Row 80 Here I Come

This is not the first time I’ve done Row80, but I thought it was high time I stepped back into this game. I seem to get a lot more done with some goals in mind.

For those that have no experience with Row80, basically you state your goals for the 80 days you participate and check in bi-weekly to update the peeps on your progress (usually Sundays and Wednesdays). More details on their site.


If you were reading on the blog last year, some of these goals haven’t changed. I intend to recommit to making progress on them. As far as I know there isn’t any major contest to get in the way of them. πŸ˜‰ Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Read at least 10 more Anton Chekhov short stories to add to my progress of 50 of 201.

  2. Finish reading both The Fire in Fiction and On Writing.

  3. Submit Trick or Tree to another writing contest. Finish Dog Shy and write at least one other short story, all to be submitted to contests.

  4. Write a flash fiction story.

  5. Do at least one thing every week that increases my fluency in Spanish and Japanese.

  6. Finish feedback edits on SHADE and get it queried.

I’m going to call these others bonus goals, which maybe I’ll add as real goals if I finish off one of the six.

  • Rework old contemporary YA story for future publication.
  • Finish my novelette I refer to as the bodyguard story.
  • Create a rough outline for SHADE’s sequel.

Okay, lots to do, I know. But I think they’re all manageable in 80 days. Of course if I hear back on any queries in the meantime, many of these goals might just go right out the window. Ah, life getting in the way of life. πŸ˜‰

Are you doing Row80? Or do you have some summer goals you’re working on? Does setting goals help you move your writing along?

13 thoughts on “Row 80 Here I Come

  1. Gee, does that mean I have to like, stop by here and comment and… oh, wait. I was going to do that anyway. Yay, I get to be a cheerleader for you! πŸ˜€

    #2- both fantastic books. I should re-read.
    #4- I need to try that some day…

    • It’s really thanks to my blog buddy Gloria that I keep at it. She’s a dedicated Row80er. Have you ever done it? It has really helped me with accomplishing goals.

      • I’ve set out goals for myself before – but not against a wider structure that someone else has set up. I always feel as if I work better as a self-motivator… although that doesn’t always work!

        • I do it for the accountability. Then you have to report to someone the progress you’re making. Sometimes I even say to myself, “Aw, better get some goal progress done, I’ve got that Row80 post tomorrow.” Better than nothing for me.

  2. Good luck.
    While I’m not participating in an official goal group, I am working to finish the current edit on my work in progress. With the chaos of every day life, this is the main goal at the moment.

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