ROW80

Welcome to my ROW80 Page!

ROW80 2012 – Round 1 (January 2 to March 15, 2012) Goals

Writing

  • Complete outline of WIP
  • Write 1750 words a week, on average 250 words a day (can be on WIP or other writings like flash fiction, character development, world building etc)
  • Finish James Scott Bell book
  • Read 2 other writing craft books

Social Media

  • Blog – post 4 times a week
  • Blog –  post ROW80 progress reports twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday)
  • Tweet/Comment on at least 10 blogs a week
  • Comment on 1 new blog per week (ROW80 or otherwise)

Healthy Lifestyle

  • Cardio – 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
  • BowFlex – 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
  • Maintain a daily food/migraine journal

ROW Progress Reports

January 2012

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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29 30 31        

February 2012

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5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29      

March 2012

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

ROW Deets

And in case this page has inspired you to join in on the ROW80 FUN, here are some basic deets:

  • There are 4 rounds a year, each running 80 days. Round 1 runs from January 2 to March 15, 2012.
  • 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).
  • Once you have settled on a goal, you write it up on your blog (voila, right here) 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.
  • Be sure to grab the ROW80 badge from the sidebar on the ROW80 Blog.

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ROW80 2011 – Round 4 (October 3 to December 22)

I am really excited to be taking part in Round 4 of ROW80, the writing challenge that knows people have a life. I think it’s just what I need to help me get started on my VERY FIRST Work In Progress (WIP). This round takes place October 3 to December 22, 2011.

As per the rules, goals can be anything as long as they are measurable (e.g. number of words/pages, specified amount of time to spend on writing per day/week, number of pages edited, etc). Mine will be centered around writing; on my work in progress (WIP) and my blog.

Work In Progress Goals

  • Set up writing room (clean out DVDs and crap from office and set up laptop).
  • Get a new office chair.
  • Read through old journals (7) to see if there is book material there.
  • Read: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland
  • Spend 5 hours a week on WIP outline – complete ½ outline including:
    • Define outline method
    • Craft premise
    • Create scene list
    • Develop key story factors – stakes, motive, desire, conflict
    • Determine setting
    • Define audience
  • Complete 2 character sketches with back story
  • Find and order 3 highly recommended writing craft books (ask others).

Blogging Goals

  • Blog 5 times a week.
  • Read, re-tweet/tweet, and comment on at least 10 blogs per week.
  • Report on ROW80 progress twice a week.

ROW Progress Reports

October 2011

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31

November 2011

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30

December 2011

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

ROW Deets

And in case this page has inspired you to join in on the ROW80 FUN, here are some basic deets:

  • There are 4 rounds a year, each running 80 days. Round 4 runs from October 3 to December 22, 2011.
  • 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).
  • Once you have settled on a goal, you write it up on your blog (voila, right here) 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.
  • Be sure to grab the ROW80 badge from the sidebar on the ROW80 Blog.

Comments

  1. Good luck with your goals and your first WIP! Very exciting. Here’s one writing book I recommend: Bird by BIrd by Anne Lamott. It’s very inspirational and will make you feel like you can write anything. :)

    • Thank you so much Ghenet! It is exciting and scary. I’ll definitely go pick up the book. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment! Cheers!

  2. Good luck with your goals. I look forward to getting to know you during round 4 :)

    • Thank you so much Raelyn! I look forward to getting to you know as well. I am off to check out your blog in 2.5. Thanks for swinging over and the comment. It certainly does help to have encouragement so I really appreciate it! :-)

  3. Oh my…I am coveting yopur cute calendars…how’d you do that? I did ROW80 3 and am plunging in for round 4 — but I really want those cute calendars. Oh, and good list!

    • Thanks so much Amy – I created them with a wee bit of HTML code that I copied and pasted in. Do you have an option to use HTML code cause I’d be happy to fire you over the snippet. Let me know.
      I plan to post my updates in my regular blog but link back to them from my ROW80 page via the dates. We’ll see if it works – LOL!!! You know what they say about good intentions. LOL!
      Woot woot on round 4 – that rocks! I am off to check out your blog and cheer you on! :-)

      • Let’s see…HTML code you say. I think I can add it in blogger — but I don’t want to steal your cute idea. I’ll come up with something. Hey — thanks for stopping by — I’m ashamed to say the goals you read were from the last ROW80. So, I’ve added posting to my blog at least twice a week!

        • Girl…you are welcome to the code if you want it – I am here to share…it is the best form of flattery! :) Send me an email to Natalie at nataliehartford dot com and I will email it over. :) Don’t be ashamed now – it’s the written challenge that knows you have a life. just get back on the band wagon and get the new writing party started! :))

  4. Omg, aren’t you organized!

    This is my first #ROW80 too, but not my first WIP.

    Good luck and see you there!

    • Thank you Juliana. Woot woot. It’s nice to have another ROW80 newbie in the bunch. I’m off to check out your goals. :-) Thanks for swinging over. :-)

  5. Love the calendars! What a cool visual. I may have to sweet talk you into sharing that with me. I’m HTML illiterate! I gotta get more comfortable with the features available to me on WP.

