2018 Writing Resolutions: June

This post isn’t just about our progress in June. We’re halfway through the year now, which makes this a good time to step back and evaluate how we’ve done thus far in 2018. Have you achieved the goals you set for yourself over the past few months? Or, for various reasons, have you fallen short?

Honestly, I’m more in the latter category. I could give you dozens of excuses, ranging from perfectly legitimate to “I’m lazy, okay?” I think I’ll skip that though, since in the end, excuses are all the same. They might make us feel better, but they don’t finish stories. They don’t write books.

Still, we’re all human. For one reason or another, there are times when we just can’t get it done.

You know what? That’s okay. What isn’t okay is giving up on ourselves, deciding the war isn’t worth fighting just because we’ve lost a few battles. If we intend to keep trying (as all of us should), we can’t sit around thinking “I failed”. What matters much more is “Why did I fail?”

If you’ve been struggling, try not to feel bad about yourself. Take this as an opportunity to reevaluate your writing habits (or lack thereof), acknowledging both the obstacles in your path and personal shortcomings. Are either of these interfering with your productivity? If so, what can you do to work around them?

Above all, remember that writing (like most things) has everything to do with trial and error. There’s no proven formula for success – we just have to try different strategies until we find one that works for us.

That’s my overall message this month. Keep trying. If the status quo isn’t working, don’t be afraid to shake things up!

On that note, here are some fun writing activities for the month of July:

Camp NaNoWriMo
We already have several members who will be participating this month. Would you like to join us? I know NaNoWriMo can seem daunting, but the great thing about the spring/summer versions is that you can set your own goal. You can even revise that goal as needed, so there’s no pressure.

Moving the Margins: Fiction and Inclusion
This is a free online course that’s being offered by the International Writing Program. I’ve taken courses with them before, so I can tell you from experience that they do an excellent job. You can also work at your own pace, so don’t let your busy schedule deter you. We’re all striving to become better writers – why not take advantage of an opportunity to work with experienced instructors?

This course doesn’t start until July 15th, so there’s still plenty of time to sign up!

100 Words per Day Challenge / Three Sentences per Day Challenge
As always, you’re welcome to participate in either of these challenges. They’re especially good for folks who haven’t written in a while and are looking to start small.

Will you be getting involved in any of these writing activities? What goals are you setting for the month of July? Do you have any other feedback you’d like to share? Feel free to leave it in the comments below!

Author: Heather

Heather is the owner/administrator of the Story Scribes community. She’s a prolific writer, web developer, and visual artist who spends every year counting down the days until NaNoWriMo.

6 thoughts on “2018 Writing Resolutions: June”

  1. I’ve done well on the reading nonfiction front, adding several reviews to Goodreads and Amazon.

    To avoid the myriad of distractions online, I have decided to write by hand again for a while, then edit on the computer.

  2. Thank you for the encouragement, Heather! June has been extraordinarily busy for me, from beginning to end, namely because of graduation, my move, and the training/work I’m doing to prepare for my licensing exams as well as my transition into the pharmacist role at Target/CVS.

    Considering said exams are in July (13th and 27th), I may not accomplish as much during July as I might want to. I’m looking forward to participating in CampNaNo as well as the Moving the Margins course, though, and I’m going to do my best to keep my activities balanced throughout the month! 🙂

  3. I’ve been doing excellently in some aspects of writing, and… not so well in others. I did manage to finish and post a 70K fanfiction for a Big Bang back in May, which honestly I wasn’t expecting, and I started writing two other fanfictions (which I wasn’t expecting either). One’s a secret project because it’s for another Big Bang, but I’ve started posting the second piece on Ao3.

    ACOGL… hasn’t been touched at all since March. I need to work on that. I only have about 7 chapters left of it and then I’m done with it (FOREVER!!! FREEDOM!!!), but all I want to do is write other stuff. I’ve given up trying to read an hour a day. It ends up going to writing or karate. *hides face*

    Anyway, I am planning on doing NaNoWriMo this July and I’m going to attempt to write 50,000 words. No idea if I’ll manage to hit it, but I figure I might as well try. My plan is to finish ACOGL or make significant progress on it, at least. ^.^

    Best of luck to y’all! <3

  4. Wordcount wise the first few months were going great for me. My main project though is not getting much love since March. Not sure why I am falling out of love with it, must be related to the fact I am not as deep into the characters anymore as I was (fandom is a fickle thing). Anyway, May sucked for my inspiration as work was too busy. And June? Well, I have spend most of it in the sunny UK. Wow, can’t believe it’s summer there! 😉

    So what now? I have only just returned home in the physical sense. Not sure yet where my mind is on writing or anything else for that matter. Hehe. I have finished a couple of drabbles for another fandom (the series Humans on Channel 4 or AMC) and I am quite inclined to stay there for a bit while longer. Not sure what this means for the longstanding project. I do intend to get back to it, but I fear forcing myself too fast will bring both it and myself mysery.

    So my goals for the next months? I am taking it slow and aiming for Autumn to sit my ass down to work on it. Yes, that means no NaNo for me this July. Maybe next time, if I am ready again for deadlines and firm set goals. I know there’s no pressure, but I also know myself. I kinda tend to push for and over them once set. *shrugs*

  5. I’ve been very successful in reading a great deal more. Finished two books yesterday whilst waiting for a late coach. I struggled with reading last year, so this feels great. I’m also reading a vast deal more nonfiction than fiction these days. I will just let it be that way. I might just go into nonfiction exclusively: I have a number of interests and subject leads to read up on. Did not get much writing done over the last 6 months, which is frustrating– and I have no real excuses for this. Poor time management. Trying to remedy that in the latter half of this year. Good luck to everyone!

  6. I think I have kind of achieved some of my writing goals. Sort of.

    Normally, I work on two long projects at once, and this is the first year that I have devoted my time to working on just one long project. So I don’t get bored or feel stuck working on the same thing day after day, I also write drabbles a day or two each week. I am not quite as productive as I once was, but I am working at a reasonable pace, so I think that’s okay.

    Where I am falling short is editing. Even though I complete some cursory editing at the end of each writing session, I always want to give each project at least one final read-through and edit. I have two large projects I finished in 2017 and early 2018, and I am MAYBE 1/4 of the way done with the final edits. Ugh. It is taking me FOREVER. I can’t seem to find a good balance between new writing and editing my older work.

    That’s where I am. Writing? Pretty good, in terms of goals. Editing? Not as good.

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