It has certainly been a busy year. It was only around June this year that I got ‘serious’ about writing again. I’ve tinkered around with it on and off, just for myself, since I was a kid, but never dreamed of doing it seriously, then my best mate wrote a novel draft or two, got some things published and joined a writing site. Finally something happened, the planets lined up, and I started writing with the view to sharing my work.
Achievements in 2013:
- Collaboratively completed the first draft of a YA novel with my mate.
- Joined Scribophile, had some work critiqued, critiqued the work of others and made some great friends.
- Started a MG novel.
- Had 3 small stories published on online websites.
- Entered one writing competition and won a small prize.
- Successfully completed PiBoIdMo (30 picture book ideas in 30 days).
- Failed NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in 30 days).
- Wrote more than I have in the last ten years.
It’s not a bad start. The challenge is to keep that momentum going in future years.
Goals for 2014:
- Complete the YA novel to submission stage and begin querying publishers.
- Continue critiquing and posting work at Scribophile.
- Get the MG novel to final draft level.
- Submit at least one story per month. I’d love to aim for one per week but life will be busy next year and I don’t want to set myself up to fail – I may change this half way through 2014 though.
- Enter as many writing comps as possible – especially those aimed at children’s authors.
- Complete PiBoIdMo again.
- Win NaNoWriMo!
I also have the final year of my Master’s to complete as well as working….so even if I don’t reach all of these targets I’ll be happy just to keep writing in some way, shape or form.
Wednesday Story Swap
My friend and I have made the commitment to a Wednesday Story Swap – each Wednesday we exchange something we’ve written, or something to do with writing. It could be a completed novel (ha!), a short story, poem or flash fiction. It could be just an idea, an outline or a first paragraph or chapter – anything writing-related is fine.
If you have a friend that writes you may want to set up a similar arrangement. It gives you accountability, keeps you sharp (critiquing other’s work definitely helps with your own writing) and ensures that you’ll write something each week.
I hope everyone else has reached their goals for the year. Have you made a list for 2014?