Running Writing Fit #RoW80 | Deadlines, Startlines and Finishlines

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“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree”
― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

I thrive on sport and athletics. There is something highly addictive (for me) about getting your blood pumping, add in the competition and trusting your body to do the work and get you over the finish line.
I particularly love marathon/cross country running and sprint-hurdling.

Blame it on being an Aries baby but I thrive on competition, deadlines and work best under stress. The competition does not even need to be with anyone else, I am highly motivated at beating and exceeding my own personal bests.

So why not incorporate my need and passion for body fitness and deadlines into my writing life. Yes, there is Nanowrimo but for me I need a longer race to run to make sure life does not encroach or get in the way because of a too-short finish line.

The ultimate inspiration is the deadline. – Nolan Bushnell

So I have decided to sign up for this final 2014 round of RoW80.

What is RoW80?
The writing challenge that knows you have a life.

Perfect for rewrites/writing/editing

The key difference between Nanowrimo and RoW80 is that you are not limited to track just a word count or meet a specific word count goal.
Instead RoW80 slots beautifully into whatever goal you have in your writing life: Word Count or Time Spent Writing / a combo of the two (or any other trackable goal) if you’re in the midst of editing/rewriting (like I am currently.) It has a much more doable timeline of 80 days and if you miss one round or are late to start, you can jump in any time during the 4 rounds that take place annually.

“A deadline gets a writer’s work done done better and faster than any inspiration, if only because inspirations don’t always come, but the deadline is always there.”
― A.A. Patawaran, Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Imaginary Style Dictator

A Daily Writing Clock-in

I have also recently signed up to Write Track: the goal setting community for writers where you finish what you start.

Write Track is a genius little social “writing” community where once you have signed up and created a profile you can log in individual writing goals. Then each day you accomplish steps towards that writing goal – you track it. It’s a great little accountability tool with the added benefit of a community if writers. If however you just want your own private accountability or private goals , you can adjust your privacy settings to Public, Private (viewable only to your friends) and to Hidden (your eyes only).

“I don’t need time, I need a deadline.”
― Duke Ellington

Look me up if you’re on/going to sign up.
I’m on there: KimKoning @ Write-Track

I’ll check in once a week here on this blog: RoW80 (You can also find a link in the site menu.)
My Goal: Finish my final rewrites on The Tattooist
Butt in Chair = 5x days/week

You can cheer on the other RoWers here

Are you a deadline chaser?
Are you a writing tracker?
Tell me how you track your progress?

The December Deliciousness is LIVE with #HolidayHop

Click here to go blog hopping to more than 60 Holiday Hoppers, meet some great authors and win prizes!

Welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop brought to you by Indie Writers Unite!

There will be guest posts, fiction, featured authors and best of all prizes to be won

and giveaways to be had.

The Ultimate Grand Prize awarded by The Holiday Blog Hop is…

A Kindle Fire

(Each winner from each individual blog contest will go into a random draw for this incredible prize.)

The lucky winner of the Kindle Fire will be chosen on 31.12.11

and will be announced on 01.01/12. here .


Here on Dragonfly Scrolls,

I will be featuring some guest authors and will be posting some holiday styled blog posts…

There may be fiction, poetry, interviews and character profiles but there will be Holiday FUN.

I am holding 2 Contests.

The first contest is for the Guest Authors who will be featured on my blog.

I am giving them a flash fiction challenge,

should they choose to accept…they will go in the running

to win a PRINT copy of

A fantastic anthology of 34 talented authors including: Neil Gaiman, Jeff Vandermeer, Jay Lake, Sean Williams along with others. (Includes my debut short story - a YA dystopian "The Ring of Fire)

 The entries will be judged by YOU the readers…

I will ask you to rate each flash fiction with a rating out of 5 stars

  • 1 star = Good Effort,
  •  2 stars = Had my attention,
  •  3 stars = I want more of this fiction,
  • 4 stars = You hooked me,
  • 5 stars = Brilliant

The winning Guest Author will be announced on 28.12.11 on this blog.



(Winner To be announced on the 25th of December)

To go into the draw to win my prize of an EBOOK copy of Tales for Canterbury…

~Only 1 winner for the whole blog tour on this blog.~

A fantastic anthology of 34 talented authors including: Neil Gaiman, Jeff Vandermeer, Jay Lake, Sean Williams along with others. (Includes my debut short story - a YA dystopian "The Ring of Fire)

You need to take up the following challenge:

Challenge: If you were Santa for a day, and instead of gifts you could grant 3 wishes…

what would be the 3 wishes you grant and why?

(The most imaginative and original wishes will win this one.)


  • So answer the challenge in the comments on each post.
  • One entry per person.
  • Follow this blog (if you aren’t already)
  • like my Facebook Page
  • Follow me on twitter
  • Once all the above is done, tweet that you have been visited by (#GhostofChristmasWishes for #HolidayHop) and tag me @last_lines
  • (Also make sure you are hopping along to all the other #HolidayHop blogs.)

Now you will be eligible to go in the draw for a chance to not only win my prize (the ebook anthology) but also a chance at the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire.

Happy HolidayHopping!

Story A Day May – Challenge!

Day 27 Short Fiction
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Story A Day | About.

Pushed for inspiration in May. Why not try “Story A Day in May”?

I have just signed up. This is  a great opportunity to get writing and get creating in the short story format. 

Every day this website posts a writing prompt for your short stories. The aim of the challenge is to write a short story every day for may or write 31 short stories.

Stretch yourself and take up the challenge.

My user name on the site is: lastlines

Look forward to seeing you there.

– Kim