What is A Round of Words in 80 Days?
It's a writing dare, or challenge, that goes on almost continuously. It's divided into 80 day round -- four quarters -- with about 10 days off after every round. Writers can jump in and out of the process at will, even in the middle of a round if they want to.
The goal of ROW80 is like the goal of this blog: to make writing a part of your daily life, instead of some extraordinary, one month a year, thing. This is about your writing life.
Writers set their own goals, change them as necessary. We report in twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Summary of Goals
I posted a detailed description of my goals on Wednesday, but here is a summary:
My strategy for the year is to treat this blog like a magazine and make it the center of my writing life. I'm posting the short episodes of an online novel on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as a comic strip once a month. I'm also posting commentary on writing on Wednesdays, and reviews/criticism/commentary on various movies and books as a "Friday Favorites" feature.
To that end, I will:
- Post here six days a week. (Sunday-Friday at 8am EST.)
- Devote 20 hours a week to this "job" of writing, editing, illustrating and publishing.
Within that time and effort, I hope to also publish three books this fall. Two of them are completed drafts. (One is the serial I posted this summer, the other is the serial I'm about to start posting.) The other is a mostly finished but stalled book that I think I'm ready to take up again.
And now for the weekly review and preview:
This Past Week's Posts
I began last week with an expanded Sunday update post -- which garnered a lot of attention:
- Sunday: Kris Rusch, Joe Konrath, Amazon and Me
- Monday: Episode 41 - Is It Murder?
- Tuesday: Story At Daring Aventure Stories
- Wednesday: Writing Dare Goals - Fall 2012
- Thursday: Episode 42 - LAST EPISODE - Alex Finds a Mentor
- Friday: My Misnamed Top Ten Movies List, Part 2
Coming This Week
Monday: The Misplaced Hero credit cookie - "And What About Lina?"
As a teaser for next summer's story, we follow Lina as she tries to get her book back from Rozinshura.
Tuesday: Miss Leech and The Yard #2
A cozy mystery comic strip.
Wednesday: How I Organize To Write A Book
In reaction to a similar post by Elizabeth Spann-Craig, I'll tell you a little about my convoluted "pre-production" process.
Thursday: Misplaced Hero Wrap Up
Titles, and process, and where the story is (or may be) going.
Friday Favorites: Foyle's War
The BBC mystery series is an interesting counterpoint to Casablanca. Also, I'm in love with Foyle.
See you in the funny papers.