Sunday 22 December 2013

Review of my 2013...

I'm still rushing to get everything finished, and blogging has just not got to the top of the list, so sorry for my absence...

I always think it's good to look back and see what has been achieved in the year, and then see what can be done to improve the weak areas in the following year...

The biggest improvement has been in working on the novella. I've almost got to the end of the first draft; it is only the skeleton at the moment, running order, dialogue, high points and notes for where I need to check information.

In 2014 I'll be concentrating on the major revision. I already know where I need to make adjustments in the plot line, so that's going to take work.

Despite a few setbacks in available time, most of the 23,000+ words have been on the novella.

I've also found that I can get more done in the first 6 months of the year than the final 6!

Once again I read a couple of stories at the Fringe event at the Lowdham Book Festival.

The One Word Anthology became available in paperback on Amazon via the createspace service.

A few months ago a piece of my flash fiction was published on the CafeLit site- it was fun to write it and eventually see it up on the screen...

Had a wonderful time earlier in November at the Festival of Romance. It was fun, but also an opportunity to meet other writers, and learn more...

I won two of the quarterly prose competitions at Nottingham Writers' Club earlier in the year- for which I received a gift card at Awards Night this month.

And finally Serena Lake has started to emerge in the writing world. Serena tweets about her interests @Serena_Lake.

So what does 2014 hold beside more work?

January sees the announcement of the Nottingham Writers' Club, Writer of the Year winner (delayed from December).

There are a few exhibitions I want to visit, especially the Georgian costume exhibition at the Fashion Museum in Bath.

And finally I need to organise some sort of timetable to make the most of my time. Having targets does help.

Have you achieved all that you wanted to this year?


Teresa Ashby said...

You've had a busy year, Carol! And well done on getting on with that first draft :-) Interesting that you are more productive in the first six months - I find that I am too.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and good health, good luck and happiness in the new year :-) x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're staying on the right track, Carol! It's good to take stock of what the year has brought. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Carolb said...

Thanks, Teresa. Perhaps the first six months of the year has less distractions than the last six months!

A very Merry Christmas to you and all your family, both human and animal. :-)

Thanks, Rosemary. Hope your Christmas goes well without too much bad weather.

And I hope you have another successful year to come.

Merry Christmas...