Reflection On My NonfictionWriting
Keeping myself accountable (August edition)
So, today is the 2nd to last day of August and because my Mondays seem to vanish without a trace, I think today- Sunday- is the day to check in with myself and the writing goals I set for August. The first journal I wrote was:
The practice of setting goals is really important. But they really mean nothing if you don’t check in on your progress.
So my main goal was to write and post TWO nonfiction articles or journals for every day in August and to keep track of them in an editorial calendar I made in my bullet journal. I want to get better at writing longer pieces. My main writing love is poetry, but stepping out of my comfort zone will help me grow as a writer.
So that was a serious stretch goal, considering I went back to teaching full-time in person this month. In order to actually reach that goal, I would have written and posted 60 articles, not to mention keeping up with my daily poetry practice.
Counting this little piece, I wrote and posted 18 nonfiction journals/articles this month. (Plus 21 poems with 1 pending publication)
That is a new record for me.
Here is the list of the articles/journals I wrote this month:
2. “Someday Poetry Pays for Grad School” was written with my big goal in mind: to earn enough money through my writing to make my student loan payments.
2. “Poets, Lift Each Other Up” is really a call for support. My poetry community really lifts me up daily!
3. I write a lot about teaching and education, and this article, “Teachers, Prepare to Be Flexible,” documents getting ready for a new school year in these crazy covid-19 times.
4. “Angered by Grave Spitting” is a reaction to the Trump interview in which he speaks about not knowing (nor respecting) John Lewis.
5. Then I wrote “Confessions of a Screen Junkie.” The title speaks for itself. But seriously, what should I watch next?
6. “Try on Small Leadership Roles” is encouragement to lead in any way you know.
7. “My Journey to Publishing a Poetry Book” is the beginning of documenting this project. I began working with Christina M. Ward as my editor. Speaking of which, I need to write part three of the journey.
8. Here is part 2:
9. “Concentrate on Abundance” is a reflection on Deepak Chopra’s 21 day abundance meditation.
10. Every two weeks or so, I write a prompt in my publication Sky Collection. I find a quote to connect with. The first one in August is titled, “You Are Never Alone.”
11. “Creating Time to Write” reflects my need for work-life balance.
12. “Write Your Heart Out” encourages me! I hope it encourages others:
13. Am I begging in this one to earn more money on Medium?
14. Why in the world do I constantly dream about fish belly-up? No one seems to have an answer for me.
15. “Counting on Community” is about staying safe at work and school.
16. “Gather Your Strength” is the second quote prompt in Sky Collection.
17. Some journaling:
18. This article.
Self-indulgence, I suppose, in the form of accountability. Thank you for stopping by!