Happy New Year!

2014 celebrationsI hope you all had a very merry Christmas. Ours was quiet, which was just as well seeing as we were both incapacitated through illness for much of it and still continuing to recuperate into the New Year.

My hair shirt has been well-worn during this holiday period, thanks to my failure in tackling the many objectives I set for myself. But it’s left me firing on all cylinders, ready for a productive 2014.

So what have I achieved in terms of writing success throughout 2013? Although I failed to get a short story published, I have had five letters published in national magazines earning nominal amounts of money, plus some free paint, and I made the shortlist and long list of two flash fiction competitions. So despite not quite being where I want to be, I’m further down the path than I was this time last year, and hope this progress will continue into 2014.

What plans/projects do I have for the coming year?

  • More short story writing
  • Complete unfinished screenplay
  • Start a novel
  • Further letters to magazines
  • Update blog regularly

Think that should keep me busy for a while. Of course, the ultimate aim is to be published or win a competition, but honing my writing skills in the process is an added bonus.

Please drop by and tell me how you intend to make this a productive writing year for you, and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and successful New Year!

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3 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. Sorry, The Grinder link didn’t work. It should do now.

  2. Sorry you have been incapacitated over Christmas. At least, your hair shirt won’t include having to go on a New Year Diet.

    Well done on getting all those letters published. Keep going with all the other things. You’re following lots of useful writing blogs, including Patsy Collins who publishes details of all those writing comps. Do you use Duotrope or The Grinder ? Duotrope requires a nominal charge (about £10 pa) but The Grinder is free.

    Happy New Year! And don’t wake up so late that you’re too tired to do writing in the morning!

    • JWow Admin says:

      Thanks for your good wishes and a Happy New Year to you, too. I haven’t heard of Duotrope or The Grinder, but will definitely look into it. Good luck with your writing in the coming year and thanks for continuing to comment on my blog.

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