I am a bit late to the party when it comes to thinking about 2017. I spent most of January riddled with flu, and as a result, I had to put most new projects aside until now!
Flashback, 2016: Health scares, quitting, and new beginnings.
When 2016 began I was in a job that was going nowhere, despite my best efforts to improve it. Then, in June, I had an MRI scan to investigate persistent tinnitus. My ears were fine, but the scan found a cyst near my pituitary gland.
There was something inside my head that wasn’t quite normal, and I was terrified. I began to question what I was doing with my life. Or, not doing, as the case was then.
I have always wanted to be a writer, so in July 2016, I handed in my notice at work.
Occasionally, panic sets in about what the heck I am doing, but I don’t regret my decision. My life finally feels like it has direction!
Onward to 2017:
My major projects for 2017 are:
Dragonspire, and Nano hop winner:
Dragonspire is my first book. My main aim for this year is to get a good draft completed. After that, I will be working with Hoda at Hodawrites, who kindly donated a 70000 word critique prize for NaNoHop, which was organised by the fabulous Raimey Gallant:
I have never won anything in my life, so I was shocked when I saw the email!
Of course, I was also over the moon 🙂
I have 5 other works in progress, but they have taken a backseat for now. Mostly. Sometimes, they keep me up at night!
To keep myself on track for the 52 week writing challenge, I invented Sunday Scribbles.
I post a writing prompt on Twitter every week, and make an attempt at the prompt with #sunscribbles. For my blog, I write around 1000 words based on the prompt. If you fancy a go too, participation is encouraged 🙂
I archive past prompts on Pinterest. It’s super handy to keep track of writing prompts: Sunday Scribbles Pinterest Board.
Work experience at Penguin Random House:
Earlier this year, I applied for a work experience placement with Penguin Random House. I was offered a 2 week placement with Vintage, in Editorial!
This will be a super exciting opportunity to ask lots of questions and see what happens behind the scenes in publishing. I will make a further blog post with more details about this on Tuesday!
Writing quests and story for a Minecraft server:
I have been asked to write stories and design quests for a Minecraft server. I only play Minecraft casually myself, and mostly to build the worlds from my stories, but I’m still pretty excited!
I want to enter some writing competitions. Amazon Kindle UK Storyteller Award looks appealing. Luckily, I don’t have to look far for more opportunities. Mica (@writevent) compiles free contests and writing events here: Writing events and contests calender
I need to research what else I should be doing. I currently have this blog, Twitter, and I love Pinterest. I am also on Figment.com, who send through daily writing prompts. I have signed up to Scriggler, Instagram, and Medium, but I haven’t explored them much yet. Wattpad and Facebook are on my to do list. Any suggestions for others would be appreciated too.
Organise myself and pay attention to details:
To keep on top of things, I made a list of tasks. Thankfully, most of these are one offs, so I just need to find time to work through them.
I also recently noticed that an old blog URL, https://talesfromdragonspire.wordpress.com, which I never use, was listed as my main website whenever I liked or commented on other blog posts! I now have about 50 followers on a blog that I don’t use. I need to be more organised to avoid things like that happening in the future!
Flash and Arrow recaps: (spoilers!)
I enjoy doing Flash and Arrow recaps, and thinking up theories, so they will continue. Some writers write book reviews, I prefer doing TV recaps 🙂
My current Arrow theory is that Prometheus is not Claybourne’s son.
I am pleased that The Flash universe has finally addressed how Eobard Thawne still had his powers after Flashpoint, even if it was in Legends of Tomorrow!
I love to sing, but my confidence needs work. A friend of mine does Panto, and the group that she works with are doing Beauty and the Beast, my favourite fairy tale of all time. I was thinking of auditioning, before I got the news about work experience. Now, I feel torn in more directions than ever. Sometimes, I wish that there were more hours in a day!
How about you? What are your plans for 2017?