Round of Words Goals Post — Summer 2013

I’ve been participating in the Round of Words in 80 Days writing challenge for two full years now. A couple of weeks back I was considering taking the summer off of ROW, but I couldn’t quite get to that decision. As I thought it through, I realized I’d be a lot less productive if I took the summer off of ROW80 — what I’d essentially be doing is taking the summer off from accountability, and possibly from writing in general.

I’ll admit I’m feeling a little lost lately in all of my writing goals. It’s a matter of balancing enough writing productivity with still being the person I want to be in other areas of my life. I know I need to take it easy on goals for the summer. I also won’t be attempting to check in every Wednesday and Sunday…I’m just feeling too quiet for that, and I need to respect my me space.

To that end, here are my goals for this summer:

1) Write 2,000 words per week of new fiction.
2) Revise Descent (Children of the Sidhe book four) and hand off to editor.
3) Read fiction every day, even if it’s just for ten minutes.

I’m looking forward to seeing what other people are working on this summer. Have at it, and best of luck with your goals! Remember to get out and enjoy the season, too! 🙂

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

5 comments on “Round of Words Goals Post — Summer 2013

  1. Sometimes it’s so hard to balance our writing life with our family/friends life, isn’t it? We have to figure out our priorities and go from there. The best thing to do, I think, is make sure we don’t make our writing goals too big. I see some writers set huge goals, and that just makes my head spin. We have to have time for other things. That’s what ROW80 is all about.

  2. Great goals for the summer months and for making sure you have some ‘Me time’! All the best with them and I hope the revision goes smoothly. 🙂

  3. I understand that need for quiet space. I tend to get that way, sometimes, too. The busier my personal life, and my social life, the more i need thinking and being space.

    Your goals sound restful and productive. I love that you added a fiction reading goal. Sometimes, for me, that tends to get a bit lost in the drive to create my own…

    May your summer fulfill all your needs, joyfully!

  4. Best of luck this round. I, too, considered bowing out. But I went from that to being a sponsor. I just love ROW80!!

    Looking forward to rooting for you this round.

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