ROW Weekly Check-In: Where I Tweak My Goals

Happy Wednesday to you all! Second week in and I have already needed to adjust my goals to my changing needs. It’s been awhile since I’ve written goals 🙂 So here goes again…

My goals:


  • take time every day to read for pleasure.

 I did pretty well this week. I suffered from a migraine for the last few days that put a slight kibash on doing anything.

Current book: “The Witch Doctor’s Wife”  by Tamar Myers


  • Participate in daily meditative writing
  • free-write for at least thirty minutes a day
  • practice writing with a clear plot, motivation and goal in mind

Meditative writing is part of another goal set for a class I am taking. Morgan Dragonwillow has an awesome collection of meditative prompts paired with relaxing music. I really enjoy this part of my day.

Free-writing is accomplished through Twitter word sprints like SprintShack or old NaNoWriMo Write-In videos. NaNo has good prompts for strengthening characters, setting, dialogue, etc.

I’ve been using random generators and moral dilemmas to practice plot and developed characters. So far, so good.


  • Plan/ schedule posts a week ahead

 Just completed my first week of themed posts on here, all written ahead of time. It’s a habit I would like to strengthen before school starts again.


  • Keep in consistent contact with communities I belong to

 I network on Twitter through various chats during the week including #createlounge and #storysocial. This past week I have participated in each one.


  • Check in with my goals on a daily basis and adjust smaller goals accordingly

I’ve used goal spreadsheets and Google calendar to work on goals. I missed a couple of days this weekend, but otherwise so far so good.


  • 1 new submission each week.
    –Post account of rejections and acceptances

This week I subbed one of my poems to Vine Leaves, an online and print literary magazine. Wish me luck 🙂 No news on acceptances or rejections yet…

Overall, I met most of my goals this week. Interested in seeing how ROW works? Check us out on Twitter at #ROW80 or at their website.

“. . . I believe poetry is also a bridge between solitudes. At its best, it transports us — through the nonlinear and irresistible persuasion of music and metaphor — into a state of receptive empathy, the closest thing we can get to truly understanding what it’s like to see the world as someone else does, to live inside another’s skin. . . .” ~ Elizabeth Austen

10 thoughts on “ROW Weekly Check-In: Where I Tweak My Goals

  1. Any news on that poem? Keeping fingers crossed just in case. Hooray for the regular writing practice. It’s vital.

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    1. No news yet. Will keep you all in the know 🙂

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  2. Best of luck on the submission!

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  3. Best of luck on the submission! Great goals – I might have to borrow a couple of your methods. I like the way your goals are categorized and using Google calendar might be super helpful, too.

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  4. Sounds like you had a great week 🙂 Good luck with your submission!

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    1. 🙂 Have an amazing week as well


  5. I need to checkout Sprint Shack. My free writing lately seems to end up as me kvetching about annoyances instead of doing something creative.

    Good luck on your submission! Have a great second half of the week!

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    1. Good luck 🙂 They can be a little intimidating at first but keep going 🙂 Have a great rest of your week as well


  6. Good luck with the poem 🙂

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