More than Writing: Midweek ROW80 check-in

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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6 thoughts on “More than Writing: Midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. I actually think that in this day and age, writing is a lot less lonely than it used to be. 🙂 Although of course, we are still not getting a lot of face to face interaction with colleagues. That’s why real (as opposed to virtual) workshops can be such a help. Virtual can be great too, of course, but they’re missing the physical interaction.

    • You raise a good point about attending workshops (and conferences, too). I tend to do a lot of stuff online, but maybe an in-person workshop or seminar would be a good way to mix things up. Thanks for the tip!

  2. My friend and I roleplay our characters together. We’ve done so for years, even when the stories aren’t related, and recently started creating a joint story. I also share and collaborate on non-fiction projects with several of my friends who write. Writing can be a shared activity if you get creative about it. 🙂

    • Good points! I haven’t done any joint stories, but I have a critique group that meets once/month, and I’ve just agreed to beta read someone’s story, so there is some interaction there.

      Last year I was in a local theater production, and that got me out into my community.

      Writing certainly can be a shared activity, and there’s a great community out there for us writers. We just have to be creative and know where to look. Thanks!

  3. The biggest part of my community lives in my house with me! =)

    The children and I attend at least one unschooling event each year. It’s a chance to hang out with other families living the way we are; a chance not to be asked what happens if you don’t punish, don’t have bedtimes, and don’t send kids off to school or sit them at the table for lessons (hint; happy kids who are living their lives on their own terms, who sleep when they’re tired, learn as need and passion lead them, and tend to listen because they don’t need to tune out the yelling).

    We also go to events and the Y in our community, and keep in touch through social media. I am lucky that my near -lifelong best friend, fellow ROWer Eden Mabee, is close enough that we can get together every so often to hang out with or without childen…

    I meet many wonderful creative types through the various challenges I engage with, and I am rather prone to striking up conversations with strangers at the store. =D

    • Unschooling sounds like a really cool idea. I bet you have lots of adventures together!

      It’s great that you have a close friend who’s also a fellow ROWer. One of my crit partners is thinking of joining us next round–I think I’ve converted her! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting, Shan Jeniah.

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