SWAGr for June

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!

Download your SWAGr Tracking Sheet now, to keep track of your commitments this month

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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

 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!)

What if writing was inevitable?

Does writing have to be a struggle? What if your writing felt inevitable? What impact would that have on your life?

Changing Seasons image
Change is inevitable. Why not writing?

If not, you could find yourself, two weeks from now having written nothing,  unsure of what you want to be writing, struggling to find your rhythm again.

I have mindset change to make you joyfully productive. Read on…

Use Your Powerful Imagination

Imagine, instead, that you had a plan for the first two weeks of October. What would that look like?

Continue reading “What if writing was inevitable?”

Writers: Burn Your Business Cards

‘Creative’ is not a noun…Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb. They want the job title, not the work.”

Austin Kleon, Keep Going

I read Chapter 3 of Kleon’s latest book this morning and it stopped me in my tracks.

Not because I didn’t know and understand what he said.

I have, after all, made a name for myself as the person who entices writers to actually write during May & September every year.

But because it made me wonder: am I actually doing the verb?

diary writing

What Do You Do All Day?

Continue reading “Writers: Burn Your Business Cards”

110 – Putting Systems in Place

This month I am still talking about writing for minor holidays and anniversaries. In this podcast I reveal the grand plan behind this: it’s a system for focusing on particularly stories, regularly.

I talk about the importance of systems (because apparently Ihave a problem with the word “routine”) and I recommend you check out Tim Grahl’s new book Running Down The Dream.

If you want a super-bundle that includes not only Tim’s book, but the new book by Stephen Pressfield too “The Artist’s Journey” (swoon!), you can find that here.

https://stada.me/grahl (not an affiliate link. I’m just a huge fan of both of these guys)

The bundle contains all ebook formats plus audio book files. Quite the steal!

 

 

Another new episode of Write Every Day, Not “Some Day”

106 – After The Challenge

This week I share some of the prompts from week 4 of StoryADay May 2018, talk about creativity and limits, and encourage you to dive into the community at StoryADay.

Also, I talk about drug discovery and wheelbarrows…

LINKS

Serious Writers’ Accountability Group (SWAGr): https://stada.me/swagr

Another new episode of Write Every Day, Not “Some Day”

105 – Is It Time To Quit?

The problem with doing something hard (like writing) is not that you aren’t good. It’s that it’s hard to know how long to work before you decide that you really aren’t any good. 

(Hint: It’s longer than you think. And you may never be able to tell!)

How to keep going when you’re not sure if you should.

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

My author interviews at NaNoWriMo’s blog: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/

Jerry Jenkins: http://jerrysguild.com

DIYMFA’s 101 Course: https://members.diymfa.com/101-course/

 

 

Another new episode of Write Every Day, Not “Some Day”

104 – Getting Your Mojo Back

In Week 2 of StoryADay May 2018 we’re working on craft-based writing prompts (character desires, conflict, structures, openings and endings). Picking up skills and putting down words.

But now that the novelty has worn off, what can you do to rekindle your excitement about writing every day for a month?

Another new episode of Write Every Day, Not “Some Day”

100 – Read Like A Writer

This week I share some ideas on how you can read like a writer, and turn that effort into a resource that you can return to again and again.

StoryADay May 2018 starts in a few weeks. Reading short stories in the run-up to a big writing challenge, can be incredibly inspiring.

100th Episode Celebratory Look Back

Here are some episodes you  might have missed.

Jane Friedman and The Business of Being A Writer: https://stada.me/pdjane

Flash Fiction Essentials: http://stada.me/flash

Mastering The Magic of Opening Lines: https://stada.me/pdopenings

Another new episode of Write Every Day, Not “Some Day”

098 – Why Can’t You Write That Story?

This week’s podcast is a pep-talk to get you writing, even when you’re having trouble getting started.

(Isn’t “getting started” the hardest part some days?)

And sometimes, getting started isn’t the problem. The problem crops up somewhere else: 

* Getting through the mushy middle

* Reining in a story that wants to become a novella

* Losing focus before the end.

I want to hear from you: what problems do you encounter when attempting to write short stories? 

(I’m not calling it writer’s block, because that sounds like an artificial, external problem, and I believe we can all find the solution to temporary ‘stuckness’ from inside ourselves.)

Leave your comment and join the discussion here: http://stada.me/wrong

Another new episode of Write Every Day, Not “Some Day”