My third writing goal this year is to write a draft of a novel. I have been meaning to do this for the last five years but now I am committed to doing it.
I still haven’t planned what my novel is going to be about. I can’t seem to make up my mind about what genre I want to write, even though I have a lot of ideas I think can be made into a full-length story.
This time last year I tried to write a novel but my confidence got in the way of getting the story finished. I have been flipping back and forth over whether I should carry on with this draft, change how the book is written somehow or scrap the book completely. It’s hard decision to make, especially when I have invested time into it already. I think it would be best to leave this idea completely and try to write something new and fresh but if I did do so I would feel that I would be admitting defeat.
Whatever I decide to do with the book that I started, I am determined that by the end of December 2020 I will have a draft of my book ready to be edited. This does mean I need to sit down soon and start planning the book and how to approach the writing.
I will be updating you on my progress and hopefully will have some exciting news to tell you later in the year when it is finished.
In my last blog post, I shared the first of my 2020 Writing Goals. Now it is time to share my second goal – to update my website.
I set up my website mainly to make sure I had possession of the domain name. I’ve added some pages and a bit of text but some features aren’t working like I want them to and there’s a lot of things I could add to make the site better.
I even sighed up to an online course called something like “How To Build A Great Website In Four Hours”. I still haven’t managed to look at it and learn how to do. I would like to do this over the next month.
I am under no illusions that a great website probably won’t be built in four hours but I guess a good one could be. The hardest thing is seeing down to do the course. I know I will have guilty feelings about learning how to set up a website when, in the back of my mind, I’ll be feeling like I should be writing in an attempt to hit my first writing goal of the year.
But once it is done and it’s how I want it to be, I will be much happier. And it will be one less thing off my to-do list which is always a good thing.
I’ve set myself another 3 writing goals for this year. (This may be slightly too ambitious but only time will tell). Check back soon to find out what my third goal of 2020 is.
I want 2020 to be a big year in terms of writing so I’ve decided to make myself goals so I have a clear vision of what I want to achieve this year. I thought you might be interested to hear what those goals are. Here is the first of my 2020 Writing Goals and an explanation of why it is on my list.
Goal Number 1 – Finish my collection of short stories
I had a great idea back in 2018: I was going to write a collection of short stories and get them published. At the start of 2020 I am still trying to get the stories in that collection written.
Until recently I have found it difficult to finish any creative writing project I have started. My problem was mainly because I felt like a fake, I wasn’t a real writer. With the help of a life coach, I have managed to work through these feelings and make such good progress that by the end of last year I had finished 5 short stories. They need some editing and attention in some places but they are very good drafts.
Now that my writing is flowing better and I feel more confident in myself as a writer, it is time to get my idea from 2018 back on track and get a collection of short stories together to be published.
I have set myself a goal of having a collection of good drafts of short stories together by the end of April 2020. After April I can then edit them, get them up to scratch and ask people for feedback. Perhaps I can enter a few of the best ones into competitions and see what happens.
To have a complete short story collection I will need about 40’000 words, which seems like a huge amount when I see it written down in black and white. At the moment I have roughly 10’000 words written. I have already been wondering if my target of having this completed by April is too ambitious. However, I know myself and I know if I don’t have a concrete time frame in mind I will be talking in 2021 that my first writing goal is to finish my short story collection! This does mean I will have to be fairly prolific in a writing sense at the start of this year but I’m up to the challenge.
Next week I will be sharing my second writing goal for 2020. Check back then to find out what it is.
If you have any writing goals for 2020, I would love to hear what they are!
The last time I entered a writing contest was when I was 15. I had always wanted to write and I jumped at the chance to enter a local competition. My dream was to read the news on TV. To me, working my way up from a local journalist to get the necessary experience to sit in a comfortable studio wearing a trouser suit with a designer label was all that I ever wanted.
I ended up winning the Young Journalist Award as awarded by the Manchester Evening Newspaper that I entered. I thought this was the stepping stone to a career that I always wanted. For many reasons, it turned out that it wasn’t. One of which was that I was a very shy teenager who grew up into an adult with low-self esteem. It just wasn’t destined to happen.
I never lost my interest in writing and it was secretly my dream to give up my job in finance (dull and boring) and spend my life locked in my study tapping away at the keyboard creating imagined worlds. But dreams don’t become a reality if you don’t do anything about them.
About 2 years ago I found a writing group where I have found supportive, like-minded people who are great fun to be with and also it has given me the opportunity to dedicate time for writing instead of excuse making.
It wasn’t until 2019 that I decided to own the fact that I am a write and writing is what I enjoy the most in life. I no longer feel like the geeky kid in school, hiding away scribbled stories in secret notebooks that no one would ever read.
That’s why I decided to enter my first writing competition since my small victory as a 15-year-old three days ago. The guidelines were very vague: a piece between 250 and 1000 words, any genre and any topic. There was definitely room for creative license but not many words to do it in.
I’m pleased with the piece I entered. I also think that it could be the beginning of a story novel because I like the character in the story so much. Will it win a prize? I don’t think it matters. I would be over the moon if it did but simply entering the competition is a success and another sign that I see myself as a writer. Of course, you will be the first to know if I do get a prize (being published in a short anthology is part of the prize). If not I will publish my story here for you to enjoy!