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A Round of Words in 80 Days

For anyone who has not heard of it, ROW80 is “a writing challenge that knows you have a life.” You can check out all the details here but the short version is that you set personal goals and have 80 days to achieve them.

It’s like NaNoWriMo, but happens quarterly throughout the year, and the goals are much more tailored to what you need, especially if it isn’t simply getting more words on the page. People check in on Wednesdays and Sundays, so you can hold yourself accountable and reach your goals on time. :D

Tracy’s ROW80 Goals

Okay, so what about my goals? What do I want to achieve between Oct 07 and Dec 26?
1. Tidy up and submit Life of a Foundry Moth short story by 10/15. Not sure if anything will come of it; it’s a bit long for a short story, but maybe it will find a home. :)
2. Complete another short story I have sketched out.
3. Reorganize the big swampy middle of my novel work-in-progress The Dreamless City. Flesh it out and reach my word goal of 100,000 words. If I was starting from scratch, that would be 1250 words per day.
4. Until I figure out what my novel WIP needs, write at least 500 words per day, mostly during my lunch hour.  Combined with the editing I am doing, I feel like this is a realistic goal for the next couple of weeks.

Dreamless City Update

Artwork by H.L. Fatnassi

Artwork by H.L. Fatnassi

Nissa, Daschel, and Reynard are still getting up to mischief, and I hope I’ll have more to share with everyone before the end of the month.  Maybe one of the horse-racing scenes through the cobblestone streets of Rivenloss?

I have also been working on some story art with super-talented artist and amazing friend H.L. Fatnazzi.  She doesn’t want me to share anything new right now, but let me just say that her concept sketches are amazing. Here’s a previous one I shared for Nissa.

Daily Dose of Piano Music

Listening to piano music often helps me through those sticky paragraphs. I also love Coldplay and the Hunger Games books, so this piano rendition of “Atlas” by Josiah Wilkinson hits all three bull’s-eyes for me. Enjoy your Tuesday!!

8 comments on “A Round of Words in 80 Days

  1. mrschmoe
    October 8, 2013

    Reblogged this on Just another inane writer and commented:
    Not too shabby. ROW80 is worth checking out

    • tracycembor
      October 10, 2013

      Yeah, I’m testing it out. Will let you know at the end of the year how it pans out.

      • mrschmoe
        October 10, 2013

        cool beans indeed.

  2. Not quite 40
    October 9, 2013

    Yeah on Foundry Moth. I have been looking and waiting, and waiting and looking for more of that :-)

    • tracycembor
      October 10, 2013

      I won’t tell you how many times it has been rewritten, but let’s just say I have run out of fingers. Hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry for the long delay.

      • Not quite 40
        October 14, 2013

        I am just happy knowing it is still in its cocoon and will emerge in good time! No problem waiting for something as delightful as that.

        Remember, it WAS a collaborative experiment, so if you get stuck you can always ask the audience!

  3. Alex
    October 9, 2013

    Sounds a lot more manageable than NaNoWriMo. At my most intense, I’ve never managed to do more than 30k words a month, what with life and all getting in the way.

    • tracycembor
      October 10, 2013

      I have won NaNo a few times, but also lost it due to life getting in the way (my daughter was born early one November). It is more like a sprint, but I have learned that this writing thing is more like a marathon. I still enjoy NaNo as a way to get the words of the page, but I need to write by myself the other eleven months of the year.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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