Writing challenges are some of the best ways to start and finish story ideas.
Almost every one is familiar with NaNoWriMo, the writing challenge that pushes us to complete 50,000 words in 30 days every November. NaNoWriMo is always fun, but let’s face it — November is crazy enough due to the holidays or upcoming finals/vacations without trying to write a complete novel.
I am not knocking NaNoWriMo in anyway. I love NaNo. It makes me crazy, but I love it.
The biggest problem with NaNoWriMo, however, is that, like most other writing challenges, it demands that we step outside our normal lives for a certain period of time (usually about a month) and focus on nothing but writing our book. In theory, this is a fantastic idea, but in reality, it is not always possible to forget our jobs, classes or families for an entire month.
Last week, I blogged about writing challenges that happen during the spring. One of these spring challenges is actually a yearly challenge — ROW 80.
ROW 80 stands for “A Round of Words in 80 Days”. This is the writing challenge that knows we writers have lives outside the realm of writing. This challenge knows we have day jobs, classes and families.
ROW 80 happens four times a year, with the next round beginning April 4.
In addition to having 80 days to complete your novel, the other nice thing about ROW 80 is that you can set your own goal and there is no daily minimum word count to meet. Every writer is different and ROW 80 understands that.
If you are interested in ROW 80, signs ups are here. ROW 80 also provides inspirational/motivational posts by sponsors — and for this round, I’m one of them! Sponsors also check in with participants twice a week (every Wednesday and Sunday) to cheer them on and provide that little push when needed.
Because May will be a SUPER busy month for me (finals, graduation, moving to Okinawa), my ROW 80 goal is to finish revising Party Favors as well as to finish the first draft of my steampunk novella, Zoraida. Two things I’ve been working on the past month anyway. Maybe for the third round of ROW 80, I will be settled in Japan already and able to start a new project or go back and finish an old one (like the SciFi Shifter Story of Awesome — tentative title, of course).
I’m looking forward to participating and being a sponsor in ROW 80. I hope you’ll join me!