    • Thank you Callene!! It’s honestly not that scary. Create a little test page, hit the HTML tab and google different HTML code ideas like font, color, tables, lists etc. Copy, paste, and preview to see what you can do! :-) I just googled HTML calendar and searched around till I found something I liked…then I copied and pasted it in and fiddled around till it was “just” so. And I’d be happy to share the code with you if you get brave enough and want to give it a try.
      There are also some great intro to HTML classes you can find online that are often free if interested in some basic knowledge…it’s good to have a sense of at least some of the basics as to how it works so it’s not all Greek. :-)

  6. I love that adorable calendar! I see you’re an extensive plotter; I’ve just joined your camp – outlining is much more time-consuming than I anticipated! Anyway, great goals, and good luck with the round!

    • Thank you Annalise! :) Very nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know each other more over ROW80. I am definitely a planner so extensive plotter I think will work for me but given it’s my first WIP we’ll see…LOL! I shall visit your blog later today to shake some pom poms.

  7. Oh my word! Love those calendars!! I’m having serious blog envy.

    Looking forward to learning the Row80 ropes with you. :)

    • Forgot to ask — so are you making your Row80 updates to this static page? That’s what I’m planning on doing because Angela Wallace said it worked for her in Round 3.

      • Hmmm. My plan is to make my updates on my regular blog page. I will then create a link from the calendar date on my ROW80 static page to the coinciding blog post. Currently that is in theory since I haven’t tested the calendars to see if I can do it or not. We shall see…It’ll be a work in progress and organization as I go I am sure.

    • Thanks so much Bridgette! I am super pumped too! Woot woot! :-)

  8. I love the calendars — soooo cute! Actually, your entire blog design is super cute, too. :D

    So glad to see that you are joining all the wonderful ROW80 fun. Looking forward to getting to know you during this round!

    • Awwww…thank you Lena!! Woot woot. I always love it when I hear people like my blog design since I agonized over it for months. LOL!
      Can’t wait to get to know you either through the ROW80 experience. I have a ton of new blogs to check out as I wield my pom poms with ninja style!

  9. What a great blog! It’s gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing about your ROW80 progress!! Cheers – Gina

  10. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    Natalie, what a great list of goals. Very ambitious and do-able. You’ve got some great calendar’s up there, make sure you have the first four goals spread across the 80 days in a working calendar as well as measuring your achievements. In the planner is a better opportunity for completion. ;-)

    • Thanks so much Nancy – fantastic suggestions and I agree, I’ll definitely have better chance of success if I plan and spread my goals out across the 80 days. I’ve seen a number of people who break theirs up into chunks and I can see how this helps. Thanks again!

  11. You’re very organized! Great idea with the calendars. I just bought myself a new desk chair! Definitely needed better back support for all the time I spend in front of this computer.

    • Thanks Angela!! I am in dire need of a new chair. The one I have is comfortable but it’s too big so I slide out of it. Definitely need a good one for all the hours at the computer.

  12. Recommended book on writing: “The Lie That Tells a Truth” by John Dufresne. I’m picky about my writing books, and this is a good one. I’ve just heard of ROW80 and will check it out. Thanks.

  13. I would love to join this! Not this particular one, but the first one next year. I’ll probably have to hit you up for advice on how to add the badge to my blog though. :)

    • FANTASTIC Kristy – you will LOVE it!!! Absolutely, I am happy to help in any way and will glady send you step-by-step instructions. It’s so easy! :-) Yeahhhh…we’ll have so much fun! :-)

      • It sounds like I will, Natalie. I wanted to do NaNo, but thirty days? I really DO have a life. And while it’s probably doable for me, I just wasn’t ready to give it a try this year. I like the 80-day plan, and not have to try to meet a specific goal. But it would be too cool to wind up with four first drafts every year!

        Let’s hope I can follow your instructions when I get my computer back. So far I can’t figure out how to change the background for my text so I can do the whole falling snow thing on my WP blog, lol. White snow on a white background is kind of pointless. :)

        • I think that’s what everyone loves about ROW80 – the more realistic goals and flexibility and support while still having accountability to sort of push you along. I think you’ll love it! :-)
          I am sure once you get the hang of it, you’ll motor right along! :-) To add the falling snow:
          Go to your dashboard.
          Navigate towards the bottom to Settings.
          Click General.
          Check the box next to “Show falling snow on this blog.”
          Click Save Changes

          It’ll still show up against the black text. :-)

      • It worked! Thanks, Natalie. I tried it Sunday, but nothing much happened. Still wish I could change the background. I need to see snow. Thanks to the freak warm front, I doubt we’ll see any of the real stuff falling around here in time for Christmas. WP snow is better than no snow. :)

        • Yeahhh!!! I think on the theme you’ve chosen you can’t change the background where the text goes. Only the outer background which is likely under Dashboard – Appearance. But I think the snow looks great as is! It’s not distracting as you read but you can see on the edges. Love it!
          I know…we’ve had NO real snow yet. Two storms that sort of melted away so it’s looking like a green Christmas here as well. So odd. :-)

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