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.
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:
- Finish Marnie Shaw and the Mystery of Yapton Farm;
- Either find an agent to help me publish the book, or self publish it myself;
- 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!