I only heard about this challenge today via K L Schwengel and EM Castellan’s blogs and decided it was exactly what I needed to stay focused with my writing goals over the next 12 or so weeks. The tagline for A Round of Words in 80 Days is ‘the writing challenge that knows you have a life’, meaning you can set your own goals and tailor the challenge to what you want to achieve – nice idea, don’t you think? So, what are my goals for the next 80 days?

  1. Publish The Butterfly Storm – I’ve already decided on a publication date in June for making my novel available on Kindle, which means I pretty much have 80 days left until my deadline – perfect timing for this challenge. There’s plenty to do before then what with finalising the cover, formatting the book, getting a blog tour arranged, writing a marketing plan and working out how to promote the book.
  2. Start writing something new – Ideally I need to write a follow-up book that’s within the same genre of contemporary women’s fiction as The Butterfly Storm, the only problem is I don’t have any idea what that’s going to be yet… Here’s where this challenge will come in: the goal being to write 250 words a day of a new novel (this can include plot ideas).
  3. Read more – I have a long list of books to read stacking up on my Kindle and bookshelf, so I really need to crack on and read them. As well as lots of novels by indie authors, I still have a couple of books left to read for the lifewriting course I’m teaching. Hopefully my goal of reading a book a week will be achievable and certainly enjoyable.

The challenge starts today, the 1st April (I’m writing this late on Easter Monday) and continues until the 20th June with participants posting updates about how they’re getting on with their goals on Wednesdays and/or Sundays (I plan to post my updates every Sunday). To check out what everyone’s getting up to there’s a helpful linky where participating bloggers can add their links. To find out more and to join in click here.

ROW80 Challenge – Three Goals, 80 Days
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5 thoughts on “ROW80 Challenge – Three Goals, 80 Days

    • 1st April 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Do it! I think it’ll be great fun and hopefully very productive. :-)

  • 7th April 2013 at 10:55 pm


    Welcome to the ROW madness!

    This is the beginning of my sixth round, and I can honestly say that ROW80 has changed nearly every aspect of my life as a writer for the better, and has had a strong positive impact on the rest of my life, too.

    You’ve got specific goals that seem both challenging and attainable, and the willingness to embrace them.

    I sense wonderful things in your 80 days! =D

    • 7th April 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Many thanks for the welcome! That’s so good to know that ROW80 has changed your writing life for the better. I think anything that gives us focus as writers (and a challenge) can only be a good thing.

      Here’s to a wonderful 80 days for both of us!

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