One year on… 

A year ago I started this blog, along with a Facebook Page  and Twitter feed to give myself a stronger online presence for my writing. My first blog post looked back over 2015, a year I will never forget. The year had low points, including a cancer diagnosis, and high points, finishing a first draft of my first novel. It also looked forward to 2016, wondering what lay in store.

My second blog post set out my resolutions for 2016. I decided to get involved in a Twitter community committed to writing 500 words per day. Although some months I’ve been involved less than others, I have over the year kept up a relationship with this international community and have found both support and inspiration from its members, some of whom now follow this blog and my page on Facebook.

So what do I feel I have achieved over the past 12 months? Well, since January 2016 I have completed the first drafts of three novels, which is an achievement I am very proud of. In April I took part in CampNaNoWriMo and wrote a 20,000 word story during that month, linking with other writers across the globe, all seeking to improve their writing and get more words on the page/screen. But drafts aren’t published books and now it’s time to look ahead to the next 12 months of my writing life and to set myself some goals.

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My first novel, Marnie Shaw and the Mystery of Yapton Farm, is very nearly complete. I am rewriting the ending and then will be sending the manuscript to a couple of beta readers for feedback. I hope that it will soon be ready to submit to agents, but I haven’t ruled out self publishing either. I would also like to expand this blog, to include book reviews and creative writing pieces, which will keep me writing even when I’m in the process of editing  my novels. I am also hoping to meet up with fellow writers in the real, rather than the virtual world. This is a big step for me. Writing is a solitary business, perfect for the introvert, so meeting up with other, more experienced writers will challenge me personally but will also, I hope, enable some like minded friendships and mutual support.

So my 2017 goals are:

  1. Finish Marnie Shaw and the Mystery of Yapton Farm;
  2. Either find an agent to help me publish the book, or self publish it myself;
  3. Develop strong links with other writers, both virtual and in the real world to further develop my skills.

I hope you will continue to follow my progress. Please feel free to share and comment on my posts. I love feedback. And whatever your plans are for the coming year, I hope that you will find time to do that which makes your happy and that you achieve whatever goals you set for yourself.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Deborah xx

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