It's been a long time I know. After a prolonged stay in the UK to support family, I came back to a major snow storm that lasted almost fourteen days and a week after the snow has finally stopped falling we're now thawing out, both literally and figuratively speaking. I have missed my writing but haven't found the energy or the motivation - up until now. As from yesterday, I entered my 50th year and as this looming date features heavily in my writing goals for this year, I thought I better kick myself back into action. So for starters - here are my goals. My reasoning is that if I post them in as many places as I can, I shall be shamed into making it happen! A lot of fairy dust maybe and not much reality but hey... a girl has to aim high.
This year I'm going to focus on writing historical fiction (with a bit of fantasy for distraction) and becoming published by my 50th birthday in February 2013. I'm going to take a page out of a WA members book and write hard, read hard and develop my craft by accessing some online courses which are targetted to developing a particular writing skill. I'm also going to be investing some time into our Family History, which is something I've always meant to do and who knows - I might find a few ideas along the way.
1. To write at least 5000 words per week, towards any project (a bit behind on this one for various reasons)
2. To edit 'The Dukes Shadow' (my 2011 Nano project)
a. First edit by Feb 29th
b. Second by March 31st
c. Third by April 30th
3. To revisit 'The Morning Gift' (Historical novel set in Saxon times, written 2011) and devise plan for editing.
4. To revise at least one Penny and George story per month, with a view to completing series by the end of the year – December 2012
5 To participate in the 100k in 100 days challenge for 'Wolf Moon' (fantasy story started as Monday Muse – Xanthe submissions) but will start Feb 1st. as you can probably guess I'm already behind on this but as of yesterday am catching up... again!
6 To research options for Nano 2012 and make decision by June 2012
7. To submit short stories to the Telegraph book club on monthly basis
8. To submit at least two Monday Muses a month on Writers Abroad