The last round wasn’t so good for me, but I’ve learned that life has ebb and flow, so I’m just putting the last round down to an ebb tide, right? ( I think that’s the right phrase, being landlocked in Kansas I don’t get much ocean exposure!)
I’m going to keep it simple this time and focus on a three-pronged approach to my goals, and focus on me as a writer a little bit more.
I found a copy of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way at Bookaholic the other day, and since I’ve been feeling blocked creatively for the last, oh say, 30 plus years, it seemed worth a shot. The book is a twelve week program for getting un-blocked and tapping into your creativity, and a Row 80 is about 12 weeks, so seemed pretty coinkydinky to me!
1. I will work through the lessons one week at a time, and do all the homeworks involved with it.
I am also going to get serious about some diet and excercise this round. I did the Body for Life program several years ago and had excellent results. I got lazy and distracted and let some things go (my middle, butt and thighs!) but it’s time, for reasons I won’t get into here, to get serious about taking care of myself. And a Body for Life challenge lasts 12 weeks, so I’m surrounded by coinkydinks!
2. I will commit to my clean eating and exercise plan for the entire twelve weeks.
And the writing? It’s time to put up or shut up, and get busy writing an ugly, messy, imperfect little draft of my idea that sits and chews on my brain stem all day long. First drafts are supposed to be ugly, messy and imperfect so I’m giving myself permission to make puke stains on the page.
3. I will write a rough draft of my novel. This draft will be more like a very long synopsis, but at least it will be words on the page.
So how many of you are Rocking the Row this go-round? Chime in and lets hang out together!