SWAGr – July Writing Goals & Accountability Check In

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You’re back! Or you’re here for the first time. Either way, good for you!

Welcome to the Serious Writers Accountability Group, where we post our goals for the coming month and ‘fess up to how much we wrote last month.

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 second Wednesday 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.)

Don’t remember what you promised to do? Check out the comments on previous SWAGr posts.

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


Examples of Goals

  • “I’m going to write every morning from 6-7 AM.”
  • “I’ll write 250 words a day, minimum.”
  • “I’ll write 10,000 (fiction) words this month.”
  • “I’ll write one full story and revise another.”
  • “I’ll write four stories and submit one story to a publication.”
  • “I’ll outline that presentation I’ve been putting off working on, and create half of the slides.”
  • “I’ll track my time and see what’s getting in the way of my writing.”
  • “I’ll keep a journal to track my resistance to getting the work done.”

 So, what will you do this month? Leave your comment below:

(Next check-in, Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014. Tell your friends. )

8 thoughts on “SWAGr – July Writing Goals & Accountability Check In”

  1. Couldn’t find my goals for June, perhaps they didn’t post? As it is, I certainly didn’t complete them. I did get one short story completed and submitted to an anthology that my online writing group will publish in the fall.
    July? I have a teenage Steampunk novella to edit. I wrote it two years ago and it’s been festering so I thought I’d get it out and clean it up ready for submission.
    I would like to complete at least one short story a week, but that might be too ambitious.

  2. I was part of the SAD Superstars Group and am so glad to find this ongoing group since accountability seems to work for me. I wasn’t a part of the SWAGr June group, but I did polish a story I wrote in the SAD Superstars Group and ran it by a critique group. I edited it again, then sent it out in June. SAD helped me realize some of my weaknesses, and taught me how to press on. That said, my goal for July is to write a polished story AND get it submitted.

  3. My goal is to write 1,500 words a day on my book. On weekends I try to write 2,500 words a day. I do this about nine out of ten days, so I average about 40,000 words a month.

  4. Well done, Malcolm!

    I hit my 10,000 word goal for June, despite having started a bit late in the month. July’s been a bit of a bust so far, as far as new words go, though. Looking forward to getting back on track.

  5. Greetings, am I the first brave soul? Inspite of difficulties with my eyesight I have finished a first draft of my revenge story, which started life in the middle of May in response to the third person omniscient prompt. I have also made it non-linear (slightly) in line with a different prompt. It is titled ‘Three is an odd number’ which may give a clue to the plot line.

    I haven’t made any progress with my other two objectives, but I will roll them forward. These were to re-vamp my Twisted Cinders fairy tale, and ‘re-write the second chapter of my part completed novel. I have researched a number of short story competitions and am currently which ones I can realistically achieve within the timescales.

    Julie, I liked your idea of reading a short story a day and got a copy of one of the anthologies you suggested. I just need to start reading them! I’ll make that another objective for this month.

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