Happy New Year lovelies! I hope you all had a very merry festive season.
Here, the kids are back in
school and the dust is settling so it feels like time to pull myself together
again, stop gorging on all the chocolate (So. Hard!) and get back to the
I like to look back on what I was
prattling on about at this time the previous year, to see what I had planned and
what I managed. I listed it here, but to summarise; I’d barfed up three stories
in rougher-than-rough form and planned to set about them during the year with a
I started the Vomit-draft-to-First-draft
beating of Story one, but at chapter 10 and four months in I decided to shelve
it. I know we are supposed to finish things we start. I know, I know. But it just didn’t have
the mileage. Maybe it will see the light of day one day, but not for now and
the decision felt right. I started working on Story three instead and finished the first proper draft at the end of November. It is a full-length
women’s fiction story and, by some small miracle for me, it even has a plot. I
left it to mull and then read it over Christmas. I read it on a sunlounger, on my
kindle, to make it feel like a real book. I made notes. Serious or what?
Soooo, looking forward; my plan
for the first part of this year is to put those notes to use to get a second
draft nailed down and then start the submission’s shenanigans to agents. Then
I’ll either start the process again with Story two, or face writing from
scratch a YA story that keeps knocking to come out but scares me.
I also have the annual
Valentines story swap with my lovely CP to write. It was my turn to select the
prompt, which I have, but now cannot come up with any useful ideas. Probably the
smart thing was pick a prompt I had an idea for. Doh. Still, there’s a month to
go on that one…
That’s what’s happening here,
and making me happy. Other than the lack of Valentine's idea, the 2016 plan doesn't make me want to say "Eek", unlike other years.
Any 2016 writing resolutions/plans for any of you out
there? Share please!