SWAGr for January 2021

Welcome to the Serious Writers’ Accountability Group!

Post your goals for this month and let us know how you got on with last month’s goals.

Leave a comment below telling us how you got on last month, and what you plan to do next month, then check back in on the first of each month, to see how everyone’s doing.

(It doesn’t have to be fiction. Feel free to use this group to push you in whatever creative direction you need.)

Did you live up to your commitment from 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 SWAGr-ers on their progress!

Download your SWAGr Tracking Sheet now, to keep track of your commitments this month


Examples of Goals Set By SWAGr-ers in previous months

  • Finish first draft of story and write 3 articles for my school paper. – Courtney
  • Write on seven days this month – Clare
  • Extend my reading and to read with a ‘writers eye’- Wendy
  • write 10,000 words – Mary Lou

 So, what will you accomplish this month? Leave your comment below (use the drop-down option to subscribe to the comments and receive lovely, encouraging notifications from fellow StADa SWAGr-ers!)

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

25 thoughts on “SWAGr for January 2021”

  1. Great goals, everyone. Hoping you meet and exceed them! I am new so no goals posted here although my goal for the new year was to write every day and to finish a short story every week and also to write a million words total this year.
    Failed at first two but I did manage to write about 7 days straight before I let life derail me. Since I haven’t written a word in YEARS, this is still a big step in the right direction. Here’s to a healthy, happy and productive February!

  2. I completed almost all of my January goals except did not write my (work-related) monthly newsletter. So that is first up this month!

    Also in February:
    The theme for my fiction work is revise and rewrite. I will be working on at least four of the stories I wrote as part of the I Writer course.

    I will write and post at least one blog post

    I will submit three works.

  3. I’m writing a blog post per week; finishing the whole blog and actually posting it. No excuses. No trying to be perfect. No meaning to get it done (aka procrastination).

  4. Pretty sure I didn’t post in December.

    January 2021 goals
    Continue 2nd draft of An Elemental Girl
    Do coursework for IWRITER
    Write creatively every day, 500 word count, minimum goal
    Submit two pieces

  5. I met about 1/2 of my December goals. Did the writing, but did not send out work enough times to meet my goal.

    January goals:
    Send work out at least to 3 places
    Revise one story
    Keep up with I Writer course work and meetings
    Write my (work) monthly newsletter and at least one blog post
    Write my monthly column (also work-related).

  6. My goals change with the first week – I got an email about a final deadline for a holiday screenplay contest. I’m not sure why I didn’t notice it before and the due date was 12/31. I became almost obsessed with writing the screenplay and actually got it done!

    This month I’d like to do some tweaking to it based on feedback I’ve already received. Also, I’d like to do at least one short story.

    1. Good luck with the screenplay. I hope you got it done.

      (Do you write a lot of screenplays? What challenges do you find switching between them and fiction that’s meant to be read by one reader?)

    1. A single story over seven days or a story a day for seven days? I’m thinking you mean the latter, but…

      I hope you manage to power through the middle and get to the end. Remember: done is better than perfect, especially on the first draft!

    I met many of my goals but I failed to
    *Write the end of my novel
    *research and develop the character of my villain fully.
    * write the end of my novel
    * research and development of my villain
    * reflect on things 2020 has taught me.
    * Read advice on goal setting and watch online courses.
    *Set a goal for the year based on what I have learnt after reflecting on 2020 and getting advice on goal setting.
    * complete my novel’s protagonist’s family tree.
    * continue with story sparks
    * continue to read with a writer’s eye and keep notes.
    Happy New Year to you Julie and all of my writing buddies.
    Let’s make 2021 our year.
    Love Wendy x

    1. Happy New Year to you, Wendy.

      I’ll be interested to see what you come up with re: goals.

      What do you think held you back from finishing your novel? Was it just timing or was there something in the story that got you stuck?

  8. Hi: I am going to reopen a project I started 6 years ago but didn’t finish. It is a biography of my mother during WWII, based on letters from her husband who was posted overseas.

  9. My December goals (I think I forget to post them) were to write, edit, and submit two stories for anthology calls. And I did! I submitted one mid-month and one at the end.

    My January goals are two more short stories (one is in process), round one of NYC Midnight’s short story challenge (January 23-30), and re-read the Nanowrimo novel I wrote in November and decide on next steps. I am also currently reviewing last year’s writing (and writing adjacent) work and planning for the year (something I am not always very good at doing!).

  10. January’s goals are to submit 10 pieces for publication and to push myself into more prestigious places. (there are a lot of P words in that sentence!)
    Write every day.
    Write a short story a week for a program I am participating in.

  11. December goals: Aaaaaallllllmost met. I still have 4 outstanding fics to finish.

    Finish FFFX.
    Finish backlog of fics.
    Finish commission.

    Year goals:
    Sign up for only small exchanges.
    Except maybe the Triple Crown–NO, BAD!
    Complete one (1) novel draft.

    1. Why do I suspect that Goal #1 for this year is going to fall by the wayside pretty quickly? 😉
      Good thing you’re prolific!

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