tomorrow…hopefully after a good night’s sleep. But first I have to finish reading a book (beta reader for another author) before I can even begin trying to meet my goals.

      And thanks about the 500 word thing. It’s really low but I’m just getting back into it again after a little over three years of issues I had no control over. Just have to get back into the writing mindset again. 🙂

  5. Thanks, Tanya! It’s nice to meet you…and much good luck to you, too. What have we gotten ourselves into?! 🙂

  6. Tanya Reed says:

    Good luck! This is my first ROW80, so I understand your nervousness…but we *can* do this.

  7. Hi, Edjane. Nice to meet you! That’s kind of what I was thinking with setting the goal as low as I did. Five hundred words is easy (usually). And if I can hit that consistently, I’ll have no problem surpassing it. It’s just getting BACK into the habit of writing. Unfortunately it will be later in the week before I can get started, thanks to too many commitments. However…I’m still aiming for the minimum 2500 words by Sunday. 🙂

    Definitely best of luck to you. Bear with me while I learn my way around the whole ROW80 thing. 🙂

  8. Well, starting with the easier goals just leave you with space to move up and make them more challenging later (or not). I decided to go with 500 words per day 5 days per week, too. If you consistently check in, I think the other ROW80 members will have no problems helping you remember your goals.
    Best of luck to both of us.

  9. Good luck, Kristy. I’m rebellious by nature, so when I set a goal like that, I immediately find two or three thousand essential chores I absolutely must do instead….

  10. Yeahhhh…you can do it Kristy!! I am super excited for you and I have no doubt you will meet your goals and will learn a TON!! Here’s to a great next 80 days!!!

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