Thursday, 31 December 2015

My Goals of 2015 - Did I Succeed?


It's time to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to a new writing year.

As usual, at the beginning of the year, I sat down with writing chum Tracy Fells over teacakes and set myself some writing goals for the year - you can read the full post here.

So how did I do?

Below are the goals in brief and whether or not I achieved them.

Goal: To continue to write one short story a week.
Achieved? Sort of. I can't say that I wrote a story absolutely every week for the whole year (due to holidays etc.) but I did manage to keep up the output most weeks even while writing the novel.

Goal: Write at least 40,000 words of my novel by the end of August to submit to the RNA New Writers' scheme reader.
Achieved? Yes! I sent 54,000 words to the reader and completed the novel (85,000 words) in September.

Goal: Go to the RNA conference
Achieved? Yes! I went, I saw... I conquered (my tube phobia). It was a great weekend and you can read all about it here.

Goal: To self-publish another collection of magazine stories.
Achieved? Yes! I published The Last Rose (Stories of family and Friendship) in March. This collection contains stories from The People's Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman's Weekly and I am thrilled with it.

Which leads me very nicely to my end of year present to you. The last Rose is on Kindle Countdown for one week only at a bargain price of 99p! So if you had a new e-reader for Christmas, it might be a welcome addition to your collection. You can buy it here from Amazon.


All that's left is to wish you all  a very Happy New Year and I hope you will continue to enjoy my blog in 2016.

26 comments:

  1. A great writing year for you, Wendy - hope 2016 brings lots of happiness and success!

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary - fingers crossed. And thanks for the lovely e-card 😊

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  2. You are an inspiration, Wendy. and with your hard work and dedication you deserve all the success you have achieved.
    Well done on a fabulous year and here's to an equally happy, healthy and successful 2016 and more lovely and inspiring blogs :-) xx

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    1. Thanks, Sue and hope to be sharing magazine pages with you again soon.

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  3. That was a wonderful writing year, Wendy, and I'm sure the next will bring more successes. I'm looking forward to hearing all your news. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and productive New Year. xxx

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  4. That was a wonderful writing year, Wendy, and I'm sure the next will bring more successes. I'm looking forward to hearing all your news. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and productive New Year. xxx

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  5. In answer to your question, a resounding 'yes' Wendy. Well done! Happy new year.

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    1. I made them fairly manageable this year, Frances. Happy New Year to you too x

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  6. Well done on a resoundingly successful year, Wendy.

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  7. Looking forward to setting new goals for 2016. One is to keep eating teacakes!

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  8. Well done Wendy. It is all well deserved because you put in the work! Unlike some of us (ie: me) so I'm taking a leaf out of the Good Writers' (ie: writers like you) books and making a goals plan!

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    1. Goals are good but be prepared to be flexible x

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  9. That's a very successful year, Wendy. Congratulations, and I'm sure 2016 will be as good, if not better.
    Happy New Year.

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  10. What a brilliant year Wendy, you've done amazingly well, and worked so hard!
    Well deserved success too.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Hope you have a success ful 2016, Maria.

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  11. You did brilliantly. Hope 2016 is just as good.

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    1. Wishing you a great writing year too, Patsy.

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  12. You must be really motivated to have achieved so much. Well done. I write as a hobby, along with several other hobbies, so my writing isn't always at the top of my list of things to do. However, I am starting off the New Year with good intentions so if you would like to pop over to my new very modest blog, you are very welcome. I'm at www.outofyorkshireblog.wordpress.com

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  13. Happy New Year, Wendy. Congratulations on a fantastically successful 2015. May it continue throughout 2016. Let's see that novel published :) Good luck!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Nicola - and it would be nice to share my novel with you all :)

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