Sunday, 29 January 2017

Rather Belated Writing Targets 2017


I know it's a bit late in the month but here, as promised, are my 2017 writing goals. Next week, I shall be taking them along with me in my little 'Goals' book, to see if writing chum, Tracy Fells, likes the look of  them. If she doesn't, I won't buy the teacakes.

No more procrastinating then. Let's see what I shall be up to this year. Hopefully I shall:

  • complete at least 50,000 words of my new novel by the end of August, for critique by the RNA New Writers' Scheme reader.

  • write the outline and first chapters to send to my agent before the end of February.

  • write and submit at least two short magazine stories each month.

  • attend the RNA conference in July.

Oh, and there's one more important one... to be brave!

I'm hoping that these are manageable targets but I know how life has a habit of getting in the way and I may have to change some of my expectations. If this happens, I've promised myself I won't stress about it.

Interestingly, I notice that this year's goals are practically the same as last years!

In other news, I have a story in the latest People's Friend Special. The inspiration was the lovely illustration they sent me. I couldn't resist writing it, though it made me a little sad too as it's about a woman in her sixties who is showing signs of dementia.


I hope you'll join me next week as I have a fabulous guest... best selling psychological suspense writer Louise Jensen.


28 comments:

  1. I'm sure you'll do it, Wendy. Looking forward to meeting you at the conference, too x

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  2. I think writing your goals down are the first step to success. If you can name it, you can nail it! I've just written up my goals following a brilliant workshop by Simon Whaley at our writing group a couple of weeks ago about the geology if writing. I have Big Rock goals, Little Rock goals and Sand goals. Seeing them printed out and up on my office wall in my eyeline so I see them every time I'm in there certainly helps. Good luck, Wendy! Your shirt story goal is the same as mine.

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    1. I find writing goals keeps me focussed.Tracy and I have monthly targets too.

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  3. Actually it is my turn to buy the teacakes, Wendy, but I heartily give the trotters up for these. Whatever you do this year in your writing, have fun doing it :) xx

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  4. Good luck with your goals, Wendy, and I'm sure you'll achieve them. Enjoy every minute of it! xxx

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  5. Good luck with the goals, Wendy.
    I haven't got the latest PF Special yet but I'll be interested to read your story. I've been warned off writing about dementia by Shirley.

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    1. Strangely, I seem to get away with topics that are usually viewed as not suitable for the readership. It's all about how the subject is approached (a very, very gentle hand is needed).

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  6. Good luck with your goals, Wendy. How interesting that they are similar to last year's. I always think it is brave of people to announce their goals in public - it's not something I have ever done. Good luck with your writing.

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    1. I didn't achieve all my goals last year but that's fine. I'm hoping to do better this year 😀

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  7. Good luck, Wendy!-and hope to see you at the conference for our usual 2 min catch-up ;-) x

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    1. Looking forward to that 2 minutes already, Anita!

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  8. Goals are the first step to achieving them. Good luck making it. I'm sure you will.

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  9. Best of luck to you, Wendy. It'll be nice to see you at the conference. x

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    1. Yes, we'll have a good catch up, Fran.

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  10. You can do it, Wendy. Good luck with all you wish to achieve. xx

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  11. Great list of goals, Wendy, and at least you've written them down which is more than I have! I've no doubt you'll succeed.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary, but if I don't (like last year) I'll try not to worry.

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  12. Good luck. I hope you achieve your goals, Wendy.

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