Sunday, 18 December 2016

My Writing Year 2016


Today, as tradition requires, I shall be looking back at all the lovely things I've been doing this year (excluding general story sales).

January - I started the year with the usual teacakes and goal setting with writing chum Tracy Fells and I shall be posting how I got on with them after Christmas. I re-joined the RNA New Writers' Scheme and Anita Chapman was my guest, talking about social media.

February - This month was the fifth anniversary of the day I started writing. I wrote a post on writing ghost stories and my blog guest Phillipa Ashley wrote about breaking writing rules.

March - Big news this month was that I was signed by the Eve White Literary Agency. I was interviewed by Helen M Walters in Writer's Forum about what I look for as a story competition judge. Debbie Howells was my guest, talking about writing psychological thrillers.

April - Went on a fabulous Lake District holiday.

May - Visited beautiful Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Elaine Everest was my guest, talking about the new novel, The Woolworths Girls. Had my first attempt at dumper truck racing!

June - Had an inspirational weekend in Florence. Went to the RNA summer party.

July - There were three lovely guests on my blog this month: Lynda Stacey (writing a debut), Becca Puglisi (show not tell your setting) and Helen Yendall (magazine writing).

August - Wendy's Writing Now had its 4th birthday. I was interviewed by Simon Whaley for an article in Writing Magazine about writing seasonal stories.

September - Had our annual holiday in Greece - this time the wonderful island of Ithaca.

October - Three guests this month: Julie Day (writing with asperger's) Cass Grafton and Ada Bright (successful co-writing) and Emily Royal (the RNA NWS). This month saw my story Too Good to Last published as an audio which you can listen to here. I was judge for the Nottingham Writers Group Rosemary Robb Ghost Story Competition and wrote another post on writing ghost stories.

November - This month, I  went to the RNA Winter Party. My blog guests were Kate Blackadder, Chrissie Bradshaw and Gill Stewart (writing cross genre). My story The Artist's Apprentice was published as an audio which you can listen to here.

December - The final month of the year saw a new updated version of Wendy's Story Timeline (interactive timeline). My final guest of the year was Patsy Collins talking about her new writing guide. Finally, I had four Christmas stories published in magazines and The People's Friend made an audio of another of my stories, The Girl in the Striped Sundress which you can listen to here.

All that's left is to wish you all a Merry Christmas... and I'll see you back on my blog after the festivities are over!

29 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Wendy! Love reading your blog x

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  2. What a fantastic year, Wendy. Congrats on all your success! Loved being your guest (thank you!), and wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2017 :) x

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    1. Thank you for being such a lovely guest, Anita.

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  3. What a fabulous year. Here's to a great 2017.

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    1. Thanks Lindsay.All the best to you too.

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  4. I hope you have a lovely Christmas, Wendy.

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  5. What a lovely, successful year, Wendy! Enjoy your festive break and here's to another great year in 2017.

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  6. You've had a brilliant year, Wendy. Here's to 2017!

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  7. You've had a brilliant year, Wendy. Here's to 2017!

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  8. What a lovely uplifting round-up. Thank you, Wendy. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  9. Merry Christmas to you too, Wendy. What an interesting year. Wishing you all lots of writerly success in 2017. x

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    1. ... and a Merry Christmas to you too, Rae.

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  10. What a terrific year, Wendy. Have to say I've really enjoyed listening to the audio stories and hope there'll be more to come in 2017. Merry Xmas and hope you'll be ready for setting new goals at our Jan teacake session :) xx

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    1. I hope so, Tracy! Have a lovely Christmas x

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  11. Wow, what a great year you've had, Wendy - congratulations and a very Merry Christmas to you! It's lovely to look back on the year, isn't it (especially when it's been a good one) and thanks for the mention - I'd completely lost track of when I was a guest on your blog! I'll have to return the favour next year). Have a great 2017!

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  12. The year was happy and productive! May the fingers continue to dance across the keyboard during 2017. Merry Christmas, Wendy.

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    1. I shall try and make sure they so, Ann. Merry Christmas to you too.

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  13. Congratulations on a very successful year, Wendy. :-)

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  14. That's a full and very productive year, Wendy.

    Congratulations on all you've achieved this year, and hope 2017 is even better. :-) x

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  15. Congratulations on all your successes, Wendy. Merry Christmas.

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