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!