SWAGr for July 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!)

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24 thoughts on “SWAGr for July 2019”

  1. Okay so I have like a week left in July – and I’m a new subscriber, so glad I found this website! – but my goal for the rest of July is to finish rewriting a short story I’m working on (many rounds of revisions and I’m almost ready to send it out once again). And I’d like to finish at least one short story between now and next week.

  2. My goal is one story. Just one, and it can be crappy, but it will be finished rather than just obsessed about.

  3. OK – So June was a relatively successful month for me, I managed to read three books; ‘Troll Hunter’ by Ginger Gorman, ‘Have Sword, will travel’ by Gath Nix and ‘Big Sleep’ by Raymond Chandler. Just a little variation across the three.

    I also managed to write Chapter 6 of Dwarvelf – which is now up for consumption http://afstoryaday.blogspot.com

    This month, goals – another chapter, and a dystopian short story, and maybe, just maybe finish the tome that is the Washington Posts take on ‘The Mueller Report’.

  4. I thought I posted on the 1st but I guess it didn’t go through…

    I accomplished all my goals for the month of June except for the IRL writing group. I have determined that the benefits do not outweigh the negatives for me. I am happy with video and online contact with writers. I don’t have to GO anywhere.

    For July I will
    blog for 5 days a week
    revise the novel for 2 hours
    write every day
    freewrite with my email prompts every day
    submit the essay I am working on

  5. My June aims were:
    IWSG monthly post – DONE
    WEP/IWSG Challenge – Flash Fiction with theme ‘Caged Bird’ – DONE and made the short list so pleased.
    Reviews of the six books read in last quarter – WROTE four so fell short.
    Finish novella entitled ‘Kindled Casket’ – MISS as I only thought about the plot.
    Revise and submit novella ‘Azure Spark’ to editor 1. – MISS as only tinkered with the story.

    So that means my July aims are:
    IWSG monthly post – WRITTEN and posted today.
    WEP/IWSG Challenge – Flash Fiction with theme ‘Red Wheelbarrow’ for August: write first draft of story already outlined.
    Reviews of the six books read outstanding – as I keep reading faster than I do reviews.
    Finish novella entitled ‘Kindled Casket’ – before my followers complain.
    Revise and submit novella ‘Azure Spark’ to editor 1 – if I get down this far.
    Eventually, I might get onto my NIP = Novel In Progress – called ‘Fevered Few’.

  6. I had set myself a really ambitious non-fiction goal this month and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to get that done, but maybe I’ll set half of it. OK so,

    Outline NF project and assemble all the mostly-written pieces. Review them. Maybe rewrite 1/4 of them.
    Write two short stories
    Give two workshops
    Plan for StoryADay September (look at me, getting all ahead of myself!)

  7. My goal is to write a story a day, even if it is very short. My goal is to improve the story arc.

    1. Excellent! I love that you have a craft goal in there as well as a ‘turning up’ goal.
      Good luck!

  8. Confession time: I didn’t get ANY writing done in June. I don’t really know where the month went. Needless to say, I did not reach my goals for June, but I am hopeful for July.

    My July goal is to write 30,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo.

    1. Yup, that can happen! It’s one of the reasons I started the SWAGr posts…stop whole years from disappearing 😉

      Good luck with Camp NaNoWriMo. Are you working on just one project or multiple things?

      1. It was supposed to be just one project, but has sort of morphed into two. I was planning on working on the sequel to last camp’s project which I was ambitiously going to finish in June. Instead I am just working on both books simultaneously and out of order.

  9. June: Wrote two 2,000 word fanfics on the day they were due. Had the energy to write 2,000 more words and got three exchanges out of the way. Did Critique Week. Read a bunch.

    July: Started a job! Unfortunately, this means I have, like, 0 energy to write or read during the week. But, I want to get more fics done this month, so I’ve got a good 10,000 words to write before the month is over.

    1. I would tell you to take it easy, but… 😉

      Here’s hoping the fanfics provide some respite from the new job stress.

  10. In June, I revised and submitted more poems. I also went back to revising my novel (I conducted research and wrote a new scene. I published two posts on a web site other than mine.

    In July, I plan to revise two more poems and to submit two rejected poems elsewhere. I plan to submit two more nonfiction “stories” to The Mighty. I plan to work on poetry 15 minutes a day and my novel 15 minutes a day starting Wednesday. I hope to finish prepping my fall classes by July 26.

    1. That’s great, Lisa, and I love that you are keeping those poems in circulation, until they find their home. It’s the only way to make it happen!

      Good luck with your July goals!

  11. Hi, all,
    So, my plans for June were to:
    1) Polish 5 or 6 of the flash fiction stories I wrote in May and submit them: I submitted 2 plus 1 for StoryFest and wrote 14 new ones (through #1000wordsofsummer for 14 days)
    2) Develop one of the May stories that has potential for a longer story: put this for July.
    3) Keep working on those longer story ideas from May: Did this.
    4) Rendezvous with Rama re-read on my blog: Finished this finally.

    For July:
    1) Camp Nanowrimo: I’m going to seriously work on that idea from 2 above (that’s my time travel/80s nostalgia/coming out story I’ve mentioned elsewhere).
    2) Finish a story I’ve been working on for an August 1 submission date.
    3) Maybe get around to submitting some flash fiction or some more blogging (both are lower priorities than 1 and 2).

    Have a good month, everyone!

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