Move Over NaNoWriMo, Hello ROW80

ROW80LogocopyI have not added one bloody word to my novel since Nov. 30, 2014. Not one.

This, however, was intentional. With Christmas craziness and the kids being off school there was no bloody way I’d get pen to paper…or rather…finger to keyboard. So I took the month off.

That month is now over and it’s time to get at it again. My characters are morose with loneliness and boredom. Imagine being left in suspended animation in the bowels of a dark ship which is rocking precariously in low tide on hostile ground…

But I digress.

I am joining up with a Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) thanks to the initiative of writing pal of mine who brought the challenge to my attention. My goal, in 80 days, is to add another 30,000 words to my story. That is WAY doable – just under 400 words a day and should bring it up to first draft completion.

Wish me luck! Here we go!


17 thoughts on “Move Over NaNoWriMo, Hello ROW80

    1. Thanks, Sione. When I wrote for NaNoWriMo, I managed 1500 in about 80 minutes…but that’s a good day for me. I think I will have to work up to speed again. I can probably write about 1000 words in a hour as long as I’m not stuck. My genre is YA Fantasy. I will hop over to your page to see what you’re writing. πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Welcome to Row80. I like your goal of 400 words a day. Someone once told me if I wanted to increase my word count, to do it by 10% until that’s comfortable then move it up again. I know NaNo teaches us to write like crazy, but sometimes it’s more fun to enjoy talking with the characters and letting it flow a bit slower. I took off some time as well to the unhappiness of my characters, but having fun now chatting away and arguing about the story.

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  2. Oh! I know, Robin! The attitudes of these fictional beings! πŸ˜‰ But it is fun and nice to be back. I think I can likely increase my word count, little by little over 80 days but probably won’t go beyond 1000 words/day. Then it starts to be work…Good luck with your writing. I’ll meander over to your blog too and see what’s going on.


  3. Yes! NaNoWriMo is such a blast to pushing that wip to the next level. I love participating and am now working away on revision (and all its merry levels). Your goals are nicely specific, the New Year begins, may this round go well for you (and may your characters chat you up!).

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    1. Hi Beth. Thanks for the comment. I just went over to your page to see what you’re up to. Very busy indeed. πŸ™‚ I’m basically just trying to get the plot out and then I have to go back and revise A LOT! But I suppose this is the way it goes for most writers. I will be happy though, once I get through to my word goal so ROW has come along at the perfect time.


  4. Yeah, I haven’t added much to my WIP since NaNo, either. My goal is similar to yours: I’m attempting 500 words per day, with hopes of completing my WIP by June 30, 2015. Assuming I stay on this easy schedule, I should hit THE END well before June, but I was trying to give myself some wiggle room. Good luck! We can do this!

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  5. WOW! ROW80 is really working for you. The feedback you’re getting from fellow writers is a great form of support as well. I have yet to join you on my own blog. Congratulations on the progress. A novel of 80,000 words always start with 1 πŸ˜€


    1. Yes, Abufares. You should join up. It is a great group of people! Very supportive. Nothing like accountability, support, and inspiration to get the job done. Good luck and I’ll look forward to your updates!


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