SWAGr for January 2023

It’s that time again: time to make your commitments to your writing for the coming month. Join us!

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.

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

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9 thoughts on “SWAGr for January 2023”

  1. December is but a distant memory, populated with unsuccessful flash fiction entries.
    Seriously though, over the last three months I’ve taken stock of where my writing is going. 2022 was a year of unsuccessful flash fiction entries. However I was fortunate to receive two Honourable mentions in Globe Soup short story competitions.

    So for 2023 flash is taking a back seat and I’m going to concentrate on short stories; I’m already planning a short story for another Globe Soup competition.
    Even more exciting is a return to my novel which has laid mostly dormant for several years weighed down under an onslaught of flash fiction. I’ve already started where I’d left off and I’m determined to complete the first draft within about three months.

  2. In the first half of 2023 (Jan-Jun) complete one short story each month. In the second half of the year (July -Dec) revise one story each month. And lots of free style writing in between! Perhaps establishing my own on website. Any suggestions on best websites for writers?
    – Ana

    1. Sounds good.

      Websites for writers: are you looking for recommendations for websites that might serve as models for yours? Or as information about writing? Or are you looking for suggestions about where and how to host your site?

  3. Firstly, I am with Fleet Sparrow. Let’s just not talk about the previous. I’d like to forget it ever happened. OY!
    My intentions I’m no longer calling it goals. Just Intentions.
    Restart the 52 week Ray Bradbury writing challenge again. Starting this week.
    Make an old craptastic novel or two into scripts to just learn how to do that.
    Start hand sewing.
    Do 52 weeks of a personal Tarot challenge and create blog for that stuff. While keeping the sewing and other things on main site.
    I have my own domain now.
    Do a poetry month in when ever poetry month is.
    and lot more where that came from.

  4. Interesting that I woke at 4am today with a new opening for a memoir. Got up & wrote 1,000 words. Good start for the year!

    1. Excellent!

      Do you have a plan for keeping the momentum going? (Not doing too much is absolutely a strategy for keeping going..)

  5. ….Let’s not talk about December, shall we?
    New year, new stuff, right???

    I have a bit of a hold-over from 2022: Three exchange fics, plus a new one (so, 4), and a Big Bang to figure out if I can do (OK, that’s five), AND I still have one… *two* commissions to do…..

    Let’s not talk about 2022 anymore, shall we?

    My main focus this year is going to be writing for myself more. That means only doing a few exchanges (I mean it, this time!!!) and holding off or only pinch hitting for others (though I’d prefer to not do any except those I really REALLY want to do).

    My other focus is to stop checking out books from the library and instead read what I’ve got here. I have so many books that it seems a shame I’m not reading them when I really want to.

    I’m doing a couple of writing classes/intensives that I think will be good if I actually focus on them this time. I’m actually trying to not be super busy this year, but also do a little more creative work this year because I know it does help me deal with job stress, among other things.

    (I’m also looking for a new job this year, which means I might be having different stress, but it can’t be worse than my current “physically ill when going to work” stress, so…..)

    1. I do feel I’ve seen some of these before (LOL) but hey, at least you’ve been writing. A lot.

      The Magic of Finishing is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately (check out the workshop in the Superstars portal if you haven’t already). Saying ‘no’ to some things so I can focus on finishing others has been rewarding.

      Do you log the books you read? (I feel like maybe you need to allow yourself some library books, but I do understand the urge to read what you have. I’ve reached the point where I needed to finish a bunch of books I have on the go before I allowed myself to open the Christmas books…)

      Here’s to a fabulous 2023!

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