I’d love to say I had a wild time on New Year’s Eve, dancing ‘til dawn in a sparkly dress, fuelled by fizz but the truth is, we’ve been a bit poorly in this house over Christmas.
First me, then Him and now me again (only sniffles, but it zaps you, doesn’t it?!), so I was actually asleep on the sofa last night when Big Ben started chiming on the TV.
I was woken up to hear the ‘Ten… Nine… Eight…’ countdown .. managed to wave a hand and mutter ‘Happynewyr..’ and then went straight back to sleep again! Oh, I was scintillating company, me.
But never mind about all that now. The New Year has started and I’m getting organised to start writing again.
Here is my toolkit:
1. Self-help books.
(i) The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which I have raved about in the past but never actually got down to reading all the way through and acting upon. I have started ‘Morning Pages’ again (they fizzled out in about September) and I’m also intending to take myself off on some ‘Artist’s Dates’ – I will report back about those in the coming weeks.
(ii) ‘Your Best Year Yet!’ by Jinny Ditzler, which has been recommended to me by a fellow writer.
2. The January ‘Achievement Chart’ from Writers Forum magazine. Yes, I know it’s a bit childish but it does motivate me if I’ve got a chart to fill in!
3. And.. finally, the most exciting part.. the ‘well done’/’good work’ stickers that I’m going to be using on the chart. (2 for £1 in Poundland, in case you’re interested!)
Looking back on 2014
I didn’t write as much as I wanted to/should have (*hangs head in shame*) but 2014 was still my best year yet for writing so I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.
– One of my targets was to send off 52 stories (one a week!) to the women’s magazines and I did actually achieve that. Hurrah. They weren’t all new stories (I was allowed to resubmit a story to another magazine when it was turned down by the first one, for example) and of course, they weren’t all accepted but it kept me focussed on actually submitting work, so that’s something I’m going to do again this year.
– I finally broke my duck with Take A Break and had 9 stories accepted by them in 2014, which gave me a real buzz and I’m hoping to keep that up this year.
– And a story that I really had fun writing (but which definitely wasn’t a ‘womag ‘ story) came first in the Chudleigh Phoenix short story competition.
– I wrote 60 new posts on this blog (eek!) and my ‘most active commenter’ was Philippa! Thank you! (Wendy was second, Tracy was third)
– I went to Swanwick for the first time and met some very nice people, which lead to me joining a poetry group that meets once a month. And linked to that, I’ve cut down on my Writers Bureau work from today, so that I can concentrate more on my own poetry.
– And finally, I’ve made good progress on an e-book of my short stories, which I’m hoping to publish very soon. Watch this space.
But enough about me. How about you? Was 2014 good for you and what have you got planned for 2015?
Happy New Year!