New Year of Writing

As mentioned before, I don’t normally do ‘resolutions’ but I felt that with the early stages of this blog underway it was a good time to set down some targets for the year of writing ahead.

* Maintain this blog even if reduced to two or three entries a week.

* Completely rework my autobiography by end of the year.

* Achieve three more short stories in anthologies by end of year.

* Be paid for an article / feature by June.

* Win £500 in prize money by August. 

* Investigate the publishing of my poetry (but not vanity publishing)

None of these are mind blowing strategies but it gives me something to come back to occasionally if I lack motivation.

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4 comments on “New Year of Writing

  1. Wow Tom, if you achieve all of this (or even half of it) I will be dead impressed! I think “reducing” your blog to 2 or 3 entries a week is still quite a tall order for a whole year but I look forward to reading it.

    Happy New Year! God bless you (and the writing!) in 2011. C.

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    • Hi Chloe. You realise I’ll have to do at least half of it now… just to impress you!

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  2. Hi Tom,

    Well, you’ve certainly got some things to be getting on with. Good luck with all of this, and remember to be realistic too. It sounds like the Autobiography is your main task – how far along with this are you?

    Nari X

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    • Hi Nari.
      I started writing the autobiography a few years ago and it was a bit half-baked. Althought I knew my subject, I had no real knowledge of ‘how’ to write. I got into writing properly about three years ago and now have a fair library of reference. I decided that when I felt I had a decent grasp of the task, that was when I would head back into my bio.

      The story is based on my military years only (’69 – ’92) and broken into two main sections, those being the ‘single’ years and the ‘married’ years. I’ve got 15 fully written chapters but they all need a lot of work… and now I think I’m equal to the challenge. One of my objectives is to inject as much humour into it as possible (hopefully as seen in my excerpts).

      Before I lose you my friend I’ll finish here. Thank you for taking an interest… and I’ll be checking you out tomorrow, after I’ve had a kip!
      Tom

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