SWAGr May Check In 2015

This month’s  Serious Writer’s Accountability Group is the perfect opportunity for you to list your goals (and personal rules) for this year’s StoryADay May. Don’t be shy. Tell us what you’re going to do this May!

What people are saying about StoryADayMay 2014

Did you make a SWAGr promise last month? Don’t remember what you promised to do? Check out the comments from last month.

And don’t forget to celebrate with/encourage your fellow writers on their progress!

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Examples of Goals Set By SWAGr-ers in previous months

  • Finish novella – Maureen
  • Write two short stories. – Jami
  • Write 10,000 (fiction) words this month. – Julie
  • Work on a series – Brick
  • Track my time and see what’s getting in the way of my writing – Alex
  • Research the market – Jami
  • Writing the synopsis for my novel – Misa
  • Finish one story draft each month – Carol

 So, what will you accomplish this month? Leave your comment below:

(Next check-in, 1st of the month. Tell your friends. )


Don’t forget, if you need inspiration for a story you can still get ALL THE PROMPTS from StoryADay May 2014 and support the running of the StoryADay challenge at the same time. Give a little, get a little :) Click here.

38 thoughts on “SWAGr May Check In 2015”

  1. So, here’s what I said last month:
    My big goal for the month: Finish my CampNaNo novella – 20,000 words – and publish a 100-word story every day on the blog (oh the insanity!).
    I finished the novella last night, and I wrote a 100-word story every day. Well, okay, I’m still working on today’s, but it’s going to go up soon.

    May goals:
    – write a story a day (obviously!); use one 100-worder a week as opening for a longer story
    – print out and read through novella; take editing notes

  2. My goals: a story a day (first time doing the challenge!) and finish revising a series of short stories I’m indie publishing. I can do this!

  3. Well, since I’m the ‘brains’ behind this, I suppose I’d better commit to writing a story a day in May, eh?

    So that’s what I’ll do.

    My plan is to
    *write some more episodes of a serial I started last year (http://www.julieduffy.com/category/writing/fiction/forgetown-follies/)
    *write some Christmas stories for release in November (I did this in 2013 and it was fun! )
    *write some other holiday/themed stories for submission to markets that like holiday/themed stories.
    *perhaps write some short stories set in the universe of my novel(s) to add depth, spark ideas for them, and potentially work as stand-alone pieces.

    Last month I promised to:
    * Write, promote and release the 2015 StoryADay Writing Prompts ebook DONE!
    * Solicit guest prompts from established writers, to go up on the site DONE!
    * Clean up the site and open it for registration DONE!
    * Spam the heck out of the mailing list. DONE!
    * Interview writers and guest post on other sites to raise awareness of StoryADay May (our sixth year!!!) DONE!

    1. Oooh, I like the way you broke down what kind of stories you’ll write. I think I’ll nick that for my May Plan 😀

      Well done on achieving all the April goals – sounds like a lot of work!

      1. I’m hoping having specific stories planned will help.

        And yes, I’m fairly exhausted. I’m probably the only person around here who’s looking forward to writing a story a day as a *break* from what I’ve been doing… 🙂

  4. My goals for May 2015 – (2) story drafts each week. That will give me (8) rough drafts to work with. I’ve decided to reasonable goals for myself, as a story-a-day, tantalizing as that is, will just not cut it for me. 🙂

    Wishing everyone here Good luck, Happy Writing, and BIG THANKS to Julie for getting us all set up for a great May of writing !

    P.S. – Love the May prompts KINDLE book, well worth the money.

    1. Hi Carol!
      Aw, you’re sweet. Thanks for the comment about the Kindle book. I love hearing that it’s helpful.

      I love your goals, too. If you keep that pace up throughout the month, you’ll be creating a fabulous habit!

  5. So, last month… I came up with stuff to do without remembering that I had a surgery appointment later in the month. As it turns out, I don’t work well under stress of surgery. But hey, I managed to write scattered 25k of fiction over various projects, and one of my stories got named a Story of the Week by i09, so the month wasn’t a total wash.
    This month I’m probably not going to be doing strictly a story per day – my short stories often take 2-3 days to write properly. But I will:

    – write one short story per week, a la Bradbury
    – build up my blogging skills – actually write a post per week
    – finish plotting and character-building for a serial I’m launching soon, ‘Mostly Dead Girls’

    1. Ah, we live and learn, eh?
      And I would call your progress much better than ‘not a total wash!!
      I discovered the Bradbury Story A Week idea after I had started StoryADay May. In retrospect, it’s a much more sensible idea, and I recommend it heartily. But I think there’s a place for a little insanity for those who are inclined, once a year 🙂

      Good luck!

      1. I miiiiight have a small perfectionism problem. 😛
        I actually really want to try the proper Story-A-Day May sometime – just both Mays since I found it have been booked with other projects I need to spend some time on in advance. Ah well.

  6. Hi, all, I’m new to stating my monthly goals (but I’m thinking it will help), although I’ve done Story A Day May before (some years more successfully than others!).

