Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Review of 2014...

I find it helpful to look back at what I have, and haven't, achieved with my writing life during the year.

I start out with a general plan for the coming year; but I have learnt over the years that it's better to set myself realistic targets and accept that some will be achieved, while others won't be.

Sometimes other unexpected opportunities come along and if they can be done, then I'll do them, but there's no point taking on more things if it will only derail my main objective.

So starting with my objectives for 2014:
A new timetable for my writing routine; exhibitions I wanted to visit and revising the novella.

I've certainly found a writing routine that suits me, and my sometimes disrupted life. The novella got temporarily put to one side, though the revision process was started, but needed more time away from it. My baddie needed some thinking about. Plus there's been all the admin work that being on the committee of the writers' club generates...

Here's 2014:

January- I received (the belated) Writer of the Year trophy at Nottingham Writers' Club. Was one of the initial readers for the club's National Short Story Competition.

February- I completed the first draft of the novella.(Where has time gone!)

March- Tidying up some short stories.

April- Trip to Bath booked, and I bought my new camera- any photo on my blog now, unless credited to someone else, has been taken with this camera.(It's given me some good pictures to remind me of places needed for research.)

May- This was a busy month. I still hadn't started my entry for the Mary Street trophy at the writers' club; took photos of the May speaker (Gail Simmons) for the club magazine-one of them was later requested by the writer for her to use with name credit. Went off for my weekend in Bath- took lots of photos, and that weekend resulted in 3 blog posts with pictures.This trip was partially a research trip as well as a break.

June- Lowdham Book Festival month. I've been attending the last day of the festival for nearly 10 years now.
I created a name banner for the stall for the writers' club, set up and spent the day on the stall. (It's also a good way to learn how to present yourself and watch how writers promote and sell their books.) After abandoning my romance novel entry I started another one.

July- I was among a large group of readers and writers in Nottingham who took part in a Reading Flashmob in the city centre one sunny Saturday lunchtime. My synopsis and 3 chapters for the romance novel competition entry was finally handed in.

August- Received the news that my very short story 'A Tight Squeeze', which was published on the Café Lit site in August 2013, had been chosen to be included in the Best of Café Lit 3.

September- Writing as and when I could, around getting one of my sons off to University.

October- Been blogging for 4 years this month.

November- Continuing the first draft of my contemporary romance.

December- Results of the Mary Street Memorial Shield for a Romance Novel announced at Awards Night, and my entry was the winner. Mislaid trophy to be presented in January 2015.

In some ways it doesn't seem that I've done much writing, but when I look at how much I have written in between those events, 26,043 words to date, that's actually 3,000 more words than 2013. It's at least a positive, but I need to be writing more.

March and April are the two months I need to work on in 2015.

Targets for 2015:
Complete the contemporary romance, revise and eventually submit it. Then hopefully by this time next year I'll be back to the historical romance novella and into the 2nd draft. If anything else pops up that fits in, I'll consider it.


As it's now only 14 days until Christmas Day, I'll be moving to a once a week post until the end of the year. I still have cards to write and send, and presents to buy. I'm determined to not be rushing around doing everything in the last few days as I have the past three years.

Normal blogging routine will return in January...


10 comments:

Nicola said...

Congratulations Carol!! You've had a really successful year. I think we writers always feel we should be writing more - and we probably should :) Have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you lots of continued success next year. All the best.

Carolb said...

Thank you, Nicola. Have a wonderful Christmas, and an equally successful 2015. :)

I'm off to add to this year's total. :)

Teresa Ashby said...

What an amazing and positive year, Carol. I wish you a very happy Christmas and another successful new year xx

lizy-expat-writer said...

I am impressed not only by your achievements but by how organised you are! Happy Christmas my friend. x

Carolb said...

Thank you, Teresa. I'm always surprised at how much I have achieved by the end of the year, as it never seems much at the time.

Merry Christmas and a successful 2015 to you too. :-)

Carolb said...

Thank you, Lizy.

I suspect having raised triplets some of the organisation I needed then still lingers. :D

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, my friend, and fingers crossed for good news on the eventual relocation.

Wendy's Writing said...

A very impressive year, Carol - wishing you a very productive 2015.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

That's a very good year, Carol, especially when life gets in the way! All the best for a productive and successful 2015.

Carolb said...

Thank you, Wendy.

Hope you have a successful 2015 yourself. :-)

Carolb said...

Thank you, Rosemary. I'll do my best. :-)

I'm sure you will have as successful a 2015 as this year has been for you.