SWAGr for October

Serious Writers' Accountability Group

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.

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

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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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9 thoughts on “SWAGr for October”

  1. Had a decent, for me, July and August, then fell off the wagon completely. Hoping to get writing again this month! Congrats to everyone working hard on their goals!

  2. My hope to write more. I’m going to re try the ray bradbury short story a week for 52 weeks again.
    I’ve been organizing current wip short and planning for nano wrimo researching things.
    My goals fell flat last month was in a bad place mentally emotionally. Had some thing happen and it threw me out of my calm space.

  3. I wrote 30 stories in September. I’d like to pick two or three to revise. I’m hoping I can find the physical and mental energy to do that.

    1. Fantastic!

      Make sure you listen to the two most recent episodes of the podcast where I suggest some strategies for exactly where you are.

  4. Last month I did not meet my goal of writing 500 words a day. I did choose a project for Nano. I did read the books I wanted to read for an essay collection idea I am working on

    For October my goals are:
    1. Complete my short story
    2. Edit an essay I wrote earlier last month
    3. Prep for Nanowrimo
    4. Complete one of my unfinished essay drafts
    5. Write 1500 words per week
    6. Publish one blog post a week on my blog
    7. Write on the Visual Verse image and submit to the site by October 15

  5. Fairly pleased with September progress – I wrote on most days of the month and finished 4 stories, about half my goal of 2 per week. One of these is nearly ready to post on my blog, just need to source some pictures and figure out the new Gutenberg editor on WordPress. (I know it’s not that new, but I haven’t blogged in awhile.) The biggest change is my mindset – I acted like a writer this month. I’ve listened to a lot of writing podcasts (including at least 2 years of StoryADay!) AND I connected with live people in a local writers group. For October, I’d like to produce 2 good stories with interesting plots, tension and character development.

  6. Reflections

    Confession: I worked toward my goals very sporadically this month. I worked on a character profile consistently at the beginning of the month, but I haven’t returned to that project in several days, maybe even a couple of weeks. I’m not even sure how long it’s been since I’ve gone back to it. That’s not a good sign. However, in the last couple weeks, I’ve drafted two poems, and I’ve written 434 words of an essay.
    Here’s to a new month, possibly my favorite month of the year, and to an opportunity to hit the reset button in terms of meeting my writing goals.
    October 2021 Goals
    • Finish drafting the essay I’m currently working on.
    • Revise that essay.
    • Submit it for publication.
    • Revise the poem I drafted last month.
    • Draft one more poem. I’d like to try a sonnet again.
    • Publish at least one post on my new Scripture reflection blog.
    • Complete Evelyn’s character profile to make progress in my novel rewrite
    • to complete the goals above in the order decided upon above, I need to work on writing at least one hour each day, five days a week.

  7. Let’s look back, shall we?
    September Goals:
    ~HD: Start—DONE
    ~IIBB: Finish—DONE
    ~RTV: Start or Drop—DROPPED
    ~DCRP: Start—DONE
    ~DN: Start—DONE
    ~RR: Start—ALMOST DONE
    ~DFX: Start—DROPPED


    This is the month where I always overbook myself. Drawlloween is here and, while I can’t draw to save my life, I love doing fanfic with it.

    I only have three fics due this month: RR, FIAB, and ToT. But FIAB is at least 12k due, so haha, oh boy. No commissions and probably no writing course, so at least that should lighten my load.

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