SWAGr for August

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

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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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17 thoughts on “SWAGr for August”

  1. I wrote two stories. One was flash and another was a short story of 2000 odd words. Started two others. Didn’t get a chance to complete them. Trying to catch up on some writing challenges I’ve been wanting to do. Life hectic.
    Plan is the keep going and hopefully get fully caught up on one challenge then restart the other challenge again and hopefully stay on track this time.

  2. Read AEG aloud to listen to and look out for trouble spots.
    Continue writing Wraiths.
    Revise three stories to start submitting.
    Keep submitting D&T, TTG, and LE.
    Go to sprints 4/5 days a week.
    Keep building my “desk-time” beyond the sprints.
    Keep poking at Scrivener to learn enough to use it for my writing.

  3. My goals for August:
    Submit a short story on 5.8, 12.8, 19.8, and 26.8 to the Reedsy weekly prompts
    Start/finish the beat sheet for my cozy mystery
    Finish reading my friend’s novel by 5.8 and send the answers to his Beta-reader questions by 8.8
    Start thinking about/sketching character backstory for my cozy MC

    Wow…I’d better get started…

  4. I have gotten two short stories/flash fics done in July. I’m happy about it.
    August short stories and flash fictions plus so studying on writing.
    And to try and have a better month mentally.

  5. July: Rocked the month!

    Started a new novella.
    Turned it into episodes on Ko-fi.
    Started back up on YT sharing software I’m using.
    Journaled nearly every day, but maybe 3.


    Publish 3 episodes of new novella on Ko-fi every week.
    Daily YT Shorts on my writing.
    A Story A Day (yeah, I’m starting early.) It’s a great warm-up to working on my novella.
    Daily journaling

  6. For July:
    10 Submissions : Done
    Revise 1 story (Critique week): Revised 2 stories
    Participate in critique week – Done
    Make a plan for editing novel Roses (major word reduction)- Yes, with help from this group 🙂
    Begin Roses editing- Read through part 1 of what I think will be Volume I of a trilogy
    Listen to Jane Friedman’s book and attend 7/11 workshop – Done
    2 blog posts – Done
    Monthly newspaper article – Done
    Additional newspaper article – Done
    Create online store and post book there – Created store, purchased the SSL certificate, added the book and got all the payment and shipping plug ins installed. Did not launch it.

    Read Parts 2 and 3 of Volume 1 of novel Roses
    10 submissions
    Revise 1 story
    Write 1 new story
    Launch the online store
    Create author webpage (I registered domain in July)
    2 Blog posts
    2 newspaper articles (one of the blog posts and newspaper articles will be the same)
    NYC midnight screenplay competition August 20-21
    Writing Retreat August 7

  7. July:
    ~Commission: FINISH Saturday for the LOVE of god–DONE
    ~NCAT: Finish Saturday–DONE
    ~MFH: Write–DONE
    ~JM: Start–DROPPED
    ~JM2EB: Start–DROPPED
    Overall, not too bad, really. I still have the below three to do, plus some more, but at least I finally got that commission done! And I’m really proud of the Horror story I wrote, too. Hopefully my recip will like it, too!

    ~CW: Start
    ~Fits: Start
    ~PLX: Start
    ~AUX: Start
    ~NTP: Start
    Thankfully, NTP is not one that I need to work too much on; it’s mostly for fun when I have time. Two of these are due 14th & 15th, so I have to get on those, then the rest are due late August.
    (Note: I have NOT included all the other ones I’ve signed up for that end in September, because hoo boy, would that be another long list!)

    So far, pretty good. My super goal for this month, though, is to use the damn Freewrite Traveler I bought. I paid enough for it, I really ought to be using it!

    1. Glad to hear the horror story went well.

      I’m so tempted by the freewrite but I Too fear I wouldn’t use it. Let us know if you do, and what you think of it.

  8. Reflections
    • Revise the poem I wrote in June before the Poetry Circle meeting on the third Thursday of the month. — Check
    • Write and revise a haiku before the Poetry Circle — Check. I wrote two.
    • Work on my novel for at least one hour each day beginning July 5. — I won’t say I met this goal every day, but I did most days.
    August 2021 Goals
    • Keep journaling every day, as I have been for three weeks now.
    • Work on my novel for an hour a day at least five days each week and preferably every day.

  9. August 2021 goals:
    Write and submit 2 short stories.
    Draft 2 chapters of new novel.
    Work on something story-related every day.

  10. Achieved all of July’s goals but they will be ongoing as well.

    Complete the first draft of my next chapter.
    Outline the ending chapters to my novel.
    Check for any continuity issues in my story, confirm dates and sequence of events.
    Read, read and read.
    Write plenty of story sparks.
    Write an article for our local magazine.

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