Wow! This blog is now officially one year old.
I shall launch balloons, eat birthday cake on its behalf and consider how utterly terrifying that thought is. Time passes much too quickly these days. I guess now would be a good time to reflect on what progress has been made since those early days…
It may well be hard to appreciate this if you aren’t me, but it was invaluable for me to get out of a certain way of thinking and working. I used to be obsessed with perfection and, as a result, was never able to finish anything. I used to look over a story I’d had in mind for several years, unable to move forward because I’d planned too much and for too long. Since then, I’ve changed my ways. I’ve moved on to a fresh new project and write in a relaxed, carefree way, just writing scenes to have a draft of them finished rather than scrapping anything which isn’t solid gold. This has made writing far more fun – and far more productive.
It helps to improve your writing style.
THIS IS IT
This is the route I want to take in life. No matter what I need to do to get by financially, I never want to stop writing and I ultimately want to be published. Preferably a lot, and preferably in exchange for money.
I AM GOOD AT THIS
I’m not going to sit here and brag, but equally I’m not going to wring my hands and shrug off my abilities as average anymore. I’m confident now: I know I am good at this. Popular opinion, some of it professional, has confirmed that I have talent. I know I have the potential to make this work and if I keep my ears and eyes open for opportunities, as well as keep my mind open to criticism, I will be published. It’s just a matter of time, patience and commitment.
WHERE AM I NOW?
My novel is 20,000 words of first draft, which I started in December. Most of those words actually constitute the bare bones of scenes, which won’t be too hard to fill out, and I’ve worked out most of the plot points.
I have several completed short stories, one of which won a little competition, and two other novels on the backburner. And I’m writing for a magazine, building my article portfolio, and therefore hopefully about to have my name in print one way or another.
Basically, compared with where I was in my ambitions a year ago, an administrator without a single completed piece to her name, I’ve actually made quite a bit of progress.
SO WHAT NOW?
Looking back, the past year has involved an awful lot of stopping and starting – my switch to a different novel, for a start off. As such, even though I’m proud of my progress, I need to pick up the pace this year.
GOALS THIS YEAR
I’d like to start entering some short story competitions, especially ones which provide feedback on entries.
Secondly, I’d like to set up a new blog with an emphasis on entertainment. I’d like to start showcasing some of my work on the web.Third, I want to get published, both in fiction and non-fiction if possible.
Finally, I still want to finish my novel by the end of this year and start sending it off to publishers.
It’s a long slug to get where I’d like to be, but I’m up for the challenge. Watch this space.