I've been reviewing my writing progress for 2011 and decided I couldn't reveal my conclusions to date without recalling the parameters I'd set myself in mid-December last year- ten months ago...
So my four targets were:
1: Get a short story published- somewhere.
2: Work on at least one of my novella length stories.
3: The novel- open to decision.
4: Enter some writing competitions.
Now I have to say I've only managed two of my four targets, though the other two have received attention to a slight degree.
The first, get a short story published hasn't happened, as the contender needs a little more work and my accident interfered in a big way.
The work on the novella is underway, and the novel has had some thought- although I haven't had time to put the decisions into action.
I tidied up the synopsis where I could, and with the first three chapters entered it into the annual romance trophy competition at the writers club- I put it in to make up the numbers this year, so I already know some of the faults, but it will be interesting to see what comments it receives.
So number 4, enter some writing competitions has been the other area of progress. In January I entered the Words with Jam last few lines of a story competition. And today I finished revising my 150 words for the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition- the start of, so that will be in the post tomorrow.
If you want to enter, there is still time, you have until the 28th October to get your entry in. Details here.
So I'm going to be getting on with my novella for the remainder of the year.
This coming Saturday I'll be at Sally Quillford's Pocket Novel workshop, which I'm looking forward to and I'm sure I'll learn a lot.
Hopefully next year will be more productive.