Monday, 31 December 2018

Did I Achieve my 2018 Writing Goals?


It's time to say goodbye to the old writing year and welcome in the new.

Last week, I took a detailed look at my writing year which you can read here, but today I'm looking at the specific goals which I set with writing chum, Tracy Fells, in the first week of January 2018. As always, we wanted to make the goals achieveable (although we knew that luck would play its part along with hard work).

When writing this post, I looked back at my 2016 and 2017 roundups and saw that, in both years, I hoped it would be 'The Year of the Novel'. It wasn't to be and neither was it this year. BUT big things (novel related) did happen. I got a publishing contract with Bookouture and next year WILL be the year of the novel (or novels - as my second will be published in 2019 too).

So, going back to my specific targets, how did I do?

Goal: Submit something to my RNA New Writing Scheme reader. 

Achieved? Yes. I submitted my first novel for a second opinion. This novel went on to make the top five in the Simon and Shuster/ Darley Anderson Literary Agency 'Write Here Right Now' competition. 

I am delighted (based on goal number two) to have now graduated from the New Writing Scheme.

Goal: Continue submitting to agents/publishers with a view to having my first two novels published.

Achieved? A big fat YES (and also no). I made the decision, earlier in the year, to stop submitting to agents and submit directly to publishers. Within days, I had an offer of a two-book deal with publisher Bookouture but this would be for my second novel and a new one.

Goal: Continue to write two stories a month for the magazines.

Achieved? No. Because of my commitment to the novels (writing novel two while embarking on the editing process for book one), I realised that it was impossible to focus properly on both the novels and the short stories. Sadly, it was the stories that had to take a back seat.

Goal (Non-writing related): To play carols on my new violin by this Christmas.

Achieved? Yes! I bought a book of carols and (what joy!) found I could play nearly all of them. Sadly, I lacked the confidence to play them in front of anyone other than my husband and daughter though.

... and that's it for another year. Next week Tracy and I are meeting to set our 2019 goals and you'll be the first to see them when I post them here later in the week.

All that's left, is to wish you all a very Happy New Year!









11 comments:

  1. Your achieved goals far outweigh those you didn't manage. Congratulations. I'm looking forward to reading your books.

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    1. I was very pleased with the outcome, Lindsay 😀

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  2. There were more ticks than crosses on that list Wendy so that's good.

    All the best for 2019 and the novels coming out.x

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  3. Happy new year, Wendy 🎉 (I’ve no idea what that thing is supposed to,be, but my iPad thought it was a good idea...)

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    1. I don’t know either but it looks fun. Happy New Year to you too, Frances.

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  4. Great achievements, Wendy! All the very best for 2019 and the excitement of your book publications.

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  5. I confidently predict that 2019 will be the year of the novel(s)for you, Wendy. You have worked hard for this time - enjoy and savour it. I can't wait for your debut to be launched.

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