So, its nearing the end of the second month of the year and I’ve decided to question how my New Year resolutions are progressing.
Not too well is the answer, despite a determination at the start of the year to be more productive.
In between Christmas and New Year I had a good trawl through my “catalogue” of stories which resulted in me re-submitting two previously submitted stories to other magazines. I also edited a first draft of a story I wrote last year, sent it to my writer’s group, re-edited and sent it off.
I also finished an assignment for an article writing course which has taken me nearly a year to do (oh the shame!) and sent it off.
Finally I researched agents to send my novel to (but not sent it off yet).
I suppose this could be considered to be a pretty productive month - especially as I spent quite a few evenings doing freelance work (in addition to my day job) and looking after family etc, but to be honest I was a bit disappointed that I hadn’t written anything new.
But that was January and February was even more disappointing. My new story was rejected, I still hadn’t written anything new and I hadn’t resubmitted any other stories either. I did complete another assignment though, so I suppose that was something bearing in mind the length of time it took me to write the last one!
I have my excuses at the ready though - in the middle of February we went on holiday to Lanzarote - so shopping, packing and preparing for going away - even if only for a week - took up quite a bit of my time, especially as eldest son had grown out of everything and needed a new summer wardrobe. Also his phone broke so I had to replace that at the last minute before going away - just when yet another trip into town is really not needed (the trials of being a mother).
The only good thing was that I sent some of my writing to my kindle so I was able to edit and expand of some of my ideas whilst I was away. I even wrote somethings new - drum role please. And of course there was lots of lovely reading time (especially as it rained for two days solid) the first rain they have had there since October - would you please?
And now its back to the washing, ironing, cooking and cleaning and generally running around after everyone - but I have renewed my determination and even come up with a plan of how to create some more space in my life for my writing. Watch this space!