So I’ve got a little secret. ::looks around, all shifty-like::
I’m no good at keeping goals on my own. You should see the unfinished scrapbooks sitting in boxes in my basement. I really suck at scrapbooks. The thing about them is, there is no deadline. No drive to keep me going. There’s just this mess of photos and construction paper and stuff. It takes a lot of motivation to get me to make the mess to create and then later clean it up. I’ve got three kids. I clean up enough crap as it is.
But–if you said to me, “Erin, you need to finish this scrapbook in two weeks so your great-grandmother can have a look when she visits.” I’d be like, “Ok. I can do this.” And I would. Because I love deadlines (so says every paper I ever wrote the night before it was due in college).
Writing can be kind of like that. I’m feeling very motivated at the moment to blog and write and Tweet and all that jazz, but sometimes it’s tedious. Sometimes I’d rather play Angry Birds or bake cookies. Sometimes ::looks around all shifty-like again:: I would rather clean my house. Shh!
This is why the writing community is so important. When you have a group of like-minded individuals cheering you on and supporting you, it drives you to get words on the page.
I recently found out about a writing challenge called A Round of Words in 80 Days (#ROW80 on Twitter). It is sort of in the vein of other challenges like NaNoWriMo, but you set your own goals. Writers participating in the challenge write a blog post stating their goal (which I will do here). We will have twice weekly progress check-ins where we cheer on our fellow participants (or get a kick in the pants? 🙂 ) so we can all reach our own goals. Beautiful.
I am 11,000 words into my current YA contemporary romance WIP. My goal for #ROW80 is to write 750 words a day. If I meet this goal, I will end at 71,000 words which I think will be a good count for this novel. We shall see. I’m sort of still figuring out how to predict word count, so it could be more or less :). The beauty of #ROW80? I have the right to change my mind and change my goal. Also, this sucker needs a title. So…sometime in 80 days I ought to come up with something better than the document currently called, “Story”. Yeah.
Now it’s on: 750 words per day for 80 days. And a title.
If you are a writer and want to join the challenge, please join us! Here is a handy link which will answer any questions about the challenge.
Wish me luck and happy writing to my fellow participants!