In early January, I wrote a post about my writing goals. Here is my half-yearly update 🙂
1) Finish the damn book.
Nope… not quite there yet. But, I have finished the zero draft, a blurb, and a synopsis. I am now working on the first draft.
2) Entering Short Story Competitions.
I did it! Little Gems and Spicy Bites. I got some fantastic and constructive feedback for Little Gems. The best news is: my Spicy Bites story will be published in the Chains anthology under the psuedonym C M James, which I plan to use for the more erotic spectrum of writing if I ever take it any further. I’m absolutely stoked!
3) Applied for a Critique Partner with the RWA
I applied back in January and it didn’t quite work out, but a few new members have joined the scheme recently and my time has freed up a bit more, so I thought I’d have another look and have applied again 🙂 So far so good. I’m really excited for it.
I also sought critique from friends and other aspiring members of the RWA for the short story competitions – so I think I’m going strong on this front. Looking forward to reading more what others are writing too!
I was aiming for once a month minimum. Yeah… that didn’t happen. But I’m getting back into it again and hoping to lift my game. Keep it short, sweet and simple.
5) Writing conferences
Okay – this might be cheating as it wasn’t on my list from January, but I want to take a moment to appreciate the fact that I made it to #AllDayYA at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. AND that I’m booked in for the RWA Conference in Sydney in August. I think this is pretty awesome.
All in all, I think I’m doing pretty okay with my writing goals for 2018. I think ones I’d add for next year would be:
- Take more writing courses.
- Join a crit group that meets up in person.
- Pitch at the RWA conference – I’m not this year because I need a first draft, not a zero draft, and I don’t think I can manage that before the conference.
- Submit the first few chapters of a novel in a competition.
- Join ASA and a state-based Writers Centre.
How are you tracking with your writing goals?