#ROW80 Goals and Inspiration

While the official launch of A Round of Words in 80 Days is tomorrow, I am a creature of habit who has gotten used to posting on Sundays. Thus, I am declaring my Round 4 goals today. This time, I am categorizing my goals to make them easier to track.

For each category, I looked for a little inspiration among my resources.

Editing: SHARING HUNTER MILLS, young adult contemporary novel.

“If there’s one thing every successful writer’s process includes, it’s rewriting. Talent aside, in my experience, what separates writers who break through from those who don’t is perseverance mixed with the wholehearted desire of a zealot to zero in on what isn’t working and fix it.” Lisa Cron, Wired for Story

  • Complete full rewrite.
  • Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system.
  • Deliver to beta readers.


“Blog in ways that communicate your distinctive writing voice.” Kristen Lamb, We Are Not Alone

  • Post Sunday ROW80 updates, Amaze-ing Words Wednesdays, and Deep-Fried Fridays.
  • Send interview questions to two guests I have lined up for my blog.


“Finally, one just has to shut up, sit down, and write. . . Writing is so simple, basic, and austere.” Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

  • Write two short stories.


“I remember the exact day I decided I was going to be a writer. I jotted this in my journal: ‘Today I resolve to take writing seriously, to keep going and never stop, to learn everything I can and make it as a writer.'” James Scott Bell, Plot & Structure


“Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.” Stephen King, On Writing

  • Nothing special here. Just read. A lot.

Non-writing goals

“Clean up this mess.” Mom (Hey, some things still reverberate in your brain from childhood.)

  • Exercise twice a week. If I don’t take care of myself, my body will become a mess.
  • Sort through photos and complete at least one album. I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.

So what are you using to inspire yourself with your writing goals? Have you joined the ROW80 Round 4? Do you have any writing craft book recommendations for me?

It’s not too late to join the “writing challenge that knows you have a life”–where you set your own goals and post progress updates accordingly. If you’re interested, check out ROW80 HERE.

13 thoughts on “#ROW80 Goals and Inspiration

  1. Loved the quotes, especially the last one =P
    Great goals. I like the one about writing short stories. It helps with the creativity flow.
    I’ll keep you on your toes about exercising πŸ˜‰ I was the epitome of laziness … now I go to the gym 5 or 6 times a week and I WANT to go. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your day, of your life … and it is good for us. Not just to “look better”, but to feel better, to have more energy, to let go of stress … well, sorry, I could talk about it for hours LOL
    Good luck! I’ll be here checking your progress and cheering you on πŸ˜‰

    1. Ha! Moms can be very inspiring. πŸ™‚ You’d be proud, Juliana: I walked this morning, thus beginning my exercise reboot. I want to exercise mostly to feel better and keep my blood pressure in check, but dropping some of the muffin top wouldn’t hurt either. Have a great week!

  2. It was very tempting to put my goals up on Sunday due to the excellent conditioning ROW80 has accomplished in my brain, but I managed to resist. After this round, I’ll probably be unable to let Sunday or Wednesday pass without a goal-oriented post.
    And Scrivener is a great tool. I use it for pretty much every writing project which goes beyond 2,000 words. I’m especially enamored of meta tags. I tag every scene with the names of the characters in it, so that I can do a search for a character name and get their story in isolation. Very handy when I work on my serial.

    1. I couldn’t resist, Jeff! Sunday came, and here I was! LOL. I love hearing how others use Scrivener because I get some great ideas that way. Your character sorting is a wonderful one. Thanks.

  3. Great quotes! I wrote my ROW80 post yesterday, but scheduled it for today. So bring it on!

    As for craft books, one of my favorites, hands down, is Holly Lisle’s Create a Character Clinic. Heck I love all her stuff. Anything by Donald Maas is good too. Good luck!

  4. I liked the quotes too, Julie, but I had more fun and more inspiration when I read your goals and the steps you plan on taking to reach those goals.

    I’ve never participated in the ROW80 before. I need to put on my bigboy pants and do it the next time around.

  5. Ooh, I love that Kristin Lamb quote. Isn’t she fabulous? I love that you’ve paired inspirational quips with your writing goals. πŸ™‚

    I’m heading to Cleveland for a writers’ conference this week, which fulfills one of my goals of staying active in the crime fiction community. Excited!

  6. I love how you broke this down and the quotes. After a dismal Round 3, my main focus is writing. I’ve got to get those darned words down! Wishing you a productive Round 4.

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