Seeing as the New Year is almost upon us, I thought it would be fun to write myself a list of the things that I would like to achieve in 2014. Whether or not I reach any of these goals remains to be seen, but I guess that all wanna-be-published writers need t0 have some sort of yardstick with which to measure their progress.
1. Finally finish the lengthy project I’m currently working on. It is a project that would not be eligible for publishing, yet it is something very close to my heart. Also, I simply cannot bear to leave projects unfinished. I am hoping to draw this piece to a close within the first four months of 2014 and I believe this to be a realistic aim.
2. Take part in NaNoWriMo. I very much wanted to take part this year but was unable to. By the time November rolls around I should have completed my current project and so this will leave me free to take part in the annual November writing challenge. I think it will be a fun exercise and really help me to hone my discipline when it comes to writing.
3. Attend night courses at college/university for Creative Writing. A dear friend suggested that not only would this be a good way to continue to learn my craft as a writer, but also to enable to get me out and about more, perhaps to meet like-minded individuals. I think that this was my friend’s way of saying that I need to get out more…..
4. Attend writing workshops/courses throughout the year. Again, this was suggested by my friend and writing partner who is obviously concerned about my social life or lack thereof…… It’s also a very good idea and will enable me to meet other writing types in relaxed and idyllic settings (one would hope)
5. Enter various short-story competitions. If no other reason than to challenge myself and get the opinions of respected writers on my work. The ego is a wonderful thing and I am sure that many of us would like to think that we are the next JK Rowling, whether we actually are in reality is another matter entirely. I would like to think that I have some small modicum of talent hiding away in the inner recesses of my mind, but that is for others to judge, not me.
I think I shall stick to just five aims for the time being and perhaps review them in six months if I am close to achieving all of them. I believe that it is important to keep goals and aims realistic and start with a few baby steps instead of coming straight out with: ‘I wanna be a published writer by the end of 2014.’ After all, I am a writer and we writing folk have very delicate and sensitive egos – I’d be crushed if I’d made such a statement and then failed to live up to it.
So baby steps it is then. Roll on 2014 and let the games begin…..