SWAGr for July

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.

Serious Writers' Accountability Group

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.

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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

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12 thoughts on “SWAGr for July”

  1. Finish 1st draft of STARTING OVER
    Craft synopsis of BODY IN THE BUSH for the Writing Academy
    Work on character development for AMETHYST TEARDROP
    Write 3 more blog posts for BEHIND THE CRIME SCENE TAPE

    1. One story in a month is more than many (many!) writers manage. Don’t beat yourself up.
      How about trying to write the same amount, this month, as a goal?

  2. Reflections
    I won’t say that I worked on my novel at least one hour EVERY day, but I did so on many days. I also wrote a whole. I did not write a blog post. I’m considering disabling my blog page, at least until I’m closer to having a novel draft I want to publish because I’m learning that the fewer goals I have the more likely I am to meet the goals I do set for myself. I’m very easily overwhelmed, and I find that when more than one goal that involves initial production demands my attention, I tend to feel guilty about not getting to all of my drafting goals, and then I tend to get to even less of them finished than I would have if I had set fewer goals.
    July 2021 Goals
    • Revise the poem I wrote in June before the Poetry Circle meeting on the third Thursday of the month.
    • Write and revise a haiku before the Poetry Circle
    • Work on my novel for at least one hour each day beginning July 5.

    1. That’s a decent challenge!
      (I know that sounds strange coming from me, who challenges you to write a story a day for a month), but really, two stories a week is still a pretty aggressive target. Go for it, but don’t forget to congratulate yourself for whatever you get done!

  3. JUNE 2021 GOALS.
    Face the challenge of keeping up my writing as life gets back to normal. This means doing my daily writing and reading habits and working daily on my novel.
    Attend my Novel Surgery group in person not on zoom.
    Attend my Book Group in person and not on zoom.
    Goals a bit irrelevant as life still not normal. Book Group was face to face in a garden but Novel Surgery was still on Zoom. I did write daily and for a couple of hours a day, at least, often three.
    *Explore and implement the 3 Act structure for my novel .
    *Sort out the sequences of my chapters.
    * Identity gaps in my story and work on building more tension where needed.
    * Read with an eye on story arc and the way tension is built by authors I enjoy.
    *Focus on spending more time collecting story sparks.

  4. June:
    DD Zine: Must finish—DONE
    UC: Write—DROPPED
    NC: Begin or drop—ALMOST DONE
    RE: Begin or drop—DROPPED
    LBD: Begin or drop—DROPPED
    UF: Begin or drop—DROPPED

    ~Commission: FINISH Saturday for the LOVE of god
    ~NCAT: Finish Saturday
    ~MFH: Write
    ~JM: Start
    ~JM2EB: Start
    ~CW: Start
    ~Fits: Start
    ~AUX: Start

    Hoo boy. I’ve got a lot of writing to do this weekend (thank goodness for Monday off), and then a lot to either start or drop. I’d really like to hit my yearly word count goal this month. I’m pretty sure I will.

  5. Last month I joined Vocal as a means to increase the pace of my writing and hone the short story format. I didn’t reach my goal of finishing two chapters in my WIP but I did expand my outline and publish 7 stories online. This month I plan to keep up the two story a week pace with Vocal and try to finish at least one chapter in my WIP.

  6. Is this the proper place to log my writing goals for Sawgr?

    If so, my goal this month is to get one article submitted. I am not worried about whether it fits the criteria as far as a travel article. I just want to get it submitted for a first rejection and get that out of my system. It needs in by 31 July.

    Thanks for helping me be accountable. Love Catherine

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