SWAGr for December 2019

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.

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

  • Write a story a day in May – everyone!
  • Revise at least 10 short stories – Iraide
  • Write two short stories. – Jami
  • Attend one writers’ conference – Julie
  • Write fable for WordFactory competition – Sonya
  • Re-read the backstory pieces I wrote in May and see if I can use them within my novel – Monique
  • Research the market – Jami
  • Focus on my serial – Maureen

 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!)

10 thoughts on “SWAGr for December 2019”

  1. I have now completed a total of 4 stories but have only entered a poem in a competition, so not really achieved my December goals. However, I have discovered, and joined a local writing group which I hope will build my confidence to put my work ‘out there’.

  2. I’m posting late this month as I’ve had a few other writing commitments.
    Like edits on my short story submitted to an anthology in September. It was selected for the IWSH annual anthology so the editor had a few tweaks for me to make, like correcting the em-dashes.
    My November plans were brief:
    NaNoWriMo – Fevered Fuel. My police procedural WIP revised. 68k words achieved – mix of new and revised.
    IWSG Blog entry for November 6th – written and scheduled.

    For December, the aims are brief again:
    IWSG Blog entry for December 4th – written and posted.
    WEP-IWSG Challenge flash fiction: posted with lack of editing -oops.
    Writing will have to come after clearing emails, plus, reading.

    1. Clearing emails is a killer. I periodically declare inbox bankruptcy and mass-delete/archive everything (newsletters and promos and stuff, that is. Personal emails get read!)

      Hope December went well and that Jan brings fresh energy!

  3. Reflection
    In November, I published a blog post. I wrote down three new things I was grateful for on a number of days, but I must confess, I didn’t remember to do it every day. I revised and submitted nine poems. One was accepted and will be published February 15. Three more came back to me not having found a home yet. The five others I’m still waiting to hear about.

    December 2019 Goals
    1. Finish revising the short story I submitted for critique on StoryADay.org
    2. Keep looking for homes for the three poems that got rejected this month.
    3. Organize my novel scenes on novelsuite.com
    4. Publish a blog post after Christmas.

  4. December 1
    I was a NaNoWriMo dropout from Day 1! Decided I’d rather plug along on the WIP instead of having 1,667 “have-to” words hanging over my head daily. Got LOTS done–and finally had an “Aha Moment” in which I figured out how to tie this pesky tale together. Excited. So my goal this month is to finish “The Legacy of Diamond Springs” and do a really, truly final edit in January.

  5. Hi, all!

    I hope your Novembers went well.

    My goals were :
    *Nanowrimo (I was a rebel and did short stories). Done! I got one written, edited, and submitted; serious editing done on another story and a novella; and somehow, accidentally did a full outline for a romance novella.
    *I took class with Writing the Other on worldbuilding. It was great.

    So, for December.
    *finish a story for an end of month submission date.
    *work on the novella. I have some new ideas as a result of the worldbuilding class. (Oh no.)
    *work on the first draft of the romance novella (it is outlined as 33 – 2000 word scenes).

    Good luck, everyone.

  6. Last month: 10k fic finished at about 8.5k, but that turned out to be fine because the real minimum was 5k, so there was a lot of panicking about nothing. :/ Didn’t do NaNo much, but did update my total November wordcount there, so that’s good. Did manage to do a character study thing for my novel, so that was good.

    This month: I’ve got 10k worth of fanfics I *have* to finish by the 31st, so that’s a big thing. Second, I’ve got to reach 150k by the 31st to reach my goal for this year. Next year, I’m knocking it down to just 75k for the year, which is going to be way more doable if I still have my job (*fingers crossed*). I’m also doing Advent Christmas writing prompts (all secular), so I’ll see if that can’t boost my wordcount a bit.

    1. Will you be using a particular source for your Advent/Christmas writing prompts? If so, would you mind telling me where to find the source? I’d love to take a crack at them too.

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