    I’m currently writing a novel (a mystery that I consider to be the first in a series), so I thought I would use the month to write stories that are: 1) backstory anecdotes to fill out my characters’ personalities; 2) outlines of future books and short stories in the series; and 3) outlines of some books from the fictional series the protagonist loves and frequently refers to.

    I figure that should keep me busy.

    And thank you so much, Julie, for doing this again!

    1. I’ve done a lot of writing since I was on here last. Some of my short stories have been published on Kindle and in paperbacks. I still have a few shorts from last time that i haven’t done anything with. But this May I plan to replenish my short stories. I hope to write a little longer stories instead of flash all the time, but don’t know if that’s possible for me and still squeeze thirty one stories in. We’ll see.

      I’m looking forward to this challenge especially since I couldn’t do it last year.
      Thanks, Julie for hosting this again.and making it so fun. Writing should be fun as well as productive. 🙂

      1. Yay! Welcome back and congrats on the writing successes (and thanks for the kind comments).

        Hey, if your aim is to write longer stories and you need to adapt the total-output to fewer than 31 stories, then go ahead. Can you finish a longer one every other day?

    2. Hi Monique! Glad to see you here in the SWAGr group. Sounds like we have some similar aims. I tried writing backstory stuff for my novel universe last year and didn’t consider it a success at the time, but it did help when I got back to the novel(s). So I wish you success and patience!

  7. I have too many writing projects with deadlines looming to promise myself a story a day. My goal is to write at least two pages every day, and hoping to do much more on some days.

    I’m hoping to work my way through these commitments so I can get back to the freedom of writing for fun!

  8. Hi everyone, this is my first time doing StoryADay May but I think it’s exactly what I need. I’ve just finished doing Camp Nano and I reached my word count but I didn’t necessarily finish the stories I started. I have a problem finishing things so that that is expressly part of the point of StoryADay May is very good.

    I think I am going to do a story every day except Sunday. And if it is still too overwhelming I’ll take Saturday off too, but I’d rather not. I am also doing NaPoWriMo and I would like to continue writing at least one poem a day.

    I’m hoping to concentrate on flash fiction which I am also new at.

    1. Hi Tamara, and welcome!
      I definitely recommend pushing yourself then adjusting the target if it’s unworkable. Just keep turning up at your desk/notebook/computer!
      Flash is not always faster than a short story, of course, so if you find yourself rambling on past 1000 words, don’t worry. But do get to the end.

  9. I set a target of 10,000 words for April which was a bit optimistic. I’ve sent off one of my competition entries a few days ago, which was a reworking of a story from about 3 years ago and I’ve also reworked another story from about a year ago and read it out at my writing group. Probably around 4,000 words. I’ve been outlining the chapters of my novel in preparation for my weeks retreat and I’m in the process of sketching out another of my competition short stories.
    Looking forward to the Story a Day challenge. I’m away from home for next three days, but I intend to produce something each day, even if it is a bit sketchy.

    1. Malcolm! You’re early!
      Good luck with the contests and with replenishing that bank of short story.
      Happy travels. Keep that notebook close by!

  10. I didn’t even know there was goal setting happening. I wasn’t paying attention! I’m really excited to do this.

    May goal:

    Write every day for Story-a-Day. I’ve been really haphazard about my writing for quite a while, so I’m not going to pledge to complete a story every day, but I am going to pledge to start one every day. If nothing else, I’ll come out of May with 31 story starters.

  11. So this is the first time I am doing this challenge. I was quite excited when I heard about this actually. So this is my goal for the month of May.

    . Write a story a day with the writing prompts given. Don’t know what I will do with the material I write. I just want to write. 🙂
    . I also have to finish the second draft of my feature film screenplay.

    Deep breath. Jump.

    1. Glad you’re here and I love your line “don’t know what I’ll do with the material i write. I just want to write”. I feel the same way, most of the time!

  12. My goals for April were to write one first draft of a short story and to write my daily pages every day. I completed my April story early in the month, April 4. It literally flew off my pen during a daily pages session. It was therapeutic subject matter and gave me a sense of release to have it on paper. I typed it in the laptop and printed it off, that was freeing. I had a tough time keeping up with my daily pages. In fact, it has been a full week now with no pages. My schedule with family, work and personal commitments has been overwhelming. I feel the hole it is making in my mind and I intend to write daily pages tonight before I go to bed. That being said, another daily pages session produced a complete story. I will consider it my May story so I am ahead of my goal for the year. Good thing too because May is promising to be very busy as well.

    Goals for May
    Write at least one more short story. I am going to use as many of the prompts as I can to get some stories done this month. Anything I finish will be bonus material. My goal here is to finish everything I start before starting anything new.
    Write my daily pages every day going forward.

  13. Good for you. Glad the April story went well.

    I am not a morning person (!!) but I will say if there is any way you can make your daily pages a priority before the rest of the day gets its hooks into you, it may help. I feel much calmer when I have spewed out me morning pages!!

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