ROW80 – Round Four Begins

Eek! Today is the first day of A Round of Words in 80 Days – Round Four. I missed Round 1, did pretty good in Round 2 and terribly in Round 3. Round 4 will be different.

Why? I hear you scream? NaNoWriMo is why! 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. But ROW80 is an 80 day challenge, not just 30 days (not that there’s anything ‘just’ about NaNo), so I need goals for the other 50 days. 28 in October and the rest in December.

The problem is I’ve not really decided on them yet. I was going to go for 250 words a day in October and December, but the more I think about it the more I think I need more in October. Especially if I want to get ‘Holiday’ as close to being finished as possible.

Currently, I’m thinking maybe 500 a day in October, 1,667 in November then back down to 250 in December – I think I’ll need the rest by then! As ROW80 is flexible with goals, that’s how I’m going to start. If I find 500 is too much in October (firstly it means I’ll be screwed in November!!!) then I can drop it down to 250, or 300, or 100 whatever.

The goal this round is just writing, but if I do some editing here and there, that’s fine, I’ll work out how to calculate that into my goals – editing is harder than writing (for me) so it may as well go in too.

I’m going to add another goal too. A blogging goal. In October and December I plan to blog at least 3 times a week – two check-ins on Sundays and Wednesdays, and another along the way. Maybe I’ll post some writing, maybe just my thoughts, whatever. I know blogging is hard to do in November with the NaNo task too, so I’m going to set myself a goal of checking in at least once a week for that month.

Away from writing, I’d also like to set myself an exercise/weight loss goal. 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. This should be easy most of the time, because I’ve started walking home from work, which is 50 minutes. I need to get back into regular running though too. And lose some weight.

Are you in for ROW – Round 4? What are your goals if you are? If not, why not? It’s good fun and there’s some great people out there!

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5 thoughts on “ROW80 – Round Four Begins

  1. Great goals and thank you for your comment on mine. As you said I am sure blogging during NaNo is tough so I wil aim to do short check-ins and see how I go.

    NaNo is so close! Looking forward to it in a terrified way! Have a great first week of round 4!

    • I hope I didn’t sound too negative! I’ve been worried that I did :-S
      I felt the same way before my first NaNo. And second. This year I’m hardly thinking about it, because i’m trying to finish ‘Holiday.’ Well actually, I have got the novel idea… that I can’t wait to start writing – so I guess I’m really looking forward to it!

  2. No you weren’t too negative at all! It helps to hear the experiences of others so if I do decide to drop to one check-in or something I will know I am not the first person.

    Looking forward to it in a terrified manic grin way!

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