Writing Goals and Resolutions – September Update
Here we go with September’s update on my writing goals for 2009, and my general New Year resolutions.
- Write every day, aiming for a minimum of two pages each day.
I’m still editing more than I’m writing, but I’m at least writing again. Earlier in the month I got an idea for a story that excited me for the first time in a long, long time, so I’m working on that – strike while the iron is hot! And the next few weeks will see me writing my contribution to…
- The Chinese Whispers anthology.
My turn to contribute a story, and to square the circle. So no pressure. Chinese Whisperings marches on at a cracking pace. We are already releasing sneak previews of each story, and if you leave a comment on the blog, you are eligible for entry into a prize draw to win an exclusive ebook version of the anthology – The Red Book Reversed.
- Enter six writing contests.
I entered two so far this year, and didn’t place in either. The new idea I’ve had I’m considering either entering it into the Writing Magazine New Subscriber’s short story contest, or turning it into a script for the Scotland Writes Competition. We’ll see.
- Complete two manuscripts to a publishable standard.
*insert hollow laughter here* Seriously, not going to happen. Not even one of them.
- Participate in, and complete, NaNoWriMo 2009.
Last month I said I wouldn’t be taking part in NaNo, but I’ve been thinking a lot about anthologies, and there is a collection of short stories I’ve been meaning to get finished….
New Year Resolutions
- Read at least one book per month.
Books read this month – The Rat on Fire by George V Higgins, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Quakers and The Arts by David Sox.
- Assorted running goals
I’m slowly running again. By slowly I mean both my pace, and the number of times I run each week. Several months of inactivity have taken a toll on personal fitness, and it’s going to take a long time to get back to where I once was. Maybe by Christmas (so long as I don’t wind up repeating my foot injury of last New Year…)