Writing Goals and Resolutions – March Update

Here we go with March’s update on my writing goals for 2009, and my general New Year resolutions.

Writing Goals

  • Write every day, aiming for a minimum of two pages each day.
    The start of March saw me lacking in motivation, and feeling pretty low. I don’t think I wrote at all at the start. Things looked to be picking up, but the past few days have seen me sink back down to where I was at the start of the month. Still, I have at least managed to participate in some [Fiction] Fridays.
  • Compile an electronic anthology of my best short stories from 2008.
    Still procrastinating over the editing. Not very impressive.
  • Launch the Chinese Whispers anthology.
    Final writer is recruited, we’re locking down the rules of the project and editing the story that will kick the anthology off!
  • Enter six writing contests.
    One entered. If Script Frenzy counts, then that is my second (starting tomorrow!). I have two lined up for June.
  • Complete two manuscripts to a publishable standard.
  • Participate in, and complete, NaNoWriMo 2009.
    7 months to go.

New Year Resolutions

  • Read at least one book per month.
    Books read this month – The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, 1984 by George Orwell.
  • Get my 5k time down to 18 minutes.
    Currently 22 minutes. Have had a bad wheezing cough that I’m struggling to shift, and I’m sure that’s hampering things.
  • Run the BUPA London 10,000 in 45 minutes.
    First a foot injury, then a back injury. My running training has taken a knock. I’ll definitely do the 10K, but my confidence about the time is slipping. Two months to go.
  • Take part in a half-marathon in late summer.
    Not going to happen at this rate. I think I’ll aim for autumn this year. The National Park Service might do their half marathons again. I think I’ve indicated to another runner that I’m going to do two half-marathons a week apart!
  • Take part in a full-marathon at the end of the year.
    See above. Does it count if you do one half one week, the second half another?
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