#Writemotivation March 2012 – Goal-Check Sign Up

#Writemotivation March 2012 – Goal-Check Sign Up

Hey there lovely people 😀

Last month in this post I announced that due to popular motivational needs, we’d continue #writemotivation indefinitely and in off months make it a little more… enticing. We decided that #writemotivation wasn’t a one off thing but:

  • Writemotivation should be an all the time thing. You don’t just need it once or every now and again – a constant stream of it can help lift your head on a bad day, or remind you the next day that other people know how you feel and will cheer you on. We’ll continue the hashtag for anyone who likes that #writemotivation cheer anyway.
  • A Writemotivation Goal-Check month every other month might be a fantastic idea.

March is a Goal-Check month.

What is a Goal-Check month? 

Apart from the general cheering we do on a daily basis, a Goal-Check Month is where you set goals for yourself and hold yourself accountable to them. You let us know what those goals are, and report during the month how you think you’re going with them. This helps hold yourself accountable.

The aim here isn’t to compete with each other – it’s to compete against ourselves (and that pesky inner-critic and procrastination demon that try to defeat us when we least want them to).

To that end, the Goal-Check months have rewards for personally succeeding.

In these months, there are rules. Don’t worry – they’re completely doable.

The Rules:

    1. Make a list of realistic goals for the month – and achieve them.
    2. Make a Blog Post every week (preferably Monday, but if you don’t post on Mondays just add it to the next day you would normally post 😀 ). This is to help us keep tabs on our own progress, and for others to cheer us on if it’s a difficult week. Please link to the post in the #writemotivation hashtag
    3. Visit your #writemotivation team mates blogs, and participate in the #writemotivation hashtag to cheer people on
    4. Please fill in the form here:

Once this done you’re ‘registered’

It’d be nice if we all subscribed to each other’s blogs, but I don’t want to make that a rule, just a courtesy.

But wait you say! You said rewards!

First. Back up. I did say rewards, but you need to remember that this isn’t about competition and first or second place, this is about competing entirely with yourself – and winning.

The Rewards

So far, this is what we have and I hope it gives a good example of what we’re thinking of.

  • K.T. Hanna – In depth crit of up to 10 pages (from anywhere in a novel/short story). In the month of April I will have time for around 4 of these.
  • Zeny Williams – 1 x Beta reading (specifically good at finding plot holes) – limit to be defined
  • Jacob Adams – 1 x Beta read (review) – limit to be defined
  • Alessandra Hinlo – 1 x  Beta read first 1-3 chapters.
  • Becca Weston – 1 x Beta chapter/s (anywhere in a book that the author feels help is needed) and/or Query crit help – limit to be defined
  • Jamie Dement (Lady Jai) – 1 x Beta first chapter

While I feel it doesn’t need to be said, I’ll put it out there just in case.
#writemotivation is a cheer squad. We want you to succeed in your goals. Thus, any critique or beta given, will also be aimed towards succeeding. They’ll be honest and see the good and the bad.

So far we have rewards for around nine people.

If anyone else would like to offer beta/crit or technical blog services – or some other reward you feel speaks directly to besting our damned writer’s ego – please feel free to let me know on the sign up form.

If I have listed what you’re offering incorrectly, please thwap me on twitter 😀

Also – don’t forget today is the last day to sign up for Rach Write’s Platform Building Campaign. DO IT!

I promise to get around to my groups in the next few days. Some of them are so BIG this time!

I’m really looking forward to March 😀 and cheering a heap of people on!

This is our icon. Please give credit for it:  Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Hover credit is fine.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sahlgoode/

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sahlgoode/

Please link back to this post if you don’t mind. Signups will close on February 28th and I’ll post the list up on February 29th.

Are you looking forward to #writemotivation? Please let me know what you think!


  1. Signed up and will be working on my own publicity blog post for you by the end of this week! <3

    • *loves* You are a legend 😀

    • BWAH HAH HAH 😀 We have you now 😛

  2. OMG! Okay…so I’ll have to tag this post and come back because I’m like freaking out now…okay, not freaking out but got a little excited all of a sudden and needed to settle down. Sorry. Let me work out my goals for March 2012 and I’ll come back. The idea for rewards was actually unexpected but quite nice. Thanks to all who’ve put forth a reward. You’re all wrtier-rock-stars!

