Sunday, January 01, 2012

It's that time of year again

Last year I posted a bunch of writing resolutions, I had a little look at them when I was planning this post and was mostly rather chuffed. But despite that there was also this little niggle. Things that I've started and then not had the time to finish properly. So before I have a good think about this year's writing resolutions, I'm going to try and stick to the tenet:
Know thy limits
in other words:
I challenge myself to take up NO CHALLENGES 

While this might seem to be a contradiction, my idea this year is to FOCUS on writing and to spend less time flitting about on the internet going: 'ooh look shiny new blog badge and blog challenge'. Looking back at last year's resolutions, that's exactly what I was and I achieved everything on my definitely list. I did finish the revision of my WIP. I did tentatively get a BETA reader. I went to LOADS of grit group meetings and yes, I occasionally had to get a babysitter. I started on something new and I only abandoned the blog at the end of the year. 

On my maybe list I did not apply for the SCBWI work in progress grant. I was umming and ahhing about it in January, and as the deadline neared I had the opportunity to pitch my WIP to agent and author John Cusick, so I turned my focus to that instead. 

Number 2 on my list was to go to a SCBWI event. I ended up attending the Pitch session and the December conference. Woo hoo me. There was a cold niggling away in the background, but I managed to get through the weekend sans 'itis' and I had a really enlightening MS review.

Number 3 on my list included starting yet another revision on my current WIP. I've worked out how to use the editors in Scrivener and using what I've learnt about editing at the December conference, I'm doing a general edit before I present the whole MS to my crit group. 

Coming up on the blog:
  • 2012 writing resolutions
  • A book review or four 
  • Two new author interviews 
  • 52 photos!


Austin James said...

A worthy goal... the internet and all the blog challenges can be way too overwhelming... I'm not going to do any this year either. Happy New Year's.

Beth Kemp said...

You did pretty well on the 2011 goals for writing! I think you're probably right about the distracting nature of some of the blog challenges (although I'm doing some reading ones, as I've been really enjoying reviewing on the blog).

Happy New Year!

Michele Helene said...

Thanks Austin, maybe that can be our challenge! And Beth to be honest I was very tempted to sign up for the British Book Challenge again as I really enjoyed it too, but I think I'll just carry on reviewing books regardless.


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