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#FirstDraft120 Day 48: It’s SWAT Day! Check in with Your Progress #amwriting

Friday, November 18, 2016

fd120-swat-dayIt’s Friday! And that means I want to know about your full writing week. What were your greatest successes during the week? What was your favorite line/bit that you wrote? What did you learn about yourself, your characters, and/or your story during the week’s work? What are you most proud of yourself for doing this week when it came to your writing? What are you proud of yourself for accomplishing?

In the business world, there’s a planning model called SWOT—which is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

Around here, we’re going to use SWAT, but we’re going to do it differently, so check in with the following recap for your week:

  • Self-Evaluation (how do you think you did? what can/do you want to do differently next week? what did you learn about yourself as a person or as a writer? what didn’t you do or finish that you wanted to? etc.)
  • Word count (total for the week, Tuesday through today)
  • Awesome Accomplishments (breakthroughs, discoveries, highest daily word-count ever, etc.)
  • Tidbits to share—something you wrote that’s just too good not to share or that struck you as funny or whatever.

If you don’t want to share this stuff publicly, that’s okay. You can add a section to your Story Bible or start a journal (or add this to your existing journal) to keep track of this. But don’t skip doing this—I think that in the future, when you look back either on what you accomplished during this challenge or (heaven forbid) why you gave up on it, the insights you’ll gather later with hindsight on your thoughts during the challenge will be invaluable.

Happy writing!

  1. Friday, November 18, 2016 10:07 pm

    My week started off so well, but my word count fell off quickly as for the third time in two months my entire family has spent all week fighting an illness. This time the sickness hit me harder than anyone, so I wasn’t nearly as productive as I’d hoped. I clocked in at only 2900 words. But I had two wins: I managed to write every day, and I managed my highest one-hour word count ever. As far as tidbits that I love…meh. My head is too stuffed up to know if any of it is decent. Which likely means a lot of rewriting is in order.

    Despite the week of setbacks, I’m still really motivated. I’m also proud that I didn’t break the chain of writing each day. Because I followed through with as much of my goal as I could, somehow it still feels like a victory. I’ll take it.


  2. Shirley Taylor permalink
    Friday, November 18, 2016 10:26 pm

    Personally, I didn’t once meet my 500 daily goal but I’m feeling good about everything still…probably because I’m feeling very little pressure. Yes, I’m disappointed but not crushed. I plan to use tomorrow to get everything into my Story Bible and on Sunday I will review it and then I’ll get back to it on Monday but I’m hoping not having to stop and check something in my notebook because it’s all easily accessible in my Story Bible finally will help me! 😀


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