Monday, July 2, 2012

Why I Can't Live Without ROW80

So, I tried sitting out this past round, and let me tell you, it was an abysmal disaster. Not that I didn't get things done- I managed to finish a serialized novella (Daughter of Glass) that will be relased as an ebook through Curiosity Quills Press. I almost finished the third book in my Chronicles of Nowhere series, and then realized it just wasn't a good enough end to the series, and had to back track with it. I am currently serializing the third Angel's Edge book, Blood Redemption. The response to this has been overwhelmingly positive, although I know there are fans who want it yesterday. (Sorry folks, I'm doing my best here.) And in the meantime, they can read for free until it comes out in final format.

But I missed out on a lot of things by sitting out of ROW80. Here are just a few:
1. Accountability
I'm the kind of person who needs to tell on herself every now and then. If I don't, my issues, whatever they are, tend to fester. This is doubly true with writing. I need to admit when I'm getting off track, otherwise it just becomes a messy downward spiral. ROW80 gives me that space, along with a whole group of people who can call me out when I need it, or encourage me when I need that too.
2. Support
ROW80 is a really thriving community of writers of all levels and types- beginners, the almost there, those with several books under their belt, the self- or indie- pubbed, and the traditionally published. I really missed the twice-weekly support and encouragement of these fine folks. Some of them have even become good friends.
3. Blogging
I really slacked off on my blogging. ROW80 makes me sit down and blog at least twice a week. This past round, the one I sat out? I was lucky to update once a month. I love blogging and miss it. I think of it as both a personal journal and a way to stay in practice with my writing. Not to mention staying in touch with readers and fans! So I'm looking forward to the twice weekly check-ins. And who knows- once I'm back in the habit, I'm sure I'll do more than just the required check ins.

So now that I'm climbing back into the saddle, what goals do I have planned for this round?
1. Word count
Probably the most important thing ROW80 helps me with. I'm doing a serial right now, so that forces me to write a chapter a week. I usually aim for roughly 2k words when I write chapters; that just feels like a good natural length for me. Usually I wind up going over that, but a couple of times I've come in under. So that's a bare minimum goal- 2k a week. However, I also have another book I'm working on, so I would like to see about getting my output to 4k a week or more. This is something I'm willing to feel out at this point. I'm also an editor and a mom and just starting back with the ROW80 routine, so I don't want to overdo it. That's the other beauty of this writing group- you can change your goals if they aren't working for you.
2. WIPs
I'm going to continue with Blood Redemption, obviously. However, my big goal this round is to finish the third Chronicles of Nowhere book. I'm sick of pounding my head into the keyboard over it. Hopefully this group and adherence to my goals with get me there without the forehead bruises!
3. Blogging
Blog at least twice a week for the check-ins, but try and include a Free Friday post of some kind. Also, by participating in the blog hop that is such a core feature of the group, I'll be able to read other's blogs more than I have been.

I think that's it for this first post of the new round. I'm really glad to be back!
Oh, and one last shameless plug: the first two books of the Angel's Edge series are free now on Amazon, and will be tomorrow too. So snag yourself some free boks if you haven't read them! And thanks for dropping by. Oh, and here's the link to catch up with the rest of the group. See you Wednesday!


  1. Glad you're back - I feel like I talk to you more when we're both doing ROW80. (Or maybe it's just reading your posts.) My first goal is to wait until Sunday to post my goals because there's no sense in failing right out of the gate. :)

    1. Staaaceeeey!!!
      I'm so excited we're both doing the ROW this round. Here's to the greatness that's sure to follow!

  2. It is nice to see you back, Vicki. Good luck with your goals this round!

  3. Great to have you back, Vicki! Nice opening goals and man do I hear you on the head banging, been doing a lot of that recently. Have a fantastic week and round :)

  4. Yayyy, I'm so glad you're back! I've needed someone to simultaneously wordsprint and burn laundry with :D Great list of goals to start with. Good luck with everything for this round, and don't forget there are always a few of us writing together on twitter from 2 PM to 3 PM EST if you happen to be around!

    1. That's awesome, Lauren! I can always use a good Twitter sprint. It's amazing how much word count I get knocked out sometimes. What's the hashtag?