Writing Goals 2018: Update

In early January, I wrote a post about my writing goals. Here is my half-yearly update πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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!

4) Blog

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?