As much as I've enjoyed writing the contemporary romance, it will never be my first preference- unless an idea could only work in the present.
I'm really looking forward to getting back to my Nottinghamshire story before the end of the year; the competition entry reminded me why I enjoy it so much.
October is usually when I start considering my goals for next year.
Having put in the intensive work revising and editing the first chapter I learnt a few things about myself.
- I can too easily procrastinate and end up wasting the day. So I'm going to set myself mini-targets for each day. No dawdling...
Of course there will be days when less will get done than others, as real life does still have to be taken into account: appointments, shopping for food, collecting medicines, get-together's with writer friends and those unexpected crisis etc.
- Do those elements that can be classed under 'professional development'.
In some ways I've been doing this a while. Attending writers' conferences, online events, workshops, talks, and other opportunities.
I'm part of the Wednesday evening #writingchat sessions on Twitter for one hour- it's fun, but I've also picked up helpful information from the other writers taking part.
Recently I've joined Anne Rainbow's RedPen (thanks to a link provided by Patsy Collins).
- Be more open to opportunities that occur and not be scared to take them on.
- Most of all I'm going to believe in myself. Entering the recent new talent competition has definitely contributed toward that.
I think that's enough to keep me going for the next twelve months... :-)
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