When I left my job late last year to focus on writing full time, I was excited. Finally, a chance to focus solely on my creative projects, without distraction. Now, almost six months in, I’m actually starting to miss having an office to go to, people to be surrounded by and share my projects with. I love creative collaboration, and I was fortunate to have that at my last job.

Writing is a solitary endeavor, and that can be isolating when there isn’t anything to break up that solitude. I’m grateful for the ROW80 community of writers and bloggers and for the WANA folks, all of whom share the writer’s road.

What this calls for isn’t a major change, but rather a slight course correction. I’ve made a lot of progress so far this year, but I’m realizing I also need to find ways to reach out to my community. There are plenty of options available, whether it’s volunteering for a local charity, taking a class, or rejoining a regional chapter of a writing organization. Somehow, I’m going to have to balance the solitude of writing with the necessity of engaging in my community. Our lives have to be about more than writing, after all.

Midweek ROW80 check-in

ROW80Logocopy1.) Writing:

  • Finish the second draft of the novella I finished in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Edited three chapters earlier this week and merged two shorter chapters into one longer one, since that felt more natural. Hoping to revise a few more chapters later this week.

2.) Read 4 books on the craft/business of writing.

  • Currently reading book 4 of 4. Just started reading “Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life” by Terry Brooks.

3.) Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter daily. Goal met for Monday and Wednesday. My check-in on Tuesday was rather brief, though. Let’s say I partially met this goal.
  • Comment on 3-5 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. On track so far.
  • Blog 2 times a week. On track to meet this goal.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

What about you? How do you engage with your community? And how are your goals coming along this week?

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