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:
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!
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.