My regular readers may recall that I published a post at the beginning of the year outlining five goals for 2014 that I hoped to achieve. You can refresh your memory by clicking here….
The fifth month of 2014 is already upon us and so I thought it would be fun to have an update on the status of my goals to see if I have managed to achieve any of them yet!
Goal #1 was to complete a lengthy project that I’d been working on for a number of months and one which would not be eligible for publishing. Well, thanks to a massive push during the first three months of this year, I finally managed to bring the project to a close in mid-March. Since then I have been concentrating on writing the kind of stuff that I could possibly get published and you know…..er…..get paid for!
Goal #2 doesn’t actually come into effect until November (with it being NaNoWriMo and all…..) Not to be deterred, I created a NaNo of my own in January and gave myself the goal of writing 50,000 words for the month. Several headaches, a hernia, and a loss of a kidney later, I did manage to reach the magic number. Shortly after that, my brain dribbled out of my ears and I spent most of February keening in the corner of a white-walled room like an injured deer.
Goal #3 hasn’t seen much in the way of progress I am afraid. Can I offer the excuse of being very busy as a reason for not getting round to this one yet? I’ll admit that I’ve looked at a number of college-based and long-distance creative writing courses, but they cost money, people! Unless I win the lottery, sell a lot of articles/stories in the next few months, or sell my last remaining kidney, this goal is going to be one for the future I’m afraid. Saying that, I believe the best way to learn the craft of writing is to actually read a lot and write a lot and I can usually do both of those for free (unless you count the money spent on coffee….)
Goal #4 hasn’t seen much progress either! Again, I’m citing my lack of funds and living the life of a frugal artist as a reason for not making much headway on this one. Writing retreats are very nice, and I have seen some lovely ones on offer, it’s just that I don’t have oodles of cash lying around to spend on one. Now if I could just win a writing competition or two, it might become a possibility in the future….
Goal #5 is something that I am happy to say that I’ve achieved! I have written a number of short stories that I am in the process of submitting to various publications and competitions with the hope that at least one of them will be accepted/considered. I also submitted a piece for a blogging pal of mine, Sarah Findlay’s Silver Glass Zine. This publication will be published in July and all monies raised will be donated to Action On Depression which I am sure you’ll all agree is a worthy cause.
I also joined Thain in Vain’s Flash Fiction 52 Challenge as a way to stretch my writing muscles. I am used to writing long pieces and so to only have 500 words at my disposal for a short story I am forced to rely on brevity and choosing my words carefully. It’s a great exercise and a fun and welcoming environment for anyone wishing to try their hand at Flash Fiction and I would encourage you all to give it a go.
Another blogging pal of mine, Don Charisma, recently offered an opportunity to become an intern at his wonderful site DonCharisma.org. I threw my hat into the ring and I am delighted to say that Don accepted me as his intern! I’m really enjoying the experience so far and I want to thank Don once more for allowing me the opportunity to take part.
So I’ve managed to make progress on three out of the five goals I set myself for 2014 – pretty good going I think. I still have another seven months to progress further with my goals and I am very much looking forward to seeing how much I can achieve by the time 2015 rolls around.