    • It’s okay hon! You don’t have to sign up – just hang around with us like you usually do lol. The sign up is only for if you really want to put it out there 😀

      • It took me a bit but I’ve got some goals up on my #writemotivation page at my blog for March 2012. Trying something a bit more aggressive adding a blogfest and A to Z blogging challenge preparation in the mix:

        Name: Angela L Brown
        Twitter: @neostateofmind
        Goals for March 2012:
        1: Complete revision of MINGLED and get it to beta readers
        2: Post 3 blogs a week
        3: Read 3 books
        4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week.
        5. Participate in A Picture Paints 1000 Words blogfest at Unicorn Bell
        6. Get at lest 14 of my A to Z blogging challenge blogs scheduled.

  3. This scares me. I have my goals written down, but sometimes I just… freak out. Ha! But I will be cheering from Twitter!

    • Yay – cheer us on 😀 Sometimes it’s just nice to have lots of motivation 😀

  4. This sounds perfect, I look forward to participating and cheering everyone on :)

    • I’m so glad you like the idea. We’ll cheer each other and ourselves along 😀

  5. *gets out poms poms* Go team go!!! Looking forward to March as NB is slated for e-pub release no later than March 30th!

    • Ooooo This is AWESOME. I’m so excited and happy for you. You’ve got this Bonnie!

  6. Awesome! I’ve starred this post in Google Reader so I can come back when I have ACTUAL goals for March. I want to give it a week before deciding how my revised February goals shake out.

    • Excellent 😀 Well, you know where to find us 😉

  7. I’ve signed up! Let’s get March started right. I’ll get my goals accomplished this time. 😀

    • March is going to be a fantastic month – as will February 😀

  8. Woo! All signed up. Pretty lax on the goals due to life upheaval, but still. Should be doable.

    • Moving classifies as MAJOR upheaval. I’m proud of you for having goals!

  9. You’re all doing so awesome–it’s inspiring! I’m tweeting this :0)

    • Thank you, hon 😀 Much appreciated!

  10. Well, I signed up. March is going to be a busy, busy month.

    • Busy and awesome 😀 Welcome 😀

  11. I’m SO excited about this!! 😀

    • Me too! Excited is a good thing!

  12. I just want to say this is one of the best goal making offers I’ve seen. I love to pay it forward, and I love that you’ve stressed we are only competing against ourselves. Thanks for opening this opportunity for community.

  13. This is such a great idea! I really want to do this, but I may have already overloaded myself with beta reads and such this month. Can we sign up every month or do you have to do it in Feb?

    • You can participate in #writemotivation hashtag whenever. Signups for the Goal-Check months will be held (like now) half way through the off month for 2 weeks. The only real difference between being a #writemotivation hashtag supporter and a Goal-Check month participant is the added bonus that we publicly state our goals and hold ourselves accountable to them. Make a list, and aim to achieve it. If you do so in a Goal-Check month, you’ll ger a reward 😀
      It’s not necessary to provide a reward in order to participate. Everyone needs cheering on to beat those self doubt demons. That’s what this is about. Cheering and being cheered. Motivating and being motivated.

  14. I’d do this in a minute if I hadn’t just gotten out of the hospital. Good luck to all who enter!!

    • 😀 Feel free to pop over to #writemotivation hashtag on twitter and cheer and be cheered anyhu 😀 Hope your recovery goes well!

  15. I really only have one goal for March, but it’s a big one. Is #writemotivation still appropriate for me?

    • If you think motivating others and being motivated by others will help you achieve said goal – then it’s always appropriate, in goal check months or otherwise 😀

    • I hope it helps! Welcome aboard!

  16. Bringing up the rear and finally signing up, lolol.

  17. I really need to get back into writing after being sick for so long. Thanks to Lady Jai for pushing me to join March’s #writemotivation.

  18. Better late than never. I’m signed up!

  19. awww… Man! I just found out about this… Too late to join, I guess. But I still have a big goal to accomplish in March: Finish prepping my first book for publication in April! (Includes editing, a few bits of hole-filling writing, etc.)



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