The festivities are over and it's time to get back to writing. Some of you may have kept writing throughout Christmas and New Year but I suspect that many of you are like me and find it difficult to get back into a routine.
As I did last year, I looked back over 2015 and wondered how many of my goals I'd achieved. Had I made any progress along my journey as a writer?
- Complete the first draft of the novel and work on it so that I feel ready to apply to the RNA New Writers' scheme at 12 noon. next January 2nd. ACHIEVED - I'm sure you will allow me to say again that I wrote THE END on November 29th! :-)
- Continue to write short stories and submit them to competitions and magazines. I set myself a goal of two new stories a month. PARTLY ACHIEVED I didn't write twenty four new stories but I did submit several stories to competitions.
- Aim to get one story accepted in a print magazine before the end of December 2015. NOT ACHIEVED This is still an area where I am having no success. As well as not getting my stories right for the market, I shouldn't be surprised when I only submit very infrequently, preferring to write for competitions. To put this right, I submitted one story last week and have another ready to put in the post in the morning. Will 2016 be my year? :-)
- Aim to make the short list of a short story competition sometime during the coming year. ACHIEVED I was very pleased when 'Whispers in the Olive Trees' was shortlisted in Credington's Short Story Competition in the summer. A number of my stories were long listed and others have appeared in anthologies and on Alfie Dog Fiction. 'The Curse of the Turquoise Pool' was Commended by Swansea Writers' Circle and will appear in its e-book in the next few weeks.
- Yesterday, I prepared my email to apply for a place on the RNA New Writers' Scheme and sat waiting with the mouse hovering over SEND and watching the minutes tick away until the time said 12.00. I'm delighted to say that I soon received an email saying that I have a place.
- My main goal now is to edit and polish the first draft of my novel ready to submit to the RNA NWS for a critique. It is going to take priority this year as I want to give it the very best chance I can.
- On the short story front, I shall continue to submit stories to competitions and magazines hoping for more short listings and that first elusive magazine acceptance.
- I hope to publish a themed collection of short stories before the end of 2016 but only after I've sent off my novel to RNA.
What are your goals and targets for 2016? I'd love it if you'd leave a comment. Thanks. :-)
Thank you for reading my blog and all good wishes for a very productive year in 2016! HAPPY WRITING!
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