I'm trying something new this year.
I'm writing competitively in the company of supportive friends.
"Um, Heather," you might say, "that doesn't sound different from your normal bag of tricks. It sounds like the Tour de Writing."
"Well, the Tour happens only in the summer. This competitive writing project happens all year long." I would reply.
"It also sounds a bit like NaNo." (that's you again. See how I nail your voice? :))
"Well, NaNo is only during November, and some people take issue with the extreme word count goals. During this challenge, you get to set your own goals!"
"So, you're writing with supportive people, like in The Practice Room?"
"Yes, with supportive people, writers who check in with you, and cheer you on. And it goes on all year like TPR. But not in a chat room. Through blog comments, and twitter. I even signed up to be a sponsor, so one of my jobs will be to cheer you on, if you decide to sign up. As always, though, TPR will be a great tool to help me reach my writing goals, and I hope other ROWers stop by to utilize the support there as well!"
Okay, this is starting to sound like a 6th grade skit for Social Studies class. :)
But, I am joining a new supportive writing group, called A Round Of Words in 80 Days. Or, ROW 80.
I popped over by mistake, the first time, thinking that the blog was about a writer who also rows. You know, oars, coxswain, the whole nine yards. It wasn't. :) What a happy accident!
It's a blog about writers setting goals, and trying to hit those goals in 80 days, four separate times a year. Writers check in a couple of times each week, and form a community around reaching their goals. It's a superb idea, and I'm excited to be a part of it.
All you do is check out the sign up post, and sign up on the link list, and go from there.
This next round starts on Monday, January 2nd. Perfect if you are resolutioning, perfect if you aren't.
I love supportive writing, don't you??
Come join me, and let me know that you are, in my comments, so I know who's up for the challenge. I'll be following #ROW80 in the twitter feeds as well.
I hope your holidays are going well. Did you get any good gifts? Are you raving the New Year in? Will you join me in a round of ROW 80??
If I can hit my goal while writing like this: