Writing Goals and Resolutions – April Update

Here we go with April’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.
    Getting a little better. I fell off the wagon with the morning pages for a long time, but I’m starting to get back up there. And starting in May, if I have any hope of getting two books finished this year, then I pretty much need to be writing 1500 words a day.
  • Compile an electronic anthology of my best short stories from 2008.
    Yeaaaaah… about that… that may turn into a private project, but I’m keen to do it still.
  • Launch the Chinese Whispers anthology.
    And we’re off!!! The ball is rolling on this as we speak.
  • Enter six writing contests.
    One entered. Writer’s Digest short story contest is next (closes mid-May) then there is also the Bridport Prize and the BBC Short Story contest to come, as well as the Writing Magazine new subscriber’s contest. If I also enter one of their monthly contests, that will be my six for the year.
  • Complete two manuscripts to a publishable standard.
    Ongoing. As hinted above, I have an aggressive writing schedule planned.
  • Participate in, and complete, NaNoWriMo 2009.
    6 months to go.

New Year Resolutions

  • Read at least one book per month.
    Books read this month – Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, The Prestige by Christopher Priest, What Canst Thou Say? Towards a Quaker Theology by Jane Scott, The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham, Twelve Quakers and Evil by Quaker Quest.
  • Get my 5k time down to 18 minutes.
    It’s about 26 minutes at the moment. Enough to get me to my race time last year, but not great.
  • Run the BUPA London 10,000 in 45 minutes.
    One month to go. I will probably get roughly the same time as I got last year.
  • Take part in a half-marathon in late summer.
    All being well, I might be doing two in autumn, but this will all depend on staying injury free. The physiotherapist isn’t too concerned about the recently discovered slipped vertebrae my x-rays revealed in terms of my ability to run, and she’s given me exercises to strengthen the problem areas.
  • Take part in a full-marathon at the end of the year.
    I can’t qualify for Boston or New York, I’m not fit enough for Edinburgh or Dublin. Hastings, maybe? December marathon, not my idea of fun…
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